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Hoka One One Clifton

Run a lot on the concrete? You may want to try the Hoka One One Clifton.

The shoe industry waffles between trends constantly. They overdid it with the minimalism and they are currently overdoing it with the maximalism. With cities intent on paving their best trails with concrete (for ease of maintenance), you need some cushioning for your feet.

The thing about the Clifton is it doesn't feel like a maximalist shoe. It is actually quite a bit different than the Bondi, which I tried and didn't like. The Clifton has weird sizing (too narrow, go 1/2 foot up?) but works really well and is much lighter than the Bondis. Hill climbing is much easier with the Clifton than the heavier, larger, Bondi.

The price is steep, however, and the durability is not the greatest. They have a flimsy upper IMO and the insole is absolute garbage. The default insert slips inside your shoe constantly. For the price, I expected better. The remedy is to user another insert. It may add a little weight, but you have to do it.

The measured size 11 weight of 9.4oz or 18.8oz for a pair per shoe is fantastic for a highly cushioned shoe. Especially when compared to a fast lightweight shoe like the Hyperspeed 4!

Overall, a great shoe that could be easily improved with more attention to the sizing and the insole. This review is for the first version.

The HOKA ONE ONE Clifton held its MSRP for a long time. They did finally go on closeout. As far as we know, this shoe is no longer available.

Hoka Clifton

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