Comments: I've run 13 half marathons in the past 3 years. The last 3 was in my Conquest. I just love it. last Monday, a friend of my wife's co worker had to pull out of the L.A. Marathon due to an illness. He asked me if I would like to run in his place. At first I was hesitant because I've never ran more than 13 miles at 1 time. But what the heck, I decided to do it. I immediately ordered the Cliftons. Got it the next day. Ran 5 miles on them that night. 3 days later, I ran in them in the L.A. Marathon. Finished in 4 hours and 36 minutes. Not bad for someone whose never ran past 13 miles at 1 time. Feet felt great. Legs are sore but that's because I've never ran a marathon before. But I truly believe my time would have been a lot slower and feet would be have been sore if I wore any other shoes. I will never use any other running shoes. I'm a Hoka runner for life.
From: Rodil, Paramount, CA, USA. March 17th 2015
Comments: Male, 41, 45 to 60 miles a week, 5'10", 185lbs I've held off writing these for a while because I wanted to give them a fair assessment. After running all the way through three pairs of Cliftons, I think I'm qualified now. Weight: When seeing them in a store shelf, you would never guess that they are this light. For the amount of cushioning, this weight is amazingly light. Heel to toe drop: If youve been running in a shoe thats 10mm or higher, you may notice a little extra soreness in your soleus for the first few runs. Other than that, I find it's the perfect balance between high and low. Cushioning: Maximum, but not plush like some Hoka Models. I think it's the perfect amount of cushioning without killing off the responsiveness. Flexibility: Its okay. It is more flexible than other Hoka models, but pales in comparison to other shoe brands/models. Fit: Its a neutral shoe that I found true to size (11.5 fit as expected), Ive never felt/noticed the wider platform, but since my feet get wide at the top, I do think the toe box is too narrow. The tongue of the shoe is thin, but comfortable, and stays in place. They also come with optional Ortholite insoles, giving you three variations to choose from. Ride: Its a neutral shoe thats meant for the road but also works nice on packed trail surface. Its very soft and super-easy on the feet and other joints. Though its a maximum cushion shoe it still retains its responsiveness and doesnt feel as mushy as the Bondi version I tried back in the summer (and returned). Being that its light and rocker shaped (but not too much, like the Mizuno Wave Prophecy), this shoe transitions very well. Its mesh seems to be perfectly balanced and allows it to breathe while not being too hot in summer or cold in the winter. Durability: VERY IMPORTANT! This has varied from shoe to shoe. I'm not sure why, since I'm 20+ lbs lighter than when I bought my first pair, but I got 500 out of my first pair, 430 out of my second pair, and I just trashed my third pair before 300 miles, right after the Columbia Run Hard Marathon. I seem to be crushing the outsides faster and shredding the out-sole and mid-sole considerably. To the point that I was getting really sore on the outsides of my lower legs. I let a friend put them on and to see how he was standing with his knees bowed out was startling. It was time to trash them and I'm very puzzled at the wear and how I'm getting less out of them. Bottom Line: If you are still shopping for that right shoe, nagging pains are lingering on, youre feeling more beat up from 20 mile runs than you think you should, or you just want to try out a Hoka since youre hearing so much about them, I strongly recommend the Clifton. Its a great shoe that I've used for everything from .25mii intervals to full-distance. I feel like a wider toe box toe and increased durability would make this the perfect shoe. Ill be sure to see how they evolve. Theres a reason youre seeing so many of these on runners feet.
From: Cole, Lancaster, SC, USA. March 17th 2015
Comments: I've owned three other models of Hokas before purchasing the Cliftons(Mafate, Stinson, Bondi). I had decent luck with those models. As soon as I put the Cliftons on and took them for a test run I knew they weren't going to work for me. They are entirely too narrow in the arch and toe box. I even ordered a size up from my previous Hokas but then had to overtighten them in the laces just to get a loose fit. So somehow they just don't fit at all. It felt like my arch had a blister and my pinky toe was smashed after a half mile. I don't have a wide foot. I will be sending these back.
