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Hoka One One (hint: it's pronounced oh-nay oh-nay, it comes from Maori language and it means something like "to fly") was founded in 2009 in France by two former Salomon employees.

The company - now headquartered in California - experienced tremendous growth in less than ten years.

Just out of curiosity, have a look at this chart with the popularity of Hoka One One searches in Google.

Shall we look at the shoes now ?

Hoka One One Neutral Running Shoes

Here is the bread and butter of Hoka One One. From the lightweight Clifton to the maximally cushioned Bondi, these shoes are meant for long mileage daily training.

The Clifton 6 sheds some weight and moves to a softer midsole foam giving it a soft, smooth and highly cushioned ride.

The ride combined with an upgraded upper made of higher quality and more durable materials than in previous years make this a shoe worth looking into. Read full review »


  • Smooth Ride
  • Improved Durability
  • Upgraded Mesh Material


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The Bondi 6 comes with some nice upgrades compared to the previous version. A redesigned heel area makes the upper more comfortable while a new mesh material makes it slightly less breathable. The shoe maintains a pillowy soft and smooth ride. Read full review »


  • Comfortable Upper (especially new heel design)
  • Soft Ride


  • Slightly less breathable mesh material
  • Some durability concerns
The Hoka One One Rincon quickly became one of my favorite long-run shoes. The combination of lightweight while also providing such over-the-top cushion is truly a joy for the long run. Read full review »


  • Tons of cushion
  • Responsive
  • Comfortable upper
  • Super lightweight
  • Lots of ventilation through the upper and tongue


  • Slightly tight on a wide foot
  • A little slippery on slick surfaces
The Hoka One One Carbon X is a new carbon plate shoe that can be used for both training days and races. While it's durability for a shoe that can be used in a distance race is great, the Carbon X feels heavy under the foot. Read full review »


  • Versatile race day and training shoe
  • Aggressive meta rocker feeling
  • Very durable compared to other carbon fiber plate shoes


  • Heavy
  • Awkwardly between a racer and a trainer
The Hupana is a great looking shoe that packs a powerful running punch. Thanks to the RMAT material it has a cushioned and springy ride. The upper is durable and breathable but may be slightly too narrow for some runners. Read full review »


  • Smooth Ride
  • Responsive
  • Styling


  • Narrow Fit

Hoka One One Stability Running Shoes

Hoka's stability running shoes are characterized by low heel-to-toe drop, low weight and high cushioning. It's a must-try collection if you need stability shoes.

The Hoka One One Gaviota is a very supportive running shoe that has an amazing cushioning, a low drop that makes it svelte and doesn't weight as much as its competitors. Read full review »


  • Max Cushioning that is both lightweight and responsive
  • Stable ride
  • Visual redesign makes it more appealing


  • Narrow in areas
  • Sluggish on speed work and tempo runs
The Hoka One One Arahi 4 is a moderate stability trainer built for many miles at different paces. The unstable feeling at times, along with tightness in areas hold it back from being a leader in a crowded stability field. Read full review »


  • Meta Rocker Technology
  • Cushioning
  • Responsive


  • Unstable at times
  • Tightness in areas

Hoka One One Fly Collection

The Fly collection (sometimes also referred to as ProFly) is Hoka's line of lightweight, responsive running shoes for fast training and racing.

The Hoka One One Mach 3 is a highly cushioned, soft, responsive and lightweight running shoe. This new release is part of the FLY collection, including the Elevon and Cavu, and is Hoka's most lightweight range. Hoka One One are the opposite of minimalist running shoes. They are designed to cradle an
This new iteration of the Cavu range is part of the FLY collection and is Hoka's most lightweight range. Of the 3 models in the range, the Cavu is the lowest priced and also the lightest. The Cavu 3 is an improved version on the Cavu 2, offering soft landings, springy toe-offs.
The Hoka One One Elevon is perfect for every day training or up-tempo runs while offering good support. The shoe also offers excellent cushioning while being extremely lightweight.The midsole of the Elevon has a dual layer midsole that features Profly on the top layer.

Hoka One One Trail Running Shoes

Hoka was born as a trail brand. Shoes like the Speedgoat are best sellers that can be seen at the feet of many participants (and winners) of ultra distance races.

The Hoka One One Speedgoat 4 is unique in that combines strong protection and dynamic cushioning in a shoe with limitless uses for trail runners. Read full review »


  • Can handle great range of trail from moderate to technical
  • Superior grip
  • Well-balanced cushioning
  • Excellent toe bumper


  • While it can handle flat trails, it may be too bulky for that use
  • Some may consider the shoe too heavy
The Hoka One One Mafete 4 is a maximal trail shoe for runners requiring additional medial support that many other maximal cushioned shoes fail to provide.

With an excellent locked upper incorporating a wide toe box, and enough cushioning and protection for the most severe ultra distance trail races.

Runners needing a additional medial support will appreciate just how protective the Mafete is. Read full review »


  • Excellent cushioning and protection that can handle any type of terrain.
  • Added medial support that helps at the end of long runs and ultra distances.
  • Great fitting upper with a wide toe box.
  • Seriously, this is the best upper that Hoka has released so far.
  • Grippy and durable outsole that wears well.


  • With a great deal of protection comes a great deal of weight (13.5 oz men's size 9).
  • Feels unstable on cambered terrain due to stack height and midsole durometer (stiffness).
The Hoka One One Torrent has lots of tread without being overbearing. The shoe is lightweight, breathable, and provides good traction on uncertain terrain. If you are looking for a solid trail racer, the Torrent is a good option because of its responsiveness and ability to handle short or long runs.
The Hoka Challenger ATR 5 is a great neutral, all-terrain trail shoe.It shines on dry single track trail, but is now made to be even more comfortable on road or gravel trails. It's well-padded, typical of Hoka, and has a lightweight mesh upper. Read full review »


  • Comfortable EVA foam
  • Wide toe box
  • True to size
  • Drains/dries well
  • All-terrain shoe


  • Not toothy enough for deep mud
The name JAWZ explains itself upon first look. The shoe has 6mm lugs and they remind you of something you would see on a soccer cleat, only shaoed differently. The EVO JAWZ has a very thin layer of midsole foam,a Vibram rubber outsole with 6mm lugs and a very thin upper that has Kevlar incorporated.
The Stinson ATR 5 provides cushion, stability, and comfort over a variety of terrain types – from road to dirt to rocks – even at longest distances.

While these are not the fastest race shoes, they are reliable, durable, and inspire confidence over long efforts on most types of terrain. Read full review »


  • Extra cushion for longer mileage
  • Solid grip on a variety of terrain
  • Reliable stability


  • Bulky and heavy
  • Not very responsive

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