The primal fitness devotees may tell you going barefoot is the way our ancestors preferred to run, but they also wore loin cloths and practiced poor oral hygiene, so we’ll stick to running with shoes. And two of the shoes we are running in right now are new from Mizuno: the Wave Rider 18 and Sayonara 2.
The Wave Rider 18 (bottom right) are extremely comfortable—they felt like we’d broken them in for weeks right out of the box. They’re lightweight (9.2 ounces) yet durable, made to be your perfect daily trainer, with excellent shock absorption to keep your joints from screaming after a 5K. The mesh top delivers breathability, something you’ll also appreciate after logging those morning miles.
When you’re ready to take your running to the next level, step up to the Wave Sayonara 2 (top left). Designed to let you go fast and go far, the Sayonara 2 are race ready, with a Parallel Wave Plate in the heel for superior cushioning and stabilization. Tipping the scales at a super light 6.6 ounces you won’t mind wearing them over the long miles of endurance races. (Insert your own “Say sayonara to the competition” joke here.)
Wave Rider 18: $119.99
Sayonara 2: $119.99