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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
$150
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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:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Air Mesh upper unit provides breathable coverage.
  • The Lyrca ComfortFrame in the upper makes the material stretchable and agreeable to the skin, letting the runner wear it without first using socks.
  • The TPU External Heel Counter locks the rear section of the foot and keeps it in place, effectively preventing accidental shoe removal.
  • The padded tongue and collar delivers comfort and snug security.
  • Runners appreciated the Early Stage Meta-Rocker design in the mid-sole, which encourages better performance and propulsive movement.
  • Many runners took note that this shoe is very comfortable.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some heavyset testers complained that the outsole unit wore off too easily.
  • This shoe’s forefoot area was a bit narrow and tight for some runners.
  • The Bondi 4 lacked proper arch support, as noted in some reviews.
  • This shoe has an expensive price.

Bottom line

The Hoka One One Bondi 4 provides a smooth and well-cushioned ride. The overall construction and technologies used in this shoe provides responsiveness, support and comfort. This shoe was designed for road running, but it has enough traction for dirt tracks.


Rankings

Best rated Hoka One One running shoes:

Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 608 ratings

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4 star
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Expert Reviews

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80 / 100 based on 22 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by RunRepeat • Josef Schuster • Level 3 expert

    The shoe does provide a fair bit of responsiveness with each step you take, but the weight is something that will definitely impact the springy responsive feel as the run goes longer and longer.

  • 90 / 100 by Phidippides TV • Gregory • Level 4 expert

    The Hoka Bondi gives you maximum cushioning, maximum protection, and yet at a relatively lightweight package.

  • 88 / 100 by The Ultra Running Company • David • Level 3 expert

    I would wear it if I'm on my feet all day, at work. It's in the comfort cushioning category, so it just compliments your muscles and all those aspects.

  • 82 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    The Bondi 4 is the quintessential Hoka One One, with all the necessary ingredients of Hoka One One’s maximal midsole alchemy. Its stack heights (33 mm rear, 29 mm front) towers above most, and is rivaled only by its closest relative – the Stinson.

  • 82 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    The Hoka Bondi 4 panders to all your cushioning needs. Bottomless midsole and pleasing transition quality.

  • 80 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    Some testers found the upper constrictive, while others gave it top marks.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Competitor • Brian Metzler • Level 5 expert

    With one of the thickest midsoles in the marketplace, the Bondi is an extreme class of high-off-the-ground, oversized cushioning shoes.

  • 75 / 100 by Competitor Running • Brian Metzler • Level 5 expert

    It might not be the best starting point for a runner new to max-cushioned shoes, given how high off the ground it is. But it definitely has a short learning curve.

  • 92 / 100 by Salt Marsh Running • Jason Saltmarsh • Level 4 expert

    The cushioning is so effective, that it may also hide poor foot strikes and result in compromised running form.

  • 90 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Believe in the Run • Level 4 expert

    These shoes have proven to be extremely durable and can handle lots of terrain.

  • 84 / 100 by Lenny Sunday • Lenny • Level 3 expert

    No blisters and that's all you can ask for. So, Hoka, you did good on this one.

  • 70 / 100 by Fellrnr • Jonathan Savage • Level 3 expert

    The Bondi has a horribly small toe box, but once its cut open the shoe works quite well. The Bondi has a reasonable balance of soft cushioning and weight, but has been surpassed by the Clifton.

  • 70 / 100 by The Ginger Runner • Ethan Newberry • Level 3 expert

    It's great for long runs. Honestly, you can just throw a ton of miles at this thing, and it's really gonna kinda depend on how your body can put up with the miles, because the shoe will just go and go and go, and provide you with max cushion the entire way.

  • 50 / 100 by Gear Institute • Gear Institute • Level 3 expert

    The shoes had an awkward fit, but did fit true to size in length. The shoes were too narrow and kept my small toe cramped in along the lateral side.

  • 45 / 100 by Active Gear Review • Zachary Rodasti • Level 3 expert

    I felt like I had strapped some pillows to my feet. They felt too high off the ground, unstable, and a bit like walking on swampy mountain flood plain after a spring thaw.

  • 98 / 100 by Holabird Sports • Cara Bruce • Level 2 expert

    If you are looking for maximum cushioning you need to check out the Hoka One One brand. The new Hoka One One Bondi 4 offers a plush running experience.

  • 85 / 100 by Jerod Killick • Jerod Killick • Level 2 expert

    Does it fit amazing? Yes. It's really just like running on marshmallows.

  • 88 / 100 by Saltmarsh Running • Saltmarsh Running • Level 1 expert

    It is a massive, massive sole. But it also provides incredible cushioning.

  • 86 / 100 by TJ Murphy • TJ Murphy • Level 1 expert

    I really find it to be a comfortable shoe. I was a little bit nervous as it's tall as it is, that there would be a problem with, you know, ankles rolling or anything like that. Definitely did not have any problems with that.

  • 85 / 100 by Runners Forum • Jason Jones • Level 1 expert

    Max cush, but just pure comfort for you there.

  • 84 / 100 by Chris World TV • Chris World TV • Level 1 expert

    It feels good on my feet. It feels good and it's given me the kinda performance that I want, the kinda cushion that I want.

  • 70 / 100 by Fit Wanderlust Runner • Daisy Gomez • Level 1 expert

    I thought at first it was just because maybe I was wearing the wrong socks. But then on my race day, I got the worst blisters of my life.

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Updates to Hoka One One Bondi 4

  • The 4th version of the Hoka One One Bondi comes with a new and enhanced upper. The stretchable property of the fiber was designed to give maximum comfort and sock-like fit.
  • It features a new TPU External Heel Counter that offers a secure heel fit. It also gives added stability and support around the rear foot.
  • The updated padded tongue compliments well to the enhanced upper construction of the shoe. The foam in the tongue offers additional comfort to runners.
  • The Hoka One One Bondi 4 comes with an enhanced outsole unit to help runners experience a smoother transition. The new outsole of the shoe offers an increased ground contact and durability.

Hoka One One Bondi 4 size and fit

The Bondi 4 has a standard sizing. It comfortably accommodates medium-footed runners since the heel, midfoot and forefoot areas are of standard measurements. Those who experienced a good fit with the Hoka One One Bondi 3 will experience the same fit on this version.


Outsole

The Hi-Abrasion Rubber that is very lightweight was purposely placed in the shoe’s outsole for an enhanced traction and durability. This made the shoe not only ideal for road running but also for light trails.

The Hoka One One Bondi 4 provides a smoother heel transition through the 10 Deg Heel Bevel. The Heel Bevel is new to this version that increases durability and ground contact.


Midsole

The midsole of the Bondi 4 uses the full-length soft EVA foam. It is 30% softer compared to the traditional EVA foam. The soft EVA in the entire midsole provides an enhanced cushioning and addition support.

The Early-stage Meta-Rocker element was placed behind the metatarsal heads. It is designed for increased propulsion and to deliver a smoother ride.


Upper

The Bondi 4 has an air mesh on its upper. The air mesh comes in a lightweight construction and gives excellent airflow for unmatched breathability and comfort.

The upper unit uses the Lycra ComfortFrame that is highly stretchable. The lycra fibers give runners a sock-like feel and its recovery properties offer added shoe durability.

For added medial and lateral support, the shoe utilizes the TPU External Heel Counter. Aside from the added stability it gives, this technology also offers a more secure fit in the heel area.

Another element found in the upper that compliments well with the breathable air mesh and comfortable sock-like feel is the padded tongue. The enhanced shoe tongue gives added comfort to runners.