Hoka One One Hopara: Before you buy

The Hopara has what it takes to be your next go-to trail companion. That being said, before you part with your week’s salary, let us help you be as decided as you can be by presenting you the following:

Key draws:  

  • Its protective upper with sufficient water-channeling cutouts translates to unhindered strides, especially through shallow streams and the like.
  • Its gusseted tongue delivers a bunch-free fit, particularly around the instep.
  • Engineered with a thick enough rubber toe cap, the Hopara will let you bump into rocks and other immovable hazards with nary a scratch on your precious piggies.
  • With its plush yet springy midsole, you can step on almost anything that pokes underfoot minus the unwelcome sensation.
  • The Hopara one-ups many of its contemporaries by having aggressive enough lugs (4 inches in depth), which give more bite on loose soil.


  • The sandal’s back strap is not adjustable.
  • Its footbed is non-removable. Using your preferred insert might lead to a tighter fit around the instep.

Additional info

  • Hopara is also a Maori term, which means “to explore” in English.
  • If you are into agile kicks with a similar design, check out KEEN sandals, especially the closed-toe ones.


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Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.