HOKA, the Los Angeles-based French running brand, has burst onto the mainstream scene for various reasons. Firstly, the brand positioned itself well, with tasteful collaborations with the likes of Opening Ceremony and Engineered Garments. Secondly, the brand’s unmistakable chunky aesthetic was perfectly on-trend and offered consumers a comfortable and athletic alternative to chunky, high-end brands’ sneakers.

Among runners, HOKA sneakers are some of the best to pound the asphalt with, as silhouettes such as the Bondi 6 and Carbon X are routinely worn by some of the world’s top runners at some of the most prestigious races. But also among sneakerheads, HOKA sneakers are quickly becoming cult favorites. Retailers with huge street cred — such as Kith — are stocking some more fashion-conscious designs and colorways.

When figuring out what the best HOKA sneakers are, you’ve got to consider why you’re buying them. If you’re buying them as a runner and purely for performance reasons, you can’t go wrong with either the Bondi 6, Clifton 6, or the Carbon X. If you’re going to be wearing them for style or comfort during the summer months, you’re probably better off looking at styles such as the Tor Ultra, Elevon 2.

To avoid you getting overwhelmed by Google, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite HOKA sneakers that were released over the past few seasons below.

HOKA Bondi L

Bondi L

Bondi L

$195

HOKA

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Brand: HOKA

Model: Bondi L

Key Features: The neutral light brown colorway turns this sneaker and its exaggerated midsole into a muted, versatile design.

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Editor’s Notes:  The Bondi L, the lifestyle variation of HOKA’s original max-cushioned road shoe. Here, streetwear design merges with bold innovation through an eye-catching sneaker designed for all-day wear. A favorite of ours thanks to the label's collaboration with Engineered Garments that re-imagined the sneaker with a calf-hair upper, this latest release comes in a more minimal "Oxfod Tan/Dune" colorway.

HOKA Clifton 8

Clifton 8

Clifton 8

$160

HOKA

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Brand: Hoka

Model: Clifton 8

Key Features: A compression molded EVA midsole and molded EVA sockliner enhance cushioning and provide peak comfort.

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Editor’s Notes:  The newest edition of HOKA's Clifton sneaker, the 8 arrived on shop shelves in June 2021 and remaines its best performing Clifton. This version provides an even softer ride than its predecessor thanks to a new midsole compound that equates to one of the brand’s lightest and most energetic foams ever.

HOKA Mafate Speed 2

Mafate Speed 2

Mafate Speed 2

$195

HOKA

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Brand: HOKA

Model: Madate Speed 2

Key Features: A Vibram Mega-Grip sole means that this shoe can take on virtually any terrain.

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Editor’s Notes: Utilising its expertise in running shoes, HOKA has launched its latest trail-running shoe equipped with 5 mm Vibram Mega-Grip tread, no-sew SpeedFrame construction, and a lightweight cushioned CMEVA top midsole.

While the technical specs of this sneaker are impressive, the embracing of trail-running shoes amongst the fashion circles made us look at these in a completely different light. Its chunky shape and colorway inspired by the mountainous terrain of the French Alps makes this one of the best-looking trail running sneakers on the market.

HOKA Bondi X

Bondi X

Bondi X

$250

HOKA

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Brand: HOKA

Model: Bondi X

Key Features: a propulsive carbon fiber plate added to the midsole offers a smooth transition through the gait cycle, making for a more versatile ride.

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Editor’s Notes: A distinguishing feature across HOKA's footwear range is its chunky midsoles and the Bondi X is the perfect example of this. Using the labels early stage Meta-Rocker technology, the shoe is known for its comfort when running or just using the shoe for casual use. Adding a carbon fiber plate in the midsole makes the Bondi X's cushioning slightly stiffer but better suited for fast running.

HOKA Hopara

Hopara

$100

HOKA

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Hopara Oxford Tan/Dune

Hopara Oxford Tan/Dune

$125

HOKA

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Brand: HOKA

Model: Hopara

Key Features: The Hopara’s synthetic upper is outfitted with strategically placed cutouts to allow for drainage, while a neoprene collar offers flexibility and comfort. The sandal also boasts a rubberized EVA midsole for a responsive and cushioned ride, a rubberized toe cap for protection, and a sticky rubber outsole for traction no matter the conditions.

Buy: Highsnobiety Shop

Editor’s Notes: HOKA applied its signature chunky sole to an all-new sandal, the Hopara. The mountain-ready silhouette was made available in two colorways of “Black Iris/Mandarin Red” and “Black/Dark Shadow.”

