Best Hoka One One Shoes Reviewed & Rated

Running is a common exercise that can be both strenuous and relaxing. Our bodies are designed to move – fitness is an important part of our physiology and one of the primary reasons our species evolved to dominate the animal world. Running is hard work but it releases endorphins that make us feel pretty great about it. If you’re not taking care though, running can cause you injury. After a good fast run or a slower paced but longer run, you should feel tired, and your muscles should feel a little sore, especially if you haven’t been running for a while. Your feet, however, should not be sore.

Sprained ankles, strains, ligament and joint injuries, fractures and pulled muscles do not have to be a part of your running routine. In fact, avoiding any injury is more likely to keep you on track with your running, making it both healthier and much more enjoyable.

Last Updated: May 20, 2018
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Creating a list for a specific brand gives us the chance to really get in depth about what makes each and every model different. We have selected the 15 best running shoes offered by Hoka One One and our criteria section breaks down exactly how we distinguish one model from another in order to select the best of the best and to provide you with information about which model might be best for your needs. We’ve recently updated our list to cover more of the Hoka One One brand and to answer more specific questions.

Featured Recommendations

Hoka One One Arahi 2
  • Hoka One One Arahi 2
  • 5 out of 5
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  • Great arch support
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Hoka One One Conquest 3
  • Hoka One One Conquest 3
  • 4.9 out of 5
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  • Seamless construction
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Hoka One One Hoka Constant 2
  • Hoka One One Hoka Constant 2
  • 4.6 out of 5
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  • Late-stage Meta-Rocker
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To achieve your running and fitness goals, and to enjoy the sessions that much more, you need shoes that will protect and support your feet. Just imagine the pounding that your feet can take when running on concrete, pavement, in the gym or along the trails and you will completely understand why protection and support are important. The Hoka One One company is known for prioritizing the safety and comfort of your hard-working feet. Each of their shoes comes with padding in just the right places and are more likely than some other shoe lines to keep your feet comfortable and secure, reducing your risk of injury while you do what you need to do for your health. Happy running!

 

15 Best Hoka One One Shoes

 

1. Hoka One One Arahi 2

Hoka One One pays attention to detail and the Arahi 2 is proof of that concept. This shoe features meta-rocker (or rocking chair) technology so that the shoe guides your footfalls as you run, ensuring the correct gait in a smooth manner which distributes impact more evenly. The shoe remains sturdy but still lightweight, this is a great shoe for people who need stabilization of the metatarsals (from conditions like arthritis).
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Meta Rocker
The meta-rocker design of the midsole and outsole of this shoe guides your foot carefully through the proper motion from footfall through to the toes lifting off again.

Great durability
This is a very durable shoe that is lightweight. It is noticeably firmer than other running shoes and won’t give in to compression as easily. This is a stability shoe that is great for those with flatter feet or other foot issues.

Cost and Value
The Arahi 2 is in the mid-range of shoes on our Hoka One One list. These shoes are an investment but they are an investment in your foot health and the technology needed to provide your foot a safe, stable environment for running. Though designed for running, these shoes can provide a great deal of comfort and stability for those who need a stabilizing, or rocker bottom, shoe.
Pros
  • Meta-rocker
  • Firmer runner
  • Light weight
  • Great arch support
  • Excellent cushioning
Cons
  • Read sizing charts

2. Hoka One One Conquest 3

Like the Arahi 2, above, the Conquest 3 also features Meta-rocker technology with improves gait and stabilizes the foot. It also features seamless construction, a snug, sock-like fit and great ventilation. This is a great shoe with an even thicker midsole and more cushioning than its predecessor. The tongue and collar have extra padding too for additional comfort.
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Great ventilation
The upper in the Conquest 3 is made of a more open mesh than before, making for great ventilation. You won’t need to worry about sweaty feet with this shoe, your feet should stay cool and dry.

Wider forefoot
For those with a wider forefoot, this shoe has a wider fit, Your feet will move more naturally through your run if your toes and forefoot are not cramped together. One of the great comfort features in the Conquest 3.

