Hoka One One Clayton

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Hoka One One Clayton Review Facts

Despite the bulky look of this shoe, the Hoka One One Clayton is a really lightweight shoe. These shoes have a good level of cushioning and responsiveness that make them lightweight and fast. For more stable and comfortable rides, these shoes feature the unique Oversize Active Foot Frame. That component manages to offer durable and efficient support. The shoes are considered a great hybrid between racing and training shoes, but most athletes prefer them for racing. Runners that have taken them for marathon running were pleased with the level of comfort these shoes provide during long runs. As the design of the shoe has shown to be great for some and terrible for others, we recommend you to try them first if you have the chance.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Remarkable cushioning
  • High energy return
  • Very durable
  • Remarkable traction
  • Good shock absorption
  • Enhanced support
Cons
  • It has generated blisters in the arch area.
  • Toes feel cramped.
  • Lack of stability in the heel area
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We have spent 4 hours analyzing a total of 550 reviews.

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Positive
  • This shoe helps in so many ways. It takes pressure off of my tendon injury. The minimal drop has enhanced my speed, since I am a mid striker. It is comfy and a one of a kind shoe. Love these.
  • These are actually a bit bigger than the other models. I loved the Cliftons and these are comparable. They are really light and have just a little less cushion than the Clifton. They are stiff in the foot, which is normal. They are wider in the front as well and the tongue is thinner and flatter, which is really nice.
  • The softer heels have saved my joints: knees, ankles, hips, etc. These are going on 1200 miles and they are still useable and soft. I am getting more, however. These have a solid impact and a stable ride, even with the higher heel placement. They have a great grip to the sole and they shape your feet ice. The grip allows mild terrain to not be a problem. After all those miles, I am only showing one spot of wear, a slight tear at the toe and sole. Nothing major. I love these shoes and they are for long or short distance runners.
  • These shoes are so good They are very light. I mean EPIC light. They have tons of cushion and keep me wanting to run! These make my feet happy and give me a reason to run. They are very light and have tons of cushion. They have been so good for my back. Great shoe.
  • These have proven to be a great balance between a minimalist and structured running shoe They have tons of cushion but are wildly light. They are really thin on the upper material with a thin tongue and a structured but not over done heel padding. These are a really great shoe an I highly recommend them. They also fit me right to size.
  • I run around 20 miles a week and am of average height and weight. They have worked well with my high arches. They have perfect amount of cushion and they are light yet stable shoe. You really cannot go wrong with this shoe.
  • I haven't gotten one blister with these shoes. I have a slight pronation and narrow feet. I run marathons in these babies. They have really been a stable and admirable shoe. I am used to my arches breaking down in my Hokas. Not these, they are still going good after 400 mils. These are so great that i stockpiled. Never done that before. I just love them so much!.
  • If you are dealing with high arches and have anuteral style run, these are for you. They make me go faster and are super light. They didn’t give me blisters like some were saying. These are actually better than the Clifton for me.
  • These are supportive yet light. They are roomy in the toes and are built for endurance runners. They are bit bigger than the other models but great nonetheless.
  • These gave me a blister on the arch of my foot. I fixed this problem, which I am hoping is fixed in the next model, by adding my old Nike insoles to these and if fixed them right up. The shoe is comfortable, light and had great grip. These really cup the heels nice. Super Huggy to my feet.
  • Out of the box comfort! Helps prevent flare up with my fasciitis. I do not get my normal aches and pains when I walk in these. These, I would recommend to any type of runner! They are great.
  • These have provided stellar support for my bad bones. I suffer from some serious lg and back pain most of the time but not with these. These have really saved me and I am able to run a bit more.
  • I'm a Hoka fan, have quite a few pair. This one in particular has less cushion but is better with lateral movement. They are light as always and are great to travel with. Love my Hokas.
  • After slipping my foot into these babies, I have never looked back. I have worrisome feet and they hurt all the damn time. These take all that away. I run about 25 miles a week and have really wide feet. They take away any and all residual body stress and they are really fun to look at, such bright colors.
  • I'm old, 70, and I have some deterioration fro arthritis in my joints. These really keep the balls of my feet from getting numb and help with all the pain my old bones try to fussy up. They have ample toe space and are really light. I wish they were more water resistant. Maybe there is a spray for that.
  • I am so in love with these shoes. These are a bit firm compared to the Cliftons, which I like but still soft and cushy. They are well structured and help my foot pain to where I am able to run more miles without hurting. They have not given me any issues with blisters like I have been reading. These are a great shoe and I suggest them or sure.
  • II cannot express enough how amazing these shoes are. I average 20 miles a week and do training for marathons, running three s far. These shoes have been a godsend. I have pretty intense tendonitis and these never cause me to flare up. I switched from Brooks to this shoe and I cannot get enough.
  • These have a much larger to box than the Cliftons I ordered. I ordered a half size up and they are great. They have a really good high arch support. I didn’t have to use my orthotics with these, which is a dream come true.
  • They seem a little bulky initially but surprisingly are super light and supportive and look great. They had a hot spot in the arch at first but it went away.
  • These are a dream for my hip and knees. They are so cushioned and supportive yet very stupidly light. These keep my stride correct , which also helps in the pain dept. So happy with this shoe. They work great for my 8 to 10 mile runs.
  • I was surprised that the higher sole didn't create any rolls or twists in my ankles. They feel great on impact and absorb well. I am happy with this shoe for sure, pure magic.
Negative
  • These shoes were such a disappointment. I am having to stockpile the Clifton ones.These gave me and my BF severe blisters in both arches on both of our feet. Not just little ones, like damaging ones. So unhappy about this.
  • Hese shoes ran way larger than my other Hokas. The tongue is too flimsy and the toe box is WAY too much. These are less support too. Just not happy all together.
  • Purely an uncomfortable shoe. I am on my feet all day and I knew right away these were going to hurt. These really lacked cushion and support compared to my old Cliftons. I am disappointed to say the least. I don’t recommend.
  • The front was tight and gave me blisters. I am starting to get a hot spot on the arches and big toe a well.. This is just one big blister machine. I am not impressed.
  • They are hard on the inside and has stiff tread that catches every bit of debri it can. The arches are supe pressured and don't hit even. They also have no cushion compared to my other running shoes. I do not like these.
  • Everything about this shoe was fantastic: support, cushioning, style. However, they rubbed some nasty blisters in my arches, which was really painful and discerning. Too bad.
  • The tongue was all over the place and had no padding to it. This is a huge deal breaker for me. I need that extra little padding and support. Plus, it is annoying.
  • Light and cushioned, i loved them at first. However, the arches are brutal! They gave me a pair of blisters that took weeks to heal. Just awful really.
  • The durability is low. They have holes in the top of them. For how pricey these are, i expect more.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of this shoe is one of the most remarkable features of it. Instead of using a rubber compound, it uses a RMAT compound designed by Hoka One One. The RMAT outsole is a lightweight foam compound that provides good bounciness and traction, making these shoes more responsive. The change from rubber to foam allows the shoes to be extra light without sacrificing their durability or overall performance. The lug pattern help provide more traction and responsiveness when running on roads, tracks and other flat and even surfaces. Reviewers stated that the shoe is very quiet when running on pavement.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

