Fall 2014 Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

Hoka One One Huaka

Need a shoe for the fall? Take a look at these 16 top models available in stores.

HOKA ONE ONE Huaka, $150

Weights: 8.9 oz. (men’s), 7.5 oz. (women’s)
Heights: 27mm (heel), 25mm (forefoot)

Fit-Feel-Ride: A maximalist racing flat? That might be the best way to sum up the Huaka, a lightweight speed merchant with a highly cushioned midsole and an energetic ride. Although it’s high off the ground like other Hoka shoes, it has the lowest heel-toe offset of any Hoka model and a rockered profile, allowing for a natural, efficient and very smooth ride. As a result, this is the most agile and quickest Hoka shoe to date, one that can be used for a variety of running efforts, from long training runs, to tempo and fartlek workouts, to racing from 10K to a marathon or even longer. With subtly aggressive outsole lugs, the Huaka offers a hint of versatility for mild trail surfaces.

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