Summary

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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.

Facts

Update:
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 9.6oz | Women: 8.2oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 4mm | Women: 4mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Material: Vegan
Strike Pattern: Forefoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 33mm | Women: 33mm
Forefoot height: Men: 29mm | Women: 29mm
Brand: Hoka One One
Type: Low drop | Maximalist
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $150
Colorways: Black
Special editions: 1 special editions
Size
Small True to size Large
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85 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | Average Jeff | Level 1 expert

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

  • 85 / 100 | The Active Guy | | Level 5 expert

    The verdict for this shoe review is easy. The Hoka One One Valor is my new shoe for long runs. Not only is the shoe light, but provides maximum support. Even though the Hoka One One Clifton 2 is my favorite shoe for daily runs, this is now my favorite shoe for long runs. The lightweight and cushioning give a smooth and enjoyable ride on all surfaces. These shoes are lightweight and supportive enough to wear for mid to long runs.

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  • 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.

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.


Just like in the popular Hoka One One Arahi 2, 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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