A couple months ago I decided to branch out and try a couple new shoe brands. I bought these pair of Pearl Izumis then decided to order a pair of Hokas online. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and needed another pair of shoes to rotate in with the Pearls.
Disclaimer: I purchased these shoes on my own and was not compensated for this review. I just want to share my thoughts with you all. Please be sure to consult your local running store for proper fit. Everyone’s feet are different and everyone has different needs.
I’ve been running 2-3 days a week in these shoes for the last two ish months. I haven’t done any long runs in these shoes, but have run a lot of middle distance runs in them. I’ve taken them on non technical trail runs, but have mostly run on the road.
When Hokas first hit the market the soles were huge and I was smitten with Brooks. I didn’t think about wanting to try them and was happy with my shoes. Since I love the rocker style of the Pearl Izumis I thought I might actually love the Hokas, so I ordered a pair. The Hoka One One website offers free returns so I thought why not give it a shot. If I don’t like them I can just ship them back.
Well, let me tell you I really like them. Out of the box I noticed that the sole was huge, but the shoe was surprisingly light. I was still in my clothes from work then they came in the mail, but that didn’t stop me from hopping on the treadmill to take them for a quick spin. I ran for a couple minutes and felt like a baby giraffe with new legs. My legs were shaky and my balance felt weird.
I was worried that I wouldn’t like them and that I wouldn’t be able to get used to them. I also had visions of myself falling and twisting my ankle, but let me assure you that has never happened.
There was definitely a break in period, but once my legs got used to them I have never looked back. The sole is bouncy yet plush with just the right amount of cushion. When I wear these shoes I truly feel like I am floating or hovering over the ground because the shock is minimized.
It did take my shins a bit to adjust because they are a totally different ride from the Pearl Izumis I’ve been doing my long runs in, but now that I have adjusted I really enjoy wearing them.
The biggest thing that I noticed after wearing them for a couple runs was that the shoe is incredibly light while still providing maximum cushion. That can be a hard balance with a lot of shoes.
I also really like that the toe box is wider than most conventional brands and the laces always stay tied. They have just the right amount of ankle support, but your foot still feels free.
After wearing them for a while, I really don’t have anything bad to say about the Hoka One One Clifton 2. I know some loyalists were more satisfied with the original Clifton, but I have been pleased with the Clifton 2 and don’t know what could be better.
- Maximum Cushioning
- Wide Toe Box
- Wide Color Selection
- Adjustment Period
I’m so glad I took a chance and ordered these shoes! I look forward to rotating these in for longer runs as my mileage increases.
Have you ever tried a pair of Hokas?