Introducing the Hoka One One Clayton, a running shoe review.
* I was given this pair of running shoes in exchange for my review. All opinions expressed here are my own.
Ready to check out the latest running shoe from Hoka One One. Have you seen the Clayton’s? Getting new shoes when you are a runner is always such a treat. Recently I received a new pair of the Hoka One One Clayton. I ran in the Clifton II during my Boston Marathon training last winter and spring. It was my first Hoka One One road shoe and I was in love! These shoes carried through my marathon training with no major aches and pains and felt light on my feet. I was so excited when I heard that a new road shoe was going to be released. I was able to sneak a peek at the Boston Marathon and to learn more at the expo. I knew this would be my next road shoe.
There is something almost magical about slipping your feet into a new pair of running shoes. The Clayton’s were no different. I was so excited to try this new running shoe. First of all I love the looks of this shoe, mine came in Ultramarine / Neon Coral. These shoes had a lighter look and feel than the Clifton’s. Surely they would make me faster! I slipped my feet into these shoes and they felt just like slippers, hugging my feet perfectly which is great since I have very narrow feet. They hold the heel into place which I also sometimes struggle with because of my narrow feet. I love the wider toe box. This helps for runs of longer duration and keeps your toes comfortable.
According to Hoka One One, these shoes have, “lightweight cushioning, featuring PRO2LITE technology with a softer heel for cushioning and a firmer forefoot for propulsion.” And when they say lightweight they are right. Taking strides in this shoe my feet felt super light. Another reason these shoes are so light is that, “the RMAT® outsole layer eliminates the excess weight of traditional rubber.”
I love the flexibility of this shoe as well. I need some stability in my shoes but don’t like shoes that are overly stiff as they cause increased foot fatigue over long distance. Although this is a neutral shoe the wide platform of all Hoka One One shoes works well with my foot even though I have some over-pronation. This shoe is no different. I have been enjoying wearing the Clayton’s on long runs as well as during speedwork.
This is definitely a must try shoe and if you already run in the Clifton’s the transition will be easy!
Where will your next run take you? Have you ever run in a Hoka One One shoe before?