From: Chad, OK, USA. March 8th 2015
Comments: Male runner, 75 kg, 1.85, 10k pace 4.00 min/km, overpronator When my beloved Mizuno Wave Sayonara's started to feel worn (less cushioning), I decided to buy the Hoka One One Cliftons, since I had read a lot of good things about them and I was suffering calve strain/pain after every training session. I am very impressed by these shoes, because I don't feel calve pain after training sessions anymore. I ran a half marathon and improved my PR with 8 minutes (1.40-1.32), and I did not even suffer calve or knee pain afterwards. The rocker sole provides a smooth gait. These shoes provide plenty of cushioning but are still very light (240 g for size US 10.5). In the beginning, these shoes felt a bit weird/slow because the landing is spread over a longer period of time, but they don't feel springy. They also feel very big in the beginning, but you must get used to it. I needed 2/3 EU size bigger, but I don't find these shoes narrow in the toe box. The upper is very thin and flexible, but does not give you much support when you make sharp curves. The rubber tongue is very thin, but that has not been a problem yet. I only ran 70 km in them, so I can not say anything about the durability. I recommand these shoes to runners who suffer injuries, to heavy runners (>80kg), or for runners who don't suffer any injuries who just need a recovery shoe. I alternate my Hoka's with the Adidas Adios Boost, which I wanted to use for 10k runs, but those shoes do give me calve pain, so I will use my Hoka's for 10k runs up to my first marathon, for a relaxed and injury free ride.
From: Itaki, Bilboa, Euskadi. February 26th 2015
Comments: Great Shoes. People will say the maximum cushion is just another trend, which it is. Although, it is a trend that pays dividends for the user. I have had 4 stress fractures, and these shoes have saved my running career. The heel to toe drop is just what I need but I still get the necessary cushion. Also, I supplement these shoes with an orthotic since I have over-pronation issues. This is coming from a D1 cross country/ track athlete who is running 65-75 miles a week.
From: Gus, South Bend, IN, USA. February 23rd 2015
Comments: I read the reviews and even though when people tell us to buy a 1/2 size up...I always end up still fitting my normal size which is a size 9. So this time, I listened to the reviews and ordered up and it was too big! Ran a few weeks in them and had enough...sent back for a size 9. I was swimming in the 9.5s and I developed a left pinky toe blister which I never have any problem with. I had to assume it was because all the extra space. I hope the 9s are fine and no more pinky toe blister. Very light and felt good on the knees/shins pounding out the treadmill miles (so much snow and ice in New Jersey).
From: Edmond, NJ, USA. February 22nd 2015
Comments: As others have mentioned, this shoe runs narrow. In fact, so narrow that I'm sending it back and ordering another Stinson Lite which fits me perfectly.
From: Tony, Antelope, CA, USA. February 16th 2015
Comments: This is a near perfect shoe. It's very light and has just enough cushion. Hey HOKA: DON'T change it!! You messed up the Bondi and it is now useless. Me: I run 70 hard miles a week, my 10k time is sub 36, marathon is sub 2:50 and I'm over 50 years old. I train and race in the Cliftons. I am an unpaid spokesman for them. You should sponsor me....but all I ask is that you leave the style ALONE. By the way, you increased the weight from the original blue version to the new red color...nearly 1/2 oz?? Don't do that! At sub 8 oz. they appeal to the racing crowd...yeah, we weigh them.
From: Anonymous. February 8th 2015
Comments: I absolutely love this shoe and love Hoka's! I've run in the Huaka and the Rapi Nui (trail version) and the Clifton wins out. The light weight, plush feel, yet responsive ride is amazing. I've run in nothing but these shoes since I got them, both on road and some technical trail. The only place these don't shine is in the mud, but that's pretty obvious given the fact that they're a designated road shoe. The ONLY complaint I have is that my pair (the left shoe specifically) is starting to show some separation between the mesh and the seamless framing Hoka uses. I've know this has been a complaint with other models, but I haven't experienced it-just with this shoe. It's not the biggest deal in the world, but I'm still a little bummed it would happen because I do like the look of the shoe. It doesn't seem to effect anything but looks though, so I'll just keep running in 'em!
