HOKA ONE ONE Tivra Review Facts
A part of the lineup of Flyfit shoes in 2019 from HOKA, the Tivra shoe is specifically designed to make your workout easier. Founded in 2009 by the two runners Nicolas Mermoud and Jean-Luc Diard, HOKA took minimalist shoes by storm with their fabulous cushioning and responsiveness.
A section of fans demanded the same comfort of the HOKA ONE ONE in workout shoes that had better flexibility and thus the HOKA ONE ONE Tivra Fitness Trainer was created. Many running shoes focus on forwarding movement but this shoe allows for multi-directional movement, jumps, stress and more. While this shoe does not feature any special midsole or outsole material, the shoe does make good on its promises of comfort and movement.
The outsole of the HOKA Tivra features a rubberized foam with rubber pods. The outsole is non-marking which is quite essential on gym floors. This means that the shoe does not leave prints or scuff the floor. This can provide good grip indoors but runners can slip on wet surfaces so it is not recommended outdoors
. The outsole is kept pretty simple and there are no lugs or fancy patterns since the outsole was not meant to be aggressive.
This HOKA shoe uses a rubber foam midsole which is the same material used in the outsole. While many brands have moved beyond rubber to build their proprietary material, HOKA still relies on tried and tested materials which help keep the cost down and fans sustainably happy. You can see an early stage rocker which funnily enough works like a rocking chair in a way. This rocker follows the geometry of the feet to bring a smooth transition to the forefoot.
As for the back of the shoe, there is a sock-like heel that keeps the shoe wrapped snugly around your ankles
. The plastic overlays present on both sides of the shoe provide extra support for side movements without feeling too snug.
The upper features a lightweight mesh from the forefoot to the heel. There are plastic overlays on both sides of the upper for lateral support which also adds structure to the shoe. The pores on the shoes are widened in certain areas which can be expected to sweat more and the holes are quite smaller in areas like the heel
The area above the toe has a curve called a ‘rocker’ but that is not very prominent in this shoe. Nevertheless, this helps the forefoot roll forward. This shoe uses a thin Strobel which is attached to the upper in the shape of the midsole.
Weighing 7.7 oz, this shoe is quite lightweight. It is a standard to not make heavy workout shoes as this would add to the fatigue of the wearer. The Tivra keeps it light with the help of the fine mesh upper which has only 2 overlays. The rubber outsole weighs less than other HOKA outsole materials thus helping the shoe be light to wear and carry around.
Stepping into a gym means that there is going to be a lot of sweat in your feet and body which is why breathable materials are ideal for your shoes and clothes. The mesh upper is breathable while featuring plastic overlays to cradle your feet for a supportive feel and the textile lined tongue and footbed help manage internal moisture for long term comfort
Your body is likely to undergo stress and strain in the duration of your workout and you will need shoes that can reduce this fatigued feeling in the foot. While this shoe does not have the immense cushioning of the Bondi, the rubber midsole provides just enough comfort to absorb shock while still giving you ground feel. There is a lycra collar around the heel area to prevent friction and add comfort.
Considering that this shoe is made for women, a lot of emphases was placed on the design of the shoe. There are three colorways –Dusty Pink/Mood Indigo, Silver Sconce/Pavement, and Black/Dark Shadow which gives an option for every mood. It features traditional HOKA branding on the tongue and on the insole
If you train intensively then it is likely that your shoes will undergo a lot of stress due to different paces, movements, and equipment
. You would not want to purchase a shoe that lasts only a few workout sessions. Luckily this shoe does well in terms of durability due to its foam rubber outsole and midsole. The rubber not only helps you be firm on your foot no matter how intense the workout but also does not show signs of wear and tear easily. The upper is quite ordinary and we have not had a chance to test its durability yet.
We are not looking for a shoe built like a trail running shoe as the pressures faced in the gym are quite different than from the technical terrain
. All you would need is a closed toe box to protect your toes if some equipment falls, a secure ankle to prevent sprains while running or jogging and a snug fitting upper.
The Tivra does well in most of these qualities except that some reviewers with narrow feet felt that there was too much space in the toe box which could falter their balance. This shoe lacks a TPU in the mid-foot or heel but this is okay as this shoe isn’t mean to offer protection from trail debris or external materials. It does have a Lycra heel collar which cushions the ankle while also keeping it from moving up and down.
