While our wear-testers are mixed on what they think of the feel and ride of the Kawana, they unanimously like the fit of the shoe. Although it doesn’t have a luxuriously plush interior feeling, it is comfortably appointed with above average interior volume and seems to fit a wide range of foot shapes well.
The cleanly designed upper is made from a soft, recycled jacquard engineered mesh that helps provide a moderately snug, connective feel without any additional overlays. It has a similar elf-like heel entry as the Clifton 8 and Clifton Edge to reduce any chance for strain on the Achilles tendon.
A soft, medium-padded gusseted tongue and heel collar cushioning help round out the fit, offering additional comfort and security. The rounded toe box is semi-roomy compared to other HOKA shoes, giving more wiggle room for the toes and the ability for the forefoot to flex.