Men's HOKA ONE ONE® CLIFTON :: Take the feeling of running on grass to the concrete jungle with the new Men's Hoka One One® Clifton running shoe. Experience what's quite possibly the smoothest ride on the market with this innovative, highly cushioned shoe. Get that ultra cush Hoka feel at an almost unbelievable low weight, while counting on this line's signature Meta-Rocker geometry to give you a fantastically fluid, amazingly efficient ride. Plus, your feet will be protected from chafe and irritation thanks to the Clifton's no-sew, stripped down upper 7.9 ounces
I've had my Cliftons for two weeks and have enough miles to put down some initial impressions.
For background, I am 5'10" and 150 pounds - I have been running for over 30 years. I run mostly trails, and train at a 5:30-6:00 pace. I prefer short to middle distance running (3-5 miles) at a faster pace. I have been running in trail shoes for about 20 years - I like the stability, traction, and cushioning, and prefer to run off road for my shins and joints.
Back in December of 13 I tried a pair of Hoka Stinson Trails. They were AMAZING. Hands down the best shoes I have ever run in. So, of course, they discontinued the model. I tried the Hoka Stinson ATRs and they were not up to par. I also tried the Mafate Speed trail shoes and HATED them. I even tried the Altra Olympus and hated them as well. At that point I sadly gave up on Hokas and returned to my old stand by Salomons. About 3 weeks ago a fellow runner showed me her Cliftons and I was blown away by how light they were. I hadn't heard of the Cliftons and was intrigued so I did some reading and was impressed with all the reviews and the Runner's World shoe of the year designation. Given their pretty reasonable price I thought I'd give them a try.
After about 20 miles in them I really love these shoes. So far they are living up to all the hype - feather light, wonderful cushioning, good responsive sole and amazing stability for a shoe this light. I do run with them on light gravel and grass and have had no issues. The soles will just not handle an aggressive trail - the tread isn't there unfortunately. I have read that Hoka plans to make a Clifton trail shoe - if so, I'm in!
The shoes fit like Hokas, a bit snug, but I think a shoe like this has to be snug. They aren't tight, they form around your feet. I have had no issues with soreness, fatigue, or tingling in these shoes.
My overall impression is that these could be on par with my beloved Stinson Trails - I love these shoes. As fast trainers they have no equal. I only gave them 4 stars because I haven't had them long enough to see how they wear. So far they are perfect, but 20 miles isn't enough to get any real sense of how far they will go.
I will finish by saying that I look forward to every run in these shoes - sort of look for an excuse to put them on. They are extremely comfortable and they perform - I am training down towards 5:00 to 5:30 in these which at my age is blistering, a large part of it has to do with these shoes. I like to run fast, and so do these shoes, so we are a perfect match!
The good, the bad and the ugly
I am a heavy runner at roughly 6 feet tall and 200 pounds who has experienced some knee pain while training for and running a half marathon. I have several full and half marathons under my belt, but those all took place about 30 pounds ago, so running in less cushioned shoes ended in a good deal of pain. I took a few weeks off after the race and went back to RR to look for something more protective, but with the caveat of still wanting something light.
I tried several different shoes and ultimately landed on the Clifton for several reasons.
1. The shoe is tremendously cushioned and has a great feel as you move through your stride. The foot sits down into the shoe a bit, so the very large outsole is a bit deceiving. Despite all the protection in the shoe I find myself actually being more encouraged to achieve a midfoot to forefoot strike as opposed to heel striking.
2. The weight is otherworldly...in a good way. Given the level of cushioning and protection it mind blowing to pick them up. It seriously feels as though you are picking up a pair of socks.
3. The fit takes a little getting used to, but ultimately is great. The toe box has the potential to be on the tight side, and I've found that putting my full weight on my foot when lacing them up is best to let my toes spread naturally without the shoe being too loose.
That said, there are a couple of notable negatives that keep this shoe from being a perfect 5 stars.
1. The tongue of the shoe is very thin and stays out of the way, but this does come at the cost of some protection from the laces. Look out for hot spots if you tie your shoes up tightly. The top of the tongue also tends to bunch up quite a bit.
