Comments: People always say "don't knock them until you've tried them." Well, I've tried them. To each his own, but I have some issues with these shoes. Let me start by saying I got these shoes for the sole purpose of training for and running ultra marathons. Specifically, 100-milers (any terrain), or 50 milers and 100K's that might have a lot of hard surface. I don't bother with them for 50K's or marathons because I prefer to wear racing flats for those distances. The cushion is ample, but I don't find it saves me from all that much fatigue, and I do have to work harder to stride through it. I'm not a big guy (5'7", 138 lbs.), and I have a very efficient midfoot strike (cadence=192), so it's not as if I'm pounding through this shoe. They do affect your form--for me in a negative way. I do come from a minimalist background (although I don't try and push a minimalist agenda on everyone), and I find that all the material and technology under foot gets in the way of my natural stride. Being a running retailer, I have trained on Hoka One One's technologies (rockered sole, proprietary cushion, wider platform, etc.) and their brand philosophy, so I know where they're coming from, but I'll say the same thing about them as I would about Newtons: they're a specialized tool, but not the end-all, be-all. I continue to use
mine, but I had to make some modifications in order to alleviate blisters and hotspots (both are uncommon for me in other shoes), and I mainly use them on active recovery days or the occasional 25+ mile run on asphalt. Like I said, to each his own, but for every person I've
met who's had their running saved by Hokas, I've met just as many who have ended up on surgeon's tables because the Hokas were masking what was wrong in the first place. Try them out. If you like them, awesome! Just pay attention to your form.
From: Chas, Cornelius, NC
Comments: Per hoka, the heel-to-toe is 4mm. This shoe is great for longer runs. Was having some PF and have been able to continue to run with these. I do not like them on the treadmill, however pavement and trails are amazing. Takes a few runs to get use to them but its great. 5 stars.
From: LJ, PA
Comments: I'm 5'11, 150, a neutral runner (47) running about 45 mpw. Thought I'd give these a try to help ease the pounding for longer runs. I didn't like them and returned them locally. Too big, bulky, and hot for me. They do have a plush ride, but if you're a midfoot/forefoot striker it seems hard to get around that wide heel area. Overall, they don't seem heavy. Just weren't right for me.
From: Robert, Washington DC
Comments: I tried the Bondi B as my 1st pair of Hoka's and loved them and still love them after 300 miles. Wanted to try the Stinson Evo Tarmac due to a more durable sole. They arrived on April 1, 2013 and I put 2 miles on them. Can't wait to get them broken in proper. I am 6'2 280 lbs and get 300 miles out of a shoe, its amazing.
From: Jeff, Randleman, NC
Comments: Arrived Dec 25th, by Jan 17th with approx 60 miles on pavement my apparently imperfect foot strike had worn through the outer rubber on one heal, 2nd not far behind .. first time I've shopped for "shoe goo" in about 30 years ..
From: Gary, Mesquite, NV, USA
Comments: At last a shoe I can run long miles in and not feel like my feet have been hammered on. These shoes will affect your running form, so be careful transitioning into them. I'm staying on my forefoot in these shoes as much as possible. I have used them for speed training on the track several times, and I am shocked I can run fast in these shoes. My feet are in the best shape they have been in years. My only complaint is the upper which needs to be more breathable. Superb product!
From: Soapy, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA