|Weight:||Men: 9oz | Women: 7.3oz|
|Heel to toe drop:||Men: 5mm | Women: 5mm|
|Arch type:||High arch|
|Strike Pattern:||Midfoot strike|
|Distance:||Daily running | Long distance | Marathon|
|Heel height:||Men: 30mm | Women: 30mm|
|Forefoot height:||Men: 25mm | Women: 25mm|
|Release date:||Jun 2019|
|Brand:||Hoka One One|
|Type:||Low drop | Maximalist|
|Width:||Men: Normal, Wide | Women: Normal, Wide|
|Colorways:||Black, Blue, Grey, Multi, Purple, Red, White|
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Hoka One One Clifton 6: The king of cushioningMore photos
Clifton 6 is my first pair of Hokas, and boy, have I been missing out. The Clifton 1 was one of the highest-rated shoes ever amongst the running community.
The next four versions of the shoe were not as widely acclaimed as the first version. I was excited last year with news that the Clifton 1 would be re-released. However, all the reviewers said that it didn’t feel the same as the original, so I skipped it again.
Buying a new running shoe from a brand you haven’t used before is a scary thing. Shoes are expensive, and I have a very particular taste in running shoes.
This year, everyone said that the Clifton 6 is the best version of the Clifton since the original version, so I finally decided to take the plunge.
Upper and materials
The upper construction is simple. It consists of breathable soft engineered air mesh in the forefoot and midfoot. There are fused overlays around the toe box and embroidered reinforcement for support and midfoot lockdown. It’s a very comfortable, plush upper.
The air mesh is thick but breathable.
The tongue is thick and padded. I experienced no tongue slide. The heel collar, which is lined with soft material, is generously filled with foam for a secure heel lockdown.
The built-up heel counter does its job and provides a comfortable, secure heel lockdown.
The ungusseted tongue is thick and short.
I bought my pair in a wide version and a half size too big by mistake. I ordered a US 9, which is usually a UK 8, but Hoka uses half-size conversions. I got a UK 8.5 instead of an 8.
I use thick socks, and I haven’t had any issues. This demonstrates how narrow the Clifton 6 is because I have really narrow feet.
The toe box is nice and spacious in the 2E wide version. Hokas are known to be narrow-fitting.
Midsole and ride
I’m not exaggerating when I say that this is the most cushioned midsole in the world. I get a sense of deep, bottomless cushioning, which keeps my legs feeling energised and fresh during runs longer than 15 miles.
I was surprised at how light and bouncy the foam is. The first run in them felt magical. The combination of bounce, lightweight and high cushioning make it a very well-balanced shoe.
The ride is incredibly smooth because the midsole is one solid block of EVA foam. There are angular grooves cut into the sides of the midsole. During loading, these grooves or gaps compress, and the midsole acts as a crash pad.
These gaps in the yellow part of the midsole contract when pressure is applied, acting as a crash pad.
The midsole rocker promotes rearfoot strike instead of heel strike and the stiff forefoot helps roll me forward, making my stride feel efficient.
The midsole curves upward, promoting a rocker effect.
The midsole flares under the foot and there is plenty of ground contact, so the Clifton 6 feels extremely stable for a neutral shoe. I have flat feet, and I pronate, but this shoe provided adequate arch support.
I was worried about the bucket seat arch when I first tried on the shoe because it poked into my arch. However, when I started running in the shoe, the poking sensation disappeared, and I forgot about it.
The walls around the heel shoot up around the foot resulting in a cradling sensation, adding stability to the shoe’s already stable base. These walls ensure that it feels like you are running inside a shoe instead of on top of a shoe, a la Ultra Boost ST.
The heel sits inside the midsole. The blue part of the midsole is where the wall shoots up and cups the foot.
The Ortholite insole is removable and of medium thickness. It adds a perfect layer of extra cushioning without being so thick that it mutes the feedback from the EVA midsole.
It sits on a lining of holey strobel. I prefer strobel lining with holes because it increases the softness of the midsole.
Ortholite insoles are anti-bacterial and odour-fighting, according to the company.
Outsole and wear
Overall, I estimate I will get 800km of use out of the Clifton 6 before the midsole cushioning is shot or the outsole rubber has worn out.
Traction is great on dry road and pavement, and on wet surfaces.
The exposed EVA midsole shows slight wear after 50 miles. The rubber looks unsullied.
For long-distance runs, there is no other shoe I want on my feet. The Clifton 6 ticks all the long-distance boxes, being light, cushioned, stable and responsive.
I now understand why the Clifton is such a popular line in the Hoka range, and I am a big fan.
My only complaint is that it’s a very chunky shoe and makes me feel like I’m wearing moon boots. Hopefully, over time, I will learn to embrace the chunkiness. Now, all I have to do is go back in time and buy the Clifton 1.