Cost and Value
This shoe falls right at the top of the mid-range for Hoka One Ones. For the investment, however, you are getting additional comfort and cushioning features, great ventilation, and the meta-rocker technology for a firmer, smoother run.
Pros
  • Meta-rocker
  • Wider forefoot
  • Seamless construction
  • Sock-like foot
  • Great stability
Cons
  • Heel may be firm

3. Hoka One One Stinson 3 ATR

The Stinson 3 ATR is designed for road running while also providing sufficient traction for trail running. It features a Lycra ComfortFrame that will provide a secure fit, especially at the heel and midfoot. The Meta-Rocker has been refined for improved stability off-road. The midsole features an Active Foot Frame that increases responsiveness. Altogether, this shoe is designed for a number of different foot shapes and running styles - making it a great shoe for those who train on the road and off.
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Active Foot Frame
The Active Foot Frame in the Stinson 3 ATR increases this trail runner’s responsiveness and feedback. Your foot sits into the midsole, where it gets all the benefits of this frame.

Trail designed outsole
The Meta-Rocker has been improved for off-road stability, no-sew construction improves the durability of the upper, and the outsole is made with a sticky rubber compound and 3mm lugs for increased traction on the trail.

Cost and Value
These are a great trail runner for a price that is on the higher end of the range. For that investment, you get all the benefits of the Meta-Rocker stabilizer with all the upgrades that make this shoe fantastic for trail running and the Active Foot Frame that increases feedback to your feet. When you consider all of the tech that goes into the Stinson 3 ATR, it is a great value.
Pros
  • Breathable upper
  • Cushioned midsole
  • Active Foot Frame
  • Sock-like fit
  • Seamless construction
  • 3 mm lugs for the trail
Cons
  • Narrow toe box

4. Hoka One One Clifton 4

4. Hoka One One Clifton 4
Hoka One One’s Clifton line is an award-winner and the 4th iteration of the shoe is even lighter, more cushioned, and faster than before. It’s midsole cushioning has been upgraded so that it lasts longer than before, and the forefoot has been made more adaptive. Fit and mesh were both improved and even the look received a modern upgrade. All in all the Clifton 4 was rebuilt from the ground up to be even better than it’s award-winning predecessors.
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Max air in a secure upper
Hoka One One proves that you do not have to sacrifice support to achieve a very airy mesh that will keep your foot cool and dry while keeping your feet secure in place.

Comfort for long runs
This shoe features a molded ortholite sock liner and a full EVA midsole for excellent cushioning and cushioning spells comfort, even after a long run.

Cost and Value
For such an upgraded, comfortable running shoe, the Clifton 4 falls in the lower mid-range for shoes on our list. An investment, yes, but a reasonable one given all the features you get that make a great road running shoe.
Pros
  • Max air in mesh
  • 3D puff print frame
  • Molded Ortholite sockliner
  • Full EVA midsole
  • Hi abrasion rubber
Cons
  • Not for flat feet

5. Hoka One One Vanquish 3

5.  Hoka One One Vanquish 3
This is a very high tech running shoe, which is also an award winner. It features a seamless air mesh upper and a molded Ortholite sock liner, it’s an early stage Meta-Rocker and a suspension frame. There are two layers of EVA in the midsole, one for responsiveness, the other for cushion. Extra padding, extra durability, and great support all in a great road-ready running shoe.
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Asymmetrical Web
The Vanquish 3 features a zonal, 3D Puff printed, asymmetrical webbed upper that allows for a better fit and support, increased durability and increased breathability. The upper is also seamless for reduced risk of blisters, irritation, and sores.

Dual Layer EVA midsole
The midsole in this all-purpose running shoe is made from two layers of EVA foam - the top later is a high cushion foam while below that lies a high rebound foam to make every step springy.

