Facts

Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Competition
Price
$130
Weight
M: 244g | W: 210g
Heel to toe drop
M: 5mm | W: 5mm
Heel height
M: 29mm | W: 28mm
Forefoot height
M: 24mm | W: 23mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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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 8.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Testers wrote that the inner sleeve didn’t rub against their skin, thus giving them irritation-free running experiences.

  • The breathable upper was lauded by many because it allowed air to easily keep their feet ventilated.

  • The thick mid-sole unit of the Clifton 3 was a hit for runners because it was able to deliver maximum underfoot comfort.

  • Users also felt that the robust mid-sole was able to attenuate the landing impacts easily, which was helpful.

  • The curved arch was able to keep the mid-foot area well-supported, and it gave many of the testers the incentive to run farther with sureness and ease.

  • One of the ‘pros’ listed for this running shoe was that it delivered good traction on the surfaces.

  • The majority of those who tried the Hoka One One Clifton 3 appreciated its lightweight nature.

2 reasons not to buy

  • An issue was raised about its sizing scheme, which some thought was ½ size smaller than what they were used to.

  • A few testers noted that the outsole unit’s rubber layer wore out quickly.

Bottom line

The Clifton 3 from Hoka One One gained positive feedback from a lot of runners who thought that it was a comfortable option for the roads. The cushioning system was particularly popular because it was thick yet surprisingly comfortable. Neutral runners were also happy that it was lightweight. Inversely, there were those who felt that it was ½ size small; others noted that the outsole wasn’t very durable.



World wide, Clifton 3 is in the top 20% most popular running shoes. The brand, Hoka One One, is the 9th most popular.

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Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 205 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 27 expert reviews

  • 90
    Jerod KillickLevel 2 expert
    by Jerod Killick
    Go out and buy it. You will love this shoe, especially for short distances. It's gonna be my go-to shoe for 10K and half-marathon races.
  • 90
    John DanielsLevel 2 expert
    by John Daniels
    Lightweight. Still has all the cushion just like the original one… you have a winner here, Hoka. This is it. This is what we’ve wanted, and (you) did an awesome job. I'm really happy with this shoe.
  • 90
    Motion Control Running ShoesLevel 5 expert
    by Motion Control Running Shoes
    According to running shoe lab tests, the Hoka One One Clifton 3 provides a maximum amount of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot to both men and women.
  • 88
    FellrnrLevel 5 expert
    by Fellrnr
    The Clifton 3 is a remarkable achievement for Hoka, giving an amazing level of cushioning for its light weight. If you want a Maximalist shoe, this best seller is the place to start. The Clifton 3 has the most forefoot cushioning of any shoe I've tested, as well as rear cushioning that's in the top tier.
  • 83
    Brian MetzlerLevel 5 expert
    by Running Competitor
    Hoka made a few small but significant tweaks to the award-winning Clifton for 2016, most notably making it a few millimeters wider in the forefoot and replacing the overlays on the upper with a sleeker, seamless TPU-reinforced mesh.
  • 80
    Ethan NewberryLevel 5 expert
    by TheGingerRunner
    Yes, the Clifton 3 is an improvement over the Clifton 2, but with reservations.
  • 80
    Sam WinebaumLevel 5 expert
    by Road Trail Run
    Built on a new last it is 2mm wider in the forefoot so more accommodating of different foot shapes.
  • 99
    Sean FeltyLevel 4 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    It combines ultra soft cushioning and comfort into a lightweight package delivering a ride as smooth as they come.
  • 89
    The Active GuyLevel 4 expert
    by The Active Guy
    Lightweight, supportive, and felt incredibly fast.
  • 81
    JonathanLevel 4 expert
    by Running Warehouse
    Even though the Clifton 3 is light enough to be a performance shoe, many runners are using it as a daily trainer.
  • 80
    Bryon PowellLevel 4 expert
    by iRunFar
    For this version, Hoka improved the outsole durability with more outsole material around the perimeter of the forefoot. 
  • 85
    ThomasLevel 3 expert
    by Believe in the Run
    It's still light for how much cushioning you get. It goes through the stride well. This is one of the shoes wherein if you're feeling beat up, if you're feeling tired from your miles and you want something a little easier on the legs, I think this is a great shoe.
  • 85
    Thomas/MeaghanLevel 3 expert
    by Believe in the Run
    Good news! There are no crazy changes to the Clifton 3. 
  • 84
    LennyLevel 3 expert
    by Lenny Sunday
    It's a good update. I like it a lot. No issues.
  • 84
    Cory SmithLevel 3 expert
    by Gear Institute
    No other shoe tested boasted more cushioning than the Clifton 3 while offering a class-leading lowest overall weight.  
  • 90
    TarenLevel 2 expert
    by Triathlon Taren
    You're gonna like these for the long runs, the tempo runs, recovery runs, days when you don't want your body being beat up and you need that little bit of cushioning, there's probably nothing better than a Hoka.
  • 83
    Jerod KillickLevel 2 expert
    by Jerod Killick
    Hoka did an amazing job keeping what worked, and updating where improvements were needed.  
  • 82
    WebmanLevel 2 expert
    by Midpack Gear
    Hopefully the overlays will stay in place and I won't experience the iffy quality I've seen in past Hokas.  As of now: If you are a fan, go for it.
  • 82
    Amber NixonLevel 2 expert
    by Amber Nixon
    Overall, I am very happy with this shoe and I'm more than willing to sacrifice my feet getting a little warmer for the stability and comfort of this shoe.
  • 82
    MikeLevel 2 expert
    by Below The Knee Shoes
    When cushioning and light weight are your top priorities, look no further.
  • 80
    JeremyLevel 2 expert
    by Epic-Run
    Light and responsive but also super cushioned–a great combo for a training shoe.
  • 79
    WebmanLevel 2 expert
    by Midpack Gear
    The only spot where there are some wear issues are on the rubber part of the outsole on the outer heel of my left shoe (the bottom right of the next photo), a spot where I do get some excessive wear normally.
  • 88
    Brady and AmberLevel 1 expert
    by Jack Rabbit Running
    It has a little bit firmer feel. Great cushioning compared to the old one. It still has a Hoka feel to it. So, awesome cushioning system there, for sure." (Brady) "It felt a little bit lighter, but it had a lot more stiffness to it, so this might give a little bit more longevity and durability than the Clifton 2.
  • 87
    FitDadChrisLevel 1 expert
    by FitDadChris
    All I can say is the Clifton 3 is the first pair of sneakers I ever put on that felt perfect instantly!! 
  • 86
    Aaron MonierLevel 1 expert
    by Marathon Sports
    The shoe runs amazingly smooth for the amount of protection it provides.
  • 85
    Mile SplitLevel 1 expert
    by Mile Split
    It's not as bulky as it was in the previous two, so I think this is gonna fit better out of the box for a lot of people and not cause any irritation issues on high mileage runs.
  • 80
    Rory CampbellLevel 1 expert
    by Rory Campbell
    I would recommend this if you're looking for a marathon training shoe or just something to do more long distance runs.
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  • Josh Amberger Hoka One One
    From the first time I put the Clifton 3 on, it was a shoe that I could wear that didn’t compromise on performance. It was soft enough to be comfortable, but also to be fast and agile.
  • Build Peak Complete
    Hoka Clifton 3, a great max-cushion racing and training shoe. Pretty much an all-arounder.
  • Heather Jackson Hoka One One
    On my first run with the Clifton 3s I noticed that the toe box was definitely wider and it also felt like it was like a softer upper.
  • Jean-Luc Diard Hoka One One
    People wanted to have just a little bit [of] extra room in the metatarsal area, and the other thing that we improved is providing just a slightly wider platform in the forefoot that gives a very nice rolling and a very nice propulsion.
  • The Athlete's Foot Australia
    The Clifton 3 now delivers a more foot-shaped last with a slightly increased width across the heads of the metatarsals. We also have a slightly narrower midfoot-through-the-upper for a more custom fit.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    The continued use of a full-length compression molded EVA midsole provides industry-leading cushioning, while an Early Stage Meta Rocker geometry encourages an efficient gait from foot-strike to toe-off.
  • Matt Golueke Matt Golueke
    They were awesome. No knee discomfort [in] the first couple of miles.
  • Kellyn Taylor Hoka One One
    They're definitely a great shoe to do pretty much anything you want.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    With a slightly wider last for a spacious fit and increased toe splay, the 3rd version of the Clifton makes small improvements in fit, while maintaining the classic Clifton ride.

