DiscontinuedUpdate: Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4
Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.
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WeightMen: 8.4ozWomen: 7oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 10mmWomen: 10mm
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WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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86 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews
This shoe remains one of my favorites from Mizuno and a top pick all around.
This shoe is all about running fast with the confidence of quality cushioning and protection under your feet.
Although many people will find the updates to this shoe are minimal, I think they’re significant.
An agile ride for tempo runs or race morning.
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.
The small, flexible wave plate is inadequate, however, for those who feel the need for much motion control.
- 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.
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.
The outsole is the classic horseshoe shaped heel that is covered with very durable X10 rubber, which is also present in the Sayonara 4. 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.
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.
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.