Cost and Value
This shoe is mid-range relative to the other shoes in our Hoka One One list. For the money, you are getting a more cushioned shoe, early-stage Meta-Rocker, additional padding in the tongue, dual-density/dual-purpose EVA midsoles and an asymmetrical zonal 3D printed web for support of your upper foot. All in all, this represents a great value.
Pros
  • Asymmetrical web
  • Zonal support
  • Ultra-cushioned
  • Dual layer midsole
  • Lightweight
Cons
  • Sizes run narrow

6. Hoka One One Clayton 2

6. Hoka One One Clayton 2
The Clayton 2 is a lightweight runner with a microfibre reinforced support in the midfoot. Ultra-bright and ultra-light these road-ready running shoes also feature early stage Meta-Rocker, a PRO2Lite midsole and forefoot matrix tech that provides both cushioning and flexibility. The ousole is designed to rebound and hold on to the road, rain or shine. This is great racing shoe.
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PRO2Lite midsole
The PRO2Lite midsole is a balance of propulsive forward-movement and protective shock absorption for race day and training.

Ultra-cushioning
The Clayton 2 is a lightweight, well-cushioned runner that features an RMAT outsole for high-rebound cushion along with Forefoot Matrix technology that provides even more cushioning.

Cost and Value
This is in the low-range of prices for our list which is practically a steal for a lightweight race runner. You get great stability and rebound in a cushioned shoe with a unique, ultra-bright, show-stopper.
Pros
  • PRO2lite midsole
  • Wide base
  • Premium racer
  • Oversize Active Foot Frame
  • RMAT outsole
Cons
  • May need break-in

7. Hoka One One Bondi 5

7. Hoka One One Bondi 5
The Bondi 5 is designed for hard, artificial surfaces but it can be taken on trails as well. Upgrades over its predecessor include an improved tip, support and compression, and breathability. It comes with a ComfortFrame upper and a padded tongue along with a cushiony EVA midsole. For you gym training days, this is a great, comfortable ride.
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Molded Ortholite sockliner
Molded sock liners add to the comfort of your feet by holding them in place and following their natural curves.

Early stage Meta-Rocker
The early stage Meta-Rocker in the midsole of the Bondi 5 was chosen specifically for the low heel-to-toe differential that guides your foot effectively through a proper gait cycle.

Cost and Value
This shoe is in the higher range price wise but it is well worth the higher cost. The shoe is designed for hard, artificial surfaces like tracks but is versatile enough for the trail as well. It’s a racer with an ultralight build, full EVA midsole and extra padding where it counts. The zoned rubber outsole will also make the shoe longer lasting, which means more value for your money.
Pros
  • Breathable mesh
  • Full EVA midsole
  • ComfortFrame upper
  • Padded tongue
  • Heel bevel
  • Zonal rubber outsole
Cons
  • EE is width limit

8. Hoka One One Gaviota

8. Hoka One One Gaviota
The fact that Hoka One One takes their technology seriously is evident in the Gaviota. This is their premium stability shoe (meaning it stabilizes the metatarsals and midfoot). It also features Arch-Lock Wings technology for further mid-foot support. The RMAT J-Frame also provides a level of support, rebound, shock absorption, and durability. Despite the stability features, this is not a heavy or rigid shoe.
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Arch-Lock Wings
If you need to stabilize your midfoot to prevent pain due to an injury or medical condition, the Arch-Lock Wings in the Gaviota will do just that. Your midfoot will be comfortable and still while the shoe does the gait cycle work for you.

J-Frame stabilizer
The J-Frame in this shoe is also designed for foot stabilization. It supports and protects the foot while guiding it through each step, all without using any unforgiving or rigid materials.

Cost and Value
This shoe is at the higher end of the price range for our list. However, for the price, you are receiving Hoka One One’s premium stabilizer shoe. It stabilizes without rigid material and without excessive weight. All the support you could ask for in a functional, lightweight runner.
Pros
  • Arch-Lock Wings
  • J-Frame support
  • RMAT outsole
  • Moderate heel bevel
  • Zonal rubber placement
Cons
  • Sizes run small

9. Hoka One One Constant 2

9. Hoka One One Constant 2
The Constant 2 is Hoka One One’s widest fitting running shoe. It focuses on stable, ground contact that remains comfortable. The midsole is constructed of alternating density foams, all in a breathable, extremely reasonably priced running shoe.
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Late Stage Meta-Rocker
Meta-Rockers stabilize the midfoot and guide your foot through a full, proper gait cycle. A late stage Meta-Rocker puts more emphasis on forefoot stability, making the Constant 2 perfect for those who need more stability in front.

