Hoka One One Clifton
The Hoka Clifton, the original Clifton, was a very popular shoe introduced in July of 2014. This shoe helped launch the company’s lightweight, but maximal cushioned shoe line which appealed to many runners. Prior to the Clifton, Hoka shoes were known for their bulky midsoles and extreme cushioning, but were not very good for fast runs. Weighing in at just 7.5 ounces and with a thinner midsole, the Clifton offered a new look and new line for the company. The Clifton became the first maximal racer which still featured all of the Hoka plushness, but in a design that encouraged stability and speed. Although now an older and discontinued model (look for the Clifton 4 in July 2017), the original Clifton, or Clifton 1, is still available and some runners claim this version is the best.
- Extremely lightweight seamless upper prevents blisters and chaffing
- High abrasion EVA outsole that lasts for miles
- Early stage rocker design for a natural heel-to-toe feel
- Highly comfortable and cushioned midsole
- Low dropping from the heel
- Very lightweight and fast shoe
- Toe box is considered narrow for others.
- Discontinued model that is hard to find
- Thin tongue can be irritating
- I have severe tendonitis and this shoe takes all the pressure off on impact. I am amazed at the comfort and shock absorbency. I highly recommend this shoe.
- These are amazing. They are not as heavy as they look. These have great support for my wee little ankles.
- I was able to run with these right out of the box. I was surprised how light they are. I am impressed.
- They came out with a 2, which is the same exact shoe, they just added a thicker tongue. I prefer the thinner tongue so my ankle doesn't sweat. I really love the style, it is weird at first if you aren't used to minimalist shoes but they are great and really light. Best shoe on the market if you ask me.
- These shoes have great support for my heels and my back while not creating fatigue in my feet. I traded these for my old Reeboks and I just love them. Id have to say they are the best out there. I run around 30 miles a week and these are holding up great.
- I have to lace thee tighter than my other soes, which isn't a problem for me; they fit so perfectly snug. I use these at work in a hospital where I am on my feet all day. I have never had a shoe with such great arch support. These were built for my feet.
- These are my favorite shoes. They have a great design, are super comfy and offer great support.
- I have been using these for running and I am used to getting knee and back pain; not with these. I have had no issues; thank God for Cliftons.
- I was going to throw in the towel on running until I found these shoes.. THey are very light while still having a lot of cushion. I love them.
- I am a subject matter expert when it comes to shoes; it is my job. I suffer from Morton’s neuroma and these have no competition in comfort and support. I wish they were a little wider but these have proven to be great for my long distance runs. They are very light so do not be fooled by the photo.
- I don't even care they made new versions of these, I like these the way they are. I am using these for my second marathon training and I cannot be more happy. The last ones lasted me around 300 miles.
- These don't really help with joint pain but my feet feel amazing. I have had these for over 100 miles and they are still structurally sound. They are so light and cloudy.
- I run heavy and have wide feet and these have left o pain after running. I didn't really like them in m sprints, these are more distance shoes I feel. The top of the toe box needed a few runs to break in but after that, these were and have been amazing.
- I love these shoes. They have been great at absorbing shock from the runs I do daily. They have a perfect cushioning and the support is unreal.
- I bought two pairs of these to rotate since i put so many miles on them a week. I really highly recommend these shoes, I just don't think they are made for durability, which makes me sad.
- I am pushing 300 lbs and am middle aged. I run like a horse; you can hear me coming from around the block. These shoes have helped with my knee pain because they absorb pressure so well. I love running in these, my strides are better and they just carry me through with grace.
- I cannot feel anything when I wear these. I am super happy, other than they are a little narrow than I normally like.
- I figured these would phase out so I bought two pair. Love these shoes. THe newer model does not even compare. Comfortable and great support.
- These shoes are fast, have uber comfort and have cleared up my foot pain. I do not like the arches but they are really light, it is amazing.
- Among the multitude of compliments I get on these shoes, lies an enormous amount of comfort. These shoes are so comfortable, I wear them daily to work where I stand on my feet all day. They have not given me any pain and my daily fatigue is almost non existent.
- Never want to buy a different pair of shoes. These are over the top comfortable and I love the support.
- I have plantar fasciitis and these feel great with my inserts. I like t get a good walk in daily and these have not hurt me at all. Great, great support and comfort.
- These are freaking ridiculously light. The lightest shoes I have ever had the privilege to own. I love how supportive they are and they are really great with my distance runs. I love these shoes.
- These are very sleek shoes. The 2s have a padded tongue , which I wasn’t fond of so I was glad to find these. I am really bothered that these seem to be phasing out because these have epic support and cushion and the original design is so light and perfect.
- I love the bounce and light wear of these shoes. I have been running since my feet hit the ground and these have been an all time favorite shoe for me. I switched to these from Nike and I couldn't be happier. It is like I just threw on a bag of air and was able to run in them; a force field.
- I took me a long while to break these in. They really created bad pain in my achilles. They loosened up after many runs and are better but these aren't for avid runners.
- These shoes really sucked for me. They had too much cushion, if that is possible. They made my knees and joints ache when I was done running. I run about 6 miles a day so I am used to running.
- These shoes were too wide for me and the padding was all in the heel; everything was thinner throughout the rest of shoe. Not sure why that is, but it didn't work for me.
- I was very happy with these shoes at first. However, after 45 days, these started falling apart. Well, that just sucks, they were pricey.
- I got these shoes after I found the Bondi 3 to be too much cushion. I am used to putting around 500 miles on my shoes, not with these. They were falling apart after the first 100 miles. They started flapping on the bottom in the middle of a marathon. I was so upset. I won’t be buying Hoka again.
Most runners will find two Hoka insoles in the box. One is very flat and thin and the other is more customised for the shape of the shoe. Wearers have a choice of using one or both insoles for extra comfort. There were a few complaints of only receiving the customized insole with the shoes.
Durable abrasion-resistant CMEVA rubber outsole
Impact protection delivered through CMEVA foam in midsole and outsole
No sewn mesh construction in the upper
Early Stage Meta-Rocker plan advoctaes for a good running form
Full established ground touch outsole for stability
Good traction on most surfaces
5mm heel-to-toe drop