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

4 reasons to buy

  • Many runners liked the lightweight construction of the Hoka One One Clayton.
  • The shoe features the Pro2Lite Midsole that delivers soft cushioning in the heel and firm cushioning in the forefoot for propulsion.
  • Based on some reviews, many appreciate the RMAT outsole that provides high rebound cushioning and reliable traction.
  • The Clayton is breathable and comfortable to wear based on some reviews.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Clayton is an expensive shoe.
  • Available in limited color options.
  • According to some testers, the treads wore out quicker than expected.

Bottom line

The Clayton is a neutral running shoe that offers a breathable and comfortable ride. The lightweight construction made it ideal for uptempo training. Many testers appreciate how fast the Clayton is.


Rankings


Ratings

4 / 5 based on 97 ratings

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4 star
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2 star
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Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 31 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 by Canadian Running Magazine • Canadian Running Magazine • Level 5 expert

    The Clayton is the newest model in an already popular lineup from Hoka One One, which features lightweight but extremely oversized cushion shoes. The Clayton continues that tradition, but offers a soft and fast ride that is ideal for logging long, fast miles.

  • 86 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

    To date, the Clayton is my favorite shoe from Hoka One One despite the blister thing.

  • 88 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    The Hoka One One Clayton is a superb light trainer racer, one of the best I have run in the last few years.

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

    While the Clayton provides a snug fit from the heel to the midfoot and slightly wider in the toe box, the shoe’s exterior profile is extremely wide to provide optimal lateral stability.

  • 80 / 100 by The Ginger Runner • Ethan Newberry • Level 5 expert

    …gives you a super responsive, yet cushy and comfortable ride. They managed to find a really good balance. So, for the days you want to pick up the speed, it tends to do very well. On the days you wanna do a longer run, maybe a more relaxed pace, it works well for that.

  • 70 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas • Level 5 expert

    Because I supinate… I ended up getting kind of a cloppy feel. I didn't notice it so much on some of my short runs. But as I got in my longer runs, it really became an issue with this shoe, giving me a little bit of hip discomfort.

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

    I think the Clayton wold make a really good racing/training marathon shoe. 

  • 83 / 100 by Salt Marsh Running • Jason Saltmarsh • Level 4 expert

    The new Hoka One One Clayton is a lightweight speedster featuring the massive cushioning you’d expect from Hoka One One.

  • 83 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas Neuberger • Level 4 expert

    You get a heck of a whole lotta shoe for a mere 7.3oz (W7.5).

  • 83 / 100 by Runner's World • Jonathan Beverly • Level 4 expert

    The slightly firmer forefoot has more flex than we’ve experienced before in a Hoka, while still being sharply upturned at the toe to provide the pronounced “rocker” effect the brand is known for.

  • 82 / 100 by Running Without Injuries • Brian Goldman • Level 4 expert

    I can tell you that with even with a decent amount of cushioning, these shoes won’t rob you of energy like some of the more cushy shoes.

  • 81 / 100 by Running Warehouse • Jonathan • Level 4 expert

    So the Clayton feels more lively underfoot, and with the Pro2Lite design, it has more propulsion at toe-off than the Clifton/Odyssey.

  • 92 / 100 by Running Monkey • Sean Conway • Level 3 expert

    On the run this feels as close to running truly barefoot as imaginable.

  • 90 / 100 by Holabird Sports • Cathy Kerns • Level 3 expert

    I was surprised to feel a significant shock absorption and pleasant responsiveness even at such a low weight

  • 90 / 100 by John Daniels • John Daniels • Level 3 expert

    They fit like a glove… and more toe box, so great there, too. Yeah, great shoe. Give it a shot!

  • 86 / 100 by The Ultra Running Company • David • Level 3 expert

    I love this shoe based on the lightweight aspect of it. It does have a wider toe box, and the cushioning of this shoe… pretty aggressive in that arch area, so depending on your arch type or how your foot sits on that foot bed, could be a good thing or a bad thing.

  • 85 / 100 by Running Northwest • Running Northwest • Level 3 expert

    I found this shoe to perform really well. And at 7.3 oz, it barely feels like they're on your foot, which is tremendous.

