By Jacob Halle
HOKA ONE ONE Clifton Edge completely took me by surprise and has been a positive addition by HOKA. Here is my subjective review of the running shoe from HOKA.
First of all, I want to start by thanking HOKA for opening my eyes to a brand that I had very little experience with during my running career. There will probably be split opinions on the design of HOKA shoes, which did not help me to opt for HOKA whenever I was on the look for new shoes. This model, the Clifton Edge, will most likely also divide the room with its abnormal design. However, there is something about this shoe, which I really like and intrigues me! But enough about the design. Because it is absolutely terrific to run in! I have run interval training, tempo runs, long and calm runs, and I am able to use it for EVERYTHING. I have done over 100km in these shoes and they still feel brilliant. The drop, the fit, and the weight all work perfectly on my foot, and I have really started to love running in them.
INFO ON THE HOKA ONE ONE CLIFTON EDGE
Brand: HOKA ONE ONE
Shoe type: Neutral
Weight: 276 grams (US 10.5)
Stack Height: 26/21 mm Women. 29/24 mm Men.
Surface: Asphalt road, trails, gravel.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE HOKA ONE ONE CLIFTON EDGE
First of all, the design of the Clifton Edge is eye-catching. It is big in every way. Wide sole, extra heel cap, and HOKA’s renowned thick midsole. It looks wild – really wild. Nevertheless, as big and clumsy as it looks, just as light and awesome it feels when you slide your feet into them. The clumsy design is something I quite like on this model, and I do not think it looks enormous on my feet. It is only when you look at it isolated on its own that it looks big.
There is a light and breathable mesh upper that hugs around your foot. It fits perfectly! It is easy to put on and does not apply any pressure to your foot. It is simply COMFORTABLE! Compared to other HOKA running shoes, the Clifton Edge has a heel cap that is designed to alleviate the pressure on the Achilles tendon whenever you are running. It is slightly taller than normal and almost cover the entire Achilles tendon. Do I notice this? – Not particularly, no. But I believe this is the intention. Regardless, I have not had any problems with my Achilles tendon! The shoe tongue, the piece of the shoe just under the laces, is attached to the shoe with an elasticated band to provide an even greater fit around the instep. The upper has no significant patterns besides some few HOKA logos.
For the midsole, there is a new and lighter type of foam in this Clifton Edge version that is 15% lighter than the ”old” foam used in the Clifton and Bondi. For this reason, the shoe feels incredibly light and great. The new foam, however, also makes it a tad harder in the landing phase, but it is nothing significant. Then to the size of the sole. It is wide and long, but it all makes a lot of sense once you understand the reasoning behind it. The width of the midsole helps to create stability to prevent you from twisting your ankle. Therefore, if you are suffering from weak ankles or general instability in the ankle, then the Clifton Edge is a brilliant choice. The length of the heel is also eye-catching and designed to provide a greater and more flexible toe-off for the runner who strikes the ground with their heel. I, myself, strike the ground with my forefoot/midfoot, and, therefore, I do not notice the extra heel.
It is a bit odd that there is no durable rubber for added durability. However, to cut on the weight of the shoe, you will run directly on the foam that is connected with the midsole. Therefore, some wear and tear under the shoe will become visible quicker, but it obviously does not affect the performance of the shoe.
COMPARISON WITH HOKA ONE ONE CLIFTON 7
There is no great comparison other than the name Clifton. They provide two widely different experiences. The sole of the Clifton 7 is taller, and the shoe feels less stable, compared to Clifton Edge. In comparison, the Clifton Edge is smaller and wider. They feel relatively soft, but in my opinion, the Clifton Edge provides a bit more power, compared to the Clifton 7. The upper is great on both of the models, and they feel nice to wear. However, if I had to pick one model, I would opt for the Clifton Edge. Lighter, faster, and more stable.
WHAT DO THEY FEEL LIKE TO RUN IN?
As mentioned, there is no doubt that I adore this shoe. It has taken me by surprise. It is fast and lightweight but still comfortable enough to be used for the long and calm runs. A great all-round running shoe, which I would give my highest recommendation! Enjoy the run.
WANT MORE INSPIRATION?
Find reviews, guides and more inspiring content right here: