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

6 reasons to buy

  • Debris-proof mesh offers breathable support and a secure fit.
  • The upper is reinforced with TPU components, as well as a robust toe cap and foot-conforming tongue for protection and comfort.
  • Runners felt they were adequately cradled by the cushioning system of this shoe.
  • The mid-sole is 1.4 times thicker than most running shoes and it’s filled with a dense material that cushions the foot well.
  • Reviewers appreciated the rocker design, which encouraged a better stride.
  • The rubber outsole has gripping lugs that hold onto many types of surfaces based on a handful of reviews.

3 reasons not to buy

  • There were runners who noticed the shoe wear easily after a few uses.
  • The Kailua has an expensive price.
  • Some felt that it was a size smaller than what they’re used to.

Bottom line

The Kailua from Hoka One One is a robust trail shoe for those who want plush support for the underside of the foot, as well as breathable and secure coverage. It’s a solid option for off-road exercises and trainings.


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Ratings

4.1 / 5 based on 37 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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88 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

    Shoes with a big drop are most agitating to my recovering foot and I was impressed with the flat feel of the shoe that likely contributed to the comfort of running in the Kailua post-injury.

  • 96 / 100 by Runblogger • George Harris • Level 1 expert

    I really like the Kailua Tarmac and it has become my “go to shoe” for my road workouts. This shoe has all the things I like about Hoka shoes in a performance package: cushioning, stability, and it protects my knees.

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Updates to Hoka One One Kailua

  • Hoka produces a road “racing” shoe in the Kailua. As with most Hoka shoes, this is not the typical racing option runners go for. However, it has lesser cushioning than most Hoka shoes, having only 1.5x more midsole foam than the regular 2x of Hoka road warriors. Together with the quite snug fit, the firmer sole, and lower stack height, runners can have a solid shoe that delivers speed in the Hoka way.
  • To get that racing shoe kind of feeling, Hoka also made the forefoot more flexible than most of its shoes. With the “rockered” sole in full effect, the more flexible forefoot creates a quicker and more effective toe off. Thus, speed is enhanced in this shoe.
  • Finally, the Kailua brings something essential when it comes to performance shoes that are built for the competition. This has a lesser weight than most Hoka shoes with a really good platform for fast-paced runs.

Hoka One One Kailua size and fit

Unlike most Hoka trainers, the Kailua is quite snug from the heel to the forefoot with adequate room for the toes to splay. The wraparound fit gives it runners a really nice feeling of security and foothold to pick up their pace with every run. Hoka retails the shoe under the medium width. Sizes are accurate with options for the men’s from 6 to 15 and 4 to 11 for the women’s.


Outsole

A full-contact outsole made of Lightweight High-Abrasion Rubber provides sufficient traction for runners to take their runs from the road to the trail. It is made of long-lasting compound for more durability as well. The outsole also shows moderately-aggressive lugs for versatile grip on different terrains.


Midsole

Although the Hoka Kailua does not carry the same volume in cushioning, the midsole is massive enough for the “Bucket Seat” system to work. The foot, as it sinks into the oversized cushioning, is effectively guided for more stability and effective heel to forefoot movements. Providing decent midsole durability and responsiveness is a high-grade injection-molded EVA that runs from the back to the front. Hoka’s signature Meta-Rocker construction gives the shoe a rolling motion and moves the runner from landing to takeoff with more ease and effectiveness.


Upper

The seamless upper supports an AirMesh that is very breathable while bonded TPU overlays provide just enough support and structure. A reinforced toe cap gives it enhanced protection against toe bruising when running on light trails. Hoka made the ankle and the tongue very well-padded for exceptional comfort.