• Terrain


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


    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
    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 normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.

  • Use

    Daily running

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


    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
  • Weight
    Men: 9oz
    Women: 7oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 4mm
    Women: 4mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 28mm
    Women: 28mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 24mm
    Women: 24mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Apr 2017
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We spent 6.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Most customers appreciated the intelligent cushioning system of Hoka One One Clayton 2.
  • Many runners also noticed the light weight of the shoe; they were happy since it did not tire their feet during long runs.
  • The customers commented that this running shoe got better with time; its upper adjusted to the shape of their feet and felt more comfortable.
  • A few runners admired the responsive ride of Clayton 2.
  • A user commented on the rubberized laces, which cinched down the shoe’s upper and prevented any sliding of the foot.
  • A few customers mentioned that Clayton 2 had solved the blistering issue of Clayton 1; one such customer mentioned that Hoka One One had readjusted the design of the shoe’s upper and also placed a substantial sock-liner to solve the issue.
  • A runner lauded the improvements in the upper; he liked how the shoe’s upper felt softer and more pliable during his runs.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few runners had apparently experienced blisters while running in the Clayton 2.
  • A user was disappointed with the shoe’s perceptive lack of responsiveness; the midsole sucked the energy out of him with each stride.

Bottom line

Hoka One One Clayton 2 is a light, well-cushioned, durable pair of long-race running shoes that offer a very comfortable, springy ride for its users. While this newer model solves the blistering issue of Clayton 1, some consumers felt that it took a while before completely adjusting to the feet. Generally, this neutral road running shoe was well-received by fans and newcomers.


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Updates to Hoka One One Clayton 2

  • The shoe utilizes the new Pro2Lite +10 in its midsole for high comfort and optimal performance for its users. Also, since it has an open-cell structure, it allows good circulation of air which keeps the runner’s feet cool and dry. This layer in the midsole is softer in the heel region for comfortability, and firmer in the forefoot area for better hold.
  • The new upper, with lattice thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) wraps from mid-foot to toe section, ensures optimal breathability and a pressure-free fit for its users. This newer version of Hoka One One Clayton 1 has fewer overlays and more mesh, which improves its upper in terms of fit and durability.
  • An updated sock liner, which proves to be an effective measure for the prevention of blisters, is also placed in the shoe. The new more substantial sock liner wicks away the moisture from the feet and ensures instant cooling and drying.

Hoka One One Clayton 2 size and fit

Hoka One One Clayton 2 has a standard running shoe length. It stays true to size for a person with medium sized feet. It is available in the medium width for both the men and women’s versions.


The shoe boasts increased traction and better performance on a variety of surfaces owing to its effective feature of ‘Full Ground Contact’ which helps the runners in ensuring a firm grip on both dry and wet terrains.

It also has the RMAT material in its outsole- a new type of injection rubber which is not only environmentally friendly but also has a high energy return. Hoka One One claims that the material is durable and exhibits excellent traction on various surfaces.


The Clayton 2’s mid sole has the layer of Pro2Lite+10 which is more cushioned in the heel area and firmer in the shoe’s front. This ensures both the optimum cushioning and the efficient grip of the shoe.

The mid-sole also has the Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry—a setup which utilizes a low heel-to-toe differential and ensures a faster transition to the forefoot during sprints for the professional runners.


Clayton 2 features the air mesh upper, which aims to deliver effective circulation of air. It also has a ‘no sew’ constriction, a design that provides a seamless environment inside the shoe.

The structural integrity of the upper is ensured through overlays around the midfoot area. The intelligent placement of these structural overlays results in a snug and comfortable fit for the user.

The midfoot area is further enhanced with the help of Microfiber reinforcements.

The upper also has the TPU Lattice material in the shoe’s front half. These add-ons not only consolidate the overall structure of the shoe, but also fit comfortably around the user’s foot during longer runs.