- High levels of cushioning from the thick EVA midsole
- Very comfortable upper
- Nice bounce and responsiveness
- Lightweight for such a high-volume midsole
- Higher levels of cushioning than other shoes in a similar price range
- The shoe looks like the offspring of an orthopaedic medicinal shoe and a 90’s platform shoe.
- Sizing is tricky if ordering online and you have not tried the shoe on.
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Hoke One One Clifton 6 - A lightweight yet max cushioned shoeMore photos
I bought the Clifton 6 when I was on a work trip and needed an extra pair to run in due to some unfortunate downpour that left the shoes I brought in a very moist state.
The folks at the running store in Fort Lauderdale were very helpful. A lot of the employees at the star were singing the Clifton’s praises, so I thought I would give it a go. Below is my review after 50+ miles running on various terrain.
Design & fit
According to Hoka, this shoe features a full-length EVA midsole with an early stage meta rocker and strategically placed rubber in the outsole to save weight, but still have some durability.
The upper is an engineered mesh with embroidered reinforcements to aid in the lock down of the shoe. Also, according to Hoka, the women’s version of this shoe weighs in at 7.4 ounces.
When I tried these on in the store, they actually felt a lot lighter than 7.4 ounces. I think that had more to do with my expectations than the actual weight. I was running in the Nike Vomero 14, and those were starting to feel very heavy.
I also thought that these would weigh a lot more because of the volume of the midsole. The shoe not only feels light compared to its size, but it also felt light when I tried them on in the store.
I will say that the fit of the shoe runs true to size, and there wasn’t a need for me to size up at all in this shoe. In fact, I could’ve probably gone half a size smaller in the Clifton.
However, I opted to stay with an 8.5 (instead of the 9 I normally wear) because I was planning on wearing these on my long runs, and I wanted to account for foot swell. After several weeks and 50 miles, the size still feels good.
The upper is an engineered mesh which actually feels softer than a lot of other mesh materials. The mesh is also really ventilated, which has been really useful during the California summer and work trips to some very hot and humid places.
The upper also features the embroidered enhancements that tie into the lacing system. I think that the stitching does a really good job of allowing the laces that it is attached to really lock down the foot.
I wish that this feature extended down one more eyelet, but it didn’t affect the overall performance. I was a fan of the flat laces; they didn’t come undone like a lot of those round laces tend to do, and they stayed put after I tied them.
The ankle collar, tongue, and the heel counter were padded, but not too much that it felt bulky like what I have experienced with shoes like the Saucony Ride ISO.
The collar also sat a bit lower on the foot than I am used to, which might have contributed to some heel slipping that I encountered later down the road. The design of the upper was ok, but performance-wise, it wasn’t as good as the midsole.
The full-length EVA midsole was as smooth as butter! The design uses an early stage metarocker, which is supposed to help guide your foot through the gait cycle.
As I ran in this shoe, I didn’t think it was noticeable, but I did notice that my legs were not as tired as they are when I run in less cushioned shoes. The outsole rubber is just enough to prevent significant wear on the exposed midsole and also helps with grip on the roads and dirt.
The stack height on the midsole is not as high as other shoes, but the volume of the midsole definitely screams high cushioned trainer. The only thing that I didn’t care for in the design of the midsole was the “built-in arch support.”
As someone who needs arch support on her shoes, it was exciting to have a shoe with arch support built into it. Unfortunately, this feature ended up being really uncomfortable, but I was able to easily solve it by using an orthotic insert with a stiff heel cup.
When I tried these on in the store, they felt great! The cushioning was soft, the upper was ventilated, and I thought I would be able to get plenty of traction with the rubber on the outsole.
After I bought them, I ran in a couple of shorter runs in the Cliftons, and they felt fine for the first week. During my first long run in the shoe is when I started to question whether I liked them.
The heel kept slipping after about 5 miles, and when I tried to tighten it down, it felt the upper was cutting off circulation to the rest of my foot, and the arch in the shoe felt like it was digging into the bottom of my very flat feet.
I continued this pattern a couple more times, and I contemplated giving these away because I was so uncomfortable in them on my longer runs… I am really glad that I didn’t do that.
I decided to change out the inner liner to my Superfeet inserts (I am now using Dr. Scholl’s in them now). I also changed the lacing and also started using the extra eyelets for the runner’s lace pattern.
Tweaking those things made all the difference in the world. Suddenly I was able to appreciate the amazing cushioning of the shoe and enjoy my long runs. I really started to feel and enjoy metarocker that Hoka is famous for, and it really helped me keep a good running motion when my legs were really tired.
Now, I always reach for these when I am heading out for a longer run because of how comfortable they are. The cushioning absorbs a lot of the pounding from the roads.
What’s even better is that I am able to use these shoes for tempo runs as well as my easy runs. The cushioning is plush enough, but you still have a fairly responsive shoe that allows you to go a little fast. It’s not a racing flat, but it still feels good.
