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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
$150
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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 7.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The No Sew Construction effectively provides a comfortable wearing experience to runners, even when not using socks.
  • Many applauded the Hoka Race Lace System, which essentially makes adjusting the fit possible with only a single pull of the laces.
  • Impact protection is delivered by the Rmat mid-sole material.
  • The Early Meta-Rocker Geometry encourages better running performance through a semi-rocker shape of the sole unit.
  • This shoe has a roomy toe box.

4 reasons not to buy

  • This running shoe has a moderately expensive price.
  • Some runners mentioned that the outsole gripping lugs wore out quickly than expected.
  • The forefoot area was a bit narrow for some runners.
  • Based on some comments, the RMAT material in the outsole was slippery when used in muddy surfaces.

Bottom line

The Huaka from Hoka One One is a lightweight road running, mild stability shoe that provides the runner with enough cushioning, while maintaining a supportive and responsive nature. This shoe can also function well on soft off-road tracks.


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Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 97 ratings

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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83 / 100 based on 28 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 by Running Competitor • Brian Metzler • Level 5 expert

    This lightweight model is Hoka’s quickest and most agile shoe yet!

  • 88 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    It eliminated midsole material to reduce weight and nudge the shoe a bit closer to the ground, and incorporated no-tie laces.

  • 87 / 100 by Runblogger • Peter Larson • Level 5 expert

    The Huaka performs very well on asphalt and concrete – the lugs are low enough that they don’t get in the way

  • 85 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    Great for long road training miles, longer races, smoother trails, and for agile runners on rougher trails.

  • 78 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    The Huaka is a neutral running shoe which promises a fast, yet cushioned ride. It does live upto that claim, except that it is $40 too expensive and has an upper with a lot to crib about.

  • 25 / 100 by Fellrnr • Fellrnr • Level 5 expert

    The Huaka strikes me as an odd shoe for Hoka One One to produce, and I'm struggling to work out what their target audience is.

  • 100 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Sean Felty • Level 4 expert

    I took these shoes on a 24 mile road run. They performed flawlessly in basically all areas. They were comfortable the whole time, provided a smooth ride and the cushioning felt great.

  • 98 / 100 by Klein Runs • Matt Klein • Level 4 expert

    I actually like the the sole of this shoe. The outsole is great for both trails and the roads alike.

  • 89 / 100 by Running Northwest • Jeremy Krall • Level 4 expert

    I’m giving them a new tagline right now, “You CAN Go Further” simply because it fits so well.

  • 85 / 100 by The Active Guy • The Active Guy • Level 4 expert

    The Hoka One One Huaka sole looks and performs great. The RMAT midsole provides improved durability, solid grip in all conditions, and increased rebound.

  • 95 / 100 by Below The Knee Shoes • Mike • Level 3 expert

    I never had the joint aches and pains in these shoes that I have in other shoes late in a race, and I attribute that to the amount of cushioning in the Mafate’s.

  • 94 / 100 by Holabird Sports • Greg Jubb • Level 3 expert

    A lightweight, neutral running shoe with an extremely cushioned ride that can be used for all types of training, including marathon and ultra marathon prep

  • 90 / 100 by Ginger Runner • Ethan Newberry • Level 3 expert

    I have to say that this shoe is an incredible trail option from Hoka and should be marketed that way.

  • 88 / 100 by Gear Institute • Tom Poole • Level 3 expert

    The Hoka One One Mafate Speed stayed stable on linear terrain but did not bode well on technical trails. This shoe is best suited for mid to ultra trail running on primary non-technical straightforward trails.

  • 86 / 100 by Gear Institute • Tom Poole • Level 3 expert

    The Hoka One One Huaka provided an unsurpassed cushion to weight ratio that maintains Hoka One One’s position as the brand I recommend for runners with poor form or those with chronic injuries who cannot stay away from the road.

  • 84 / 100 by Running Warehouse • Connor • Level 3 expert

    A soft, low offset road trainer, the Hoka One One Huaka provides maximal cushioning for plenty of shock absorption along with a performance-oriented feel when paces pick up.

