Arch support
Daily running
M: 278g | W: 235g
Heel to toe drop
M: 5mm | W: 5mm
Heel height
M: 32mm | W: 32mm
Forefoot height
M: 27mm | W: 27mm
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 5.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

4 reasons to buy

  • Many testers appreciate the durable construction of the Hoka One One Vanquish 2.

  • It provides more cushioning as compared to the original version.

  • It is available in different color options.

  • Many runners found the upper built breathable and comfortable.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Ultra expensive.

  • Based on some reviews, the shoe feels too tight and narrow.

Bottom line

The Hoka One One Vanquish 2 is a road running shoe that provides maximum cushioning for impact protection and resilient ride. It is ideal for daily running, walking and for long distance runs.

World wide, Vanquish 2 is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Hoka One One, is the 9th most popular.

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4.4 / 5 based on 98 ratings

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Expert reviews

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85 / 100 based on 14 expert reviews

  • 83
    JasonLevel 1 expert
    by #goanddo
    So, if you're… looking to try and run or even do walking and you need some great shoes, I cannot recommend these enough. I absolutely love them.
  • 81
    Run JimLevel 1 expert
    by Run Jim
    Found this Vanquish 2 and really loved running in it.
  • 97
    Brian MetzlerLevel 5 expert
    by Running Competitor
    Not only is the Vanquish 2 considerably lighter (almost 2 full ounces lighter per shoe!), it also rides more smoothly and is more responsive than the original.
  • 81
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    A top layer of soft foam delivers the trademark highly cushioned feel, while at the ground level a more responsive base layer supports and propels your stride. 
  • 81
    Jeremy KrallLevel 4 expert
    by Running Northwest
    The high level of comfort and rebound that this new sole provides definitely outweighs those issues in my mind making this a very solid performer from Hoka.

  • 80
    Jonathan BeverlyLevel 4 expert
    by Runner's World
    The Vanquish 2 is the lightest ultra-sized shoe in the Hoka line.
  • 80
    Sean FeltyLevel 4 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    It is a great shoe for long distance running but tends to struggle at speed.

  • 87
    Sean ConwayLevel 3 expert
    by Running Monkey
    Those who have tried the Cliftons, but are looking for that additional stability and a slightly more ‘constructed’ feel will appreciate what they offer and anyone looking to dip their toes in Hokas for the first time will find them an excellent place to start.
  • 86
    Mandie33Level 3 expert
    by Gear Institute
    The Vanquish 2 is an extremely cushioned shoe that provides a springy responsive feel to every run.
  • 85
    Brian GoldmanLevel 3 expert
    by Running Without Injuries
    If you are looking for a highly cushioned shoe that feels awesome and won’t rob you of energy, theVanquish 2 is your shoe.
  • 99
    The Running BugLevel 2 expert
    by The Running Bug
    Compared to softer shoes I found I was definitely running further, faster and was less tired.

  • 83
    Running NetworkLevel 2 expert
    by Running Network LLC
    Really cushioned, but not mushy. Always surprised by how light they are.
  • 86
    Derek LiLevel 1 expert
    by Road Trail Run
    Very comfortable fit and ride, with the only knock being the breathability of the upper.
  • 83
    Dan EmpfieldLevel 1 expert
    by Slowtwitch.Com
    The Vanquish 2 runs well on the road, off the road, I don't know yet what the Bondi does that the Vanquish 2 can't do at an ounce less, and with what is certainly a better sockless experience for those so-inclined.
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  • Kellyn Taylor Hoka One One
    I think [that] having that extra cushion, extra protection, is great for the longer runs.
  • Matt Llano Hoka One One
    It's such a versatile shoe that I can use it for easy days, hard days. It's got a really smooth, high-cushioned ride, and it's just something that I could use any day.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    On the upper, a seamless air mesh design with an asymmetrical external web provides a breathable yet supportive wrap.
  • Sunshine Shop Zappos
    Something really cool about this shoe, as well, is the design of the midsole. We have an Early Stage Meta Rocker geometry pattern that promotes propulsion, and the oversized midsole also delivers the signature Hoka cushioning.
  • Richard Shop Zappos
    These guys are built for the underpronator to neutral runner seeking a springy, responsive stride.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    Utilizing a dual-layer midsole, with a high-rebound body and high-cushioned top, this premium trainer provides a soft yet responsive ride.

Updates to Vanquish 2

The Hoka One One Vanquish 2 comes with an enhanced midsole layered with two EVA compounds. It comes with ultra-size cushioning that provides high impact protection and efficient energy return for a more responsive ride.

The Vanquish 2 also comes with an improved upper built. It comes with a seamless upper construction with asymmetrical external web specifically designed to provide zonal support and added breathability.

Vanquish 2 size and fit

The Vanquish 2 is true to its size. The heel and midfoot are of standard measurements while the forefoot is a bit narrow. This shoe is ideal for those narrow-footed runners. Hoka One One is offering this shoe in standard D and B widths for men’s and women’s respectively.


The full ground contact design of the shoe delivers an enhanced traction and ground feel. It also helps runners experience a smoother heel-to-toe transition. The high abrasion rubber is strategically placed in the sole unit to give added durability on high wear areas without adding too much weight on the shoe’s overall construction.


The dual layer EVA midsole delivers maximum cushioning and underfoot protection. The midsole provides efficient shock absorption and high energy rebound for a responsive rider. The combination of the high rebound EVA and the high cushioned EVA top midsole is a great feature this shoe offers. Also, the Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry delivers a smoother ride and enhanced propulsion.


The upper of the Hoka One One Vanquish 2 features a seamless construction. The air mesh material with Zonal 3D delivers a breathable and lightweight upper coverage with added support. The external web design provides support and improved foot wrap.


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