Alternating density midsole
The midsole in this Hoka One One shoe is very unique. It uses a mix of soft foam and springy foam that are strategically placed asymmetrically to match the biodynamics of your foot, for extreme performance.

Cost and Value
This shoe is the least expensive in our line-up. Quite a value considering the engineering that allows a cushioned, supportive and stable running shoe for any surface. It is also wider fitting than other models in Hoka One One’s line.
Pros
  • Alternating density foam
  • Breathable mesh
  • Seamless construction
  • Road or light trail
  • Wider fitting
Cons
  • Tongue sewn on one side

10. Hoka One One Infinite AW16

10. Hoka One One Infinite AW16
The Infinite AW16 is a medium stability running shoe that has all the lightweight cushioning of the Clifton. This runner has a lot of padding, including around the heel and tongue, and features an Ortholite insole for additional arch support. Like all Hoka One One’s durability is also built in.
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Supportive midfoot
This shoe offers a level of midfoot support that is not as firm as rocker bottoms yet not as flexible as a standard running shoe. This is great for those who need a little more stability in the midfoot but prefer additional flexibility.

Comfort, comfort, comfort
This running shoe offers a lightweight shoe with a lot of additional padding - in the heel, in the tongue, and in the insole. It has a wider platform as well, which offers cushioning balanced with stability and durability.

Cost and Value
This shoe is in the upper mid-range of prices relative to the others on our list. These shoes are investments and this is no different. You are investing in a great deal of comfort and a moderate level of midfoot stabilizing for those who want the best of both worlds.
Pros
  • Breathable mesh
  • Supportive midfoot
  • Padded tongue
  • Ortholite insole
  • Late stage Meta-Rocker
Cons
  • Not for flat feet

11. Hoka One One Odyssey

11. Hoka One One Odyssey
The Hoka One One Odyssey is a fantastic lightweight shoe with extra cushioning for road running. It has an Active Foot Frame for stability and a shock-absorbing, cushioned midsole with rubber pod style outsole for durability without additional weight or loss of cushion. It is an early-stage Meta-Rocker for propulsion and stability which the EVA midsole provides additional cushion.
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Strategic traction
Rubber pods are placed strategically over the bottom of the shoe which adds traction in the right places while keeping the shoe very lightweight and comfortable.

Early stage Meta-Rocker
The early stage Meta-Rocker in this shoe stabilizes the foot while keeping your heel in contact with the ground for just a fraction of a second longer, increasing the stability of the heel.

Cost and Value
These shoes are in the lower range of prices and for the value, you are getting a very comfortable, very easy ride. Glide through your run with stable heels and a shock-absorbing, lightweight heel.
Pros
  • Early-stage Meta-Rocker
  • Shock-absorbing
  • Rubber pod traction
  • EVA midsole
  • Midfoot stabilizing
Cons
  • Smaller toe box

12. Hoka One One Mafate 4

12. Hoka One One Mafate 4
The Mafate 4 is Hoka One One’s mountain runner. It features a lightweight, seamless construction with superior traction. The bucket frame rests with an RMAT chassis to provide support over the most difficult terrain. The 3D mesh upper allows your feet to stay cool and dry while the heel counter stabilizes the back of your foot. Every feature is designed to keep you safe and stable on the most complicated trails.
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Monomesh Debris Screen
The monomesh debris screen helps to keep trail debris and dirt from getting into the shoe, keeping your feet comfortably racing while the mesh remains breathable.

Race Lace
The Hoka Race Lace technology is an intuitive quick lacing system that makes adjusting, loosening and fastening your shoes simple on the fly.

Cost and Value
These are the most expensive shoes on our list. You’re paying for a lightweight, safe, secure and stable mountain runner that features a great deal of tech designed to make you the fastest mammal through the pass. You will also appreciate the debris screen while making your way through mountain trails.
Pros
  • Debris screen
  • SpeedFrame
  • Seamless interior
  • Padded tongue
  • CMEVA midsole
Cons
  • Sizes run large

13. Hoka One One Valor

13. Hoka One One Valor
The Hoka One One Valor is at the plush end of cushioning for this line of shoes. Supremely comfortable while being lightweight. It is an early stage Meta-Rocker for stable heels and is one of Hoka One One’s only leather upper running shoes. You can also look forward to solid arch support in an attractive, designed for the road running shoe.
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Casual Runner/Walker
This shoe is best designed for exercise walking and light or casual running. The shoe is stabilizing in the midfoot and heel. It provides good arch support and great cushion for your exercise needs.

All day comfort
This is also a great shoe for those that work all day on their feet because of its good support combined with great cushioning. Every element of this shoe is designed to reduce, as much as possible, fatigue in the feet and legs.

Cost and Value
This shoe is at the very top end of the mid-range relative to the other shoes on our list. For that, you are getting a supremely comfortable runner or walker that is suitable for working on your feet all day. There are other shoes that will fulfill this function but few as well and even fewer with the durability and attractive style of this runner.
Pros
  • Great cushioning
  • Moderate support
  • Arch support
  • Removable insole
  • Weather resistant
Cons
  • Sizes run narrow

14. Hoka One One Challenger 4

14. Hoka One One Challenger 4
Another great trail runner from Hoka One One! This running shoe features a closed air mesh to keep the dirt out but let the air in, an oversized EVA midsole for cushioning, and an early stage Meta-Rocker. For traction on the trail, the shoe has 4 mm lugs and a popular design in the outsole. This shoe doubles as a good road runner as well.
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All terrain traction
4 mm lugs and a popular outsole help with traction on all terrains and on uneven terrain. This shoe will keep your feet secure on the trail or on the road so you can work on your training.

Closed Air Mesh
Good trail runners keep the dirt, dust, and debris out of your shoes while you’re running. The shoe remains very breathable throughout your run without worrying about discomfort from grit and small debris underfoot.

Cost and Value
This shoe is in the midrange price wise which is great for a shoe that you can train on road or trail in. You also receive all the benefits common to Hoka One One shoes - comfortable insoles, breathability, and a stable, smooth run.
Pros
  • Closed air mesh
  • Seamless build
  • Ortholite insole
  • Early stage Meta-Rocker
  • 4 mm lugs
  • Oversize midsole
Cons
  • Not for wide feet

15. Hoka One One Speedgoat 2

15. Hoka One One Speedgoat 2
Hoka One One was inspired by Karl Metzter in creating the Speedgoat. As its name suggests, it is designed to move you quickly through the most technical mountain trails, where moving like a goat means light, agile, and fast. It features a reinforced speedframe construction for durability and a midfoot cage for stability and foot capture. The wider platform also increases stability on uneven terrain.
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Trail agility
Stay agile on the trail with a host of features mean for dealing with rough terrain including a wider platform, midfoot cage, a reinforced speedframe and Vibram lugs for aggressive traction.

Oversized midsole
The oversized midsole in the Speedgoat 2 creates a very stable platform for the feet, especially on uneven terrain. This shoe is designed to be stable in over a variety of trail difficulties and conditions.

Cost and Value
This shoe, as with most of the heavier duty trail runners on this list, is in the higher range of prices. For the investment though you will receive one of the best, fastest technical trail runners on the market. You can work on gaining the lead position without thinking about your shoes.
Pros
  • Midfoot cage
  • Open mesh
  • SpeedFrame
  • Durable for the trail
  • Wider platform
Cons
  • Sizes run narrow

Hoka One One has gained a reputation for its commitment to producing some of the best running shoes on the market. They are committed to developing new methods to improve your running performance and experience so that you avoid injury and meet your fitness goals. They do tend to be more expensive than some running shoe lines, but they return the investment with quality.

Whether you are new to running or are a regular on the marathon circuit, whether you run for fitness or to reduce stress, whether you are a Saturday morning in the park runner or a hit the gym at 4 a.m. to start your three-hour routine runner, you cannot afford to neglect your feet. A great quality pair of running shoes can make all the difference in what you achieve and how you feel about it. Hoka One One understands the various goals of runners. Whatever pair you choose to suit your goals, you can’t go wrong with your purchase.

