Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2: Minor Tweaks to a Fast Shoe

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Mizuno’s footwear updates follow a certain pattern: a given shoe’s upper will undergo a change every year, while the midsole and outsole see a redesign in two-year increments.

The Wave Sayonara, Mizuno’s performance trainer that pushed the boundaries of lightweight last year with it’s innovative U4ic midsole material, will receive its first update this upcoming summer. Keeping true with Mizuno’s update pattern, the Sayonara 2 will see a platform carried over from its predecessor.

So what can we expect in this update? Most significantly, a small amount of material has been added around the midfoot, giving the shoe a slightly more accessible fit and addressing a concern some runners had from the original model. In addition, the few seams in the interior of the shoe have been completely removed for reduced hotspots and a more socklike fit.

Otherwise, the only difference is a change in the graphics across the upper. You can now see hands waving ‘goodbye’ in the overlays around the midfoot and over the toebox – though you may have to look closely to see them. In all, it’s an inconsequential detail, but it does serve as a nice testament to the shoe’s name and heritage.

Though this update looks to be a nice little refinement to the Sayonara, we would like to see a bit more differentiation between the Sayonara 2 and its predecessor. Though maintaining a certain ‘look’ for the Sayonara does help establish its identity, keeping a nearly identical aesthetic can present a bit of confusion for the customer who is unaware of the changes. Regardless, with this update the Sayonara should continue to be a good option for the runner who wants a fast and nimble ride.

The Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 will be available July 2014.

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2; M 8.0 oz, W 6.6 oz, 10mm offset, $120*

*Footwear specs provided by Mizuno.

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