In the mid/outsole, the Cliftons still look brand new, and they even feel better now than when they were new. The outsole shows minimal signs of wear, other than all the dirt that is on the shoe from running in them for the past several weeks.
The beveled edge toward the heel really prevented the “dragging” wear pattern that I tend to see on some of the other shoes that I use for my long runs.
I noticed some minimal compression on the midsole, but nothing that is affecting the overall performance and feel of the shoe when I run in it. Even the exposed foam at the bottom of the shoe still looks good and just some minimal wear.
On the upper is where I start to notice a lot of wear. The forefoot has a permanent crease on both shoes, and there is some bunching in the forefoot from having the pull the laces really tight.
I have also noticed that the ankle collar and heel counter area is starting to look worn. Overall, these signs of wear are not concerning as they haven’t affected the overall performance, but I do think that the upper on the Clifton will start to look floppy pretty soon.
- Lot’s of room in the toe box
- Pull tab is a nice addition
- Cushion… Did I mention cushioning?
- The outsole is really durable
- There was plenty of ventilation
- Lightweight for a daily trainer
- Decent price point for a solid shoe that will last
- Accommodates a wider foot, but the midfoot design (sole) made it uncomfortable at times
- The heel slipped quite a bit necessitating the need to use the extra eyelets
- The “arch” in the shoe was uncomfortable
- The shoe felt a little long; there shouldn’t be a need to size up
The Clifton, unlike other Hoka shoes that I have run in, took a little while to break in, be prepared for that. The midsole felt good on my longer/easy runs, and when I picked up the pace, it didn’t feel sloppy.
It is a well-cushioned shoe that would work for most runners as a daily trainer. Be aware that this shoe is rather narrow in the midfoot with plenty of room in the toe box.
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Nice to see the Clifton start making strides again.
That's why not only is this one of our best shoes for runners, specifically people doing longer stuff, but people on their feet.
- The Hoka One One Clifton 6 caters to those who enjoy daily running sessions and those who welcome a generous midsole unit that could deliver high-tier comfort for their activities. The foam that’s used for the cushioning system is touted to be softer in this iteration than the one used in the previous one, the Clifton 5. The raised arch and the heel bevel are designs that smoothen the gait cycle.
- The façade has been updated to be secure and form-accommodating. Extra space has been added to the forefoot section to permit the natural spreading capacity of the toes. An engineered mesh that has improved softness and stretchiness graces the silhouette while a mix of printed overlays and embroidery help with the quality of the fit.
The Hoka One One Clifton 6 was constructed to be true to size. Runners are welcome to get a pair using their usual choices of size. When it comes to width, the available variants are D – Medium and 2E – Wide for men, and B – Medium and D – Wide for women.
It is worth noting that getting a pleasant in-shoe experience would be more approachable if one tries on the shoe first or get ideas on the size and fit via consumer reviews.
The outsole unit of the Hoka One One Clifton 6 uses Hi-Abrasion Lightweight Rubber. This layer has been fashioned on the contact points of the platform, ensuring traction and protection against wear-and-tear.
Flex grooves allow the sole to bend in conjunction with the foot as it goes through the gait cycle. The toe-off phase is the part of the movement that benefits the most from this feature.
The Full Ground Contact design involves the rubber pad and the base of the midsole foam being able to touch the ground with ease. Such a configuration could potentially heighten traction and overall balance over the ground.
The primary cushioning unit of the Hoka One One Clifton 6 is made of Full Compression EVA. This feature has a generous thickness which allows the foot to experience a plush yet reactive ride. Though its stack height is noticeable, the weight isn’t as hefty.
The Early Stage Meta-Rocker is a rocker shape that facilitates a smooth heel-to-toe transition. This structure is a staple in many of Hoka’s options, including the well-known Hoka One One Bondi line.
The Moderate Heel Bevel involves a slanted rear portion that allows the heel to rest and stay steady. It works with the upper unit to keep the foot in a locked-in position, thus staving off in-shoe wobbling.
The upper unit uses the engineered mesh. This textile has a soft and stretchy construction to wrap the foot in a sock-like manner. There are ventilation holes on its surface to welcome air into the foot-chamber.
Printed overlays grace the toe box, the instep, and the heel. These synthetic prints are meant to bolster the durability of the exterior fabrics while also helping with the security of the foot.
The sides of the silhouette have embroidery on them. These stitch-reinforcements buttress the structural integrity of the upper unit while also allowing for a well-defined in-shoe hug. They fundamentally act as overlays, but they weigh significantly less than prints or extra layers.
The padded collar and tongue are tasked with holding the foot in place and preventing it from quivering during the run. These parts of the upper also cushion the heel, the ankles, and the bridge of the foot from impact shock during the landing phase of the gait cycle.
A pull tab is stitched onto the back of the collar. This fabric loop is helpful when it comes to widening the opening of the inner compartment and facilitating the foot into the shoe. It can also be used as a strap for stowing the shoe on a hook.