Short version: I love them.
Long(er) version: Read on…
I’ve worn the same running brand and model for more than four years (Brooks Ghost) and I’ve been in the camp of “don’t fix what isn’t broken.” I loved, and still love, those sneakers and they aren’t going anywhere. They just have a new friend in the rotation now.
I first heard about Hoka One One in November after reading a review on Sarah’s blog. More recently, I’ve seen posts about them on other running blogs (Amanda and Monica). As they are all runners with a lot of experience, plus Sarah works at a running store, I decided to get a pair of my own. Positive peer pressure right there.
To say I am impressed is an understatement. What looks like a super chunky, heavy shoe is honestly one of the lightest and most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. Prime example of not judging a book by its cover.
I bought the Clifton model, which is a labeled a neutral shoe. Funny story: when I told my mom about them she thought I said I bought a “hookah” and was very confused. I have a very high arch (people think I’m a ballerina) and I was nervous to run without my normal inserts. But so far I haven’t had any problems or pains. In fact, I haven’t thought about my feet at all while running (is that normal? My feet are always on my mind…).
What I like:
-The comfort. The extra cushioning is new for me and it feels like a treat to run in something so comfortable.
-The weight. Other than my XC and track racing flats, I’ve never run in something so light.
-The strike. I’m not a heel striker but I am a heavy runner. I can already tell how the sneaker’s low heel-toe drop forces you to land on the mid foot (proper form). I think this could prevent the random knee pain I occasionally get.
What I don’t like:
-Limited color options. Not a huge deal but the colors are really bright.
-Not the most attractive. Let’s just say that I don’t plan to wear these with dress, at least until my wedding…
-These ran true to size, if not a bit small. I run in a 9 in Brooks and an 8.5 in the Hoka’s.
The longest run I’ve had in these is 5 miles so I’m hoping to do a longer run soon. Be prepared for a follow-up note after that happens. While I was skeptical leaving my literal and physical comfort zone, this experiment has proven to be very beneficial. It also leaves me wanting to try more products…but I’ll enjoy what I have for now.
while the brand isn’t entirely smitten with the fact I use them for walking races :-) I love them. I have them on right now.
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I want to run errands in them because they are so comfortable, but I know I’m not “supposed” to use them for anything other than running/walking.
Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie says
I was the same way as you with my wave riders. I read so many running bloggers that raved about them that I figured they would be a great shoe that I had to try out. Turns out they were all true! Maybe next I’ll have to try out a pair of Hokas ;)
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That’s exactly what happened! Positive peer pressure and curiosity proved successful.
Jessica @ kiwiyogirunner says
They look so comfy! I wear brooks ravennas and they are the most glorious green/blue/mauve colour :) I have pronated ankles so I wear an insole too.
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So far I have been perfectly fine with their inserts but I wonder if using my own would be even better.
Sarah @pickyrunner says
These shoes are amazing. I’m glad you fell in love with them too!
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I credit you with introducing them to me! So thank you :)
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
They do look comfy and I love that bright color!
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This was my favorite color option!
Gretchen | Gretchruns says
I’ve always been interested in the Hoka’s after hearing everyone rave about them. Next time I’m in the market for new shoes I’ll test these out!
I totally tried these because I wanted to see what the hype was about. In this case, there is good in wanting to be like the crowd ;)
She Rocks Fitness says
Not going to lie…they are funny looking, but I appreciate your honest review. My running shoes are grey with a little bit of pink. I love them and not sure what I will run in next. Like you I don’t want to change something that works. I run in Zoots.
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I feel like they look like those heely shoes with wheels underneath. Grey and pink are much more appealing to the eyes I think :)
Christina Valenziano says
I totally need to give these a try. I am the worlds worst heel striker.
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Yes! Order a pair! They have been awesome so far.
Rebecca @ MyEagerFeet says
That’s interesting to hear they’re so light – I always assumed they would feel a bit heavier. I love my Mizunos because I feel like I can still feel the ground pretty well…did it feel like you were running on pillows with the Hokas?
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It wasn’t as soft as a pillow (for me at least) but it is pretty darn soft. It feels more effortless running.
Everyone has such good things to say about these shoes, so I really want to try them out! They do look pretty crazy but they also look pretty comfy.
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Honestly, I only bought them out of curiosity because everyone raved about them. They weren’t lying!