Since speed is not the ultimate goal of this shoe, this shoe is not very responsive. The rubber midsole has some degree of flexibility but it cannot be compared to EVA foam. The early stage meta rocker in the front of the shoe does help toe-off and provide a smooth run which helps on treadmills
The rubber sole is flexible yet sturdy enough to give a confident grip on the floor even while doing exercise that shakes the balance such as squats or deadlifts. The flexibility helps while doing fast movements such as jumping jacks or burpees without throwing you off your game.
This shoe features a pull tab at the heel which helps you put on a tight fitting shoe easily and slide them off for easy removal. This is a small benefit but quite a nice touch as it can allow shoes to be attached to your gym bag to keep them safe. This shoe offers neutral support so if you are an overpronator you should look for other stability shoes
HOKA claims that the Tivra is meant to support your feet in different kinds of workouts and reviewers have agreed. Some found that the rubber midsole provided good cushioning required for dynamic high-energy workouts like HIIT. The shoe also allowed for lateral movement without causing the foot to roll in during movements needed for strength training
Reviewers felt that the shoe was quite comfortable with no issues of hot spots. These shoes are purely indoor workout shoes but it will do alright in short or slow paced marathon runs if you have no other option. Keep in mind that the outsole does not have lugs or solid patterns to give you good grip on trails so you would be at risk of slipping if worn there.
While we expected the HOKA workout shoes to cost lesser than its running shoes, there is not much of a difference. As HOKA releases newer lines later this year, you can definitely snag a good deal for this pair online. But considering that this shoe can be used for a variety of workouts such as HIIT
, treadmills, kickboxing, strength training and more exercises in the gym, this shoe is worth its price.
What makes the Tivra different from various other workout shoes is its distinct forefoot design that aids balance and supports the foot for full 360-degree motion. While most other sneakers either are well-cushioned to absorb the shocks of cardio or are stable for weightlifting
, the Tivra can handle these two activities and more, making it multi-purpose. The outsole is of the non-marking type and works with the low drop to maximize ground contact in certain zones determined by scientists to improve this shoe’s lateral capabilities.
The flexibility requirements in a workout shoe differ from traditional running shoes as you would need lateral, torsional and multi-directional flexibility in the former. Workouts are never the same whether you are using a cross-training machine or going to a HIIT Bootcamp or enjoy aerobics, you would want your shoe to allow smooth transitions in each movement.
The Tivra has two features that bring flexibility to the shoe. The first being the wrap-up design cradling the midfoot aiding sideways motion. While the plastic wing on the side of the upper allows for a 360 movement which reviewers found to be true.
This shoe features tried and tested technologies to offer good support and shock absorption to keep the feet comfortable during extended training sessions. The two TPU wings on either side of the shoe provide a good ‘lock-down’ effect in the midfoot.
One Cross-training instructor mentioned that her classes include activities like weight training, basketball or kickboxing, basically any aerobic exercise that involves side to side movement. She wanted cross-training shoes with wide soles to provide more stability and tread and this shoe works for this activity well.
This shoe features a 4mm drop which some customers found uncomfortable. Most gym shoes have a zero drop where the body’s weight is transferred in the heels
. A 4mm drop would transfer the weight to the toes in some exercises like the squat.
Low drop shoes generally have minimal cushioning and give more of a ground-feel in comparison to traditional shoes. By controlling the stride less, this kind of drop will allow the foot to sit in the shoe normally.
-Engineered mesh in the upper that is stretchable and breathable
-TPU overlays to support the feet for lateral and 360 movement
-Lycra heel collar to provide comfort to the heel
-Outsole and midsole is made from rubberized foam that provides a cushioned feel and is durable
-Heel pull tab to easily remove the shoe
-A non-marking outsole that is great for the gym and provides good traction on indoor floors
-Wrap-up design in the mid-section of the foot to facilitate sideways movement
-4 mm drop
A lot of people end up wearing running shoes for cross training to save on costs. But workout shoes can actually elevate your workout by reducing fatigue, preventing injuries and increasing the comfort of your shoe.
If you are looking to be more serious about your fitness, we would recommend the Tivra. Reviewers have appreciated the structure of the shoe, color options and ease of movement in multiple directions while still feeling that essential support you would get from a running shoe.
And if you are a fitness freak who enjoys switching up your routine now and then, this shoe offers a happy compromise that can suit different workouts as you would have had to buy separate shoes for each activity. While fans are a little disappointed with the price as this shoe does not have extraordinary features, it is a waiting game to see if the shoe creates a name for itself in the workout shoe market.