The Hoka One One Kawana blends their CMEVA foam cushioning, early-stage Metarocker, and a unique Swallowtail heel that makes this shoe a great fit for intermediate road running and cross-training.
Unlike other trainers in the Hoka lineup, the Kawana is much more versatile and built for more activities outside of your daily runs. Scroll down to learn more about this shoe's overall performance, support, comfort and more.
I feel like the high level of cushioning and grippy outsole make this shoe a perfect fit for beginners or intermediate runners who want a shoe that provides a smooth and cushioned ride. I found this shoe to be incredibly versatile and adapted to my movements.
I loved how snug they are without cutting off circulation. They provide excellent lockdown without feeling restrictive and hold their shape even after 50 miles together.
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Due to the large cushioned insole, I don't imagine the Kawana ideal for advanced road runners. But it certainly is an excellent shoe for a beginner or intermediate runner that needs a little extra bounce and support. This model is for road running and cross-training specifically. You may want to reach for something with deeper and grippier lugs for the trails.
They gripped well on ice and snow, but I wouldn't consider the Kawana a great model for winter conditions. For peak performance, it's best to steer clear of the trails and stick to paved surfaces.
I also loved the fit of the heel counter. I'm always nervous to find out if my new shoe purchase will dig into my heel, but this model performed precisely as a running shoe should. You won't want to wear no-shoe socks, of course. But the shoe's heel has a nice arch to it to prevent it from digging into or rubbing up against your ankle.
I'm normally most concerned about the shoe's heel rubbing against my ankle, but they showed no sign of discomfort on the heel. Time will tell if hot spots on any other part of my feet occur, so we will update the article if needed.
While it provided a supremely cushioned and smooth ride, I wasn't very tuned in to the ground under my feet. Feeling the road can be an essential factor on long runs, and the current thickness makes it near impossible to get a sense of the terrain you're on.
The midsole of this design also boasts an early-stage Meta-Rocker that kept my stride nice and bright. It provides quick and easy toe-offs that make it an ideal trainer not only for running but agility work as well.
They also boast a 30 mm stack height (and a modest 5 mm drop) for plenty of cushioning that isn't as cumbersome as the Bondi series. This trainer is an excellent choice if you want a Hoka trainer with a slightly slimmer stack height. It's thick, but not as thick as other Hoka trainers (looking at you, Bondi!)
While most Hoka running shoes are built exclusively for running, the Kawana is more versatile than other Hoka shoes. If you like to switch up your daily runs with a few workouts at the gym, this is a shoe that is able to adapt to whatever you can throw at it!