It seems like there’s been an arms race of “who can have the most collabs” in 2023, and… we’re not complaining. At all. It’s only appropriate that as we close out the year, two of the most collab-heavy brands in running, Hoka and Satisfy, team up for a blockbuster shoe drop with the just-announced Clifton LS, a customized version of the iconic shoe that cemented Hoka’s lore in running history.
Both brands are hitting their strides right now better than Secretariat down the home stretch, and it shows with the Clifton LS. A road shoe that has trail-like touches, this version of the Clifton is more aggressive than anything we’ve seen in the past. It boasts a variety of upgrades to the workhorse daily trainer, including custom engineered mesh design inspired by topographic maps, a reflective molded toe cap, woven tongue webbing, speed lace system with lace toggles, and custom crag box. The dual nylon pull loops with a nod to climbing are probably unnecessary, but look great aesthetically.
While many shoe collaborations feature a simple colorway tweak or minimal custom features, the myriad of custom details in the Clifton LS make this a truly desirable collaboration that embodies the ethos of both brands. Satisfy often focused on the outdoors and trails (ultrarunner Michael Versteeg is the de facto face of the brand), while founder Brice Partouche began his running journey in the Clifton 3, so for him, there’s a deeper meaning behind the partnership.
Aside from trail and road running, the design of the Clifton LS touches on skate culture, with the reinforced toe bumper extending into the ollie zone and an overall design that hearkens back to early aughts footwear. An upgraded Durabrasion Rubber outsole adds increased durability and grip over the standard Clifton models.
The shoe comes in two silhouettes, an onyx black with earthen accents, and an off-cream white with tidal temperature tones (I made both of those up, but you can imagine that’s what they’re called).
Robbe is the senior editor of Believe in the Run. He loves going on weird routes through Baltimore, finding trash on the ground, and running with the Faster Bastards. At home in the city, but country at heart. Loves his two boys more than anything. Has the weakest ankles in the game.More from Robbe