The athletic shoe company designed the Hopara for the true outdoor explorer, made to traverse virtually any terrain, wet or dry.

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HOKA ONE ONE Bondi 6 Low

Brand: HOKA ONE ONE

Model: Bondi 6 Low

Key Features: A breathable, blue knit upper makes up the majority of the sneaker’s upper. A padded collar and heel provide extra comfort, while the brand’s signature performance sole features split color blocking, with half of it rendered in white and the other half in a black/blue gradient.

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Editor’s Notes: Performance footwear brand HOKA ONE ONE has become a favorite among the more fashion-conscious crowd thanks to its on-trend design and eye-catching color blocking, the Bondi 6 Low in blue, yellow, and black was no different. Originally designed for long distance running, the sneaker saw its sleek upper paired with a bulkier sole unit. Cushioned insoles, compression midsoles, and a padded collar make the HOKA ONE ONE Bondi 6 Low the perfect all-day, every day sneaker.

HOKA ONE ONE x XTERRA Torrent

Brand: HOKA ONE ONE x XTERRA

Model: Torrent

Key Features: The collaborative Torrent comes in two colorways, green and red, both available in men’s and women’s sizes. The mesh upper is super breathable and dries quickly, while the sole is outfitted with multidirectional studs to hold you down on tough terrain —whether that’s just a snowy street or a bonafide trail. Like most of HOKA’s sneaker offerings, the Torrent also combines a sleek, performance-focused upper with a maximalist Vibram midsole, creating an aesthetically-pleasing juxtaposition.

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Editor’s Notes: Together, HOKA ONE ONE and XTERRA took on the Torrent and wrapped it in camo to make a highly functional and surprisingly fashionable trail runner.

HOKA ONE ONE x Engineered Garments Bondi B

Brand: HOKA ONE ONE x Engineered Garments

Model: Bondi B

Key Features: The collaborative Bondi B features an EVA midsole for cushioning, a Meta-Rocker for smooth transitions, and Active Foot Frame for support.

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Editor’s Notes: Engineered Garments collaborated again with the ever-popular performance footwear brand HOKA ONE ONE, this time it took on the latter’s Bondi B running sneaker. To showcase the joint foray, Engineered Garments tapped East Harlem-born-and-raised artist Shaun Crawford to illustrate the collaborative shoes in a coinciding editorial.

The Bondi B was HOKA ONE ONE’s first lightweight, ultra-cushioned road runner. Primed and ready for any distance, the sneaker offers the wearer unmatched cushioning and a more supportive feel.

HOKA ONE ONE Tor Ultra Hi 2 WP "Burnt Olive"

Brand: HOKA ONE ONE

Model: Tor Ultra Hi 2 WP "Burnt Olive"

Key Features: This iteration sees new utilitarian colorways added to its mountain-ready TOR ULTRA HI 2 WP. The full-grain leather and textile upper is done up in a militaristic burnt olive colorway as well as a muted pearly gray.

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Editor’s Notes: Running shoe expert HOKA ONE ONE followed up its popular black Tor Ultra Hi 2 WP with two additional colorways, olive and taupe. As with the original black iteration, the newer offering retained the same characteristic running shoe cushioning, as well as its waterproof membrane, forefoot flex grooves, full-length EVA midsole, and Vibram MegaGrip hi-traction outsole. It paired that with a high-top construction, making it the ultimate hiking or trail shoe for those that want a distinct sportswear feel to their outdoors footwear.

HOKA ONE ONE x Outdoor Voices Clifton 4

Brand: HOKA ONE ONE x Outdoor Voices

Model: Clifton 4

Key Features: The Clifton 4 boasts open engineered mesh construction for improved breathability and support, a full EVA midsole delivering signature HOKA ONE ONE cushioning, and an early stage Meta-Rocker for a smooth ride.

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Editor’s Notes: American activewear brand Outdoor Voices continued its collaborative efforts with HOKA ONE ONE, once again working on the Clifton 4. For this project, the performance runner was offered in two custom Outdoor Voices colors, a “Tarmac” iteration for men and “Mist” for women.

With its marshmallow-like cushioning, Outdoor Voices insists the lightweight Clifton 4 will keep your feet happy mile after mile. The sneaker was designed to mold to your foot to offer a more comfortable ride, while engineered mesh and a 3D puff print frame provide a better fit and improved breathability.

HOKA ONE ONE Challenger ATR 5

Brand: HOKA ONE ONE

Model: Challenger ATR 5

Key Features: The Challenger ATR 5 features oversized midsole cushioning to keep your ride smooth across all types of terrain. The midsole and outsole both feature more rubber coverage for increased durability compared with older versions of the model. A supportive heel counter provides lateral and medial security.

