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Bondi 6 womens jogger
So disappointed with my new joggers, the women’s Bondi 6. I previously had the Bondi 5’s and they were the most amazing shoe. They were supportive and comfortable and there was nothing I could fault. I purchased the Bondi 6 presuming they’d be the same. Unfortunately, they are not the same and the improved version is terrible. My ankle rolls in the shoe and I ended up with ankle and knee pain. Both of which, I’ve never had before in my life and I don’t believe in coincidence. Hoka one one, why on Earth would you improve something which didn’t need improving. I’m devastated! The base is no longer wide in the heel and I think that this is part of the problem. It doesn’t support the foot enough. Don’t recommend these at all.
Don't last well, but they're still the best training shoe
I bought a pair of Hoka Valor shoes in April 2016 after a years of painful running in my Asics. (Admittedly the Asics I had were never top of the line, but even so I realise now they should have not left me running with the feeling each morning that every bone in my feet was broken.) So, I bought the Hokas on special for $130 from their website. The delivery was super fast and problem free - same size as my Asics. The Hoka shoe itself felt very strange. Lots more cushioning than I was used to and a bit of a platform shoe feel to them. But you o...nly need a week or so to get used to them and I definitely take a bit more care when running on uneven surfaces due to the hight of the cushioning. They were a bit uncomfortable at first and I fixed that by replacing the insole with the one from my Asics shoes. Well, wow! I didn't realise that it was possible to run pain free. It certainly opened my eyes. No injuries for a year and I've now replaced them with a pair of Hoka Infinites - no need to replace the inserts on these ones. After a year the Valor model were completely split down the sides - all the better for the stones and water to get in and out. They were in dreadful condition after only four or five months of 50km a week running, but I couldn't care less - I was most reluctant to replace them because they were doing such a great job of keeping me running. The fact was that they provide damn good cushioning for my feet and knees. I ran in them for a year and it's the only full year in my 35+ years of running that I've ever gone injury free. Damn these are good shoes. They sure wear out fast, but they're worth every penny.
Hoka OneOnes - Infinites
After many years of training and running marathons in ASICs Kayanos and Kinseis I was most disappointed when ASICs recently and significantly changed the cosmetic design of the shoes to something that looks cheap and nasty. To me changing shoe brands is almost akin to changing religion - but I felt betrayed by ASICs and took the major step of switching brands to Hokas this year.
I purchased a pair of Hoka 'Infinites' several months ago from the Australian Hoka OneOne website for about $230. I've only ever used them training on sealed runnin...g/bike tracks. They have been quite comfortable. Unfortunately the shoes have not faired well. Although I have cared for them the shoe fabric/mesh on the outer body of the shoes is already deteriorating quickly - after only a few months of use! In comparison the shoe fabric of my old ASICs Kayanos is almost as good as new - even after retiring the shoe from running (~900km) and continuing to use the shoes for years as a non-running shoe. I tried to contact Hoka Australia via their website advising them of the problem and my disappointment in the quality of their shoes but they didn't even bother replying :(... Based on my experience and lack of reply from Hoka I would not recommend buying Hoka shoes - which goes to say I would not bother switching loyalty to Hokas either. I'm giving these Hoka OneOne 'Infinites' a ProductReview rating of only 2 stars as a). I think a pair of runners should last more than a few months (or a few hundred kilometres) before deteriorating and b). Lack of any reply regarding my concerns and disappointment in their shoes.
The best running shoe money can buy
Having been an avid runner for many years, I recently saw Hoka One One running shoes at a Fitness Expo. There has been growing support for these shoes in the triathlon community; particularly the Ironman where runners complete a marathon run leg of 42kms. I have sensitive knees as a result of years of rugby and a PCL injury. I decided to purchase a pair of the Hoka One One Conquests. These are unquestionably the most comfortable running shoes I've ever worn. The ride is superb - like running on clouds! I usually get a little sore after a 10km run but not with these babies; my legs were fresh as the next day! I can't recommend these shoes highly enough.
Supremely comfortable ride and fit
These shoes are faultless
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