2. I question the durability of the sole. After only a few runs I am already noticing wear marks. There is almost no rubber on the bottom of the shoe which does help a lot with the weight, but comes at a price.
3. The styling is ugly. There is no way around it, the shoe looks terrible. Ultimately the tremendous feel and fit more than compensates, but better design would go a long way.
Ultimately this is a tremendous shoe, but there are a couple of minor things that need tweaking to be absolutely perfect. Regardless of the small tweaks needed, this is absolutely a shoe that should be considered for anybody who wants cushion without sacrificing speed.
Best combo cushioning - weight ever
Like I am sure a lot of us around, been trying for years to find the holly grail of running shoes that would fit me best.
Just to put things in perspective: am male, 42, 6ft4, 185lbs, running 20-25miles/week, racing on everything from 5miles to half marathons (01:50), mainly roads, little trails.
Am always curious to try out new things, and have fairly sensitive joints and back, not getting any better with age, so always been looking for lightweight but good cushioning.
Below a quick summary of my quest to the perfect shoe for the past 2 years, starting from worse to best:
- Nike Zoom Elite, Aasics Nimbus, Saucony Triumph: good cushioning, but heavy and the "slippers" feeling I do not like. Aasics and Saucony on the expensive side as well (cheap side for the Nike). Would give them 2 stars
- Nike Free 5.0: best look around, extremely snug fit, super lightweight, ideal to run on trade mills, but too little cushioning for me to consider running on the road. Would give them 3 stars. Bought 2 pairs of those (as I said, great for training on trade mills). Very cheap after the discounts.
- ON Clouds Surfers: interesting technology, great cushioning, a bit on the heavy side. Quite responsive (as opposed to first category above). Very durable as well. Would give them 4 stars. Bought 2 pairs of those. Would probably go for the Cloud Surfers model if I wanted something a bit lighter. a bit on the expensive side
- Adidas Ultra Boost: one of my current running shoes. Was promised something revolutionary, ...but not really. Great cushioning, very snug fit and responsive, but on the heavy side. 4 stars. Super expensive.
- Nike Lunar Flyknit: was my best running shoes before I discovered the Hooka Clifon. Still have a pair of those: super light, super snug (almost too much, top of one of my toes rubbing against the fabrics ending up in pain), responsive and great cushioning. Was a 5 stars to me until I discovered the below. Had 3 pairs of those. Very cheap after the discounts. Lasting average at best (the cushioning effect goes away too quick to my linking).
- Clifton Hooka: bar none the best shoes I have ever run in: reasonably snug, super light, and a cushioning out of this World: the "walk on clouds" feeling. Cheap as well. I am on my 3rd pair of those.
Hope that helps. Happy miles.
Light Weight and Cushion!!!
I have worn the Stinson Tarmac, Stinson EVO, and the Conquest. The Clifton is as cush as the others with the benefit of light weight 8oz. Very breathable with the light weight mesh. May not be great for the Winter in the rain. But awesome on a hot day. I am 8 months post Achillies surgery and have tried a few different kinds of shoes during the recovery process. Just recently upped my mileage to 6-8-10 miles. I wore the Clifton's for a 2 miler to break them in. 2nd run was 10.0. No issues what so ever. I am a big guy at 6'2" 215lbs. so time will tell on how they break down. Was not an issues with the Stinson's and probably not the Conquest (Have not had the Conquest long enough to know. I am normally a Nike Vomero guy and have found the Clifton to have more stability than the Vomero. I am going to go a head and order a second pair of Cliftons. Not that $129.00 is cheap by any means, but it is in the relm of the Vomero's and a lot less than the Conquest's at $165.00. Since running in the Clifton's I doubt I will use the Conquest's to run in any more ( Maybe in the rain or wet conditions)and keep them for leisure. If you are on your feet all day... Not a bad idea to wear Hoka's. I could tell once I got out of my Achillies boot and started walking around. I felt much better at the end of the day when I wore my Hoka's then any other shoe!
