Thursday, April 16, 2015

HOKA ONE ONE Clifton Running Shoe Review

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I am super excited to tell you guys about the amazing HOKA ONE ONE Clifton shoes I had the pleasure of reviewing for Runner's World Magazine...

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The HOKA ONE ONE Clifton running shoes were voted Runner's World Editors pick for 2015...

First thing I thought about the HOKA shoes when I saw them a couple years ago at a race, was OMG those are the strangest running shoes I have ever seen. There is no way they could be comfortable to run in. I noticed how bulky and heavy looking they were on peoples feet, but I thought to each his own, right? Fast forward to this past year I started noticing them more and more out on the course. I knew at that point there must be something about these shoes that made them desirable. So I did a little researching on the computer and this is why the HOKA ONE ONE shoes have become so popular...


Since 2010, HOKA ONE ONE® has been on a quest to bring ground breaking and elevated benefits to all runners. HOKA ONE ONE engineers unique performance midsole geometries that feature higher volume, softer density, and greater rebounding foam than standard running shoes.

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That def explains why the bottoms of these shoes look different...

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So the question was how do they feel on your feet when running?

The first time I ran in the HOKA ONE ONE Cliftons was at the Crescent City Classic 10k a couple weekends ago. I know I probably shouldn't have worn them the first time in a race, however I was blogging for the race and wasn't "racing" so it would be ok...

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They took a little while to get used to at first. I felt like I was having to work a little more at picking my feet up. I think that was due to knowing there was more of a cushion under my feet than I was used to. By about mile 4 I started getting used to them and realizing that I needed to run exactly how I would in my previous running shoes and it became a lot easier on my legs. They were surprisingly not heavy at all. Trust me when I say looks are very deceiving, they are super light.

I have taken them for a couple more runs and have fallen in love with them. I have had virtually know hip problems at all. I suffer with ITBS in my left hip and it usually gets pretty sore after any run over 5 miles and I havent had that problem since running in the HOKAS. I have the Biggest Loser half marathon this Sunday, so I will def update on how it feels after running 13.1 miles. Stay Tuned on that!

I also tried them out in the gym. I normally wouldnt wear my running shoes at the gym, but I was doing exercises on the elliptical that mimic running so I wore them to check it out...

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Again they were super comfy and my feet were not tired after the workout. SCORE!

Confession time: My super awesome Fat to Fit Radio Show cohost Cindy Lane Ross has been a HOKA fan for quite sometime now.

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She suffers from Planters Fascittis and since changing over to the HOKAS she has had no flares up at all. We have been talking about them for a while on the radio show and I have admittedly cracked a couple jokes about her running in them. Well the jokes on me, these shoes are amazingly comfortable. My feet are not nearly as tired after a run as they were in some of my previous shoes. The impact on my hip so far has been next to nothing.

The Fat to Fit Radio Show cohost are def fans of the HOKA ONE ONE running shoes...

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If you are looking for a great running shoe with lots of cushion under your feet, the HOKA ONE ONE Clifton shoe is for you.

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If you suffer from an impact pain/injury, you should def try out one of the many HOKA ONE ONE shoes. They have a ton of shoes for you to choose from online, just find the one that's right for you.

You can find them at and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and even Pinterest. They also have a You Tube channel that has some great videos featuring their awesome shoe line.

Also make sure you check out Runner's World Magazine online. It has been one of my favorite magazines for years.

Disclaimer: I was given a pair of HOKA ONE ONE Clifton running shoes from Runner's World Magazine on behalf of HOKA ONE ONE and compensated in exchange for my honest review. As always all opinions are my own. 


  1. I was gifted a pair of Hokas back in Oct and like you said, they were a little strange to get used to at first. I honestly haven't tried to run in them since (I was injured at the time and was afraid of making it worse with different shoes). I might break them out for a run soon and see how they feel again! :)

  2. These are on my bucket list to try! I've heard so many great things about them and cushion? Yes please!

  3. Rachel @RunningRachelApril 16, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Very cool. I have seen these at race expos and many of my trail runner friends LOVE this brand. Great review.

  4. very cool! I've heard nothing but good things about Hokas! seems like everyone has tried them

  5. I haven't tried Hokas yet but I know people love them! Thanks for the review!

  6. I have a pair of these and they are SO comfy! They look huge but are actually one of the lightest pairs I own.

  7. Hmmm interesting. I also thought they looked crazy, but ever since injuring myself due to bad running shoes earlier this year I've been on the hunt for some perfect new running shoes and I'm kind of wondering what these would be like for me. I overpronate so I'd have to really make sure they're stable!

  8. I've been running in my cushy Asics Gel NImbus for years. These look like they'd be even more cushy!

  9. I know a couple of people who have tried out Hokas. Everyone who has tried them out seems to really like them!

  10. I keep hearing about Hokas!! I may have to give them a shot... still looking for "the shoe" for me even after being an Asics wearer forever.

  11. Thanks for brining these to my attention, I've never heard of them before!! I have so much trouble finding a good shoe, my arch drops when running so I need something really supportive there.

  12. These look so weird, but after seeing the specs breakdown I get why people are into them. I love out there shoes tho, so I might give them a try :)

  13. I tried the this shoe and did love the cushioning but the way it fit just wasn't right for my feet. They are super comfy though for walking because of all that cushioning!

  14. This is the second time I've seen a glowing review of these shoes - I think I should try them

  15. Allyson @ AMPrunsApril 22, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    So glad I finally got to read this and hear more since talking to you at the CCC10k! They sound like something I should try, with me being so injury-prone and all. And here I just switched to a more minimalist shoe with the Pure Cadence. Thanks for reviewing!!