Arch support
Daily running
M: 292g | W: 272g
Heel to toe drop
M: 4mm | W: 4mm
Heel height
M: 35mm | W: 35mm
Forefoot height
M: 31mm | W: 31mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


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.


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.


We spent 6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • A no-sew construction with a debris screen ensures comfortable and protective coverage to the foot.

  • A good number of runners welcomed the early stage rocker geometry of this shoe as it encourages a better stride.

  • One of the best features of the Mafate Speed is its mid-sole because of its thickness and efficient cushioning components as noted by a few testers.

  • Some support is given to the arch, making every step more cradled.

  • High-abrasion rubber components cover the outsole, which improve the durability and traction of this shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Many of the testers didn’t like the extremely bulky look of this shoe.

  • Some runners felt blisters forming on the tops of their feet because of an inconsistent tongue covering.

  • It has a very high price.

Bottom line

Despite its bulky look, many runners enjoyed the Mafate Speed from Hoka One One. Its cushioning systems are some of the best in the industry and its durability and supportive mechanics are effective.

World wide, Mafate Speed is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Hoka One One, is the 9th most popular.

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Expert reviews

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80 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 70
    Ultra LeapLevel 2 expert
    by Ultra Leap
    On the steep downhill, that's where this disappoints me. The traction is there… however, I felt that my foot was not secure into the shoe.
  • 91
    MichaelLevel 1 expert
    by Walk Hike Run
    Huge cushion, great durability and a really stable platform for out on the trail.
  • 86
    Brian MetzlerLevel 5 expert
    by Running Competitor
    This shoe is for you if … you want a maximally cushioned shoe capable of tackling mild to very technical terrain.
  • 74
    Running TimesLevel 5 expert
    by Running Times
    While the Mafate Speed is intended to be a trail shoe, our test team gravitated toward using it on roads because they felt it was too sloppy
  • 85
    Greg JubbLevel 3 expert
    by Holabird Sports
    Though the Mafate Speed is heavier than some trail running models, its soft cushioning and ability to withstand more miles makes it a popular option amongst those training for marathons and ultra marathons.
  • 73
    Tom PooleLevel 3 expert
    by Gear Institute
    The Hoka One One Mafate Speed claimed to be a bombproof trail shoe sporting maximal cushioning, 4mm off set, and huge 30 mm stack heights, while also reducing weight.
  • 92
    Trail Runner NationLevel 2 expert
    by Trail Runner Nation
    I love the ride of the shoe with the Meta-Rocker giving a quick transition to toe off. The generous midsole swallows-up any jagged obstacles in its path.
  • 75
    John KynastonLevel 1 expert
    by John Kynaston
    I realise that the Hoka shoes aren’t for everyone but I do think they are well worth trying and seeing whether they work for you.
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  • Camp Saver
    The EVA midsole features the signature Hoka cushioning, while an RMAT outsole provides state-of-the-art resilience to breakdown, with 4 mm lugs for extra grip on the trails.
  • April Shop Zappos
    The Hoka Race Lace system is a bungee lacing system that locks into place with a toggle. There are awesome lace garages on the front, too, to help you store them away while you're running so that they won't get in your way at all.
  • David Torrence SportsShoes.com
    The Mafate Speed offers all the benefits of the bomb-proof Mafate, the first shoe from Hoka One One, but with significant weight savings for runners looking for a fast and stable ride.
  • Tony Grassi Holabird Sports
    The Mafate Speed will feature some really cool new features, including a seamless SpeedFrame upper, so it'll be a bit lighter. On top of that, we also have the RMAT rubber outsole… This is a more responsive RMAT rubber formula.
  • Richard Shop Zappos
    These awesome shoes here are constructed out of a seamless SpeedFrame mesh with durable synthetic throughout.
  • Jason Hill RunningShoes.com
    Whether you're out there doing ultra-Marathons, or whether you're simply using it as an option to go out for hikes or trail runs, this shoe is gonna work very, very well.
  • David Torrence SportsShoes.com
    With 4 mm lugs for extra grip on the trails, the Mafate Speed is a go-to offering for endurance trail events.

Updates to Mafate Speed

The Mafate Speed built on the success of the original Mafate with a few changes that should gain the shoe more followers than before. A lighter shoe with better flexibility is a resounding answer to past issues regarding stiffness and weight. This new version has a more adaptable upper and a less stiffer sole. The weight reduction may not be much, but it greatly enhances a shoe that is anchored heavily on maximum cushioning and outsole protection.

Hoka also made a very subtle change in the upper that makes it an upgrade over the prior model. With a lowered ankle collar, the ankle has lesser chances of getting blisters as it sinks into the plush cushioning of this shoe.

Traction gets a boost in the Mafate Speed as well. Hoka uses a new sticky compound that ramps up the performance of this shoe on wet rocks and technical trail.

Mafate Speed size and fit

An anatomically-based last ensures a really comfortable fit from the heel to the forefoot without being sloppy. The toe box has both the necessary width and adequate volume for runners of different foot types to really take advantage of. Medium is Hoka’s offered weight for the Mafate Speed. Sizing is regular and offered in options 6 to 14 for the men’s and 4 to 11 for the women’s.


The outsole stands out because of the numerous substantial and aggressive lugs scattered throughout, including huge ones on the perimeter. Hoka’s versatile and durable RMAT material, which is made of proprietary elements, gives it a long-lasting performance on the trail. With a new outsole compound for its traction, the outsole becomes the Mafate Speed’s most impressive part.


The RMAT material continues to the midsole for exceptional durability and added cushioning. Hoka utilizes the HIP CMEVA or its own version of a compression-molded EVA for sufficient cushioning with a dose of responsiveness. The oversized foam in the midsole acts as a wall that actively guides and supports the foot with each stride. This shoe offers the early meta-rocker sole or the slight curve of the sole just below the metatarsals for better flexibility and enhanced heel to toe movement.


The no-sew upper uses an AirMesh with excellent breathability and welded overlays for support. Part of the Mafate Speed’s trail-specific protection scheme is the mesh. It is an anti-debris mesh that prevents even fine dirt from entering the shoe. Hoka’s Race Lace System allows a quick and convenient way in getting the best fit.


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