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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Hoka One One: Pros and Cons

This is a good review of the Hoka One One shoe line. While it may be an introduction to some, my patients have been using these shoes for the last 4-5 years. The negatives for some are the almost zero heel drop (more stress on the achilles), the relatively poor durability, the elevation off the ground (more risk of ankle sprains), and the narrow and shallow toe box (poor for wide feet and orthotic fittings). The positives are almost zero heel drop (great for metatarsal problems), the rocker (great for metatarsal problems), the overall great cushion for shock absorption, and the lightness. So, there are patients that benefit, and the shoe line should be around for a long time.


  1. First off I talked my husband into buying a pair of Hoka's and lo and behold the inlaid pattern on the bottom of the sole started to lose it's glue and just had to be cut off and then my first pair of Hoka's that I really do like the inlaid pattern on the sole started losing it's glue or whatever they apply it to the bottom of the shoe with. And now the 2nd pair I bought is doing the very same thing. And they are newer and have not been worn as long. What's the problem? In my book that's a 3 for 3 with the VERY SAME PROBLEM..

  2. I found the Hoka soles too thick and caused, I think, me to stumble a few times and then fall when the sole hit an irregularity in the pavement. Fortunately, I wasn't hurt but I retired the Hokas to the back of the closet. At first, I liked them, but the potential stumble variable caused me to stop wearing them.


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