The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno.
When I saw a campaign through Fitfluential for a new shoe Mizuno was releasing, I was excited. I quickly applied for it. I was beyond ecstatic when I found out I had gotten chosen to review the not-even-released Wave Sayonara. (Officially released this past week on July 5th).
My love affair with Mizuno started last year when I was chosen for the Mezamashii project. I was skeptical at the time, but tried out the Wave Rider 15s and loved them. I had previously been in a zero drop shoe, so it was a bit of an adjustment, but I adjusted quickly and have bought the shoe consistently on my own since then.
Needless to say, trying a new, lighter shoe by Mizuno seemed like an amazing thing to me. The Wave Sayonara is 10mm drop (instead of normal 12mm), only 7.1 ounces (8.1 for men's) and is the "love child" of the Wave Precision and Wave Elixir.
Even better? It's the cutest shoe I've ever owned:
hot pink and purple are perfect in my book.
Here are a few key facts you should know, straight from company:
? Versatile and performance neutral with “as-needed” support elements
U4ic midsole delivers optimal shock attenuation, durability, and superior ride that is 30% lighter than AP+
U4ic is innovatively light and well cushioned
G3 Sole features lightweight, superior traction
Mizuno Wave Technology provides the perfect
balance of lightweight cushioning and stability
Blown rubber sole for optimal flexibility
Okay, let's talk about that so it makes a little more sense. Basically, it's light and cushiony, while still being supportive.
These shoes make you fast:
Exhibit A: I wore them when we won our relay.
No, but in all seriousness, they are perfect for speedwork. If you don't think you could wear them all the time (and that may be the case if you need something that truly is a full support shoe). They definitely provide enough support to do speedwork or if you wanted to treat them as a racing flat.
Personally, I plan to keep them as the number 1 shoes in my rotation as of right now. I've done short runs, longer runs (while okay, I haven't done anything over 6.5 miles recently, but I'll find out this weekend during my 15k), faster, and slower runs. I haven't had issues at all. They have felt light but the soles really do make my feet feel cushioned without that heavy feeling.
see those little black dots on the bottom? They really help with traction.
I should know, we played tennis the other day and it started raining. They helped me from slipping on the slick pavement:
definitely versatile enough to play tennis in, as well.
Finally, they go with the majority of my running wardrobe. See here:
head to toe shades of me (including a pink-faced Megan).
If you're a fan of the Wave Rider, Wave Elixir, or Wave Precision, this is a must-try shoe for you. If you aren't a fan of those, this still may be a shoe for you to try! Like I said, maybe not as your number 1 shoe, but definitely one to keep in your rotation. It's light, has great traction, breathable, cushions, and makes you feel fast. One more bonus? You get tons of compliments! Several people asked me about them at my race.
I'm looking forward to putting many hopefully faster miles in them!
Check them out at www.mizunorunning.com.
-Mizuno is all about a brilliant run (this is what Mezamashii is meant to encompass). What is a brilliant run for you? Is it the scenery? The way you feel? The people you're with? Some combination of all of those?
-Do you run in Mizuno? If so, what kind?
-Anyone else try these out yet? Do you love them as much as I do?
-What's the number one thing you look for in a shoe?