Featuring a double-layered midsole, these shoes are able to provide a softer and more cushioned support in the heel area and a firmer support in the forefoot area. This allows for softer and more protected landings and more efficient take offs. The midsole is also unique due to its size. The oversized marshmallow midsole comes with an Active Foot Frame that accommodates your foot deeper in the midsole rather than on top of it. The brand claims that the unique midsole technology provides more stability for all types of athletes. The midsole adapts to a wide range running styles and foot shapes.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper of these shoes is mostly made of a mesh material that allows good ventilation from and to the interior of the shoe, keeping your foot cool and dry. The welded TPU overlays provide structure to the upper while also providing a good fit. However, reviewers have stated that the inner lining causes blisters in the forefoot area. The high arch support is also known to generate unnecessary friction that ends up causing blisters. The heel area locks your heel into the midsole for enhanced support. Reviewers have said that the heel area is too wide while the toe box is too narrow.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Despite the way they look, these shoes are remarkably lightweight. The average weight of the men’s shoes is only 235 grams (8.3 oz.). For the women’s shoes, the average weight is even less, only 198 grams (7 oz.). The reduction of weight of the shoe comes mostly from the unique RMAT outsole technology that uses foam instead of rubber. Amazing lightweight design for amazing racing performance.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The mesh upper from the shoe allows for optimal breathability, providing a cool and dry environment for your feet when running. The rearfoot area is a bit less breathable due to the incorporation of more padded walls in the midsole design. The inner lining of the shoe has been known to be a bit harsh with the skin. We do not recommend using these shoes without socks. The breathability of these shoes gets compromised when running under wet conditions. The excess of water tends to accumulate inside the shoes a making them heavier and uncomfortable.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The shoes have been designed to provide the very best support and comfort to their users. However, the opinions regarding comfort are divided. The PRO2LITE technology in the midsole provides a softer surface in the heel area and firmer surface in the forefoot area for enhanced efficiency and comfort. No doubts the landings feel softer with these shoes. The early stage Meta-Rocker technology promotes also a smooth ride. The outsole and midsole provide great full length cushioning. However, reviewers have suffered from blisters caused in the arch and forefoot area.
Style
Style

