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.

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

10 reasons to buy

  • A majority of the reviewers felt comfortable while wearing the Hoka Bondi 5.
  • The wide toe box should be a welcome change, particularly for those who have slightly wider feet.
  • The extra widths available should be even better good news for those who require more room up front.
  • Some runners noticed how light the shoe is despite the oversized cushioning.
  • A handful of reviewers really liked the lightweight and breathable upper.
  • Some of those who have had foot, back, or hip problems felt better when running in the Hoka One One Bondi 5.
  • The traction is quite good for a road shoe that it can do adequately well on light trails, according to a few.
  • A small number of runners mentioned their stable rides in this shoe.
  • Several of those who are up on their feet most of the time during work valued the shoe’s cushioning.
  • Outsole durability gets a boost with the addition of more rubber.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Some loyal fans of the Bondi did not like the stiffer midsole, which took away their pleasure during long distance runs.
  • A good number of Hoka fans bemoaned that it still lacks the room in the toe box despite the added space in the latest version of the Bondi.
  • A handful of runners observed that the meta-rocker technology felt dead in this shoe and removed the smooth transition through the gait cycle.
  • The price of the Bondi 5 is quite expensive.
  • A few runners had problems with the tongue as it caused rubbing or irritation.

Bottom line

Hoka markets the Bondi 5 as its most cushioned runner, which is quite a feat in itself as the Hoka brand is known for its oversized cushioning. The latest version of this ultra-cushioned trainer has decent arch support, more room in the forefoot, excellent ventilation, and the added benefits of an extra wide option. While some loyal fans of the Bondi are hotly divided regarding the shoe’s performance, Hoka offered upgrades that have been generally well-accepted and welcomed by runners.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 484 ratings

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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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85 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews

  • 94 / 100 by RunRepeat • Avery Smith • Level 3 expert

    Hoka has finally made a max cushioned beast that is both lightweight and stable. If you're looking for a shoe that will treat your feet and legs to the most highly cushioned ride possible, without sacrificing too much speed, then you need a pair of Bondi 5s.

  • 84 / 100 by The Ultra Running Company • David • Level 3 expert

    I like it. It is a nice, smooth ride. I really appreciate what Hoka's doing. Keep up the great work.

  • 82 / 100 by Lennysunday • Lenny • Level 3 expert

    They kinda added these flex grooves through the middle here, which [sic] a lot of rocks are getting stuck in those.

  • 84 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    The most cushioned road shoe Hoka One One makes, the Bondi maintains the same soft platform, rounded sole, and smooth ride as previous versions.

  • 74 / 100 by Fellrnr • Fellrnr • Level 5 expert

    I've rated it as "Recommended", and that rating may be erring on the side of generosity. I feel that the Bondi has declined while it's competition has risen.

  • 90 / 100 by The Active Guy • The Active Guy • Level 4 expert

    The updated sole is advertised to improve durability and support. The one thing that I would change is the tongue. It was longer than I would like and ended up digging in to the front of my ankle, which was annoying. Once I cut the tongue down, the shoe felt much better.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Sean Felty • Level 4 expert

    The Bondi 5 is a maximum cushioning shoe that provides a pillowy soft smooth ride. It is perfect for long runs and recovery runs.

  • 81 / 100 by Gear Institute • Cory Smith • Level 3 expert

    The Bondi 5 is immensely comfortable and extremely durable, yet bulky and slow.

  • 88 / 100 by runnersgarden • runnersgarden • Level 1 expert

    I got myself a pair of the Bondi 5s online. I didn't regret it. I love these.

  • 88 / 100 by RunnerDude's Blog • RunnerDude • Level 1 expert

    While being very durable, it's not very heavy. Often a more durable outsole sounds clunky when your feet hit the ground, but that's not the case with the Bondi 5. The shoes feel light and sound light when running.

  • 85 / 100 by The Runners Spot • Erin Johnson • Level 1 expert

    What is great about this shoe is that it still feels the same, I love the Bondi 5 just as much as my original Bondi B’s. I cannot wait to get my new pair when my 4’s have taken their last step.

  • 85 / 100 by Runnerlight • Vicky • Level 1 expert

    Despite having some insignificant drawbacks, the Hoka One One Bondi 5 can be an excellent choice for runners of all types. With its many high points and unique features, the shoe is worth buying.

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Updates to Hoka One One Bondi 5

  • The Bondi 5 features an updated upper that provides breathability. The Comfort Frame hugs the foot with maximum comfort with a sock-like feel while the padded tongue delivers added comfort while enhancing the fit.
  • The midsole of the shoe was also modified to deliver an enhanced underfoot protection and durability. It offers a more responsive ride while running on the road.
  • The outsole was also updated. The shoe features an updated lug pattern and new rubber material to improve traction and durability.

Hoka One One Bondi 5 size and fit

The Hoka One One Bondi 5 comes with an enhanced fit. It offers a snug fit from the heel to the forefoot area and is available in standard running shoe length. It is available in medium and wide widths in sizes 7 to 15 for the men’s version and medium width with 5 to 11 sizes for women’s.


Outsole

The outsole unit of the shoe has an updated lug pattern that delivers enhanced traction while running on the road. The shoe also features the Zonal Rubber Placement that is designed for improved durability.

The Hoka One One Bondi 5 also utilizes the moderate Heel Bevel that is specifically designed not only for a smoother heel to toe transition but also for added durability and enhanced ground contact.


Midsole

The midsole of the Bondi 5 features the improved full-length EVA cushioning that gives a durable and responsive cushioning for a more satisfying running experience. Aside from the technical updates, the midsole unit also has an updated design for a fresh look.


Upper

The Hoka One One Bondi 5 comes with a breathable upper coverage that keeps the foot dry and comfortable all throughout the run. The Comfort Frame delivers maximum comfort and the 3D Puff Print Frame offers a lightweight and added support.