  • 84 / 100 by Ultrarunner Podcast • Eric Schranz • Level 3 expert

    There’s plenty of responsiveness, they’re lightweight, and they feel fast.

  • 84 / 100 by Run247 • Run247 • Level 3 expert

    It’s such a comfortable shoe and so versatile.

  • 82 / 100 by Indepedence Run & Hike • Sean • Level 3 expert

    The midsole material is substantially more responsive than other Hokas, including the Huaka, and the wide base makes it a relatively stable shoe (considering its weight).

  • 81 / 100 by The Active Guy • The Active Guy • Level 3 expert

    This means that these shoes can be worn for daily runs, speed work, and even on longer runs.

  • 80 / 100 by Trail And Ultra Running • Pistol Pete Stoughton • Level 3 expert

    While it’s max cushioned, it is also very light, has that ‘max cushion’ impact protection, but enough flexibility to feel agile and firm, but not sloppy.

  • 79 / 100 by Finish Line Fever • Ferdinand Batatan • Level 3 expert

    So hopefully, this issue that I had will be addressed on version 2.0 and I'm really hoping for that, since this is the kind of shoe that has the potential to be an all-around shoe…from training to races, you can bet on this.

  • 91 / 100 by Gear Junkie • Sean McCoy • Level 2 expert

    The Hoka One One Clayton proves to be protective, supportive, and still screaming fast.

  • 83 / 100 by Trails & Tarmac • Brett Hornig • Level 2 expert

    As a daily trainer, the price is just a little too much for me, but as a workout and long race shoe, the Hoka One One Clayton is absolutely worth it.

  • 80 / 100 by Amber Nixon • Amber Nixon • Level 2 expert

    It's responsive. I've gone on trail runs, I've gone on road runs, up and down hills, and it's been a great shoe.

  • 92 / 100 by Boulder Running • Boulder Running • Level 1 expert

    The toe box was roomy and felt like a very light slipper when on and provided a nice wide contact to the ground with its traditionally wider outsole.

  • 91 / 100 by Inside Out Sports • Gary Baum • Level 1 expert

    These are perfect shoes for the runner that is a heel striker and wants to go fast.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Magazine • Dan Way • Level 1 expert

    It is cushioned yet light. Supportive yet responsive. Durable, fast and versatile for multiple types of training.

  • 83 / 100 by Alex Oat Runner • Alex • Level 1 expert

    It feels really good. It's snappy, it's fast. It can go long distances. I've done long runs with this shoe, no problem at all.

  • 82 / 100 by Run Little Goat • Heather Houghton • Level 1 expert

    It doesn't bother me much but it would be nice to have more forefoot in the upper and less on the sole, they don't feel as nimble as I would like.

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Updates to Hoka One One Clayton

  • The Hoka One One Clayton features the brand’s innovative Pro2Lite midsole technology that delivers a responsive ride. It provides the necessary cushioning in the heel and forefoot area for a smoother heel-to-toe transition.
  • It also features the RMAT outsole that provides added cushioning and reliable traction while running on the road. It comes in a lightweight construction and helps runners experience a more responsive ride.

Hoka One One Clayton size and fit

The size of the Clayton runs small. Runners must purchase a half size larger than the actual size. The midfoot delivers a snug fit and the heel area is a bit narrow. The forefoot is a bit wider, accommodating those with slightly wider forefoot. Hoka One One is offering this shoe in standard widths.

Outsole

The full ground contact platform of the shoe provides an improved traction and a smoother heel-to-toe transition. It uses the full RMAT outsole material that delivers high rebound cushioning for responsive ride and reliable traction while running on the road.

Midsole

The shoe uses the Pro2Lite +10 midsole cushioning that provides a softer cushioning in the heel area and a firmer cushioning in the forefoot for propulsion. It also comes with an Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry that is specifically designed to improve runners’ running mechanism for high performance.

Upper

The air mesh material comprises the upper of the Hoka One One Clayton. It delivers a lightweight and breathable coverage all throughout the run. The no-sew construction delivers a seamless interior for the foot, reducing the possibilities of irritation and blistering. Along with this is the no-sew TPU lattice that wraps the foot securely for a supportive fit. An enhanced fit is also experienced through the microfiber reinforced midfoot support.