Wow...very impressive shoe and L I G H T
I purchased these at the same time I purchased a pair of Hoka One One Huakas, and fortunately tried the Clifton first. Wonderful shoe, felt great as soon as I put it on and that didn't stop throughout my regular 5.29 mile run. I was really impressed with the cushioning and the fact that it never got in the way as well as the lightness. Just a super shoe that I knew I'd be wearing frequently. I'll probably put them in rotation with my Newtons, Distance, Gravity, and Isaacs but I know which will be the most comfortable! First Hokas, but they won't be my last.
I run on hard surfaces primarily and am 68 years old; normally 100-125 miles per month, and I wanted something with a little more cushion to see if it would help with some knee pain; not bad, but noticeable nonetheless, and I'm sure the Clifton will do that for me without any loss of form. They're easy to run in and I haven't had to accommodate them in any way.
I wrote another review on the Huaka, which was very unfavorable. I was very disappointed especially after my initial impression of the Cliftons. I returned the Huaka after wearing just once. Very different shoes, at least to me.
Fleming Island, FL
A shoe from the gods!
Seriously...this shoe is great for everything (except maybe trail running.) Why would you need anything else? With the ultra light weight this shoe offers and the cushion for any distance this shoe is one stop shopping. I have searched for years to find a shoe that offers built in arch support for someone with high arches. I am a neutral high cadence runner and have had some battles with plantar fasciitis. I have tried multiple insoles and they just made the shoe heavier and less comfortable (i.e. harder, less cushion.) Even custom molded insoles didn't give me the arch support I needed.
In this shoe, your foot actually goes down INTO the footbed of the shoe and the molded cushion fits my foot gloriously. I can loosely lace the shoes and it literally feels like I have nothing on.
Highly recommend and I think I have found my permanent shoe. They just need help in the aesthetics department...these colors are BAD!
Super light and cushioned!
I've been running in Saucony Kinvara's for several years and have loved them. I got a pair of Saucony Guide 7's in the spring, and really liked the additional cushioning they had over the Kinvara's. But I liked the more minimal upper and the lower drop of the Kinvara. The Hoka One One Clifton is the best of both worlds! It has more cushioning than my Guide's, but the upper is more minimal like the Kinvara. The drop is also more similar to the drop of the Kinvara's. They feel just as light as the Kinvara. I'm currently training for a fall marathon, and did an 18 miler in the Hoka's today, and they were great. My legs don't feel as fatigued after the run as they have in the past, I assume it's the additional cushioning lessening the impact and force on the muscles. They feel just as stable as any other shoe I have worn (I had been nervous about this due to the height off the ground). The forefoot is nice and roomy, but not excessively so. I have only done two runs in them so far, but I'm very pleased and look forward to many more runs in them. I'll probably run the marathon in them, too!
Gulf Breeze, FL
I've been running in Saucony Kinvara's for several years and have loved them. I got a pair of Saucony Guide 7's in the spring, and really liked the additional cushioning they had over the Kinvara's. But I liked the more minimal upper and the lower drop of the Kinvara. The Hoka One One Clifton is the best of both worlds! It has more cushioning than my Guide's, but the upper is more minimal like the Kinvara. The drop is also more similar to the drop of the Kinvara's. They feel just as light as the Kinvara. I'm currently training for a fall marathon, and did an 18 miler in the Hoka's today, and they were great. My legs don't feel as fatigued after the run as they have in the past, I assume it's the additional cushioning lessening the impact and force on the muscles. They feel just as stable as any other shoe I have worn (I had been nervous about this due to the height off the ground). I have only done two runs in them so far, but I'm very pleased and look forward to many more runs in them. I'll probably run the marathon in them, too!
Gulf Breeze, FL
Best Hoka yet
Very hard to imagine a shoe with this much cushion and size to be as light as it is. Truly one of the lightest shoes I have ever put on and I have literally tried dozens in the last year!
This shoe may not be for everyone, but those weighing in excess of 200 lbs it is a no brainer. I have had several surgeries on my right knee and one on my right foot. Any run beyond 1.5 miles would kill my joints. Not with this shoe. Great forefoot cushioning allows for those who don't run heel first the cushion they have longed for. Also, the shoe has a 4mm heel drop which allows for a more natural gait.
