Hoka’s cutting edge technology

There might be a lot of shoes that deserve to be cut in half by runners, but surely not Hoka! Nevertheless, here’s a great dissection of the shoe (yeah, that was a pun) by a Hoka OneOne fan.

1. Crazy outside but sane inside: As you can see in second photo in this post, the outsides of the shoe have a lot of visible foam. I think it stabilizes the wide sole, cups the heel and almost cradles the rest of the foot aside from simply giving Hoka One One shoes a very distinctive and recognizable look.  After slicing the shoe in half I realized that’s part of the secret: the shoe is a big party on the outside promising a different experience – and it is different ride: it is a wide shoe, it’s taller (although some of the height appearance may be a trick on the eyes because of the tall foam on the outside) and the cushioning is pretty luxurious, especially at the beginning. But looking at the cross-section it’s a lot more basic and definitely more akin to what you’d envision a “normal” running shoe to look like to the point of the above photo almost looking like it is another shoe. And for me, this combination of crazy but sane really works.

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What a great idea! Reminds me of something we did a little while ago….  :)

2 Responses to Hoka’s cutting edge technology

  1. freakrunner says:

    Thanks for posting the link! Cool video, apparently I wasn’t the first but hey great minds think alike… and wield the knife :-)

    • Roger Hanney says:

      Oh man, we are all just gear pigs wanting to know more. Nice to know we had the same curiosity, some firsts don’t mean that much :) Now, the first superlight, supercushioned, supercomfy rockered ultrarunning shoe – THAT’s a first that matters ;)

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