Criteria for Evaluating the Best Hoka One One Shoes

Blinding Us With Science

Hoka One One has made it a point to keep up with the science of footwear. From how feet work, the best materials and methods to support feet, how injuries affect feet, the mechanics of gait, weight, and technique in running, and build engineering, Hoka One One stays on top of it all. It is one of the values of the company that sets it apart from the hundreds of other running shoemakers in the market. Each of the shoes included in our list features advanced shoe making techniques and materials that suit the purpose of that particular shoe – whether it is increased comfort, increased support, increased flexibility, helping you run faster, helping you run longer or helping you deal with an older injury – the shoes are designed with the newest information and technologies available.

Three of the current technologies built into their shoes are the Marshmallow, the Rocking Chair, and the Bucket Seat.

  • The Marshmallow – Hoka One One running shoes often have a midsole that is twice or more the thickness of other running shoes. These give them an appearance that people are really not used to and some giggle at. However, the super thick and slightly wider midsole is very light and maximizes cushioning for your feet. Its minimal weight ensures that your feet are comfortable, stable and not fatigued. It is also a shock absorber that really has not match.
  • The Rocking Chair a.k.a. Meta-rocker Geometry. The midsole in most Hoka One One models has a low heel to toe differential. The outsole is also shaped to propel you forward. The two together are known as the rocking chair which encourages a natural gait for running and helps your foot do some of the work of rolling from heel to toe with each step.
  • The Bucket Seat – a.k.a. Active Foot Frame. The midsole in the Hoka One One is shaped like a bucket seat so your foot sits inside the midsole instead of on it. This gives you more stability for whatever type of running you do, without extra weight or additional support material. It’s also adaptable to the shape of your foot.

Expert Engineering

It’s not enough to understand the science, it must be applied to be useful. Hoka One One has used its experience as a shoemaker and its commitment to the latest science to build a number of improvements and features into their running shoes:

  • Seamless construction –  Seams are one spot in a shoe that can cause blistering, sores and irritation, even with the help of socks. Seams are difficult to reduce or omit when building something that has to be as strong as a shoe but Hoka One One has mastered seamless construction.
  • Durable outsoles – Engineering a good outsole is not as simple as cutting a piece of rubber and adhering it to the shoe. A good outsole must resist wear from surfaces like concrete and pavement and must provide traction on surfaces like wet pavement, wooden floors, and carpeting. It must provide support and be flexible at the same time. Hoka One One has engineered their outsoles with a thick and durable, but flexible and gripping rubber material. It’s engineered so well you won’t have to think about the outsole at all.
  • Breathable mesh – The upper of any sports shoe must be breathable to deal with sweaty feet and to prevent overheating that will reduce both comfort and performance and increase the risk of infection from microbes. Hoka One One has designed their mesh upper with breathable function in mind over aesthetics. Your feet will stay dry and comfortable in their mesh uppers.

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Comfort & Fit

We evaluate all of the shoes we list for comfort. This is because a shoe that fits properly and is comfortable is less likely to cause injury or damage to the foot but also because overwhelmingly, people want to be comfortable on their feet. No one enjoys foot pain and aches.

In the case of a list from a single manufacturer, we’ll review comfort & fit relative to that specific line of footwear and its purpose – in this case, running.

Since you will be using these shoes for running on some level, the last thing you want to have sore and aching feet part way through your run or after. Nothing is more demotivating than pain. Hoka One One shoes are designed to be comfortable on any terrain and in any weather so they will hold up well in that regard.

They are well cushioned and padded with the latest in shock absorbing and cushioning technology and a seamless construction. This means that your shoes will take the brunt of your run, rather than your heels, metatarsals, and forefoot. It also means that your top foot and heels should not experience blisters, abrasions, scratches and other irritations that can make running (and walking afterward) extremely painful.

Hoka One One shoes are well designed for air ventilation and a dry foot is a comfortable foot. They are also designed to hug your foot and move with it while guiding your foot into the correct gait. A stable foot is excessively happy because it will not likely be injured in any way. Finally, the shoes are designed to be as lightweight as possible. This means your feet will not be fatigued by having to lift the weight of the shoe. Instead, the lifts naturally with the foot, as it should.

No feature was overlooked with Hoka One One in terms of comfort. In terms of fit, part of the job is yours – have your feet correctly measured and read Hoka One One’s size charts to ensure the best fit for you. Many of the models are available in wider sizes for those who need them.

