Who should buy the Clifton 5

The Hoka One One Clifton 5 is a running shoe with a sizeable cushioning design, designed for runners who have neutral pronation. This is recommended for you if:

  • You want a cushioned running shoe that can support moderate to high arches
  • You prefer a maximalist running shoe for your long-distance runs and marathons
  • You are a forefoot or midfoot striker and prefer a vegan running shoe

Hoka One One Clifton 5 hoka heel

Updates to the Hoka One One Clifton 5

  • Ethylene-vinyl acetate or EVA is still the cushioning unit of this product, updated to be softer than the one used in the previous model, the Clifton 4
  • The shoe has a rocker shape that allows the foot to transition smoothly through the gait cycle
  • The upper unit is engineered mesh, offering a soft and flexible wrap
  • Updated printed overlays are now fewer and less obtrusive of airflow

Hoka One One Clifton 5 hoka print

High-abrasion outsole

A High-Abrasion Lightweight Rubber is placed in critical areas of the outsole. The job of this material is to stave off the abrasive nature of the ground. Moreover, it is the one responsible for doling out surface traction.

Hoka One One Clifton 5 high abrasion rubber

Flex grooves allow the platform to be more adherent to the natural movement capacity of the wearer’s foot. Such additions are beneficial to the toe-off phase of the gait cycle.

Hoka One One Clifton 5 flex grooves

Smooth transitions with Meta-Rocker technology

The midsole unit of the Hoka One One Clifton 5 features the compound, ethylene-vinyl acetate. This EVA foam is the one carrying the foot and keeping it cushioned. It mitigates the impact forces generated by the foot-strike. Also, it’s configured to be softer than the one used in the previous version of the Clifton.

Hoka One One Clifton 5 midsole

An Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry aims to smoothen the heel-to-toe transitions. It is fundamentally a rocker shape that enables the vigor of each step.

The Molded Ortholite® sockliner adds some more cushioning. It has a curved middle for arch support. Its antimicrobial and anti-sweat properties maintain a clean and healthy environment for the foot.

Soft and flexible upper of the Clifton 5

The engineered mesh upper offers a soft and flexible coverage. It has a cloth-like quality to it, making it more of a second skin than a cover system. Breathing pores allow air to seamlessly enter the foot-chamber, thus maintaining ventilation.

Hoka One One Clifton 5 engineered mesh

A 3D Puff Print Frame reinforces the façade and makes it more visually engaging. This system of overlays is not as prominent or persistent as the set that’s used in the previous Clifton shoe, yet it still helps in locking the foot in place.

Hoka One One Clifton 5 lacing system

A traditional lacing system with flat laces and discrete eyelets allows a customizable fit.

The padded tongue and collar further secure the foot, preventing it from wobbling in the foot-chamber or exiting the shoe unintentionally.

Hoka One One Clifton 5 tongue and collar

A pull tab is stitched on the heel part of the collar. Its purpose is to help the runner when it comes to wearing and removing the Hoka One One Clifton 5.

Hoka One One Clifton 5 heel tab

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 9.4oz / Women 7.6oz
Drop: 5mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Hoka One One Clifton 8
Forefoot height: 25mm
Heel height: 30mm

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