Style

There is no doubt the style of these shoes is unique. The very chunky midsole makes them look very bulky and heavy. However, when you realize that they are lighter than many other similar shoes, you will look at them differently. The overlays design in the mesh upper makes them look fast and sleek. They come in many combinations of colors, from very classic combinations of blue and white, to different pattern designs that make them look custom made. A large Hoka One One colorful logo is featured in the heel area of the shoe. Two small but powerful reflective units in the toe cap and the heel counter promote better visibility when you are running in darker conditions.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Reviewers have stated that these shoes are very durable. When they were first released, some rubbers thought the non-rubber outsole might not hold up. They were wrong. The RMAT performs just as good and in some cases better than shoes with rubber outsoles. After running over 250 miles on them, many runners have noticed very little wear in the outsole and the exterior of the upper. Some have experienced a decrease in the cushioning after a couple of hundred miles. The replaced the insole to fix the problem. Every component has been designed to last, and that is exactly what they do.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The shock absorption properties of these shoes have been praised by many runners. The PRO2LITE technology in the midsole and the early stage Meta-Rocker geometry of the shoe provide softer landings and more powerful takeoffs. The energy from the impact gets distributed along the full length of the midsole, protecting and preventing knees and hips injuries. The Active Foot Frame protects the edges of the shoe from any debris you find on the road and provide better stability. However, they are known for causing blisters in the arch area to some runners. A toe cap is featured in the front of the shoes for protection against any debris in the road that may harm you. The heel counter locks your foot securely into the shoes for better stability and protection on your ankles.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

These shoes were designed for responsiveness. The outsole, midsole and upper components of the shoe work together to take you faster during your races. The early stage Meta-Rocker geometry of the shoe works like a rocking chair that promotes your natural gait while propelling you forward for faster runs. The construction of the shoes makes possible for the forefoot area to be harder than the rear foot area in order to provide more efficient propulsion. Those features, combined with the low drop but high stack from the outsole, allows the shoe to promote a midfoot strike for faster and more natural gait cycles. Experienced athletes think that these shoes are among the most responsive ones they've tried.
Support
Support

Support

The oversized marshmallow midsole provides great full length cushioning and comfort for your feet. The Active Foot Frame provides great stability and adaptability to the whole shoe. Both, combined with the RMAT outsole and the mesh upper, make these shoes one of the most supportive shoes you can have. They do not need supportive insoles to support different feet shapes as the midsole adapts to a wide range of running styles and foot shapes. However, some reviewers state that the arch is too high, so we recommend you try them on first.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

These shoes are designed to run on flat and even surfaces such as asphalt. The traction that the RMAT foam outsole is as good as the rubber components from other shoes. The lug pattern provides good traction and responsiveness on the road. These shoes should be considered for long runs. Experienced runners have taken them to marathons and half marathons, while others have used them for triathlons. When used on trail roads and other uneven surfaces, the traction and responsiveness decrease.
Price
Price

Price

These shoes are within a normal price range for their category. They have been on the market since spring 2016, so you may even get a good discount if you’re lucky. The average price of the shoes is $150 USD. Remember the price may vary depending on the size of the shoe. If you think of the combination of great and unique technologies in the shoe, the price is reasonable.
Traction
Traction

Traction

With a foam outsole, the traction is surprisingly good. The non-rubber RMAT outsole is one feature that makes this shoe stand out. The very lightweight components used in it makes other shoes jealous of its efficiency. The good traction is capable to provide good responsiveness to the shoes adapting to the moves and decisions you make while running. For better performance, running over asphalt and other flat and even surfaces is recommended. Reviewers have not commented on the performance of these shoes when running on wet surfaces.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The RMAT outsole bends enough to allow them to adapt to your movements. It uses an early stage Meta-Rocker geometry, one that allows a smoother heel to toe transitions thanks to the rocking chair movement. That means that the shoes will promote more natural runs without being super flexible. The upper is very flexible, it bends and adapts to the shape and movements of your feet with ease and comfort. The combination of a “just flexible enough” outsole and a very flexible upper, makes the shoes very comfortable and responsive. These shoes do need a break in period before you can enjoy the full comfort and flexibility they provide.
Stability
Stability

Stability

Thanks to the innovative and unique midsole unit, the shoe provides good stability when you are running. The Active Foot Frame technology in the upper makes your feet to sit deep in the midsole rather than on top of it. It is as if the midsole is hugging your feet from below. That feature provides extra stability to your foot by placing your feet in a frame. The brand claims that it is able to adapt to any kind of foot shape, as well as running styles. The oversized marshmallow midsole makes your runs more stable and comfortable for longer.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The drop of a shoe is the difference between the height of the heel and the height of the toe. The Hoka One One Clayton racing shoes have a 4 mm drop. For the men’s shoes, the heel height is 24 mm and the for foot height is 20 mm. For the women’s, the heel height is 23 mm and the forefoot height is 19 mm. The drop of these shoes promote a more natural midfoot strike and allows extra comfort for longer runs.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• Lightweight
• Marshmallow midsole
• Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry
• Active Foot Frame
• RMAT non-rubber outsole
• PRO2LITE
• Welded TPU overlays
• Upper mesh
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Hoka One One Clayton racing shoe is definitely a good example of great and unique technologies working together to provide lightweight comfort and responsiveness. They look like maximalist shoes because of the oversized marshmallow midsole, but they technically are not. They provide great cushioning and comfort for longer runs. The brand claims they can provide enough support for all kinds of runners. The downside of this shoe is the friction caused by the arch support in the midsole. Reviewers have stated that this generates blisters. We recommend, when possible, to give them a try before you buy them. Depending on the shape, width, and arch you have on your feet, they can be a blessing or become very uncomfortable.