  • 80 / 100 by Tri Radar • Tri Radar • Level 3 expert

    In terms of performance the shoe is lightweight and perhaps a little stiffer than some but that’s no bad thing in terms of more pacy runs.

  • 78 / 100 by Running Maven • Derek Oxley • Level 3 expert

    I noticed on the downhills the Huaka's RMAT midsole had a surprising "Pop" and "Bounding" feel on the trail and pavement.

  • 70 / 100 by Ultrarunner Podcast • Eric Schranz • Level 3 expert

    I’ve had a tough time getting my head around the Huaka.  It’s similar enough to the Clifton that I like it, but the differences make me choose other shoes over the Huaka–though I know many slower and/or bigger runners like those changes.

  • 85 / 100 by Run.Write.Mom • Reese • Level 2 expert

    I actually joked about Hoka One Ones before, wondering how people didn't twist their ankles in them, especially on trails, but I'd say the height isn't that noticeable once you're wearing them. I did find them to be surprisingly responsive and I did like the feel of the ride.

  • 84 / 100 by Pocket-lint • Stuart Miles • Level 2 expert

    Although we prefer a slightly more touchy-feely running style, we can see the appeal of the Hoka One One Huaka for those training for a big race when they've just got to get some mileage under the belt.

  • 84 / 100 by Pocket-lint • Stuart Miles • Level 2 expert

    Where some overly cushioned shoes can be as sluggish as wading through a bowl of mushy peas, the Hoka One One Huaka have over compensated for this by making the sole as stiff as a metal rod.

  • 94 / 100 by States Runner • Brian Stark • Level 1 expert

    I wore the Hokas for the first five days of the trip on all flat sections and had good success with them (45 miles per day).

  • 87 / 100 by Below The Knee Shoes • Mike Edwards • Level 1 expert

    This is an unbelievably cushioned shoe. Probably not durable enough for high mileage on asphalt as a training shoe, but for races up to marathon

  • 86 / 100 by From Sofa to Ultra • From Sofa to Ultra • Level 1 expert

    The level of grip means they do not slip on wet tarmac and as I write this, I ran to work this morning on an icy canal path and they held up well on this (as much as any shoe can).

  • 80 / 100 by Over the Mountains • Korey • Level 1 expert

    Hoka One One designs their shoes to let your foot sit low in the platform giving you a stable ride.

  • 69 / 100 by Sam Winebaum • Sam Winebaum • Level 1 expert

    Sockliners can affect fit and I found the Huaka's fit me true to size, maybe a quarter to half size big with a small amount of heel slippage only when walking, may be due to the sockliner or potentially the heel collar being a bit wide and the tongue being un padded at the top.

  • 68 / 100 by Jill Will Run • Jill • Level 1 expert

    Sometimes when I was turning corners in them I felt the stiff collar kind of hit my ankle in an uncomfortable way.

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Updates to Hoka One One Huaka

  • The Hoka One One Huaka features an impressive midsole that delivers high-rebound and lightweight cushioning. It is designed for resilient cushioning and added impact protection.
  • This shoe comes with the brand’s Race-Lace system that is designed for quick, on-the-fly adjustment. It is a reliable and lightweight alternative to traditional laces.

Hoka One One Huaka size and fit

The Hoka One One Huaka fits large. Purchasing a half size smaller than the standard running shoe size is recommended. The heel, midfoot, and forefoot have standard measurements that offer a snug fit. The Huaka is available in standard width.


Outsole

The shoe’s full ground contact design delivers a smoother heel-to-toe transition and added traction. The outsole uses a high-abrasion rubber that delivers lightweight traction and added durability on high wear areas.


Midsole

The midsole features the Full-length RMAT midsole that delivers lightweight, resilient cushioning. It has high rebound properties and gives optimal impact protection. The Early Meta-Rocker Geometry is a designed to increase running efficiency for a great running experience.


Upper

The upper of the Hoka One One Huaka uses a closed mess that prevents debris from entering the shoe without affecting breathability and comfort. The no-sew construction offers a seamless design that keeps foot free from irritation and blisters. The shoe uses the Hoka Race-Lace System for easy-on and easy-off of laces. This quick-lacing design also secures the feet comfortably.