When I saw my first pair of Hoka One One shoes I thought they were for grandparents to do their mall walks. After hearing about the brand I decided to try my first pair. With a little research I decided my first pair would be the Huaka. On my first run I was impressed by the Huaka. My problem was outsole couldn’t standup to the 100% road running I was doing. After 60 miles the Huaka’s lugs had worn down to almost nothing. I returned the Huaka with a sense of disappointment (thank you Road Runner Sports for the excellent return policy). I decided to give the Clifton a try because I missed the cushion from the Huaka.
The Clifton is light, comfortable, the upper is almost nonexistent, and the cushioning is very responsive. The only real negative is a little narrowness in the toe box. The upper has enough give to make the shoe fit my foot perfectly. If you have wide feet this shoe isn’t for you. At around 80 miles on the Clifton’s I was a little worried about durability. I started to notice the exposed EVA cushioning on the bottom of the shoe starting to show significant wear. The wear slowed and only progressed as the high abrasion rubber started to wear down over the next several 100 miles.
Needless to say I love the Clifton. I’ve been rotating 2 pairs for a while. I just retired my first pair of Clifton’s with over 400 miles on them. They’ve become my new walking / around the house shoes. My second pair has over 300 miles on them and I add the Clifton 2 to my shoe rotation. Look for the Hoka One One Clifton 2 review in the future.
- Light – Under 8oz
- Durable – I was able to get over 400 miles out of one pair.
- Seamless upper is breathable
- Low drop for the stack height (24/29 5mm)
- A little narrow