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
$115
Weight
Men: 8.2oz
Women: 6.3oz
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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 6.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

11 reasons to buy

  • A lot of consumers appreciated the lightweight nature of the Hoka One One Hupana, stating that it didn’t drag their feet down.
  • Several purchasers wrote that the upper was able to give a locked-in feel in the mid-foot.
  • Some of those who have tried this shoe were able to use it for many kinds of activities, even casual walks; they noted that it remained efficient throughout.
  • The underfoot cushioning was firm yet responsive to the movements of the foot, some runners commented.
  • This running shoe looked visually appealing, according to some reviewers.
  • A heavyset tester was happy that the cushioning system was durable and long-lasting, noting that it was a winner for those with heavier weights.
  • Runners praised the traction-capability of the RMAT platform; they felt that it held the ground well.
  • The price is very reasonable based on its performance and durability.
  • The first Hoka shoe that does not look ridiculous, based on the comments of many reviewers.
  • The versatility of the Hupana includes speed work, fartleks, and high-mileage running.
  • A handful of expert reviewers were amazed by the smooth transitions, including a very nice toe-off phase from this shoe.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A few testers commented that the Hoka One One Hupana was ½ size bigger than what they were used to.
  • The toe-box was uncomfortably narrow, noted a dissatisfied runner.
  • Some runners noticed that the upper is quite stiff all throughout the shoe.
  • A handful of expert reviewers and some runners found the upper to lack breathability.

Bottom line

A lot of runners enjoyed the Hoka One One Hupana. They welcomed its simple yet eye-catching design, as well as its comfortable cushioning. Neutral runners were happy that it was able to allow them to move naturally without compromising the cushioning. The lightweight nature of this road shoe also received positive recognition. Inversely, some runners had some complaints about the width and the sizing scheme.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 160 ratings

5 star
71%
4 star
14%
3 star
8%
2 star
4%
1 star
4%

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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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86 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 by Jamison Michael • Jamison Michael • Level 5 expert

    It's a cool shoe to have for short runs. We liked it and we hope you do, too.

  • 85 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas • Level 5 expert

    I really like this shoe, a lot. The HOKA Clifton is still my favorite HOKA, but the Hupana is a close second. While running in the Hupana it was hard for me to not be reminded of Nike shoes with Lunarlon midsoles like the LunarGlide or LUNAREPIC, but that is a good thing.

  • 88 / 100 by The Active Guy • Scott • Level 5 expert

    This Hupana offers a unique balance of style and support that is great for shorter to middle distances. These shoes retail for $115 so they are value priced.

  • 87 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Meaghan • Level 5 expert

    The HOKA Hupana is an awesome, versatile daily trainer. If you could only have one pair of running shoes, this would be a great option. The Hupana performed well on short, long, recovery and tempo runs. I’d feel comfortable taking these out for a 2 mile run or a 20 mile run.

  • 86 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    The Hupana is one sensational shoe and is a more than worthy successor to the Huaka, also an all RMAT midsole construction, and one of my favorite shoes of recent years.

  • 82 / 100 by Running Northwest • Jeremy Krall • Level 4 expert

    There are definitely some areas for improvement, but this is a great gateway knit shoe for people who are interested in trying it out.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Sean Felty • Level 4 expert

    The Hupana is a great looking shoe that packs a powerful running punch. Thanks to the RMAT material it has a cushioned and springy ride. The upper is durable and breathable but may be slightly too narrow for some runners.

  • 85 / 100 by The Ginger Runner • Ethan Newberry • Level 3 expert

    This is Hoka's first lifestyle shoe, but don't let the marketing fool you. It actually is a pretty damn good road runner.

  • 93 / 100 by Active Gear Review • Erik Johnson • Level 2 expert

    The Hoka One One Hupana is a great light-weight trainer that I would recommend to anyone looking for a road running shoe. With the exception of the minor fit difference I really can’t find a flaw in this shoe.

  • 90 / 100 by Deka • Adella Jackson • Level 1 expert

    I continue to be flabbergasted as to how this trainer manages to be so lightweight, giving such a quick, responsive ride yet provides the superior cushioning needed for longer distances.

  • 89 / 100 by TrailManners • Joel • Level 1 expert

    It's a great shoe. I'm gonna definitely run in this as much as I can.

  • 87 / 100 by Runner's Reviews • Ultrarunner Hope • Level 1 expert

    Overall, the Hupana is great and will likely be on my feet for a marathon this spring.

  • 75 / 100 by Fellrnr.com • Jonathan Savage • Level 1 expert

    Like most running shoes, and all the Hoka's to date, the Hupana has a horrible toe box that restricts toe movement. The upper of the Hupana is unusually thick and stiff, as well as somewhat abrasive.

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Updates to Hoka One One Hupana

  • The Hoka One One Hupana is a running shoe that’s meant to deliver high-levels of performance and superb cushioning for runners who have a neutral running gait. Unlike most Hoka shoes, this model doesn’t have a bulky façade that employs layers of fabric and features. Instead, a smooth and simple look has been implemented here.
  • The upper unit mainly uses a knitted fabric, which makes the overall cover system more agreeable to the shape and movement of the foot. This material also allows environmental air to enter the foot-chamber, thus maintaining a cool and dry running experience for the wearer. Lightweight, synthetic overlays are welded to the upper to make it more robust and supportive.
  • Underfoot cushioning is provided by the RMAT material. This full-length unit delivers comfortable strides and confident performances on the asphalt because it’s responsive and long-lasting. It also serves as the outsole unit of the Hoka One One Hupana. It is capable of latching onto the ground, maintaining traction and surface control at all times. The use of this single-piece technology also helps in reducing the overall weight of the shoe.

Hoka One One Hupana size and fit

The Hoka One One Hupana has sizing schemes that follow the regular measurements. It welcomes the size preferences of runners. The available width for both the men and women’s versions is medium. It accommodates those who have medium sized feet. Also, the natural curve of the human foot is mimicked by this shoe’s semi-curved shape.


Outsole

A single-piece material called the RMAT is used for the underfoot platform of the Hoka One One Hupana. The outsole section of this unit is capable of holding onto the ground with sureness and ease. It is basically traction-ready. Several small trenches and cross-sections in its façade improve grip by acting as traction-points or clamps.

Flex grooves in the rear and front sections of the outsole make the foot more capable when it comes to moving naturally through the gait cycle. Their presence actually smoothens the transitions from heel to toe, thus ensuring easier and more enabled steps.


Midsole

The mid-sole section of the RMAT offers responsible cushioning to the foot of the runner. Its rebound-capability permits springy takeoffs and comfortable landings. This material is also durable, so it’s going to remain efficient even after many uses.


Upper

The upper unit of the Hoka One One Hupana features a knitted fabric, which accommodates more freedom of movement, as well as airflow into the foot-chamber. The soft and smooth nature of this fabric also prevents skin irritation, blisters and welts.

To maintain a clean and unobtrusive look, welded synthetic overlays are used for the upper. They provide structural robustness to the frame of the shoe, while also delivering a secure fit to the runner.