Shoe Of The Week: Hoka One One Clifton

Even with a maximally cushioned midsole, the Hoka One One Clifton is amazingly light and surprisingly nimble.

The Hoka One One earned the “Best Ride Award” in the August 2014 issue of Competitor magazine.

The first remark about this shoe is that there’s no way it can be as light as it is. The second one is how fast and efficient it feels on the run. Although it’s not quite as high off the ground as some of Hoka’s other maximalist models, the Clifton has copious amounts of soft cushioning in an amazingly lightweight and nimble package. This shoe is a game-changer. If one of your fears about trying maximalist shoes is that they might be too clunky, heavy or awkward, this shoe will definitely change your outlook. Similar to other Hoka shoes, the Clifton features a slightly rockered profile—a convex curvature that helps create a smooth transition through the gait cycle no matter how or where the foot strikes the ground. As a result, the ride is squishy soft and forgiving but energetic too. Although it provides slightly less proprioceptive feel because of the cushion height, the wide base and full ground contact of the outsole make it very stable. Our wear-testers were amazed with this shoe, because it was so light, so well cushioned and still quite agile.

Price: $130
Weights: 7.9 oz. (men’s), 6.7 oz. (women’s)
Heel-Toe Offset: 29mm (heel), 24mm (forefoot)
Info: HokaOneOne.com

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