From: Dave, Earlysville, VA, USA. February 6th 2015
Comments: This is the best shoe I have ever ran in! I got this shoe yesterday and the meta rocker was great during my run I was hitting a 6:30 easy and that was great! People on my team still think it is an old grandpa shoe but I assure you this is one of the best shoes out their if not the best. I am now a Hoka One One believer! I was a little unsure at first if I can have speed in such a large shoe for I run high school XC but this show can pick up some intense speed!
From: Sam, Salinas, CA, USA. February 4th 2015
Comments: This is a follow up to my original review. I have over 300 miles on these now and they are holding up very well. My main problem is they are just too narrow. My foot is barely a d width. I have had horrible blisters on my left little toe. I have tried lacing them different to no avail. At this point I just cant run in them anymore. I thought I had my "shoe", but long runs have become unbearable. I really don't know why they have to be so narrow.
From: Jack. February 4th 2015
Comments: Had hot spot problems on heel of left foot. Otherwise no issues. Not in love with them as much as my first pair of Bondi's.
From: Anonymous. January 17th 2015
Comments: I've been trying to give Hoka One One shoes a try for a long time but kept pushing off partly because their shoes were a bit on the heavy side. However, I went to REI yesterday and discovered that their new model Clifton is quite light (6.5 oz), which is amazing given the amount of cushion they provide. I took the chance and ran my mpace run (16 mi with 8 mi@6:51) today with them. It is definitely the best shoes I ever had and will probably stick to them for most of my training runs. They provide so much cushion my entire run was like running on soft trail surface. No part of my legs (especially heels, knees which normally hurt after run) were hurting after run. It's truly amazing. My feet are on the narrow side so I didn't notice the problem other reviewers noticed. I did go 0.5 size down from my normal running shoes and the normal size felt a little too roomy.
From: Mark, Sammamish, WA, USA. December 28th 2014
Comments: Pain free running! (For the first time in a long time.) These shoes feel like clouds on my feet. When I first put on the shoe, it felt like it might be unstable. However, when running that aspect is fine. Running has been painful in my hip and groin area for the last year. I have not even been able to do a running cardio workout because the pain would stop me before my heart/lungs got tired. I have run two 4 mile workouts in these shoes. One on a treadmill and one on the road. I am so happy to be able to start thinking about training for time again instead of wondering how far I will be able to go without needing to stop. I am aiming for a marathon in May. I may wear this model for that race, however, if a person is a 5-10k burner, these would probably be training shoes. They are probably not "fast" shoes, like Newtons.
From: Tom, MN, USA. December 21st 2014
Comments: ALL HOKA SHOES ARE TOO NARROW.
From: Anonymous. December 16th 2014
Comments: I am 63 years old. My legs have never felt better after a run in these shoes. Get up the next morning and ready to go again. Love the fit.
From: Anonymous. November 16th 2014
Comments: Training for my first marathon and picked up these as a shoe I could use for logging all the miles. First run in them last night, 8 miles and during the run I had to stop a few times to loosen up the forefoot, as mentioned below, the forefoot on these are a bit narrow, however I do absolutely love them otherwise. Extremely plush ride, but doesn't feel like it zaps your energy, great springy feel to the foam pad under foot. The upper is breathe able and comfortable. Great shoe, feels like a million bucks, however for me (and I don't have that wide of a foot) the forgot causes some discomfort in my left foot metatarsals because it's so narrow.
From: Dan, FL, USA. November 14th 2014
Comments: The thin forefoot overlays quickly seperated from the mesh, disappointing.
From: Will G., Fremont, CA, USA. November 9th 2014
Comments: I agree with Jack. Great shoe, but it is narrow...
From: Anonymous. November 8th 2014
Comments: Hoka you are getting close. This is an awesome shoe. Kind of like a kinvara with more padding. The only drawback is that they are too narrow. I have laced them in different configurations which has helped but the forefoot is just too narrow for most runners. Hoka please add some width to almost all your models. Overall a nice fast shoe with plenty of protection.
