We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

10 reasons to buy

  • A significant number of runners liked the responsive cushioning of the Hoka One One Arahi.
  • The shoe provides necessary support and allows the foot to move naturally, noted in some reviews.
  • According to some reviews, the shoe is very stable even on uneven surfaces.
  • Several runners appreciated the durable outsole of the Arahi.
  • It has a breathable upper and stretchy fit, hugging the foot comfortably.
  • A lightweight shoe.
  • Most of the reviewers gave a thumbs up to the shoe’s comfortable feel from the first stride to the last.
  • A large number of reviewers valued the cushioning’s ability to absorb impact.
  • The superior support and stability translate to excellent gym workouts, based on the comments of several reviewers.
  • The wide options are very much welcomed by several runners.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Slightly expensive.
  • Some runners felt that the shoe is too narrow for them.
  • A few runners had trouble getting a locked down security in the heel.
  • A handful of reviewers were disappointed that the wide options are just not wide enough for them.

Bottom line

The Hoka One One Arahi is a lightweight running shoe designed for road running. It is equipped with the necessary technologies to provide dynamic stability and responsive ride. The shoe is ideal for the runner who is looking for more stability and support.



Among the better Road running shoes
A popular pick
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Expert Reviews

88 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 | Run Moore | | Level 4 expert

    It's been a great shoe, and the price point is great.

  • 89 / 100 | John Daniels | Level 3 expert

    If you're starting out running or [sic] maybe something with a little more cushion, definitely a great shoe to get. I'll give it a thumbs up.

  • 92 / 100 | The Active Guy | | Level 5 expert

    If you want a maximum support stability shoe, you should definitely try the Hoka Arahi. If you need a wider shoe, make sure to order the wide model. You won’t be disappointed.

  • 90 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 5 expert

    Arahi fits and rides very much like what I’ve experienced when running in the brand’s Clifton 2 and Challenger ATR 2. The midfoot is narrow yet the fit, otherwise, is roomy.

  • 90 / 100 | Coach | | Level 5 expert

    Hoka One One has positioned the Arahi as a lightweight shoe with loads of cushioning and a touch of support, and it certainly lives up its billing.

  • 89 / 100 | Runner's World | Level 5 expert

    While many previous Hoka One One shoes have had some mixture of stability elements such as wide footprints and beveled heels, the Arahi is its first true support shoe.

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  • The Hoka One One Arahi features the brand’s new J-Frame technology that is specifically designed to deliver dynamic stability and added protection.
  • The upper unit of the shoe also utilizes the 3D Puff Print Frame that is made to provide detailed support without adding weight.
  • Lastly, to provide a durable outsole, the Arahi uses the Zonal Rubber Placement. It is designed to give integrity to high-abrasion areas and it also offers an enhanced ground contact.

Just like most of the Hoka One One shoes, the Arahi provides a more secure fit. It is a bit narrow in the midfoot and heel areas and a bit roomy in the forefoot. Available in regular widths and standard shoe length, the men’s version is available from sizes 7 to 15 and 5 to 11 for women’s.

The Hoka One One Arahi features a durable rubber in the outsole. The Zonal Rubber Placement is strategically placed to give protection to high wear areas. Lastly, the outsole has reliable lugs that deliver decent traction while running on the road.

The midsole of the shoe utilizes the new J-Frame technology that is constructed from the traditional EVA foam but with a firmer density. The J-Frame wraps around the heel area and it extends to the medial side, providing responsive cushioning and lightweight support. The Early Stage Meta-Rocker is also designed to provide a smoother heel to toe transition.

The upper of the Hoka One One Arahi features a breathable upper coverage. The 3D Puff Print Frame delivers detailed support while keeping the shoe lightweight. Like the Arahi, another Hoka One running shoe that features the 3D Puff Print Frame is the Clifton 5, which is one of the brand's most popular shoes.

The seamless construction of the shoe helps reduce hot spots and irritations. Also, the padded collar and tongue offers an enhanced fit and added comfort.

Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.