A Note About Versatility

You will be able to use your Hoka One One shoes for activities other than running. However, you are investing in a great shoe that is designed to get you to speed (or endurance). Even the best running shoes only have so many miles on them so it’s a good idea to have your running shoes for exercise and training alone and purchase a separate pair of shoes for other activities like working out in the gym, running errands, driving the kids to soccer practice, getting in your own soccer practice – whatever you may be doing.

Also, wearing your runners for running will keep them in the best shape for that purpose. You’re making a significant investment in your Hoka One One running shoes so it makes sense to get the very best life out of them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why is Hoka One One such a good choice for running shoes?
A:  The straight-up goods on this is that Hoka One One is an experienced shoemaker who doesn’t rest on their laurels. They keep up with science and technology to bring you the very best quality construction. They are very proud when a runner in their shoes wins races and are motivated to help all their customers perform at their very best – it’s ingrained in their business model and you benefit from that motivation.

Q:  Do Hoka One One shoes tend to run bigger or smaller than usual?
A:  “True to size” is a fairly subjective standard. Some people will find that they have a hard time finding a Hoka One One running shoe that fits them. There are all sorts of reasons for this but one important reason is that runners do not fit the same way that street shoes or others do. To ensure the best fit, always check the size chart for the model that you are considering. Read the reviews to determine whether the shoes run narrow or wide, long or short. Folks are good about telling you in reviews about sizing challenges. The best though is to avoid the temptation to click on your ‘normal’ shoe size and expect to have a shoe delivered that fits perfectly. Take a few minutes to check out reviews and charts to be sure.

Q:  Where can I wear my Hoka One One shoes?
A:  Hoka One One shoes are designed to cope with almost any terrain in almost any weather. This means you can wear them on trails and concrete, treadmills and park paths and expect that they will last. You can also get your run in whether it’s raining or sunny outside. While you may not be overly motivated to run outside in the rain, having a good pair of shoes that will stand up to it gives you one less excuse.

Q: Are the insoles removable?
A:  In most Hoka One One models, the insoles are removable. It’s always best to check the product details to be sure but in most cases, you will be able to replace the insole with a custom insole or orthotic if you prefer.

Q: Is there a specific way that I would need to clean my Hoka shoes?
A:  Hoka One One’s don’t require any more care than other running shoes. A little soap and warm water on a cloth will take care of most dirt. Avoid ever putting them in the washing machine.

Q: When is it time to replace my Hoka One One running shoes?
A:  A running shoe should last between 300 to 500 miles before needing to be replaced. If the midsole begins to show creases or the outsoles begin to wear through to the midsole material, these are also signs that the shoe has worn and should be replaced. Further, if the shoe is becoming uncomfortable, this is also likely a compression or stretching issue and the shoe should be replaced.

Q: My running shoes are wearing out unevenly, why is that happening?
A:  It’s most likely because of the way you run. Some people are heavy heel-strikers while others distribute their weight further forward. Some people pronate their feet (put more weight toward the instep) or supinate their feet (put more weight on the outside). All of these will cause your shoe to wear unevenly. Unless it’s severe, it’s usually normal and nothing to worry about. However, if you are noticing that one area is wearing much faster than others, and especially if you are experiencing pain, you may want to have your feet checked out by a podiatrist who may recommend a custom orthotic to correct the issue.

Q:  I was told that running in two different pairs of shoes was better for me, is that true?
A:  Yes, in a way it is true. The midsole foam material in a runner can take up to 24 hours to fully recover after running use. Also, running in two different shoes helps your body adapt to both and can prevent overuse injuries. However, if you are just starting out or running a few days per week, one pair will be adequate. If you are on a heavier training schedule or are going to run longer distances more frequently, two or more pairs of running shoes are recommended.

Q:  What is the difference between a late-stage and early-stage Meta-Rocker design?
A:  The late-stage Meta-Rocker keeps your heel on the ground for a fraction of a second longer in the gate cycle, emphasizing heel stability. The early stage Meta-Rocker keeps your forefoot on the ground for a fraction of a second longer in the gate cycle, emphasizing forefoot stability.


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