Facts

Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$130
Weight
Men: 9.3oz
Women: 7.8oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

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 runner who are looking for more stability and support.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 245 ratings

5 star
64%
4 star
16%
3 star
7%
2 star
5%
1 star
4%

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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88 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews

  • 89 / 100 by John Daniels • 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.

  • 86 / 100 by Lennysunday • Lenny • Level 3 expert

    It's just a really good shoe. I really enjoy it, and blisters have gone away with sizing up, so I'm really happy about that. I only have that issue as of right now.

  • 89 / 100 by Runner's World • 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.

  • 82 / 100 by Gear Institute • Donald Buraglio • Level 5 expert

    The Hoka One One Arahi strikes a pleasant combination of stability and comfort, in a relatively lightweight package compared to similar stability models.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Kristin Lassen • Level 4 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.

  • 92 / 100 by The Active Guy • Scott • Level 3 expert

    After a few runs in this shoe, it is the closest shoe I have found to the original Clifton, which happens to be one of my favorite shoes.

  • 90 / 100 by Coach • Nick Harris-Fry • Level 2 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.

  • 88 / 100 by Run Moore • Steve Moore • Level 2 expert

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

  • 90 / 100 by Jess Runs Blessed • Jessica • Level 1 expert

    Stability doesn’t have to mean heavy and ugly. Those wanting a lightweight, cushioned yet supportive running shoe with a wide toebox (and even in a wide width), look no further. This is your shoe.

  • 87 / 100 by The Runner's Flat • Scott • Level 1 expert

    For someone that's looking for a max cushioned shoe that has some support, check out the Arahi.

  • 87 / 100 by Columbus Running Company • Carla Ramirez • Level 1 expert

    It has that smooth, classic Hoka roll and I can feel the guidance underneath my foot.

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Updates to Hoka One One Arahi

  • 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.

Hoka One One Arahi size and fit

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.


Outsole

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.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.

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.