|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:||Red, Black, Blue, Grey, 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. I wanted to buy a pair of Hoka Clifton 1’s, but being a new brand at the time, it was unavailable in South Africa.
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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Hoka One One Clifton 6 - A good recovery shoeMore photos
You have probably heard of Hoka by now, and you know they offer shoes with extra cushion. At first glance, you may think the shoes are heavy because of all the cushion.
They may look like platform shoes, and just make you look taller. How can you run with all that extra height? If you have never tried a Hoka One One running shoe before, I would suggest to at least try a pair on in the store.
I will admit that these were my first pair of Hoka One One shoes. I run a lot, and usually with shoes with a lot less cushion. I picked the Clifton 6 from Hoka because I wanted a good all-around neutral road running shoe.
Right out of the box, the shoes felt much lighter than I was expecting. I know it is advertised at only 9 ounces, but they look like they would weigh more.
The cushion looked big, as I was expecting. The upper part of the shoe felt very soft.
The upper part of the shoe is comfortable, and there are no pressure points.
The toe box has some room to move your toes up and down. However, the shoes do feel a little narrow. The shoes are breathable and can be worn on hot days.
The toe box has some protection. This should help with the durability of the shoe. Usually, I would like more protection on the front (outer side) of a running shoe, but these shoes do seem to last.
It keeps your heel in place as a good running shoe should. The back of the shoe also has a little strap to hang up the shoes or tie together. This can be a nice added feature.
There is cushion, but this is where I had an issue with the shoe being too narrow. Hoka says they make this shoe in wide sizes, but it is hard to find at a local store.
Also, I was not offered that option. If you have feet that are a little wide, try to find the wide version, or this may not be your shoe.
When I initially put on the shoe, the shoe felt narrow. My feet are a little wider than normal, so my feet felt a little over the edges on each side.
I started running, and it felt fine. But then a few miles in, it started to be a little hard on my feet. There is also not much arch support if you are looking for that.
When I first put on the shoes, I felt like I was bouncing on the ground. If you are not used to a Hoka shoe, this could take a little bit of time to get used to.
I guess the shoes have a lot of responsiveness, but it seemed like too much. The shoes are pretty flexible, and I can bend them in half, but this may not always be a good thing.
When I started running, it started to feel more normal, and I could just run my normal way. Still being higher off the ground feels like you have less traction, and they feel unstable to run in.
From the first look, it looked like the shoe would have good traction, but it may not last. After running over 70 miles in these shoes, the bottom still looks pretty new.
I took these shoes on trails to test them out, and the shoes still seem to have good traction. The outsole has good traction and durability.
- Narrow shoe
- Unstable running
I did not run a marathon in these shoes, and I do not think I could. The shoes are too narrow for me, and they start hurting my feet.
Next time I will make sure I get the wide version. Also, being higher up does not feel normal, and I never fully got used to it.
Overall, I would not recommend these shoes for racing, but they could be a good recovery shoe if you have a narrow foot. There are some good features, like the durability, and they can be a very good shoe for some.
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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.