mizuno #wavesayonara – a review

Disclaimer: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. 

All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

I have a new shoe to show you surly people.  Say that 5 times fast.  And don’t get offended at the “surly” – it’s a good “s” word.  Try it out on someone, preferably a boss or mother-in-law.  Yes.  Do that.

Another good “s” word??  SAYONARA.

From Dictionary.com:


Farewell and goodbye.  Two words that fit perfectly with this yet-to-debut Mizuno running shoe.  These are FAST shoes.

One of the (many) benefits of my partnership with Fitfluential is that I’m paired with companies for reviews.  Mizuno recently sent me their newest running shoe – the Wave Sayonara – to try out and review for my readership.  Isn’t it a beaut!?!


Touted as Mizuno’s lightest running shoe EVER, the Wave Sayonara is perfect for running, speed work and, in my opinion, cross training.  For instance, I wore them yesterday to the gym to train clients.  We did an outdoor bootcamp that involved flipping tires, plyo tire jumps and stairs.  This shoe was so perfect because it was SUPER lightweight (just 7.1 ounces!) for any plyometric work but they also gave me support and cushion at the same time.  Somewhat of a minimalist shoe in terms of weight, but with plenty of cushion!


The day I got them, I pulled them out of the box and took them for a 4-mile run (yes, I was excited).  The feel of the shoe was “springy” and really lightweight.  Almost like they were an extension of my foot – I suppose I’m used to heavier shoes.  I felt like my legs could turn-over much easier.  THAT’S the sign of a good running shoe – it makes running easier.  All in all, I’m very pleased with this shoe, however, I’ve only worn it for a week so far.  More research is needed.

Guess I’ll have to take them for a run again today.  :)


The Mizuno Wave Sayonara goes on sale July 5th and retails for $119.99 (go here to buy!).  If you’re looking for a lightweight running shoe, start setting aside money now!  Oh and check out their Mezamashii Project and this video for motivation to get out the door and on a run (side note:  my friend, Michelle is the beautiful army brunette – she’s an AMAZING inspiration for me!).


QUESTION:  What brand/type of running shoe do you own?  Ever tried Mizuno’s?  <-I have a pair of WaveRider’s that I LOVE!  Perhaps even better than these Sayonara’s.  Time will tell.


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  1. I LOVE my Brooks Pure Flows. I’m on my second pair after wearing Asics forever (well, since I started running). Before I got this pair, I tried on Newtons and Mizunos, but at the time, they both felt too heavy to me after wearing the Pures (the Newtons just felt weird, actually). But these sound great, since they’re more lightweight! And I do need another training pair. Hmmm…

  2. I am a fairly new Mizuno convert, running in the Wave Riders for the last year or so. I LOVE them! I just bought the 16 in purple to debut in my upcoming half marathon.

    The Sayonaras look great. For myself, I would be a little concerned about having enough support, but I’d wear them to the gym for sure!

  3. I’ve only had one pair of Mizuno shoes. I loved the color but that was about it. They just didn’t give me the support I needed and they didn’t last very long either. I would still wear them for indoor circuit training but not running.

  4. I love the look of those shoes! I love lightweight shoes, but one of the things I find is that there is NO cushion. I definitely like the sound of these mizunos. In high school, we always used mizuno products for our volleyball equipment. Good stuff! Thanks for sharing!