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Editor’s Notes: HOKA ONE ONE followed up its well-received Engineered Garments collaboration, releasing the improved Challenger ATR 5. The versatile sneaker offers runners a safe and smooth ride across various types of surfaces.

HOKA ONE ONE’s sneakers are known for their chunky midsoles. While that design element serves a practical purpose, it also keeps the brand’s runners in line with the current bulky footwear trend, making HOKA ONE ONE models a great alternative for fashion-conscious runners.

The sneaker dropped in two colorways. The black/green version arrived in men’s sizing, while the blue, teal, and yellow iteration dropped for women.

HOKA ONE ONE Tor Ultra Hi 2 WP "Black"

Brand: HOKA ONE ONE

Model: Tor Ultra Hi 2 WP "Black"

Key Features: The pair comes in a full-grain leather and textile upper with a molded upper collar for flexibility and comfort, as well as a waterproof membrane with full bootie construction. It also showcases forefoot flex grooves for control and comfort in addition to a full-length EVA midsole for cushioning and Vibram MegaGrip hi-traction outsole.

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Editor’s Notes: Running shoe company HOKA ONE ONE catered to outdoor footwear needs with the trail-ready Tor Ultra Hi 2 WP, which initially dropped in a stealthy black colorway. The silhouette is characterized by its running shoe cushioning as well as a supportive trekking upper.

The Tor Ultra Hi’s EVA and RMAT midsole, paired with a Vibram MegaGrip outsole offer unmatched cushioning and traction for those mountain adventures. And while the sneaker is predominantly constructed from full-grain leather and durable textile materials, it is also covered in a waterproof membrane to ensure your feet remain warm and dry.

HOKA ONE ONE Tor Ultra Low WP JP

Brand: HOKA ONE ONE

Model: Tor Ultra Low WP JP

Key Features: The midsole’s metallic rocker facilitates smooth running. By combining leather and durable nylon with a solid base, the shoes firmly support the foot and ankle. Additionally, the moisture-permeable and waterproof material, eVent®, prevents the foot from getting wet.

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Editor’s Notes: The three iterations of the Tor Ultra Low WP JP featured a Viblam® mega grip outsole which was superimposed under the midsole blending EVA and RMAT®. For hikers in particular, this means excellent traction and superior cushioning.

The low-cut waterproof kicks were offered in outdoorsy black, burnt olive, and dark denim colorways. This addition to the TOR ULTRA series combined the cushioning of its running shoes and the upper of its trekking options.

HOKA ONE ONE Gaviota 2

Brand: HOKA ONE ONE

Model: Gaviota 2

Key Features: The Gaviota 2 comes in an open engineered mesh construction, arch-lock wings for midfoot stability and support, molded OrthoLite sockliner for a precise fit, rubberized foam J-Frame for rebound and durability and zonal rubber placement.

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Editor’s Notes: Sports-minded shoe company HOKA ONE ONE offered athletes another premium road running shoe option with the Gaviota 2.

The successor to 2017’s Gaviota, the Gaviota 2 stood out due to its superior cushioning and the HOKA ONE ONE J-Frame design, which provides the wearer with enhanced support, rebound and durability. The J-Frame also offers a more consistent fit and wear in general.

The silhouette received an open engineered mesh upper for added comfort and breathability, while the arch-lock wings provide midfoot stability and support. Furthermore, the molded OrthoLite sockliner ensures your feet remained cushioned no matter the mileage.

HOKA ONE ONE x Outdoor Voices OV Clifton

Brand: HOKA ONE ONE x Outdoor Voices

Model: OV Clifton

Key Features: The sneaker, which has a mesh upper construction, dropped in two colorways: cloud and lilac. The model features a cushioned midsole, a Meta-Rocker to propel you forward, and a 5-millimeter heel-toe drop.

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Editor’s Notes: Following SS18 and FW18 drops, HOKA ONE ONE and Outdoor Voices teamed up for two more colorways of the OV Clifton. Instead of the two-tone versions seen in FW18, the brands opted for tonal colorways: violet and white. The only hit of contrasting color on either pair came in the form of the rainbow lace option that arrived with the white pair.

HOKA ONE ONE Carbon X

Brand: HOKA ONE ONE

Model: Carbon X

Key Features: The model comes with HOKA’s signature active foot frame construction for stability and support, and a carbon fiber plate in the midsole in addition to an aggressive Metarocker that provides an efficient ride.

