Meaghan: Now that I’m on my second pair of HOKA One One Clifton (both of which I purchased) and have run two marathons in them, I figured it was time to write a review. Here it is.
Meaghan: Based on that brief introduction, you can probably tell I’m a huge fan of this shoe. Despite their gargantuan looks, they’re super light; the cushion-to-weight ratio is insane. My W7.5 weighed in at 6.55 oz. The upper is constructed with minimal material and it’s extremely breathable. From the top of the arch to the toe, the mesh is basically see-through. Through the heel and collar is where HOKA added some padding for comfort and structure. The tongue is paper thin and the lacing allows you to tighten up the fit if needed. The shoes are pretty wide throughout, especially through the toebox. I personally love the fit. They’re comfortable for my wide feet and allow my toes to spread freely. Hopefully, you don’t need them, but ANY insole will fit in these shoes. The ride of this shoe is what I really fell in love with. So much soft, bouncy cushioning underfoot… from landing to toe-off. And on top of it all? They’re fast.
Meaghan: I wouldn’t change a thing about this shoe with the exception of the tongue. It’s too flimsy for me. I wish HOKA continued the padding they structured through the heel and collar, in the tongue. Rumor has it this happened in V2.
Meaghan: I remember the first time I saw a pair of HOKAS… I thought they looked ridiculous. Not much has changed there, other than my love for them. I know a lot of people hate on HOKAS and the max shoe movement in general. I get it. I was raving about minimal shoes not too long ago. I’ve run a marathon in a pair of race flats (New Balance 1400) and I’ve run a marathon in max-cushioned shoes (Hoka Clifton x2). My main concern with running shoes and long distances is weight. If you can slap an inch of cushioning on a shoe and still keep it under 7 oz, I am going to wear it. If you haven’t tried the HOKA Clifton, I suggest you give it a try. The Clifton 2’s will be available later this month.