HOKA Shoes

HOKA pushes the limits of comfort in their cushioned, lightweight footwear for roads, tracks or trails.

HOKA running shoes are engineered to provide a smooth, effortless ride. Their cutting-edge technology has helped athletes and runners all over the world push their limits.

About HOKA Running Shoes

The idea for HOKA’s maximalist running shoes started in the French Alps where the brand’s founders dreamed of premium cushioning and a ride that carried momentum. But one thing makes HOKA shoes stand out from (and above) other running shoes: the midsole.

The midsole on HOKA running shoes takes many forms. The most-cushioned HOKA shoes, like the HOKA Bondi and HOKA Clifton, pack tons of cushy foam underfoot for a supremely soft ride.

Those midsoles are also carved into what HOKA calls a Meta-Rocker shape. The Meta-Rocker is a rounded shape that acts like a rocking chair to promote a runner's natural gait and create an efficient, smooth transition. There are two types of Meta-Rockers:

  • Early-Stage Meta-Rocker. The early-stage Meta-Rocker is placed just behind the foot's metatarsal heads—closer to the middle of the foot—to create a smoother ride and promote a faster transition to toe-off.
  • Late-Stage Meta-Rocker. The late-stage Meta-Rocker is placed just in front of the metatarsal heads—nearer your toes—which helps provide more stable forefoot support.

The big midsole initially set HOKA shoes apart, but advancements in foam technology, stability and shape now make HOKA shoes ideal for any runner or walker.

Popular HOKA Running Shoes


HOKA’s best-seller and reliable daily trainer, the Clifton, is a fan-favorite among runners and walkers alike. Its claim to fame comes for its tall stack of plush, EVA foam and early-stage Meta Rocker shape that makes running feel effortless.


For those who crave more cushioning, the Bondi will not disappoint. This maximalist daily trainer is one of HOKA’s most cushioned running shoes and is perfect for everything from marathons to long days spent working on your feet.


If you prefer a shoe with some extra stability, then the Arahi is for you. It has the cushioning to keep you comfortable for long miles, while HOKA’s J-Frame technology in the midsole wraps around the heel and lines the medial side of the shoe. This firmer foam keeps your stride stable and smooth to combat overpronation or flexible arches.


The HOKA Gaviota brings comfort and stability to the next level. This max-cushioned stability shoe takes the support of the Arahi one step further by using a wide, H-Frame base that gives you more stable cushioning without feeling too mushy or overcorrecting your gait.


The Speedgoat is HOKA’s most popular trail running shoe. It combines HOKA’s signature cushioning with billy goat-like grip and is a great option whether you’re training for an ultramarathon or hiking.

HOKA Running Shoe Technology

HOKA's advanced technology coaxed pack-leading performance out of its max-cushioned running shoes.

  • Midsole. The most noticeable component of any HOKA shoe is the hefty serving of foam in the midsole. HOKA stuffs its shoes with foam for maximum shock absorption and silly levels of comfort. But the lightweight foam compound does all that without slowing the shoe down.
  • Shape. The big midsole isn’t just for comfort, though. HOKA carved a rocker shape into the foam to make the heel-to-toe transition quicker and smoother. Called the Meta-Rocker, HOKA can shift it forward or backward to enhance your efficiency any way you like.
  • Stability. For stability, HOKA uses two unobtrusive features: an Active Foot Frame and J-Frame. The Active Foot Frame cradles your feet in place like a bucket seat in a race car, dropping you deeper into the midsole so you always land in the right place. Beneath the footbed, a HOKA J-Frame employs a higher density foam to give medial support without the use of plastic or posts.

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