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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$110
Weight
Men: 8.4oz
Women: 7oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 8.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The soft and supple upper together with the very soft lining of the interior encases the runner’s foot in comfort in the Sayonara 2.
  • Some runners mentioned that the durability is more than decent for a shoe that can handle speed training or high-mileage runs.
  • The price is great for a race day shoe / daily trainer.
  • It is even lighter than the already light previous model.
  • A handful observed that the flexibility is evident despite the Wave Plate and firm midsole foam.
  • The grip is superb due to the race specific lugs.
  • Several reviews mentioned the adequate room in the toe box for the toes to splay.
  • The ride is quite responsive as noted by quite a number of runners.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few mentioned that the ride borders on being hard.
  • Others noted that it is not as well ventilated as the original Sayonara.

Bottom line

The Mizuno Wave Sayonara fits the bill for those who are looking for a lightweight shoe that can handle time sessions as well as mileage runs. There is sufficient arch support, a firm but responsive ride, and very low to the ground feel despite the 24mm stack height and 10mm heel offset.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 126 ratings

5 star
71%
4 star
13%
3 star
9%
2 star
2%
1 star
2%

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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86 / 100 based on 10 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas • Level 5 expert

    This shoe remains one of my favorites from Mizuno and a top pick all around.

  • 94 / 100 by Competitor Running • Brian Metzler • Level 5 expert

    This shoe is all about running fast with the confidence of quality cushioning and protection under your feet.

  • 86 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Meaghan • Level 5 expert

    Although many people will find the updates to this shoe are minimal, I think they’re significant.

  • 85 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    An agile ride for tempo runs or race morning.

  • 84 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    Sometimes, a quick track session will fully coax out a shoe’s character, and within a very short span of time. Especially when the shoe in question is designed for fast paced running – like the Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2, which straddles middle ground between a full blown distance racing flat and neutral trainer.

  • 83 / 100 by Running Times • Running Times • Level 5 expert

    The small, flexible wave plate is inadequate, however, for those who feel the need for much motion control.

  • 80 / 100 by Competitor Running • Brian Metzler • Level 5 expert

    Like the previous Sayonara, it has a soft step-in feel and its very flexible, but the ride is comfortable, semi-firm and responsive, thanks to two thin layers of midsole foam and a subtle version of Mizuno’s “Wave” fulcrum-like insert that runs from the heel to the midfoot.

  • 82 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Peyton Hoyal • Level 3 expert

    Mizuno fans will love the stream-lined design paired with the brand’s typical Wave technology. However, newcomers to the company’s line may have trouble adjusting their gait to the feel of Mizuno’s underfoot.

  • 86 / 100 by Gear Institute • Carol Davenport • Level 2 expert

    While is a lot to like about the Mizuno Sayonara–such as its nimbleness and comfort–it also gives runners a stiffer, “slappier” ride than the bouncy Hitogami.

  • 85 / 100 by The Athlete's Foot Blog • The Athlete's Foot Blog • Level 2 expert

    The Wave Sayonara does offer mild stability through its extended EVA foot bridge medially, so if you are after a little more support this model may be more preferable.

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Updates to Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2

  • The updates in the 2nd instalment of the Sayonara are limited in the upper section. Mizuno uses a softer and more relaxed mesh to accommodate runners who love to do long-distance running. It also results in better toe box volume. Mid-run swelling during marathons should be easily accommodated in this version.
  • This time around, Mizuno uses mainly PU overlays. The ultra light overlays provide a more forgiving fit that just serves the right support.
  • The insole is topped with a very soft fabric for a luxurious feel and compensate for the firmer cushioning. Mizuno removes the stitched overlays in the heel and replaced it with a patch that is covered with reflective material.

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 size and fit

The modifications in the upper result to a slight difference in upper fit relative to the original Sayonara. In the Sayonara 2, the fit is more forgiving without giving away midfoot hold. The heel and midfoot have solid, but comfortable snugness with a roomy forefoot. Most runners with average to slightly wider feet can really maximize the fit of this shoe. Shoe sizing runs is standard in this shoe.


Outsole

The outsole is the classic horseshoe shaped heel that is covered with very durable X10 rubber. Further towards the midfoot is a softer blown rubber for traction. The most prominent part of the outsole is a system of race-specific lugs that delivers excellent grip, particularly during tempo runs.


Midsole

The midsole is a combination of Mizuno’s patented Wave Plate and their own U4iC midsole. In the Sayonara series, the Wave Plate is placed between the compression-molded U4iC. This creates that firm ride and consistent cushioning. A smooth transition is another result of this set up.


Upper

A soft and one-piece mesh covers almost the entire shoe. It is very breathable and plush. Mizuno used PU overlays that are found almost all over the shoe, except in the heel. Because these are very light, the number of overlays still result to a tad more relaxed upper with still plenty of midfoot lock down. The firmness of the ride is a bit counterbalanced by the very plush removable insole and strobe last.