HOKA running shoes are known for their oversized midsoles and smooth rides, making them ideal for a wide variety of running and training.
The best HOKA running shoes share the same roots, but designers tune each model for specific attributes. Originally built to help carry momentum forward, the new generation of HOKA does that and so much more.
Here are the best HOKA running shoes for every type of run:
[This article is part of the Fleet Feet Buyer's Guide for The Best Running Shoes 2020. Find all the best running shoes from the top brands for all situations.]
The HOKA Clifton 6 is an all-around great running shoe, making it a perfect everyday trainer.
HOKA designed the Clifton 6 to be lightweight and well-cushioned, and it easily meets those expectations. The Clifton uses a full-compression molded EVA midsole with a huge stack height to soften the ride, but it maintains a feathery weight even with all that foam.
The latest version has an updated fit for a more comfortable feel, and a full-contact outsole and wide base give the shoe inherent stability. In the HOKA Clifton 6 review, Fleet Feet testers praised the comfortable fit and cushy ride.
But it’s not just a great everyday training shoe: The HOKA Clifton 6 can pull double duty as a comfortable shoe for doctors, nurses and anyone who works all day on their feet.
[Note: Fleet Feet runners are currently testing and reviewing the HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 7. We will update this guide with new recommendations soon.]
The HOKA Bondi 6 is the most-cushioned running shoe in HOKA’s lineup, making it the easy choice if you prize softness above all else.
HOKA packed the Bondi 6 full of its soft EVA foam for a supremely soft feel. The stack height of the women’s Bondi 6 measures 31 mm tall in the heel and 27 mm tall in the forefoot; the men’s packs 33 mm in the heel and 29 mm in the forefoot.
The engineered mesh upper breathes easily to let fresh air in and moisture out, and an internal heel counter delivers a locked-in fit. Fleet Feet testers laced up the shoes for the HOKA Bondi 6 review, saying they loved the soft feel and smooth ride.
Like the Clifton 6, the Bondi 6 makes a great shoe for anyone who walks a lot or works in a profession that forces you to spend an entire shift on your feet.
[Note: Fleet Feet runners are currently testing and reviewing the HOKA ONE ONE Bondi 7. We will update this guide with our recommendations soon.]
Want HOKA cushion for the trails? Get the HOKA Speedgoat 4.
The Speedgoat 4—named after professional ultrarunner Karl “Speedgoat” Meltzer—is an ultra-cushioned trail running shoe built to keep you comfortable for the long haul.
HOKA cushioned the Speedgoat with its signature stack of EVA foam, but they mated it to a Vibram MegaGrip outsole for traction in all conditions. A layer of 5mm deep rubber lugs give you grip on uphills and downhills, and a wide forefoot fit gives you stability and comfort on unpredictable terrain.
In the HOKA Speedgoat 4 review, testers loved how dependable the shoe is year after year. There’s nothing crazy about the shoe, it just works every single time.
The HOKA Arahi 4 is a great shoe for overpronators because it uses HOKA’s J-Frame stability technology.
Stability shoes have long used a medial post to create stability, which means shoe makers inserted a firmer, more durable piece of foam or plastic in the arch to help the shoe wear evenly. HOKA’s J-Frame, though, extends the firmer foam all the way around the back of the shoe.
The hook of foam runs from the medial side, around the heel and to the lateral side of the shoe to give you stability from all angles. Even with its built-in stability, though, the shoe keeps things light: The women’s version only weighs 8 oz, and the men’s weighs 9.6 oz.
Fleet Feet testers said in the HOKA Arahi 4 review the shoe provides a big stack of foam for softness, but the extra wide base coupled with the J-Frame creates a stable ride.
Entering into the growing market for running shoes with carbon-fiber plates, the HOKA Carbon X gives you the springiness of a carbon-fiber plate with signature HOKA cushion.
Designers sandwiched the carbon-fiber plate between layers of foam to create HOKA’s Profly X technology, which marries cushion and shape for a soft and propulsive ride. Draped in a thin mesh upper, the Carbon X breathes well and doesn’t hold on to any unnecessary ounces.
In the HOKA Carbon X review, Fleet Feet testers said it has the low-to-the-ground feeling and responsiveness of a racing flat but the protective cushioning of an everyday training shoe.
The HOKA Rincon made waves when it debuted for its combination of miniscule weight and maximum cushion, and it hasn’t disappointed yet.
A single-layer mesh upper keeps the Rincon light and airy up top, and the EVA midsole cushions it underneath. Despite its big bed of foam, the Rincon only weighs 6.3 oz for the women’s model and 7.7 oz for the men’s.
In the HOKA Rincon review, Fleet Feet testers loved the effortless feel of the shoe at faster paces and liked the firmer foam composition compared to other HOKA shoes.
We used data from our fit id® outfitting process, interviews with designers and real-life wear testing to determine the best HOKA ONE ONE running shoes for most runs and the most runners.
You can shop with confidence at Fleet Feet: We offer free shipping on orders over $99, and you have 60 days to return any gear if you don’t like the way it looks, fits or feels. Plus, with our price-match guarantee, you can make sure you never pay too much for a new pair of running shoes.
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