Founded in France in 2009, Hoka One One prides itself on the design shoe design known as "maximalist." While other brands try to perfect that close-to-the-ground platform that some runners look for, Hoka dedicates its time to perfecting the oversized sole unit. Those who enjoy greater cushioning, flexible wear, and a low heel-to-toe drop will find a plethora of Hoka options to choose from.
One of its more dependable lines, Clifton, consistently provides runners with this signature cushioning while still being lightweight and pliable.
As with the previous models, it performs for both the casual or advanced runner. It does have some unfortunate downsides, however, so be sure to read our full review below to understand the ins and outs of the Hoka One One Clifton 5.
-Available in several eye-catching color schemes
-Made from high-quality materials
-Various width options available
-Soft underfoot cushioning
-Lightweight and breathable wear
-Fits narrower than average
-Midsole lacks responsiveness
-Upper is too stiff
Placed on key areas of the outsole, it performs the dual task of safeguarding the shoe from early wear and tear and providing the runner with better traction across rough surfaces and wet environments. Flex grooves are also carved into this feature to allow a more natural and pliable wear.
The inclusion of a Molded Ortholite Sockliner adds to this cushiony feel by giving the runner arch support and moisture control. Finally, an Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry enables an easier and much smoother gait cycle.
One unfortunate downside of this extra-large platform is its lack of responsiveness, as reviewers say that they don’t feel that extra spring in their step that they would with other running shoes.
The traditional lacing system, padded tongue, and collar also ensure that the foot stays properly in place throughout the day.
Though runners enjoy the breathability that it offers, they were unhappy with how stiff the upper unit felt. Some even noted that its lack of give left them with irritations.
The careful engineering of all its materials, including the EVA foam midsole and High-Abrasion Lightweight Rubber, ensures that runners receive plenty of cushiony comfort without the burden of added weight. This also makes this shoe more than ideal for all-day use.
The shoe’s molded Ortholite Sockliner enhances this feature by drawing away sweat and keeping germs at bay. This reduces the likelihood of any infections that would be caused by heat and sweat.
Those who are more heavyset are especially happy with how comfortable they feel throughout the day. And its breathable wear ensures that they are kept cool and dry no matter what. On the other hand, some say that this model fits quite narrow even with the various width options.
Even more claim that the stiffness of its upper unit makes for a very uncomfortable run, with several runners experiencing skin irritations.
The same traditional lacing system, featuring flat laces and discreet eyelets, is still in place along with a pull tab at the heel. Those who enjoyed the fourth versions highly appealing color schemes are pleased to know that this newer model follows suit when it comes to eye-catching hues.
Shades of blue, green, yellow, and purple are available to those who enjoy vibrant athletic wear. There's even a grey/pink option for those who wear women's sizes. Of course, a simple yet still-appealing black and white design is also on sale for those who like to keep things basic.
And its outsole stays in working shape thanks to the High Abrasion Lightweight Rubber that's outfitted along its forefoot and heel. The upper is now reinforced with a 3D Puff Print Frame that's more subtle yet does an even better job at helping the shoe maintain its shape than standard printed-on overlays.
This further limits the amount of pain that they will feel by the end of the day. The height of the platform also serves as a barrier against potential road hazards. And the breathable nature of its upper and sockliner prevent infections the would be caused by excessive sweat.
Runners believe that it's the extra softness of this feature that's causing this unfortunate drawback, along with the very slight raise in its platform height. Though the one-millimeter difference may not seem like much to some, runners feel it as they move and feel this contributes to the unresponsive nature.
This especially comes into play when running across rough or uneven surfaces. Greater support is offered by the shoe's padded tongue and collar, which perform the dual task of supporting the ankle and ensuring that the foot is kept in place.
There is still some debate over how well this shoe can perform in wet environments. Though some feel secure when walking through slick conditions, others notice that they start to slip. Either way, its upper's obvious lack of water repellency is clear proof that it's not an all-weather model.
Though it seems pricey, those who value a long-lasting, cushiony wear and lots of airflow would consider this shoe to be a very smart investment. This is especially the case for those who live with chronic muscle or joint pain. However, due to reports of a narrow wear and uncomfortably stiff upper, it would be wise of any buyer to try this model on in-store first before making a purchase.
Though it could still carry them fairly well on wet surfaces, some reviewers did notice that things became a little more slippery as they ran through rain or on slick surfaces.
Unfortunately, the same can't be said for other parts of the shoe as the construction of these models upper renders it uncomfortably stiff to many reviewers. What's worse is that its lack of give has left some runners with blisters and skin irritations after prolonged use.
Its Ortholite Sockliner it molded to better support the arches and keep the foot from wobbling. The upper's 3D Puff Print Frame takes the place of old printed overlays and works just as well at keeping the foot in place and maintaining the shoe's structure. This is aided even further by the shoe's padded collar and tongue.
-Ultra-plush EVA foam midsole for cushioning
-Moisture-wicking Molded Ortholite Sockliner
-Breathable engineered mesh upper
-3D Puff Print Frame gives structure
-Available in multiple color options
-Heel-to-toe drop of 5mm
The fifth version successfully maintains its reputation of high-quality shoes with incredible cushioning, a lightweight, and very flexible wear. Consumers can easily wear this model out in casual settings, during a gym session, or even while running a light trail. And its vibrant color options make it especially appealing to those who look for eye-catching athletic wear. However, this model does have some unfortunate drawbacks.
The updates made on its midsole give it less responsiveness than its predecessors, and the construction of its upper unit has rendered it stiffer than usual. For these reasons, it would be very wise for buyers to try this model on in a store before making a purchase. Still, those who were able to find their perfect fit and wear are more than happy to make the Hoka One One Clifton 5 an extremely comfortable addition to their shoe collection