From: Jack. November 4th 2014
Comments: I wore them to a PR at the 2014 MCM. The weight of these shoes is phenomenal - only my lightest racing flats are lighter (these weigh less on my home scale than my Musha 5's)! I've been a Hoka user since 2011 - first with the Bondi-B, then Bondi-Speed, Stinson Evo, Huaka, and now the Clifton. The Clifton's have the most exaggerated "rocker" shape so it might take a few runs to get use to it. The Clifton's are also the softest of the bunch but still provide some stability thanks to the bucket inset. Maybe not the best 10K or shorter shoe due to its extreme softness but for longer runs at a steady tempo they are absolutely perfect. Even if used strictly for recovery runs, the Clifton is a good investment for just about anyones shoe quiver.
From: David, Ashburn, VA, USA. November 4th 2014
Comments: I have been searching for a shoe I love for a while. I used to run in Saucony Kinvaras until the 3 came out and they changed the sole to a harder, clackier material. Then I switched to lightweight Newtons. After I gained some weight, I needed more cushion and tried the Hoka Bondi 2--liked them but they are heavy! Along came the Cliftons! I really love these shoes. They weigh what the Kinvaras weighed but they offer a lot more cushion. I ran my first 20 in them yesterday and today all is great. The Clifton is going to be my Ironman Florida shoe! Anyway--great shoe and I hope they don't change it.
From: Paul. October 6th 2014
Comments: I have put about 150 miles on the Cliftons. Mostly for fast days, but also for some 18 and 20 milers. I also raced Hood to Coast in them. I wear Bond B's. The Cliftons are great. Light and nicely cushioned...but not as much as the heavier Bondis. These will likely be my marathon shoe. I run 70 miles/week...am over 50...weigh about 140. Tempo runs are sub 6:00 pace for about 5 miles.
From: Anonymous. August 29th 2014
Comments: After a 6 miler and a 14 miler, these shoes are definitely my favorite ever. How does something so light provide so much cushion? When I picked up the pace, these shoes seemed to bounce me forward. I was 20 seconds faster per mile pace on my tempo run and they felt great! Only problems I noticed were the flimsy insoles that came with the shoes were useless and my feet have been stained blue due to the colors bleeding. Never had that happen before with a new pair of shoes. These will be my Ironman and marathon shoes for sure.
From: Ray, Greer, SC, USA. August 28th 2014
Comments: The Clifton is possibly the best shoe I have ever run in. When you pick them up for the first time they seem impossibly light without seeming flimsy or cheap. I've put 65 miles on them so far and there is barely any wear, so they seem to be extremely durable. Honestly, the engineers who designed these should get an award because they seem to defy the laws of physics. The shoe is obviously massively cushioned, but they don't feel dead or mushy. They have a lot of bounce to them and they feel lively. The lower drop is fantastic as well. There is nothing this shoe can't do: it can be used from everything from 5k to marathon. A word of caution: in my experience HOKA's sizing is all over the place. For example, I find the Bondi runs large, the Conquest is narrow and the Stinson feels pretty true to size. The Clifton feels very narrow to me. I have a very average foot; not narrow and not wide. I noticed some hot spots developing on the inside of each foot where it was rubbing against the upper. After trying a few different lacing patterns I was finally able to stop the hot spots. Still, they feel quite narrow and the toe box isn't as roomy as I would like. I decided to order a second pair 1/2 size larger to see if that solves the problem. I typically wear a size 12. In fact, every running shoe I've owned as an adult has been size 12, including other HOKAs. The 12.5's should be here tomorrow so we'll see if that solves the problem. It's also nice to see that HOKA did away with the lousy speed laces that most people just cut off anyway. This time they saved us the trouble any put on regular laces. All said, this is a fantastic shoe. Bravo to HOKA for creating the impossible. The only change I'd like to see in the Clifton 2 is for it to be a tiny bit wider.
From: Dave, CA, USA. August 20th 2014
Comments: Attended a Hoka Demo Day to try the Clifton's out. After a 14 mile trail run through Marin Headlands, I thought they were solid. A lot of cushion, very lightweight. I tried them the following day for a cut down tempo and didn't feel the cushion bothersome, as I usually prefer flats for faster paces. I've used about 6 pairs of Hoka's within the past few years, mostly reserved for easy days and recovery workouts. The Clifton is one that I'm sure can handle both easy/recovery and faster paced workouts.
