Facts

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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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
$170
Weight
Men: 11.8oz
Women: 10oz
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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 6.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Testers said that the upper of the Hoka One One Conquest 3 was secure; for them, it was also able to give a fit that agreed with their performance.
  • Runners took note of the presence of a contoured footbed, stating that it gave mild support to the arch.
  • Some consumers appreciated the extra wiggle room in the forefoot area, which helped them avoid pressure points and clumped toes.
  • The durability of the Conquest 3 was generally welcomed because it resisted the potentially debilitating effects of continued use.
  • Runners had written in their reviews that the Hoka One One Conquest 3’s mid-sole was able to cushion impact responsibly.
  • As commented by a user, the outsole was able to hold onto the asphalt with sureness and ease.

4 reasons not to buy

  • One tester noted that the tongue of the Conquest 3 ‘fell back’, but they were able to fix it by redoing the shoelaces.
  • Several consumers warned that this shoe was too narrow, especially in the mid-foot area.
  • A purchaser observed that it was ½ size smaller than what she was used to.
  • A disgruntled runner reported that the tongue rubbed uncomfortably against the skin.

Bottom line

The Hoka One One Conquest 3 was able to meet the needs of many runners. They wrote that it was comfortable, secure and generally efficient for their running sessions. Some even noted that the underfoot platform was able to deliver some support to the arch. The consensus is that this is a running shoe that’s capable of allowing its wearers to take full advantage of their running output.


Rankings

Best rated Hoka One One running shoes:

Ratings

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Updates to Hoka One One Conquest 3

  • The Hoka One One Conquest 3 may look bulky, but it is certainly able to make up for it with a bevy of features that ensure quality performance on the road. It utilizes high quality mechanisms and technologies that work together in order to keep the wearer’s foot comfortable and secure.
  • The upper unit of this running shoe makes use of a mesh material that has an open construction. It allows the air to infiltrate the inner foot-chamber and maintain a well-ventilated environment for the foot. The overlays are fused with the mesh and not stitched onto it, essentially reducing its weight and bulk.
  • The mid-sole unit features a material that’s capable of improving the overall performance of the wearer. It’s durable, so it won’t easily break down even after many uses. It has increased rebound characteristics, therefore allowing the foot to spring back up efficiently. And because it’s exposed to the ground, it even acts as part of the outsole, gripping the ground like rubber.
  • The outsole of the Hoka One One Conquest 3 still has a rubber material to heighten durability and traction. The external platform itself is in full contact with the ground, so the surface grip becomes maximized. The rubber is resistant to wear and tear.

Hoka One One Conquest 3 size and fit

The Hoka One One Conquest 3 has a standard running shoe length. It comes in sizes that adhere to the regular measurements for men and women. The available width is medium, thus permitting it to accommodate those with medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape follows the natural curve of the human foot.


Outsole

The outsole unit of the Hoka One One Conquest 3 uses a rubber material that is highly abrasion-resistant. Placed in sections of the forefoot and heel, it protects the rest of the sole unit from the potentially damaging effects of surface exposure, friction, and continued use.

The Full Ground Contact design allows the outsole to maximize the traction that it’s supposed to give. It also permits the natural and smooth way the foot goes through the gait cycle, giving way to easier and faster heel-to-toe transitions.


Midsole

The R-Mat is a mid-sole technology that’s durable and responsive. It doesn’t break down easily, and because it’s exposed to the ground, it is able to add more grip to help the rubber material of the outsole when it comes to traction. The R-Mat is even able to hold firmly onto wet surfaces, therefore preventing slippage.

The Hoka One One Conquest 3 has a full-length EVA foam, which gives superb cushioning and support throughout the running session. Its springy nature adds a bit of bounce with each step. A curved mid-foot section puts some support to the arch, though not to control pronation, but to give contoured aid.

A rocker design called the Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry assists the foot in achieving better transitions through the gait cycle. Moving from the heel to achieve a speedier and surer toe-off is easier with this design.


Upper

The Air Mesh allows environmental air to easily enter the Hoka One One Conquest 3 in order to keep the foot cool and dry. It’s a helpful mechanic that allows extended use of the Conquest 3 because it prevents the discomfort gotten from a warm interior foot-chamber.

The overlay system is fused with the mesh material. It doesn’t add more weight or make the upper feel stiff. They still provide a snug and secure coverage that’s tuned to the preferences of the wearer.

A No-Sew Construction makes the interior foot-environment of the Conquest 3 very comfortable. It prevents skin irritation and blistering.