Mizuno Wave Sayonara - Review

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

Jessica and I love our Mizuno shoes. I've been a huge fan and completely in love since I got my first pair of Mizuno Wave Elixirs in September 2010. Since then, I've run 3 marathons, a bunch of halfs and thousands of miles in Mizunos. I have 7 pairs - the Prophecy, the Creation, Wave Elixirs and Ascent (their trail sneaker).

The latest addition to my collection is the new (released today!) Wave Sayonara. It's a lightweight everyday training shoe that makes speed more accessible. For me, Mizuno already equals comfortable (serious comfort - like my feet are running in fluffy clouds) and speed. These shoes take it to the next level; they are 7.1 ounces with a G3 SOLE that provides lightweight traction so you feel your connection to the ground without feeling heavy.

I was ready to test out these shoes and, as Mizuno says "wave goodbye to slow and say hello to more energized, mezamashii running" after a month of humid runs in Florida (where I felt like I was running through molasses)! I threw them on and went out for a run. My goal was to run descending miles, with the last mile being 7:30s. My run was stopped when I got BLISTERS on both heels after about a mile. This has NEVER, EVER happened with any Mizuno shoes and I honestly can't remember the last time I had a blister from running. I was really bummed. I reached out to my friend who is a Mizuno tech rep for some help understanding why I got blisters in these shoes. He had a good tip for those of us use to wearing the Elixirs - tie your laces tighter. That did help but I still have the remenants of the blisters so I have to wait until they heal completely before I can begin to fully appreciate the Wave Sayonaras.

I was able to get a few runs in them (with the help of bandaids and mole skin).  I LOVE the colors and I like how light they feel on my feet. It's very easy to increase cadence and turn over your feet for a fast run. They don't have the toe spring (the curl at the top) so while they are roomy, they feel a bit more secure.

I'm in a new town - Portland, Oregon (!) and have yet to find a track and am enjoying just crusing around the city during my runs. To get my interval workout while exploring the city, I did this fun and easy speed workout:

I'm looking forward to a lot more #brilliantruns with the Wave Sayonaras and all my other Mizuno sneakers! Have you tried out Mizuno's sneakers? Tell us which ones in the comments below.

Talking about shoes

Our clients always ask us about shoes and which ones are the best. We tell them the same thing, it depends on you, your running style, your feet and your body. We go to our local shoe experts in NYC to help us our with fits and our changing needs as runners.

Meghan has long been a fan of Mizuno's running shoes. She's on her third pair and refers to them as her babies. When asked to describe why she likes them, she simple says "because I feel like I'm running on clouds". With that, and with a little push from Mizuno's Mezamashii project, Jessica jumped onboard and got the Wave Elixirs as well. We are now twins in clothing and sneakers with blue and orange Wave Elixirs.

What we like about the shoes:

1) They are extremely light

2) Breathable

3) Cushiony yet light

4) Wide front foot - we have wide feet!

What we'd change

1) The color options

and that's it!