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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.

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$130
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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 7.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Most runners liked the lightweight no-sew construction of the Clifton 2, which enabled a next-to-foot wearing experience
  • The Structural Overlays supports the mid-foot area without compromising the look and the weight of the shoe itself.
  • The Clifton 2 has a new padded tongue for added comfort.
  • The HIP CMEVA mid-sole protects the foot from impact while adding stability.
  • The Early Stage Meta-Rocker design allows better transitioning from the heel to the toe area.
  • This running shoe comes in many color schemes, which makes it visually endearing to many athletes.
  • It feels light and fast, as noted in some reviews.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners noticed that the 2nd version of the Clifton was a bit stiffer and not as comfortable as the original version.
  • Its forefoot area was narrow to some runners.
  • The Clifton 2 wears out quickly after a few months of use.
  • A few didn’t like the bulky look of the sole unit.

Bottom line

The Hoka One One Clifton 2 is a road running shoe that offers plenty of cushioning. It is very lightweight, durable and more comfortable than the original version. This shoe is a great partner for your daily training.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 532 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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84 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews

  • 73 / 100 by RunRepeat • Koh Ancheng • Level 3 expert

    The Hoka One One Clifton 2 should be a shoe that one should consider if he or she wants a trainer that can handle high mileage and double down as a shoe that can be used in races.

  • 90 / 100 by The Active Guy • Scott • Level 5 expert

    Before this shoe came out, the Hoka One One Clifton was my favorite. The Hoka One One Clifton 2 shoe is now my favorite road running shoe. The lightweight, supportive feel give a smooth and enjoyable ride on all surfaces. These shoes are lightweight and supportive enough to wear for daily or tempo runs.

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

    Ultralight max cushioning.

  • 78 / 100 by Runblogger • Peter Larson • Level 5 expert

    To be honest, the Clifton 2 is a pretty minor update from v1. It has a new upper, but the structure of the upper is pretty similar to the original – a breathable mesh with welded overlays for support.

  • 93 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Believe in the Run • Level 4 expert

    The Clifton 2 is a good looking shoe that performs fantastically.

  • 97 / 100 by Running Maven • Derek Oxley • Level 3 expert

    Hoka added an additional eyelet and padded tounge to the Clifton 2 and really dialed in the fit on the upper.

  • 94 / 100 by Fellrnr • Jonathan Savage • Level 3 expert

    The Clifton is a remarkable achievement for Hoka, giving the soft cushioning of the Hoka Bondi at a much lighter weight.

  • 88 / 100 by Running Shoes And Advice • Scott Steven • Level 3 expert

    The Hoka One One Clifton 2 exceeds my expectations and improve on an award-winning running shoe in the original Clifton. With huge updates to the upper and some minor updates to the lacing and tongue, the Clifton 2 really is a must try experience.

  • 84 / 100 by Running Monkey • Running Monkey • Level 3 expert

    Good for a degree of mixed terrain so long as the trail isn’t too close to technical (perfectly happy on dust trail and compact off-road paths.)

  • 80 / 100 by Run Bulldog Run • Steve Speirs • Level 3 expert

    The internal mesh feels slightly tighter in the CLIFTON 2, which possibly contributes to the more secure fit.

  • 65 / 100 by Competitor Running • Adam Chase • Level 3 expert

    It’s not a top choice for racing shorter distances or short speed workouts.

  • 85 / 100 by Daddy, Did You Win? • Mark David Hizar • Level 1 expert

    My initial thought when I was given a pair was just how light they were. The Clifton 2 model weighs only 7.7 ounces.

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Updates to Hoka One One Clifton 2

  • Hoka found a way to do the near-impossible job of making even better the shoe that was considered by many experts as the shoe of the year in 2015 by enhancing its stability and raising its comfort level.
  • The enhanced stability of the 2nd version of the Clifton has mainly to do with an improved construction as it removes previous issues of a slightly less supportive upper, particularly during descents. Hoka uses more overlays that are better placed to create a shoe that runs extremely well with the foot in practically all conditions and terrains. As a direct result, runners also experience a new level of comfort with this kind of fit and support.
  • Speaking of comfort, a seemingly minor alteration creates a major impact for a shoe that is designed for ultra-long runs. By using a slightly beefier tongue, any pressure from the laces are eliminated. Runners can pile on the miles in maximum comfort in the Clifton 2.
  • Upper durability is also improved in the new version of the Clifton. Upon first glance, runners will notice the more streamlined, but slightly thicker materials in the upper. While the upper materials are a bit thicker and a more cushioned tongue adds a little weight, the shoe remains very light and nimble.

Hoka One One Clifton 2 size and fit

When it comes to fit, Hoka wisely brought back one of the best features of the original Clifton. The new version, like its predecessor, is built for runners with average heel to toe measurements. It has a snug heel and midfoot with just enough real estate in the toes to wiggle. Medium, or D for the men’s and B for the women’s, is the available width of the Clifton 2. Sizing is standard in the shoe as well.


Outsole

The full-contact outsole is a mix of exposed compression-molded EVA or CMEVA and Hi-Abrasion Lightweight rubber in high-impact areas to limit the wear and tear to the exposed CMEVA. It is a combination that gives the right amount of cushioning, traction, and durability for the runner.


Midsole

Hoka is known for its rockered geometry and it is very evident in the smoothness of the Hoka One One Clifton 2. The Early Stage Meta Rocker delivers a buttery smooth rolling from the heel to the toes for efficient and quick strides from start to finish. Providing cushioning and enhancing the transition is a full-length CMEVA. It gives the shoe near maximal cushioning despite being very light and helps slow down midsole breakdown.


Upper

The no-sew construction of the upper begins with an Air Mesh that offers optimal breathability. Hoka, as mentioned, adds a number of overlays to help add structure and support to the shoe for better stability. The seamless construction gives an irritation-free ride. A more cushioned tongue enhances comfort as it prevents the laces from putting pressure on top of the foot. Regular laces lock up the comfort and security in the shoe.