Comments: Tried the Hoka Conquest because the description said it is a highly cushioned shoe or maximal shoe. Reviewers said it is like walking on clouds. Went on a test road run of more than ten miles. It was hard on my feet. Felt like I had bricks on and like I was landing on bricks too. It also caused pain on the sides of my feet as the shoes are too narrow. Enough room in the toe box. A really slow shoe. I had to put in a lot more effort to go a slow pace. Felt like it slowed me down 30 seconds per mile. Why doesn't Hoka make their shoes zero drop? Can't confirm that these shoes are made for 200 lb men, but this shoe was a DUD! A big NO from me. I'm not going to waste my time trying the Conquest 2. The cushioning is so hard it makes the shoe feel like it is a near minimal shoe. But it weighs twice as much as it should for that cushioning level. It is going in the box and going back! NO! Maybe it got old sitting on the shelf for a year and that is why it was on sale for $70 plus free shipping.
From: Anonymous. July 2nd 2015
Comments: Great shoe and great price; almost $100 off retail. Very cushioned and soft ride. Thee is no sign of wear on the outsole, so no worries on durability. Seems like Nike and other other name brand companies have been taking their running customers for granted for years. New companies like Altra and Hoka are making innovations that should have been done long ago.
From: Ed, Colorado Springs, CO, USA. June 20th 2015
Comments: Way too stiff for me. Run mostly in kinvara and new balance rc1400. Wanted something with a little more longevity, but all I got was weird foot and lower leg pain. This will be the last pair of hokas I will have.
From: Steve, Palm Desert, CA, USA. June 15th 2015
Comments: Very comfortable! I just started to run on a regular basis again it has felt good but these shoes make it feel GREAT!
From: Jeff, Madison, WI, USA. May 28th 2015
Comments: Just went for my first run in these shoes--a four miler. While they will not cure moderate-severe osteoarthritic joints, they reduced the pain to no greater than walking. This alone was an amazing accomplishment. Everything positive I have read about this shoe proved true in my case. No problem with the width for me. A great shoe. Considering the purchase of a backup pair already.
From: Anonymous. May 25th 2015
Comments: Bought these on a rec from a friend. Pulled them out of the box, tried them on, ditched the speed laces (as many on here have noted, they don't secure the shoe well), tied them up with the regular laces provided, went fora 16 mile run. Woke up without my usual back stiffness. These are great. No comment on durability. Ordering a backup pair forthwith.
From: Mick, CA, USA. April 12th 2015
Comments: A friend recommended these, saying it felt like walking on a cloud. I was skeptical, but after one use, I'm a believer! Great shoes for those with knee, ankle, or lower back issues.
From: Jason, Bremerton, WA, USA. April 10th 2015
Comments: I have been wearing these shoes almost two months now and I love them. Extremely comfortable!! I wear these 3 - 5 times a week working twelve hour shifts in a hospital up and down the long units continuously. I love these shoes. I have no problem when the material wearing on any place of the shoes. I am s female wearing men shoes due to my foot size. Mine still look brand new even after wiping them down with harsh chemicals used in hospital to kill germs.
From: Anonymous. April 6th 2015
Comments: Bought Conquest and I am hooked. Returned the NB Fresh Foam and Asics Nimbus I had ordered in favor of another pair. I am a believer. I run high mileage 60-70 weekly for years. Run Half's, Full's, and Ironman's. Compare running in Hoka's on the road to running in a standard shoe on a tread mill. Less fatigue and wear and tear on your joints. Downside is they are UGLY!!! My 10 y/o calls them my "special needs" shoes. Also they tend to run narrow and the tounge is ridiculous. Will cut you on a long run if your not wearing thick-tall socks. Still I will make necessary adjustments to run in these every run. Just won't wear them in public when not running. Come on Hoka, make em attractive!
From: Rob, San Antonio, TX, USA. March 21st 2015
Comments: I bought these shoes on Tuesday and they showed up on Wednesday. I wore them for a 7mile run and so far the toes have worn down dramatically. I'm going to give them a couple week trial, but it is not looking good for Hoka.
From: Anonymous. Huntington Beach, CA, USA. January 15th 2015
Comments: These are without a doubt the most comfortable shoe I have ever worn. My only complaint is the outer mesh material started to tear in the same spot on both shoes after only a month of wear. After paying 160.00 it was a little disappointing. The shoes are so comfy though that I just ordered my second pair.
From: Bruce, Hayden, ID, USA. December 11th 2014
Comments: This is an exceptional running shoe. Over time I've purchased most Hoka models offered. While these aren't the most cushy they offer they have the right blend of weight, support, and, cushion and are superior to all the others put together. The tread are SO durable they just don't seem to wear out....unlike Bondi and others. Here are some areas that can use improvement; The pull laces cut into the top of your instep (replace), the width needs to be slightly wider as they run "narrow' and you might need to upsize. If your running in a half marathon, marathon, or, longer your feet will swell as the miles grow thus by making the shoes slightly wider it would compensate for this. When you upsize all shoes can become 'sloppy' or loose in the heel. The shoe tongue is EXCELLENT and not like the Hoka Bondi. The Conquest tongue is fixed so it won't slide down over your instep. It's to bad Hoka doesn't use this tread on some other models (road type) as they are just great . Last suggestion is to remove the adjustable shoe ties and use regular quality laces so they won't continually slip during a LONG run. Love you products so keep improving them Hoka!
From: Zipper, Orange Park, FL, USA. November 19th 2014
Comments: Was looking for a suitable replacement for my beloved Bondi 2 as the Bondi 3 was dreadful. These weren't as soft but also not quite as clunky. In the end they're an adequate replacement. I like them but don't love them. Still, they're a good choice for long road runs. They run very narrow so sizing up may be necessary.
From: Anonymous, CA, USA. August 24th 2014
Comments: As a runner with achy knees after many years of running, I look for maximum cushioning. I've been running in the Asics Nimbus for a few years and am generally happy with them. But after watching and reading about Hokas for a while now, I finally had to try the Conquest. I really like them so far - very cushy without being spongy. You definitely will feel the protection of more padding underneath your feet. But after 4 miles or so, even thought the shoe is very light, it starts feeling like a lot of shoe. Still, I am happy with them and will use them for my shorter runs to give my knees a break.
From: Amy, New York, NY USA. 3/10/14