My only wish is that I could get the upper to fit a little more snug. This shoe runs a bit wide but I have a narrow foot. However, I have had no problems with slippage so far and I am strongly considering buying another pair.
Dallas, Texas area
Great shoe!...but not for me
Love the cushion and smooth ride. Durability seems better than the Bondi 3 as the tread isn't wearing down as fast. The Clifton breathes better, is lighter and more stylish too. Compared to the Bondi 3, the Clifton is much more flexible, has less material on the upper and it fit my foot better. I did notice a significant difference in the arch support and stability of the heel. This isn't a good thing for me as I need a stability shoe to help with my PF. This shoe actually made it flare up again with only 20 miles into them over several days. I will be reluctantly returning them since I need more arch support. I have enjoyed the other improvements from the Bondi 3 and wish the shoe worked for me. I was able to wear them with jeans and felt comfortable knowing they didn't look like clown shoes. I would never wear the Bondi unless I was running.
I am a 59yo male, 150lbs, long-time runner. As I aged, my preferred lightweight trainers just didn't seem to provide enough padding, and I frequently had sore knees after a long run. I decided to try these Hokas upon the advice of a friend who runs ultras. So far I am very pleased. I've used them for several 4-6 mile runs and a 12-miler, and the ride is great--like running on air, and they are light-weight too. I also like the two-part insert that permits you to customize the footbed based on arch and foot volume. I tried a couple of different configurations before I settled on the best fit. My only concern, as with any shoe over a hundred bucks, is that they hold up. My ultra friend had significant wear at his strike points...but he runs a gazillion miles a week. I plan to use them for a half-marathon next month. I would highly recommend them if you are looking for a more cushioned ride.
My best running shoe ever!
I run three 10 milers weekly, I used to run in Hoka Bondi2 that kept me injury free then I got worried when they replaced it with Bondi3 which is an utmost failure in many respects (you can read reviews on here). And then, the Clifton came out---wow. Most importantly, this shoe is flexible while being supremely cushy and springy. Bondi2 drawback was its toe box didn't flex and forced me into an awkward foot strike, it just felt cumbersome. In Clifton, your foot also gets lucked in and you feel secure and stable. Also they have added rubber in high abrasion sole areas. Perfect shoe. Just small things I would improve (and this is being extremely picky) is adding a tongue pull, making longer shoe laces and new colors.) Btw, these shoe laces don't untie with just one knot--talking about attention to details by Hoka! PS. It fits true to size.
Jay the runner
A Really Good with Great Cushioning
This is a really good shoe,it provides wonderful cushioning and its fit is perfect. It is incredibly light for the size of its soles. I am neither heavy but as an aging runner feeling the toles of decades of running, I appreciate the cushioning this shoe offers. The lace-box and tonuge are about the best design I have ever had on any shoe. I had a pair of the Hoka trail shoes and it was my observation that the tread wore very poorly and tended to be slippery on some wet surfaces. I think the same may be true for these shoes.
I've been runner now for over 15 yrs. Nothing long just your 5 and 10k due to several knee, ankle, foot and back injuries. Recently my doctor basically told me to stop running which I wasn't happy about. My other option was reduce my pace (check) and change my shoes (check). She recommended Hoka One One due to the rocker profile and the cushioning. I have to say, she was right. These are great shoes, I used to have issues after 2 miles but with these shoes, the pain is minimal and at times completely gone. I already ordered a second pair and thinking about a 3rd (trail version).
Corpus Christi, TX
This is a remarkable shoe and my new favorite for long runs. It is nearly as soft and deep as the Bondi and much lighter. The back of the sole at the heel is a bit more cut away than the Bondi, making the feel of the foot rock a bit different, but I adjusted to this easily. I find them very comfortable even though the upper is quite thin. I have put 70 miles on my pair and they seem to be holding up well. And for my taste they are significantly less ugly than other Hoka shoes. Not classy, but not embarrassing.