Updates to Clifton 3

The Hoka One One Clifton 3 uses high quality materials in order to provide a reliable running experience for runners. A seamless upper design allows the wearer to remain free from skin irritation brought by traditional seams and stitched-on sections. An open construction allows the foot to experience air circulation, thus letting the runner use the shoe for long periods of time without succumbing to sweat and that stifling feeling when wearing shoes.

The mid-sole unit utilizes a full-length foam unit that looks thick on the outside. Made from Compression Molded Ethylene vinyl acetate, this foam is able to deliver sure cushioning and support to the foot without breaking down easily. Its thickness brings in the trademark look of the Hoka One One brand, while also ensuring a comfortable underfoot experience that lasts long.

The external sole unit is in full contact with the ground. This design ensures a smoother transition from the heel to the toe when running. It also maximizes the traction capabilities of the outsole. A lightweight layer of rubber is used in the outsole. It’s highly resistant to wear and tear, so runners are able to trust it to remain efficient even after many uses.

Clifton 3 size and fit

The Hoka One One Clifton 3 uses regular measurements for length. Men and women are able to enjoy a more relaxed fit when they try out this shoe before purchasing it. The available width is medium, thus enabling it to accommodate those with medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape mimics the natural curve of the human foot.

Outsole

A lightweight rubber material is used for the outsole unit of the Hoka One One Clifton 3. It is highly resistant to abrasion, so it is capable of shielding the rest of the sole unit from wear and tear with ease.

The Full Ground Contact design of the outsole maximizes its surface area so that the rubber material would be able to work more efficiently in delivering traction. It also assists the foot in achieving a smoother and more natural transition through the gait cycle.

Midsole

The Compression Molded Ethylene vinyl acetate foam or CMEVA is used for the entire length of the Hoka One One Clifton 3’s platform. It’s a durable material that delivers sure cushioning that’s responsive and springy. Its thickness brings reliable impact protection and long-lasting performance.

The Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry is a rocker design that’s made to assist the foot in achieving a faster and more effective performance. It is likened to the actual mechanics of the foot when taking each step, rocking from the heel to the toe in a single, fluid motion.

Upper

The Air Mesh is a material that has an open construction. Visible pores in the fabric act as portals for air to easily enter the shoe in order to maintain a cool and dry environment for the wearer’s foot.

The Structural Overlays aren’t stitched onto the fabric of the Clifton 3. They’re fused directly to the mesh, thus reducing its weight and preventing stiffness in the upper.

A No-Sew Construction allows the runner to feel comfortable when wearing the shoe without socks. It reduces risk of blistering and skin irritation.


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