Arch support
Daily running
M: 272g | W: 232g
Heel to toe drop
M: 4mm | W: 4mm
Heel height
M: 33mm | W: 33mm
Forefoot height
M: 29mm | W: 29mm
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 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Lyrca ComfortFrame upper is a durable material that’s stretchable and breathable.

  • The TPU Heel Counter secures the heel, thus preventing any accidental shoe removals.

  • This shoe offers impressive shock absorption features, as mentioned in some reviews.

  • The Soft EVA Midsole provides a soft and comfortable platform on which the foot can rest.

  • The Flat Waisted Geometry of the Valor delivers natural stability and control.

  • The Rubber Outsole maintains durability, protection and traction on man-made tracks and surfaces.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners didn’t like the bulky look of the Valor.

  • The forefoot and mid-foot areas were too tight for some testers.

  • The overall design is bland and unimpressive.

  • It is an expensive road running shoe.

Bottom line

The Hoka One One Valor is a lightweight road running shoe that offers maximum cushioning, comfort and support. You can expect this shoe to give you the smooth ride you wanted, especially when traversing through flat roads and dirt tracks.

World wide, Valor 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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86 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 85
    Average JeffLevel 1 expert
    by Average Jeff
    I love these suckers. I mean, these are light and these are squishy… I love them that much.
  • 86
    The Active GuyLevel 4 expert
    by The Active Guy
    As mentioned above the Valor has an ultra-sized midsole that helps to reduce fatigue in your legs and feet during those long runs. The sock-like fit with no-sew overlays increase comfort and stability.
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  • Camp Saver
    Built on an Early Stage Meta Rocker for increased propulsion, the Valor is a smooth-riding shoe that is best suited for minimizing the harsh effects of man-made surfaces.
  • BJ Shop Zappos
    On the inside of this shoe, you'll find breathable fabric lining that offers in-shoe comfort, along with a removable foam insole.
  • David Torrence SportsShoes.com
    The Valor is one of the most cushioned shoes in the Hoka One One lineup.
  • David Torrence SportsShoes.com
    This shoe is ideal for a runner who is looking for a guided, ultra-cushioned and smooth ride, while maintaining comfort and managing impact.
  • Richard Shop Zappos
    You also have an Active FootFrame midsole geometry. It's gonna allow your foot to sink into the shoe to give you added stability.

Updates to Valor

The Hoka One One Valor features the impressive Hoka signature cushioning. It comes with an ultra-sized midsole to help reduce fatigue in the foot and in the legs, allowing runners to survive running on miles. This shoe also features a very comfortable upper that keeps the foot comfortable and secure all throughout the run.

Valor size and fit

The Hoka One One Valor has a standard sizing. It comfortably accommodates medium-footed runners since the heel, midfoot and forefoot areas are of standard measurements. The usual widths of D for the men’s and B for the women’s are both available.


The outsole unit of the shoe features the brand’s full ground contact technology that allows impressive traction and help runners experience a smoother heel-toe-transition.

For an added durability and enhanced traction, the brand uses a Hi-Abrasion Lightweight Rubber. It is strategically placed in the high wear areas for the damaging properties of the road.


The Hoka One One Valor uses the Full EVA Midsole that is softer compared to the standard EVA foam. It is placed in the shoe’s midsole for cushioning and support. The Early-Stage Meta-Rocker works well with the EVA cushioning. It is designed to deliver a smooth ride and increased propulsion.


The upper of the Hoka One One Valor was designed to deliver maximum breathability and comfort. Lycra ComfortFrame upper, made of stretchable fabric, provide a sock-like feel without affecting the shoe’s overall comfort.

This shoe uses the Hoka Race-Lace System, an elastic system that gives an efficient lacing with just one pull.


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