• Terrain


    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.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / 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

    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.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 10.4oz
    Women: 8.9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 5mm
    Women: 5mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 37mm
    Women: 37mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 32mm
    Women: 32mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Jan 2017
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We spent 9.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

10 reasons to buy

  • The majority of the customers were happy with the cushioning of the Hoka One One Vanquish 3.
  • The runners were impressed with the snug fit because it prevented their feet from wobbling.
  • Most users felt that the open construction of the upper unit kept their feet cool and dry.
  • Many runners were satisfied with the performance of the shoe on long-distance runs.
  • The Vanquish 3 surprised many of its wearers by its excellent grip on the asphalt.
  • The shoe satisfied many runners with its general durability.
  • A few of its users admired its good looks.
  • The shoe felt lightweight despite its bulky appearance, some consumers reported.
  • A customer suffering from Plantar Fasciitis felt relief in his steps while walking; he had the substantial midsole to thank for that.
  • A customer was happy with the wide toe-box of the shoe because it provided enough room for his toes to splay.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A few customers were unhappy with the construction of the Vanquish 3; they said that the platform was less substantial and its form heavier than its predecessor.
  • Some of the runners complained about the tightness of the shoe.
  • This shoe was half-a-size longer than what some consumers were used to.
  • According to a tester, the heel cup wasn’t as efficient as the one that’s present in the previous iteration.

Bottom line

Hoka One One Vanquish 3 ensures the optimal level of cushioning and support for runners during their run. It surprised its wearers with its excellent performance in different activities on the roads. Overall, the users seemed very happy with the shoe as it satisfied their daily needs very well.


Expert Reviews

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79 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 79 / 100 | The Ultra Running Company

    So again, it's a little too much of a shoe for me. But it might not be for you.

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Updates to Hoka One One Vanquish 3

  • This shoe is a third and latest version of Hoka One One Vanquish series and uses an improved web design on its top for a better experience of comfort and breathability.
  • Molded EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) is used in the mid-sole unit of this shoe. It offers responsive cushioning throughout the run. The OrthoLite® insole gives additional underfoot comfort; it’s also able to stave off moisture and odor-causing bacteria.

Hoka One One Vanquish 3 size and fit

The available width for both men and women is medium. Standard sizing schemes are applied to the Hoka One One Vanquish 3. Runners are able to get the correct size when choosing this product.


The Hoka One One Vanquish 3 uses a soft, lightweight carbon rubber in its outsole. This rubber is extremely flexible and durable. It provides a firm grip on the ground and reduces the chances of injury during the run. As a result, runners remain unaffected by the terrain, even at long distances.

The outsole is given a strategic Full Ground Contact design to ensure full-contact traction and a smooth transition through the gait cycle.


The midsole of Hoka One One Vanquish 3 makes use of EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate), which provides propulsion packed with comfort. This unit also gives a springy ride to the runner.

The OrthoLite®X-40 Sock Liner gives some more cushioning to the underfoot. It also has an anti-microbial function, which prevents odor from affecting the interior environment of the shoe.

The Early-Stage Meta-Rocker is a design that basically lets the platform assume the shape of a rocker. It assists the foot in achieving a smoother and well-rounded step from the heel strike to the toe-off.


The top of the shoe is made from a smooth and seamless fabric which provides breathability and the needed support. The material of this fabric is air mesh, which allows air to enter the shoe and keep the runner's foot cool and dry.

Zonal support is provided by the External Web Design. It’s essentially an overlay system that helps to hug the foot snugly. The material itself is thin and directly printed onto the main mesh.

The shoe has a flat lace-up closure with soft tongue and collar at its entrance. Both the collar and the tongue feature a seamless fabric which is not harsh against the skin. The lace-up closure keeps the fit as customizable as possible.