From: BRI, Fremont, CA, USA. August 10th 2014
Comments: This felt like a normal shoe. The cushioning is palpable when standing, but disappears when you start running. 9.5, which I use on my Bondis felt too snug for long runs. Therefore, my Cliftons have been consigned to the track. I much prefer my Bondi B and 2 for the pavement. Padding is fantastic and the midfoot wrap, to me, is an engineering marvel.
From: Rod, Singapore. August 9th 2014
Comments: 5'8" 140lbs. I'm a Nike, Saucony, New Balance guy who runs 40+ miles a week. This is my first pair of Hoka's. The forefoot is a bit on the narrow side if you have slightly wider feet like me, but definitely purchase this shoe a half size smaller. I wear 10.5 in all the above brands, but ordered a 10.0 which is the perfect size for me in this shoe. A bit slug on the width, but still plenty of room length wise to move my toes. The first thing I noticed was how unbelievably soft the rubber component is in the heel of the shoe. Like pressing into a marshmallow with my thumb. The shoe is also very light as advertised. Just walking through the house before my run, I could immediately feel the amazing cushioning the shoe provides. It does take a few miles to get used to the feel of the foot strike motion (due to rounded heel), but by the end of a 5 mile run my gait was smooth, comfortable and relaxed. Plan to go on a 20 mile run tomorrow to see if my legs retain their e nergy longer than with my other training shoes. So far, so good!
From: Bruce, Brooklyn Park, MN, USA. August 8th 2014
Comments: Absolutely remarkable...this is not hyperbole...incredible cushioning, stability, and support in an 8 oz. shoe!!!...nothing compares to this shoe...if you are already a Hoka fan, this is like an "air-light" Bondi B...I am a 40 year runner/racer, and have been a Hoka fan from their start, but this shoe is a game changer....
From: Dino, FL, USA. August 7th 2014
Comments: First run in my new Clifton's. Roomy as some are saying. I wear a size 13 in most running shoes including my Asics Gel Nimbus 15s but these are a bit more spacious. I read about someone adding his orthotics which i did and liked the fit better. Concerned a 12.5 may be a bit too snug. Barefoot with the inserts seems fine. Without the insert i was wearing a smart wool running sock which added volume. Tough to say but think i will keep the 13s and just wear the inserts. Toe box and length feel fine to me. I am a size 12 D in street shoes. The shoes are extremely light compared to Gel Nimbus 15s. I have always had a neutral shoe but usually with a large heel to toe drop as I have been a heel striker till this year. I am 6' and 190lbs. i run only as part of my triathlon training. Not really my favorite thing to do.....like the bike and swim better. Maybe 15 miles per week.
From: Chuck, Harbor Springs, MI, USA. August 5th 2014
Comments: Normally run in Altra's - first time ever in Hoka's. Decided to try the Cliftons, #1) because I was impressed that they could be such a light shoe, even with all that cushioning, and #2) they look a lot better than other Hoka's. My first day in them: (I'm a few weeks away from a marathon, so I) Ran 9+ miles to get to a 5K; ran the 5K (turned in a PR...gotta be the shoes, lol!); then, ran back home 9+ miles...so...after putting on 21.42mi on these in one day, here's my first impressions... LIGHTWEIGHT. I just "felt faster" in them...and my Garmin was telling me that as well. The upper feels great (thin, but not flimsy) & the cushioning is noticeable - soft, but not "squishy", and not "clunky" either. I've had this situation with my Altra Paradigms..."clunky". COMFORTABLE...MOSTLY. I know it's just been one day, but after 3 different runs (tempo, 5K race, then a slower "long" run) my patella tendons did not even hurt like they end up doing in the Paradigms. Knees & legs felt great. BUT...these aren't as wide as the Paradigms & my (right) foot had a "hot spot" develop on the lateral side, near the pinky toe. I could definitely tell my feet were not in as roomy a toe box as my Atra's. Also, the nice, thin tongue does move around a bit, so I had to do some adjusting between runs. OVERALL (so far, one day's worth of running, lol!), I'm pleasantly surprised & pleased with my first-ever pair of Hoka's. I'm planning on wearing the Cliftons in the Marathon a couple weeks from now.
From: Mike, NE, USA. August 5th 2014