When it comes to running, I'm all for sneakers that are going to provide me with the most comfortable ride and will help me prevent any injuries, especially right now that I'm training for my first half marathon.
First things first though, I kept saying the name "Hoka One One" wrong the whole time until I made some research and realized it's pronounced "Hoka O-nay O-nay", which means "now it is time to fly" and flying is exactly what you'll be doing with these sneakers.
Yes, Hoka's are not my typical style of sneakers, but oh boy let me tell you, once you give them a try, you will see what these shoes are capable of. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT judge a book its cover, or in this case, DO NOT judge a shoe by its looks!
They look like they can be heavy because of the thick midsole, but they are the lightest shoes I have ever worn. Every step feels like you're stepping on a cloud and they're also very responsive. The landing was the same with every step I would take, very stable regardless of how the surface was. The only con I could think of is that when I'm getting tired, I tend to lose form quickly, thus not lifting my legs as high as I should. So about twice while running, I kind of dragged the sole of the sneaker to the ground, which made me feel like I was about to trip. That can honestly happen with ANY sneaker, but I feel like because of the thicker sole, it's more than likely that this can happen when you start to lose form. On the bright side, this definitely helps remind you to keep good form. lol
When I wore the Hoka's, I instantly got questioned about them. Some couldn't even believe I was wearing something other than Nike or Adidas, but as I mentioned before, if it's going to help me be a better runner, I'm all for it!
Don't knock them til' you've tried them yourself. They may not be the spotlight, hyped up running sneaker, but believe me, you will definitely have a super comfortable ride and possibly NEVER look back to any other sneakers!