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