Facts

Terrain
Road

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

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.

Use
Daily running

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.

Maximalist
Price
$150
Weight
Men: 9.6oz
Women: 8.2oz
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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 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.


Rankings

Best rated Hoka One One running shoes:

Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 121 ratings

5 star
67%
4 star
17%
3 star
8%
2 star
2%
1 star
3%

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Expert Reviews

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86 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by Average Jeff • Average Jeff • Level 1 expert

    I love these suckers. I mean, these are light and these are squishy… I love them that much.

  • 86 / 100 by The Active Guy • The Active Guy • Level 4 expert

    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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Updates to Hoka One One 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.

Hoka One One 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.


Outsole

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.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.