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Hoka One One Clifton 8

Built to make long training miles endlessly comfortable, the Clifton has achieved a cult following for good reason. Comfortable!
Hoka One One Clifton 8 Colors

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Surface

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Surface(s) this shoe is designed for

Road

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Support philosophy of shoe

Neutral

Drop

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Heel-to-toe angle

5mm

Heel Height

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Underfoot height on the heel of the shoe

29mm

Toe Height

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Underfoot height on the forefoot of the shoe

24mm

Hoka One One Clifton 8 Review

Likes

  • Surprisingly lightweight considering the cushioning
  • Very comfortable, great for long runs and grouchy knees
  • Excellent fit and lockdown
  • Good traction
  • Stays true to the heritage of the original Cliftons
  • Nice colorways

Dislikes

  • Not a speedy shoe (low energy return)
  • May be a bit warm
  • Maximalist look isn’t for everyone

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9.15/10
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Hoka One One Clifton 8 Features

Comfort and Fit

Perhaps the number one benefit of any Hoka Clifton shoe: comfort! Runners describe this shoe as plush, comfy, foamy, and pillowy. The fit is true to size and the foot remains locked down. Those struggling with foot (eg: plantar fasciitis) or leg pain may find relief as well.

Traction

No complaints on traction which is supposed to be grippy while remaining flexible and durable. Roads and gravel are well within the Clifton’s capability.

Durability

Clifton durability is similarly legendary with the ability to go 500 miles or more.

Support

While this is a neutral shoe, almost no shoes come with more support and cushion! Runners struggling with foot, leg, or back pain should definitely test a pair out and see if relief can be found.

Breathability

Perhaps the only real knock on the Clifton 8 is the breathability — it’s just okay and can run warm. There’s a lot of padding and foam in the tongue, so these shoes aren’t as airy as many.

Style

Colorways for the Clifton are pleasant and simple.  Given the pillow-like nature of the sole, these shoes have a bit of a marshmallow appearance most runners don’t mind but some can’t stand.

Flexibility and Responsiveness

Maximalist shoes are going to swallow up energy compared to firm, more minimalist shoes. However, much of the energy can be transferred by using a rocker design and the Hoka One One Clifton 8 does a good job of managing energy loss. Still, this is not going to be a shoe meant for land speed records. It’s meant for long miles and comfort.

Hoka One One Clifton 8 Construction

Outsole

A fine tread pattern. The new “Hi-Abrasion Rubber” arrangement on the outsole does a good job while allowing the shoe to remain flexible.

Midsole

The midsole on the Clifton 8 is a real achievement. The EVA foam midsole is 15% lighter than the Clifton 7, but the performance is excellent — not as springy as some other shoes but very comfortable when partnered with a rocker design.

Upper

Runners rave about the Clifton 8 upper describing it as “insanely plush and comfortable” with a gusseted tongue and padded collar. Most runners find the upper breathes fine, but they may run a bit warm compared to some more minimalist shoes.

Lacing System

The laces work fine, but they are a bit hard to snug up because the tongue is so thick and squishy.

Conclusion

If you are looking to run big miles in luxury or perhaps simply manage some discomfort — the Hoka One One Clifton 8 has to be one of the best options. Runners love this shoe for its fit and comfort, especially when running far.

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