If you are getting older (as I am) or you are big, these shoes should make you sing. I can't figure out how they can be so light and feel so soft.
REALLY...IN A STATE OF DISBELIEF!
Older and Heavier Male, by running standards. Not a serious runner until about 5 years ago. Took some trial and error to find my shoe "type" and a brand that I could tolerate. Wore out more than a few pair of Asics and I am ECSTATIC over this shoe! Could have taken off and ran until I couldn't run any more straight out of the box. SO LIGHT and a great cushion gave me a level of comfort I have never experienced before. If they last 200 miles, I'm a customer for life! That is, as long as they don't ruin them in revision.
Loving this shoe! It really is incredible how a shoe with so much cushioning can be so light.
It is quite a fast shoe too, my times compared to those in my Asics Nimbus 16's are a fair bit quicker. I was surprised to say the least!
I've had 2 pairs of Hoka Conquests and was disappointed how quickly the cushioning on both of them collapsed. Time will tell with the Cliftons.
My only gripe is that the soles are so soft, the shoes pickup LOTS of sand spurs and thorns on my runs. I have to take the shoes off before entering my house, or I leave a trail of thorny surprises in the carpet!
I'll probably invest in a second pair. Good value too.
Jeeves The Butler
the best shoe I've ever had
The shoes are awesome. Some people have posted that there is not a lot of room in the shoe, I say that's Ludacris. I run about 50-60 miles a week and to me the Hoka one one cliftons are perfect. The shoes look heavy, but looks are deceiving. I have convinced five other Soldiers into buying the same shoes and they love them as much as I do. I have written HOKA and asked if they can make a combat boot because of the comfort of the shoe. I highly recommend this shoe to any runner or non-runner alike.
Better than the Bondi3
Excellent shoe so far. I have been an Asics Gel Kayano user since around the 8, and continue to use them as my alternate shoe. Tried the Bondi 3 in January (recovering from a pelvic stress fracture) for the cushioning, and like them a lot, but I find the Clifton superior. I am 6' 1", 185 lbs, and not a speedster by any stretch. Cliftons felt great right out of the box, just like my Asics usually do. I wonder how durable they will be due to the light weight, but am very pleased with them so far and would certainly buy them again.
Wanted 'em to work out
Life long Asics Nimbus wearer who waited to see if the reviews were consistent and not gimmicky. 6'2" 210lbs, neutral runner, 20-25 miles a week. Wore for two weeks but an old injury returned...plantar fasciitis. I was disappointed because I wanted to keep the shoes but I think the fit aggravated my old injury. For me and my running style (heel striker), it felt like the heel was too low or the mid-sole was too pronounced as it put a lot of stress on my Achilles and arch. Two weeks after the return and miles back in my Nimbus, I have less pain. I decided to return for the Asics Nimbus 17. We'll see. In the end, though, I can see where the hype comes from. It is a very unique shoe that the right folks will really like. Incredible cushioning. Good luck.
Really, really like 'em
So, I drank the Hoka cool aid a couple of years ago and have not looked back. I've been a big fan, and this shoe is no exception. I came upon this as I was looking for a road shoe like my old Brooks Launch - squishy-soft and light, but durable enough for my Clydesdale frame. I found them to be true to size, a little on the wide size, which in turn made me tighten them up so much that the laces became a tripping hazard. Other than that, I love the fit, finish, and feel of these "fast" shoes.
South Portland, ME
I am a 72 yr. old male, medium build. I use the shoe for walking, treadmill, elliptical machines, etc. I no longer run.
I started with the Bondi S2 because of Hoka's rep for cushioning. I like them very much.
Recently I bought the Clifton and notice 2 differences: The Clifton is considerably lighter. I like that. The Bondi toe box is more roomy. I have a thumb width of space in front of my big toe in both shoes, but my toes are a little cramped in the Clifton.
The Clifton is more like a mainstream brand and remind me of my Nike Pegasus'. If you like the chunky, substantial feel of Hokas, you may want to avoid the Clifton.
I like both Hokas but the Clifton with the Bondi toe box would be a near-perfect shoe.
