The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno.
One of the best parts of working at a running specialty store is being required to try on every single shoe in the store. Yes, that was actually one of my training days. I tend to stick to one brand of shoe that I have been running in for years, so I was actually pretty excited about giving the others a shot.
There had been a buzz in the store with the employees, as they all knew a new shoe was coming out soon, the Mizuno Wave Sayonara. I was super eager to try them on, but they weren’t in store yet. Lucky for me, with my partnership with Fitfluential, I was able to test out a pair before they hit the shelves! They showed up on my doorstep, and I was pumped!
The shoe is saying goodbye to both the Wave Precision and the Wave Elixir. It is considered to pretty much be a hybrid of both. At only 7.1 oz for women (and 8.1 oz for men), this shoe is incredibly light. The heal to toe drop (meaning the heal is xx mm higher than the toe) is about 10mm, so it’s not minimalist, but also isn’t as significant as some of their other shoes either. The new U4ic foam is said to be 30% lighter than any other Mizuno foam. That compared with the seamless upper of the shoe – you have one light and speedy running shoe!
I was lucky enough to have these shoes delivered on my doorstep the weekend before I left for my Lake Tahoe trip. After going for a run in them, I knew I wanted to bring them with me for all of the exploring I was going to be doing. Note, these are not considered a trail shoe, but I was using them on some trails. None were crazy technical or rocky, so the shoe did just the trick.
One thing I really like about the Wave Sayonara is they are not too cushy. Some people love to have a lot of cushion and foam underneath their foot as they run, but that isn’t something that appeals to me at all. I more so like to feel the ground a bit. The Wave Sayonara is perfect for that. The toe box is a little more rounded out than some other Mizuno’s I’ve tried on, and it is quite roomy. With the seemless upper, your food is not so constricted as with shoes with the heavy seams. If you aren’t sure as to what I’m talking about, try a pair of these on. You will immediately notice the difference as soon as you give your toes a wiggle.
With shoes on the lighter side, I feel sometimes it isn’t possible for me to run for more than about an hour. I don’t think I am going to have that problem with these. My foot doesn’t ache or hurt at all, and I feel like the support is just right. It is considered to be a neutral shoe, which is perfect for my foot. If you aren’t neutral, this shoe just isn’t for you. Be sure to visit your local running specialty store to get properly fitted for your gait.
Yes, the shoes are looking a bit dusty – I’ve worn them anywhere and everywhere on our Tahoe trip, including mountain biking, hiking, on the ski lift, and of course, running. Running up here in the mountains truly makes me think about why I love the sport. Every step is challenging running at 6200 feet. Throw in some hills, and it makes it even more difficult. Mizuno has a project called Mezamashii – where running means more. This is my Mezamashii – I run because it’s a privilege, not a right.
If you are looking for a new shoe, check out the Wave Sayonara. We all get stuck in a certain pair of shoes – I know I do. Give this one a try, you won’t be sorry! Some stores are carrying them now, but they will be officially available on July 5th for $119.99.
Just in case you are looking for a speedy workout to pair with your new lightweight Wave Sayonara’s, check out the workout below! Since I am in the mountains at the moment, I have hills on my mind. Enjoy this workout full of ups and downs!