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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 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.

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
$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 9.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

11 reasons to buy

  • Most users are pleased with the updates made on the Clifton 4.
  • A number of users said that the shoe is ideal for long-distance running and training.
  • Several users commented that this new version is more comfortable than its predecessor.
  • One user said that he felt like the shoe is well made and looks durable.
  • The shoe offered more support than the previous version said some reviewers.
  • The update on the design was gladly welcomed by a majority of runners.
  • Most reviewers said that running in the shoe did not cause them pain despite having foot and knee problems.
  • A majority of reviewers mentioned that the shoe fits true to size.
  • One tester was appreciative of the high arch support the shoe provided.
  • Most users said that there is enough room in the toe box.
  • A lot of runners agree that the shoe is very comfortable.

5 reasons not to buy

  • One runner mentioned that the arch on the midfoot felt too high. This caused a bit of pressure on his instep, resulting in a blister.
  • After 200 miles, a user said that he felt the cushioning of the shoe disappear. As a result, he experienced a bit of pain during his long runs.
  • The shoe felt stiffer compared to its former version, according to a few testers.
  • Some users mentioned that the ride on this new shoe version was much harder.
  • A few users voiced their opinions about the shoe not having the amount of cushioning that they expected.

Bottom line

The Clifton 4 is a moderately priced, neutral road running shoe that has received premium updates from Hoka One One. The comfort and in-shoe feel has been reinvigorated and so has the ride and the rebound of the shoe. Overall, this latest version of the Clifton will be at the top of the list of both Hoka fans and new users.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 202 ratings

5 star
74%
4 star
11%
3 star
6%
2 star
4%
1 star
5%

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Expert Reviews

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81 / 100 based on 18 expert reviews

  • 89 / 100 by RunRepeat • Karl Feng • Level 1 expert

    The look and redesign of the new Hoka Clifton 4s is a huge improvement. I love the responsiveness and the ride of the show and I am looking forward to longer distances on my Sunday long runs.

  • 75 / 100 by The Ginger Runner • Ethan Newberry • Level 5 expert

    It'll continue to be a great go-to for those of you looking to run marathons, long distances, long training runs, the occassional need for tempo or speed work, it'll hold up.

  • 71 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas • Level 5 expert

    The original Clifton and the Clifton 2 were superior shoes over this.

  • 96 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    It’s a pleasant riding shoe that feels pretty good for long, easy miles without getting beat up.

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

    The latest Hoka One One Clifton 4 not only feels incredible but is available in a normal and wide version, the first time a Clifton model has had this option.

  • 85 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    Hoka One One Clifton 4 delivers maximum cushioning and a bit of stability at a light weight.

  • 75 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Peter Stuart • Level 5 expert

    Still, it is a shoe I find to soft and lacking in road feel for my tastes and especially at slower paces back on the heels.

  • 70 / 100 by Jamison Michael • Jamison Michael • Level 5 expert

    When it comes to the Hoka Clifton 4, I'm kind of on the fence.

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

    The Clifton 4 has improved upon an already smooth and cushioned ride by adding increased rebound in the midsole material.

  • 83 / 100 by Canadian Running Magazine • Dan Way • Level 3 expert

    I put about 150k on them and find that they are great for everything from a really easy recovery run to some faster stuff during long runs, tempo workouts.

  • 80 / 100 by Andrew Skurka • Andrew Skurka • Level 3 expert

    Existing Clifton fans may not be thrilled by C4, but it will still find an audience.

  • 60 / 100 by RIZKNOWS • RIZKNOWS • Level 3 expert

    We had high hopes for the Hoka One One Clifton 4s, but unfortunately they are too narrow of a fit for us and caused issues as we ran. We prefer the Clifton 3s.

  • 87 / 100 by Flying Feet Sport Shoes • Matt • Level 2 expert

    So, in conclusion, if you like the Clifton 3 and interested in trying the Clifon 4, definitely give it a shot.

