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 maximally 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.
Most runners will find two Hoka insoles in the box. One is very flat and thin and the other is more customized 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.
- Well-cushioned shoe built for distance and speed
- 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 advocates for a good running form
- Fully established ground touch outsole for stability
- Good traction on most surfaces
- 5mm heel-to-toe drop