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Which running shoe from Hoka One One is the best?

Learn to navigate in our range of running shoes from Hoka One One. Here is the difference between Bondi, Clifton and Arahi, among others.

If you run often and in different terrains, there are good reasons to own more than one pair of running shoes. Every avid runner should at least have one fast running shoe for interval training and short distances, as well as one running shoe for longer sessions with lower intensity. The running shoe expert Erik Desmeules guides us in the selection from Hoka One One and helps you answer the question: which Hoka shoe is best?

SHOP HERE: See all running shoes from Hoka One One

First of all, this is good to keep in mind when choosing running shoes:

In what way does your running step matter for which shoe you buy?

- A heavier running step requires more cushioning, especially if you land on the heel as this is more stressful for the body. A runner who lands on either their middle or forefoot receives less shock up to their knees, compared to a runner who lands on their heel.

What kind of running shoes should I choose if I pronate?

- Another important factor to look at when choosing your running choose, is if you have a pronation, ie that you fall a lot inwards in your running step. In some cases, you may then need a so-called pronation shoe, but in many cases you can solve it with a pronation insert, says Erik Desmeules and continues:

- You can also reduce the impact of the pronation by choosing a running shoe with a not-so-high drop, and a roller sole. This leads to ground contact being shorter and the risk of pronation decreases thanks to you leaning over to your front foot faster. A roller sole simply gives you help with the transition from landing to departure. It can also make a big difference to your speed.

In what way does the surface play a role in my choice of shoe?

- A hard surface requires more cushioning, especially when you run longer distances. This is because the shocks from a hard surface cause small stretch marks in the muscles, with fatigue and longer recovery as a result. If you run in soft terrain, you are not as affected by it.

In what way does distance matter?

- Longer distances tire the muscles more and therefore you need more cushioning in your shoes. If you run really far, you should also keep in mind that your feet can swell and then you should have a little extra space in the forefoot.

Running shoes from Hoka One One - which model suits you best?

A neutral running shoe for longer distances. Suitable if you want a safe running shoe with soft cushioning for both running and walking.

Who is it for?

- Bondi is optimized for runners with a heavier running step or slitghtly heavier body weight. Bondi is a neutral running shoe, but also works well as a stable shoe together with a pronation sole. It is fantastic when you want to kind to your feet, knees and back.

What distance is it for?

- Bondi is made justice best on longer running sessions, and should be used for running with low intensity. If, however, your running step is slightly heavier, it works well on all distances.

What terrain is it for?

- Asphalt, concrete, gravel and dry terrain that is not too technical (trail).

What type of running is it for?

- Volume training or competition over longer distances. But as I said, for the heavier runners, it is good for competition and intervals at all distances.

How is it different from the other shoes?

- This model is one of the most cushioned shoes on the market and has a profile on the insole that allows a calm landing, a short stabilization in the midfoot and a stable deviation in the forefoot. The sole is extra wide and the foot rests in a deep bowl in the midsole, which gives a nice stability.

Sounds like it suits you? HERE you can see all Bondi.

A versatile running shoe that fits most runners, distances and surfaces, apart from trail terrain. It is also extremely light, just like all Hoka One One's running shoes.

Who is it for?

- Clifton suits a very wide group of runners. Everything from the beginner who wants a comfortable, easy-running and protective shoe, to the elite runner who is looking for a light and fast shoe with a lot of cushioning to avoid getting too worn on the longer sessions.

What distance is it for?

- Just as it suits most runners, it also fits all distances, from short sessions to really long stages, thanks to the fact that it is such a perfect mix of cushioning and light weight.

What terrain is it for?

- Clifton does well on asphalt, gravel and also dry terrain that's not too technical - just like Bondi.

What type of running is it for?

- Everything from volume training to intervals. Clifton is also excellent for competitions in, for example, half marathons and marathons, as it makes you stay fresh in the muscles on hard surfaces.

How is it different from the other shoes?

- Clifton is one of the most versatile shoe on the market and probably the one that suits the most runners. This makes it a little unique and a safe purchase.

SHOP HERE: See all Clifton variants here

Click on directly to Clifton for women, or directly to Clifton for men

Rincon is a lightweight shoe that does best in short distances and competitions, but also longer distances provided you have good running technique and are an experienced runner. It is also considered the right choice for indoor running on a treadmill.

Rincon is available for both men and women

Who is it for?

- Rincon is best suited for runners who want a combination of comfortable cushioning and a very light and fast shoe.

What distances is it for?

- Everything from short intervals to marathons, depending on who you are. Rincon works on longer races for the easy and experienced runner, but good technique is required.

What terrain is Rincon for?

- This running shoe is suitable for asphalt, gravel, track and dry terrain. Rincon is also an excellent shoe on a treadmill when running intervals.

What type of running is it for?

- Intervals and competition, but Rincon can also be used for volume training for the lighter and more experienced runner.

How is it different from the other running shoes from Hoka One One?

- Rincon is probably one of the lightest running shoes on the market with full cushioning, or if you put it this way - the most cushioned lightweight shoe on the market.

SHOP HERE: See the full range of Rincon

Hook One Ones running shoe with pronation support! Arahi suits runners with feet or knee joints that are tilted inwards while running.

Who is it for?

- Arahi is for the runner with pronation, and who is looking for a light and soft shoe. Many other pronation shoes can be perceived as clumsy or heavy - Arahi is not.

What distance is it for?

- All distances, basically. Arahi is great from short to very long distances, as it is both light and provides good support.

What terrain is it for?

- Asphalt, concrete, gravel. It also works on dry terrain that's not too technical.

What type of running is it for?

- Intervals, but also competition and volume training. For those of you who pronate, it is suitable for all distances and all types of running.

How is it different from other pronation shoes on the market?

- Arahi is a pronation shoe with a dynamic pronation support, which means that it does not have the usual stiff, heavy and unforgiving plastic details in the sole that many other pronation shoes have. This means that it provides support against pronation, but allows the healthy pronation movement that can help prevent injuries such as a "runner knee".

SHOP HERE: See all Arahi for women here, and for men here.

If you have just recently started running, of if you have a running technique that makes you land with your heel first, Elevon is for you.

SHOP HERE: See all Elevon here, available for both women and men.

Who is it for?

- Elevon is especially suitable for runners who land on their heel and want a soft landing to avoid unneccesary tear on their body. In addition, Elevon is a slightly stiffer in the front of the sole, which gives optimal energy for the next step.

What distance is it for?

- It fits everything from short five kilometer runs to longer runs, which makes it very versatile.

What terrain is it for?

- Asphalt, concrete and gravel, but not trail or more demanding terrain.

What type of running is it for?

- Elevon should be used primarily for volume training, because that is when comfort is most important. For fast races, you want a different shoe.

How is it different from the other shoes?

- Elevon has a so-called profly sole where the rear is soft to provide optimal comfort in landing. It is also slightly stiffer in the forefoot to give more response in the deviation, which gives more power in the launch.

SHOP HERE: See all shoes from Hoka One One.

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