  • 85 / 100 by SidScheckMarketing • SidScheckMarketing • Level 2 expert

    I think Hoka did a great job and I'm pleased.

  • 60 / 100 by RIZKNOWS • Jeff Rizzo • Level 2 expert

    I just wasn't in love with the Clifton 4.

  • 90 / 100 by Average Jeff • Average Jeff • Level 1 expert

    These are proffessional running shoes. These are awesome.

  • 87 / 100 by Running Warehouse • Will • Level 1 expert

    After wearing the Clifton 4 for several different aspects of my training cycle, I will continue to throw them on for easy days and daily runs when my legs are feeling a little bit beat up.

  • 85 / 100 by Runners High NJ • Craig Segal • Level 1 expert

    The Clifton 4 is designed for that runner who is looking for a little more cushion, but still wants a lightweight feel.

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Updates to Hoka One One Clifton 4

  • The Hoka One One Clifton 4 has received main updates to its upper. The design on this part of the shoe was redone to cater to a more adaptive fit. The Air Mesh material was replaced with a more durable Engineered Mesh. This material is still breathable but it offers more support on key areas of the foot.
  • The standard overlays were replaced with a 3D puff print frame which gives better lightweight support to the dorsal part of the foot. More specifically, the new overlay material and design enhances the foot’s lockdown and aids in retaining the shape of the shoe.
  • On the midsole, the full-length compression molded EVA referred to as Hoka’s proprietary HIP CMEVA was replaced with a standard full-length EVA foam package. This switching of the material was primarily for improving the longevity and rebound of the midsole.
  • Newly introduced into this new version, a molded Ortholite Sock liner enhances the in-shoe cushioning while providing anti-bacterial properties to the shoe. This feature helps absorb foot sweat and aids in keeping bacteria at bay.
  • The former version of the shoe was only available in regular or medium width. Hoka One One found it necessary to provide variations with a widened midfoot. This is why the Clifton 4 now has wide width options for runners with wider feet.

Hoka One One Clifton 4 size and fit

The 4th version of the Clifton comes in standard running shoe length. Those interested in a pair will be able to order the shoe in their usual size preferences. As for the width, both male and female runners will be able to choose from regular to wide width measurements.

Outsole

The outsole is equipped with a hi-abrasion lightweight rubber that has been strategically redesigned. This material has been placed on key areas of the outsole to improve the traction and heel-to-toe transition the shoe offers. This full ground contact material not just enhances the grip of the shoe, but it also amplifies the energy return experienced by runners.

Midsole

Targeted at improving the responsiveness and durability of the midsole, Hoka One One uses a full-length EVA. The upgraded foam package ensures that the signature Hoka cushioning can still be experienced, but with a more consistent feel throughout the shoe’s lifespan.

A key feature of the shoe that encourages more efficient running mechanics is the Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry. This technology was engineered with a lower-than-usual heel-to-toe differential as well as a sculpted radius. A transition zone was placed behind the metatarsal heads to encourage a smoother ride and a faster transition to the forefoot.

Upper

On the upper, the material was upgraded into Engineered Mesh. This type of mesh still has elastic and breathable properties, adapting to the shape of the foot while allowing airflow within the shoe. The main difference with the former material in the 3rd version of the Clifton is on the upper material’s durability. The Engineered Mesh offers better lightweight support and is more durable.

Complementing the durability of the upper is the 3D Puff Print Frame. This design improves the foot’s lockdown, keeping the foot in place during runs. It also assists in retaining the shape of the shoe, as well as providing a sleeker design that makes the Clifton 4 look athletic yet stylish.

A molded Ortholite Sockliner has been added to the shoe to help enhance the in-shoe comfort and environment. Because this insole is molded, it provides premium in-shoe feel by mimicking the plantar foot’s natural contours. The insole’s structure and formulation also help to move moisture away from the foot, while also fighting fungal and bacterial growth.