Hoka shoes review: Starting with prototypes, they finally developed a new kind of EVA foam, which was soft and surprisingly lightweight, with a chemist at a Chinese shoe business. These characteristics are now hallmarks of Hoka kicks. Early releases such as the Mafate (now Evo Mafate and Mafate Speed), Bondi, and Stinson ATR demonstrated the validity of the Hoka design philosophy. I ride on a variety of roads and trails and like the idea of additional coiling around Henley for my long runs but this will not be used for my ride or treadmill runs. I’m going to stay on something a bit minimalist for them.
Bondi and Stinson ATR demonstrated the validity of the Hoka design philosophy. These shoes had enough cushioning to soften rough terrain and return energy, but they weren’t so heavy that they slowed runners down. The shoes became popular, and Hoka has grown rapidly since then.
I expected to despise Hokas and was prepared to write a review complaining that they were too big, but I didn’t. They were extremely appealing to me. They were incredibly light and bouncy! And it appears that I am not alone.
I really liked the Hoka and want to try a 6.5 or a 7-meter size – I usually wear a 6-shoe so it can be one for another. I have large feet to avoid blisters on the broad toe box of the right size shoe in the future.
When researching the scientific aspects of this post, I attempted to find some negative reviews but was unable to find anything other than 4 and 5-star reviews of Hoka One One. Jonathan Beverly, the shoe editor for Runners World US, was quoted as saying that when running in HOKAS, you have the same posture as if you were barefoot, but with all the cushioning.