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6 reasons to buy

  • The forefoot section of the Hoka One One Clifton 6 was wide enough to welcome the natural splaying capacity of the toes, some consumers noted.
  • According to several testers, the midsole unit was reactive enough to accommodate speedy transitions through the gait cycle.
  • The lightweight structure of this running shoe was lauded by many consumers.
  • Most people considered the sizing scheme to be adherent to their expectations.
  • The upper unit offered breathability and a non-irritating wrap, testers noted.
  • Based on a handful of reviews, the color schemes were plenty and eye-catching.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of consumers claimed that they needed a break-in period because the façade was initially too tight.

Bottom line

The overall reaction towards the Clifton 6 was positive. People embraced this Hoka One One running shoe as a worthy successor to the products in the Clifton family. The aesthetics were deemed as appealing while the fabrics of the upper were considered as non-irritating. The reactive midsole, correct sizing scheme, and the lightweight structure were also highlighted as elements that turned this product into a powerhouse in comfort.

Neutral runners who like to take to the roads are the ones who are most likely to enjoy the Hoka One One Clifton 6.

Facts

Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 9oz | Women: 7.4oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 5mm | Women: 5mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: All-day wear | Jogging
Material: Mesh upper, Rubber sole
Features: Breathable | Cushioned | Comfortable
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 33mm | Women: 30mm
Forefoot height: Men: 28mm | Women: 25mm
Release date: Jun 2019
Brand: Hoka One One
Type: Low drop | Maximalist
Width: Men: Normal, Wide | Women: Normal, Wide
Price: $130
Colorways: Black, Blue, Grey, Multi, Purple, Red, White
Size
Small True to size Large
Forefoot fit
Narrow Wide
Heel fit
Narrow Wide
Toebox
Tight Roomy
Flexibility
Stiff Flexible
Breathability
Warm Breathable
Cushioning
Firm Plush
Durability 8/10
Comfort 8/10
Traction 9/10
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88 / 100 based on 28 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 | Brandon Law

    Hoka One One Clifton 6: The king of cushioning

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    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.

    One might even call me fussy when it comes to running shoes because I have run in some of the greats (Vomero 3, Adidas Glide 7).

    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.

    Stability

    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.

    Insole

    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

    The outsole has a generous amount of high abrasion rubber for such a light shoe. All the strike areas are covered with rubber and signs of wear are minimal unlike the little brother, the Rincon.

    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.

     

    Verdict

    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.

    Likes

    1. High levels of cushioning from the thick EVA midsole
    2. Very comfortable upper
    3. Nice bounce and responsiveness
    4. Lightweight for such a high-volume midsole
    5. Higher levels of cushioning than other shoes in a similar price range

    Dislikes

    1. The shoe looks like the offspring of an orthopaedic medicinal shoe and a 90’s platform shoe.
    2. Sizing is tricky if ordering online and you have not tried the shoe on.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 98 / 100 | Jamie Gassman

    Hoka One One Clifton 6, like running on clouds

    I’ve worn the Hoka One One Clifton 6 for about 220-ish miles. I mostly ran on roads and paved trails with these shoes. I stayed any from mud and water because these road shoes are all white, and I didn’t want to get them super dirty.

     

    Weight

    The Clifton 6 weighs 7.4 ounces. They look like they would a lot feel heavier and clunky, but they aren’t. They felt very light while running that it almost even felt like I didn’t have shoes on.

    Hoka One One utilized their high absorbing rubber zones to help reduce the overall weight of the shoe.

    Color

    My Clifton 6’s are white and lunar rock, according to their box. But, they basically look like two slightly different shades of white.

    Usually, I’m not a light-colored shoe person or really light-colored anything person. Living in New England means unpredictable weather, and normally, mud and puddles.

    I went online to Hoka One One’s website and found that the women’s version of the Clifton 6 comes in 11 different color options that include every color imaginable.

    It’s almost overwhelming in a way. I didn’t have a choice of color when I got my Clifton 6’s, I got them at a local running store, and they only had the white and lunar rock colored ones in my size.

    I am kind of glad that I didn’t have a color choice because it forced me to expand my color pallet and helped me stay out of the mud for once.

    Cushion/overall design

    I want to start this section by discussing how these shoes made my legs feel. Over the past three years, I’ve had reoccurring Achilles Tendons because of deformed heel bones.

    It’s gotten to the point where running helps them more than hurting them, which seems wild to say. These are the first pair of running shoes I’ve had over the past three years that I have been able to run in every day.

     

     

    Typically, I go between two or three pairs, rotating them every day or so. These shoes are a neutral shoe, and the cushion is described as balanced according to Hoka One One’s website.

    I normally wear more responsive shoes that allow me to feel every part of the road, but these shoes have definitely changed that for me. I will be looking for more cushioned shoes in the future.

    The Clifton 6’s have many different features to help with the overall feel of the shoes and the run. The midsole has Hoka One One’s signature cushioning, which is made up of a fully compressed EVA midsole.

    The shoes feature a Meta-Rocker, which provides a smooth ride and a moderate heel bevel that helps make the heel-toe transition extremely smooth. The Clifton 6’s has flat-waisted geometry that helps give the shoe a lot of overall stability.

    I will say these shoes are extremely durable. They don’t look or feel like they have been worn for about 220 miles.

    Drop

    The shoe has a 5 mm drop. I am used to a 4 mm drop or 4.5 mm drop in my Newton Fate 4’s. But, I honestly could not feel any difference in the drop of the Clifton 6, probably because 0.5 mm is extremely minimal.

     

    Fit

    These shoes definitely run big. I usually wear a 7.5, and I ended up with a 6.5. I felt like the shoe was on the normal in width.

    I have a narrower foot and had to pull the laces for the shoe to feel secure on my feet, but once I got the shoe tight enough, it felt completely secure.

    Conclusion

    Overall, I give these shoes a 98 out of 100. I will be buying another pair, just not in all white. These shoes were extremely comfortable. They come in a wide range of color options, and I didn’t have any Achilles pain while running in these shoes.

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  • 80 / 100 | The Ginger Runner | | Level 5 expert

    Nice to see the Clifton start making strides again.

  • 90 / 100 | Run Moore | | Level 4 expert

    That's why not only is this one of our best shoes for runners, specifically people doing longer stuff, but people on their feet.

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  • 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.

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