This shoe was recommended by my Ultra running friend. I'm a 54 year old male weighing 80Kg with the standard aches and pains, knees, hips, feet, plus lower leg neuropathy. Currently stationed in Kuwait, I did about 3 miles in the shoes before running the Army 10-Miler Shadow run last Sunday. Truly unbelieveable comfort resulting in pain free speed. I would not have believed anyone could build a shoe that comfortable! If it lasts 200 miles, I will be a lifelong customer...so long Asics!
US Army, Kuwait
I thought I would try a soft shoe for once and the first few yards you notice how you sink in as you run and it seems quite comfortable, but the more you go the more energy you lose from your stride. They make it quite hard to stay up on my toes and the additional depth means I'm dragging the bottom of the shoe sometimes especially as I get tired. Maybe i'll get used to it all but I'm happier right now with my paper thin worn out Merrill trail shoes. Make sure you watch the width, these are very narrow even half size up.
Sierra Madre CA
I love these shoes!
This shoe has an enormous amount of cushioning with minimal weight. I'm about to turn 50 and weigh 150 lbs. I run 2 - 3 marathons a year with shorter races mixed in during the year. These shoes have really made a difference in joint pain. I was running in Brooks PureFlow and PureConnect prior to running in the Hokas. I'm now on my second pair and rotate them between runs. Some of my fellow runners call them my "old man" shoes, but looks aren't everything!
I am a huge fan of Hoka! Without the superior cushioning that most models have, I may not even be running anymore due to my knee problems. Hoka's have kept me in the game! I do like trying all Hoka models to see which ones are best for me. I recently bought and ran in the Clifton. There is a lot less shoe with the Clifton compared to other models. Obviously this makes the shoe weigh less and there is also a price drop as well. I feel this is a high quality shoe for an efficient and light runner that does not need the heavy cushioning like in the Bondi 3. I do believe this shoe would be a excellent speed work or race shoe for many runners, just not for me for the long haul.
After 80,941 miles run-thanx Hoka!
71 yr old guy, 5'10" 145-150 pounds with 38 1/2 years of "serious" running, best shoe for me since the early 80's and the Nike Terra TC. I still run 40-50 road miles a week and over the last several years I have been feeling the road more than ever. Probably nothing to do with my nearly 81,000 miles run. My oldest daughter(50) runs and recommended the Hoka brand. The Clifton was like a dream shoe for me. Light weight and superior cushioning. Got the shoes Thurs eve, ran 8 miles in them on Fri, 11 miles Sat and 12 today. I am impressed. The shoes have just worked. Running downhill is "fun" again. With the same effort my pace has increased a little . They appeared at the right time, I plan on running a 50K road ultra in December. Thanks Hoka. Remember, there is no finish line.
Long Run Nick
Running on a cloud
I run nearly every day ranging from 3K to 8K. As a senior with degenerative disc disease, I must have serious cushioning in my shoes. A friend turned me on to Hoka one one's and the Cliftons filled the bill for my specific needs. They are also amazingly lightweight. The only potential drawback that I solved with thicker socks and inserts is that they run a bit wide. Other than that the most comfortable shoe that I have used in the past thirty years.
Senior Running Man
I've only run in the shoes a few times but already like them a lot. The cushioning is great and the shoe is surprising light. I expected the shoes to feel slow because of the cushioning and size but it's quite the opposite as they feel just as fast as my 10k racing shoes. I have narrower feet so the upper feels a little too roomy at first but it's not so noticeable during a run. Overall, pleasantly surprised with how much I like these shoes.
Half Fast Cassell
Point Marion, PA
I'm 60 with little success at training for distance races w/o getting injured. I'm currently training for an Ironman and have gotten up to a 22 mile run with these shoes and no ill effects! They are comfortable, roomy and provide a lot of cushioning...especially on hard surface roads. I also run on a golf course to give my knees some relief and that is when I find the cushioning a little excessive. I've experimented with several other brands and found my Hokas to be the best choice for me.
Mens Hoka One One Clifton Running Shoe
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