Weighing in at 8.5 ounces, the Carbon X boasts HOKA ONE ONE’s signature active foot frame construction, providing enhanced stability and support. The sneaker then welcomes a carbon fiber plate in the midsole and an aggressive Metarocker to award you with a more efficient ride.

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Editor’s Notes: Performance footwear brand HOKA ONE ONE prepared to take on world and American records at 100K, presenting Project Carbon X, which commemorated the launch of the Carbon X silhouette. Project Carbon X found multiple HOKA athletes attempting to break the 100K world record.

The Carbon X sneaker was primed for the challenge with its lightweight construction and HOKA’s signature cushioning. The racing shoe was designed to propel athletes to their best performance, as it is equipped with features that will benefit all types of athletes.

HOKA ONE ONE x Outdoor Voices Bondi B

Brand: HOKA ONE ONE x Outdoor Voices

Model: Bondi B

Key Features: The iteration arrives in a ripstop collar, iridescent midfoot overlays, foam package upper material, CMEVA midsole for lightweight cushioning, high abrasion rubber on the outsole for durability, Meta-Rocker technology for a smooth ride and bungee laces.

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Editor’s Notes: HOKA ONE ONE and Outdoor Voices worked alongside one another for another sneaker release, this time Outdoor Voices revitalized the Bondi B, HOKA’s original ultra-cushioned model from 2011.

OV provided the extra chunky silhouette with a summertime colorway, as hits of yellow and pink livened up the predominantly white and grey upper. Outdoor Voices and HOKA ONE ONE branding are showcased in metallic silver, while pink laces accompany the pair.

HOKA ONE ONE x Engineered Garments Hupana

Brand: HOKA ONE ONE x Engineered Garments

Model: Hupana

Key Features: The Hupana features a blend of HOKA’s premium running sneaker technology and Engineered Garments’ sportswear heritage. Design details include checkers, polka dots, and ombré coloration, with each welcoming asymmetric techniques between right and left shoes.

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Editor’s Notes: HOKA ONE ONE and Engineered Garments joined forces and took on HOKA’s Hupana silhouette for Spring 2018. The collaboration came in a low profile featuring a fully knit upper together with asymmetric designs.

HOKA ONE ONE x Engineered Garments Tor Ultra Low

Brand: HOKA ONE ONE x Engineered Garments

Model: Tor Ultra Low

Key Features: Arriving in three colorways, a mixed-material upper showcases several leather overlays, a rubber toe guard, and HOKA’s eVent technology, which keeps the shoe waterproof yet breathable. An extra-chunky Vibram outsole completes the look.

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Editor’s Notes: Engineered Garments and HOKA ONE ONE teamed up again for California footwear brand’s Tor Ultra Low. The silhouette was originally a high-top hiking boot but was modified into a low-top design, drawing more attention to a super-bulky midsole reminiscent of the tires on a 4×4 truck.

The Engineered Garments x HOKA ONE ONE Tor Ultra Low initially came out in three colorways: gray, black, and black/red.

HOKA ONE ONE Stinson 3 ATR

Brand: HOKA ONE ONE

Model: Stinson 3 ATR

Key Features: This model comes with nothing short of the cushioning shock and absorption that is pretty much synonymous with HOKA ONE ONE. A longitudinal flex is in place for improved stability featuring a lightweight external heel counter in combination with no-sew SpeedFrame construction.

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Editor’s Notes: The Stinson 3 ATR silhouette is crafted in a full ground contact design, a full-length compression molded EVA midsole and light tongue padding for extra comfort.

HOKA ONE ONE Mafate Speed 2

Brand: HOKA ONE ONE

Model: Mafate Speed 2

Key Features: This model features both EVA cushioning and blended natural rubber in the midsole. Elsewhere a sculpted arch support pod is in place for enhanced stability while the pair sits on a rubber outsole donning 5mm Vibram Megagrip lugs.

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Editor’s Notes: The Mafate Speed 2 sneakers paid attention to comfort through using maximum cushioning as well as a durable Vibram outsole designed to be runner's acquaintances in trails and long distance adventures.

HOKA ONE ONE Stinson Mid GTX

Brand: HOKA ONE ONE

Model: Stinson Mid GTX

Key Features: The Stinson is a versatile boot with an adapted collar that offers added support. Outfitted with a waterproof nubuck leather upper, the shoe also boasts beefy rubber studs on the outsole to ensure grip on the toughest of terrain.

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Editor’s Notes: HOKA ONE ONE’s GORE-TEX lineup featured uppers made from waterproof nubuck leather and grippy rubber studs incorporated on an all-terrain outsole.

HOKA ONE ONE Challenger Low GTX

Brand: HOKA ONE ONE

Model: Challenger Low GTX

Key Features: Designed for both the city and the trails, the Challenger showcases waterproof GORE-TEX construction, in addition to a grippy all-terrain outsole.

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Editor’s Notes: HOKA ONE ONE released a series of outdoor-specific sneakers featuring a waterproof GORE-TEX membrane.

In addition to being a unisex release, the Challenger GTX was rendered in both low-top and high-top variations.

HOKA ONE ONE Challenger Mid GTX

Brand: HOKA ONE ONE

Model: Challenger Mid GTX

Key Features: The Challenger Mid GTX comes done up in a waterproof nubuck leather upper featuring a GORE-TEX bootie designed to withstand different types of weather. In addition, ankle support is offered in form of an anatomically designed molded foam collar.

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Editor’s Notes: Three models dropped as part of the GORE-TEX line up: Stinson Mid GTX, Challenger Low GTX, and Challenger Mid GTX.

HOKA ONE ONE Elevon 2

Brand: HOKA ONE ONE

Model: Elev0n 2

Key Features: The premium running shoe arrived with more support around the mid-foot and forefront, featuring asymmetrical internal support wings for a better fit. Smoother transitions are also guaranteed in the extended heel with softer cushioning.

Buy: StockX

Editor’s Notes: Regardless of if you are looking to speed up your pace, take it easy or slow down, responsiveness and damping are balanced in the Elevon 2 allowing the kicks to adjust with your pace.

HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat Mid 2 GTX

Brand: HOKA ONE ONE

Model: Speedgoat Mid 2 GTX

Key Features: The Speedgoat Mid GTX 2 Boot is a breathable model crafted to keep your feet dry regardless of the weather thanks to the water-repellent mesh upper it sits in. The midsole also comes in with a lightweight foam primed for extra comfort.

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Editor’s Notes: -

HOKA ONE ONE Tor Ultra Hi

Brand: HOKA ONE ONE

Model: Tor Ultra Hi

Key Features: The Hoka One One Tor Ultra High Top sneaker showcases a round toe with front lace-up fastenings as well as an ankle pull tab. Elsewhere we see a thick textured sole with "HOKA" branding on the heel tab.

Buy: Browns fashion

Editor’s Notes: The ankle height model that released constructed in leather, polyamide and rubber has been reported to fit true to size.

HOKA ONE ONE x Opening Ceremony Clifton

Brand: HOKA ONE ONE x Opening Ceremony

Model: Clifton

Key Features: The silhouette is finished up in beige with accents of blue and orange throughout the leather polyamide upper. An orange pull tab and the intricately detailed and textured sole make this model an aesthetic standout.

Buy: Farfetch

Editor’s Notes: Featuring a chunky rubber sole, a paneled color-block design and a front lace up detail, the Clifton sneakers arrived ready to serve up both fashion and function.

HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat 4

Brand: HOKA ONE ONE

Model: Speedgoat 4

Key Features: The Speedgoat 4 silhouette comes in an updated mesh upper and gusseted tongue with strategic cutouts for improved ventilation.

Buy: 43einhalb

Editor’s Notes: The fourth edition of the Speedgoat arrived in breathable, rugged mesh including 3D print overlays and increased mid-foot support making the model ideal for any trail.

HOKA ONE ONE Rincon "Grey/Blue"

Brand: HOKA ONE ONE

Model: Rincon "Grey/Blue"

Key Features: Like previous models, the silhouette comes equipped with extra cushion and minimal weight perfect for any distances or speed. The mesh upper is also decorated in "HOKA"branding along the side vamp in this low ankle iteration.

Buy: Browns fashion

Editor’s Notes: Another full ground contact design, the Grey/Blue model featured a single mesh layer upper and a slim tongue package crafted to reduce added weight.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where To Buy Hoka One One Shoes?

Although HOKA ONE ONEs are available across multiple retailers, including ASICS and Runners Point, their official website boasts several models that should suit any needs.

Which Hoka One One Shoes Are Best For Running?

With a brand as highly specified as HOKA ONE ONE in manufacturing trail shoes, picking the best model easily leaves you between a rock and a hard place. For now, the Rincon model is one loved by marathon runners, while the Carbon X easily became a favorite among the sprinters.

Which Hoka One One Shoes Are Best For Hiking?

Similarly, with running, the sea of options doesn’t run out in HOKA’s case. That being said, Speedgoat and Tor Ultra Low consistently make it on the top of hikers' must-haves.

Do Hoka One One Sneakers Run True To Size?

HOKA ONE ONEs run true to size, but don't rule out the option that some models may need a little breaking into.

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