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Hoka One One Stinson Tarmac Reviews

47 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

84%Rated 5 stars

8%Rated 4 stars

0%Rated 3 stars

0%Rated 2 stars

8%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

79% "Felt true to size"

83% "Felt true to width"

66% "Moderate arch support"

42 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 3/1/13
Overall Rated:4 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:4 stars!

I have plantar fascitis. It was mainly in my heel and moved to my arch or instep. I normally wear Danskos but could not without extreme pain. My son who is a runner told me about these shoes & I ordered a pair. They have been wonderful. It is the only shoe I can wear with extreme pain. I also had knee surgery last summer and it has been wonderful for my knee. I now have 2 pairs, but wish they would make them in different colors as I have to wear these to work. Great shoe!

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5 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 1/5/14
Overall Rated:1 stars!
Comfort Rated:1 stars!
Style Rated:3 stars!

I had such high hopes for these! I have run 25+ marathons/ultras and more 1/2's than I have kept count of and anxiously bought these when they went on sale. I previously tried these on at a HOKA booth at a race for feel and sizing before ordering online. When I received them they were as expected comfortable on first try on and super cushy, was excited to run in them. My first few runs in them found me frustrated with the no tie mechanism that they come with, I couldn't get it tight enough- So I ditched it for the standard laces that they also supplied in the box, while they were definitely better I still had issues. The soles of my feet were consistently sore, it felt like I was a beginner again, not a seasoned 35+ mile a week runner. I tried to stay opened minded and give them 50 miles to break in before racing in them, but it just never happened. Then race day arrived, I attempted to run a relatively flat/easy marathon course that I have previously run twice and ended up with such bad pain in my left foot & IT band that I thought I had an injury and ended the race at mile 20 with my first EVER DNF. Having never had an IT band injury before I did not want to push out the last miles as I could barely walk, let alone run!! Got home, iced, rolled, elevated, anti-inflammatories for two days and hoped for the best. Realized pretty quick it was due to the shoes, just simply not working for me. On day three I grabbed my trusty Asics and towed the line for a half marathon and completed without incident! These are not the shoes for me! I am extra disappointed because I spent a pretty penny on these and they are already retired, I have NEVER had a bad experience like this in any other shoe in my 8 years of running. I would not invest them money for all the hype around these shoes for running. My experience only, I know others swear by them!!

Additional 27 Stinson Tarmac Hoka One One Reviews

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February 22, 2014

Joni

from Colorado

Wanted to try the Hoka One One as I'd tried them on at an expo. Although they look like bricks on your feet - big clogs, they are very light, and provide a lot of cushion. I don't have any knee or back injury to deal with, just wanted to give them a try. I like them but don't plan to run in them exclusively. I want to mix it up, and will use them to alternate. I would buy a 2nd pair.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 22, 2014

Nora C

from St Paul MN

I absolutely love Hokas. They are undeniably goofy looking, but my joints are far happier after a long run in Hokas than any other running shoe I have tried. As with all running shoes, I wear a 1/2 size bigger in these than my street shoes.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 15, 2014

Salley T

from Albuquerque, NM

I love this shoe. It has made it possible for me to run again. This is my second pair. This time I ordered my normal shoe size (US 7). Although I love the shoe I have found that, if overtightened, cause my feet to get tingly (only reason for 4 stars instead of 5). First pair was half size up (US 7.5). When I order again, I will go back to half size up.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 13, 2014

Edith L

from Norfolk, VA

I really love these shoes. I've had some tough times lately with shoes since I've upped the mileage. I developed some bad ITB pain and really felt it in my knees. However, this would only happen at 10 plus miles in. Although these take some time to get used to they are now my favorite shoes to run in. I feel like they are perfect for all my long runs and I look forward to running my marathon in them this spring. I do warn folks that you may get some blisters but I think it's more about finding the right shoe/sock/insert combo.

Brands I'd also recommend: Brooks

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 12, 2014

Jean B

from Philadelphia, PA

This is the most comfortable sneaker I have ever worn. The bottoms of my feet usually start burning after about 30 minutes of walking. But the thick soles of these shoes cushion my feet so well that I am not aware of any pain. I have an extremely high arch and instep and have to use orthotics for support. That is the reason I rated their arch support as moderate. For the average foot, it might be excellent. As an extra added feature this winter, the thick sole acts as an insulator from cold floors and sidewalks!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 8, 2014

Lisas

from Albany, ny

I have wide feet and these were a little narrow causing some toe discomfort. I am overweight and work in the operating room 5 days a week. The shoes provide excellent cushioning. I did read that the Mafate had a wider toe box will give those a try in future.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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February 3, 2014

Nicole b

from North Dakota

These shoes are very comfortable have a lot of cushioning which I like when I am running/exercising! I think I could've gone down a half size, in most running shoes I get a 10.5 and I got these in a 10 and I think I could've went with a 9.5 but can't say for sure without trying on 9.5 :). Can't say that I'm just in love with the color but they were on sale! I can keep running and running (or jogging) in these shoes! I have small arch and my feet do not hurt in these.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 3, 2014

Veronica R

from Newport, RI

Wow, what a fantastic shoe! I have all sorts of foot problems, mostly congenital malformations, and with this shoe on you'd never know it. It took no breaking-in time, and made my power walking effortless on my feet. I can't recommend these enough and aim to buy another pair. The price is worth it -

Brands I'd also recommend: Saucony's are amazing shoes also, but Hoka One Ones beat it out.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 31, 2014

Anonymous

 

I was a new runner last year and tried too much too soon, ending up with a couple of wicked over-use injuries. I could not wear my needed orthopedic inserts in any other shoes I tried. The super-cushion of my Hokas allowed me to start wearing the inserts. I ended up running my first marathon in the fall and I credit it to these shoes. They weren't magic, I had to do all my other physical therapy as well. I now own 3 pair of Hokas and wear them on the job as an RN as well. That said, everyone's foot issues are different. You might have to kiss a lot of frogs.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 16, 2014

Sonya

from Richmond, VA

I'm a runner of an average 25-30 mile week, trying to up the mileage and run greater distances in 2014. I suffer from pain in the left achilles, (that I've seen a PT for about 6 months and been treated by a physician for) I have weak ankles and have been running in Mizuno Wave Prophecies for about a year. About a year ago I ordered the Hoka Bondi B and had problems with my ankles rolling in that, I tried everything, custom orthotics, but they just weren't for me, I so wanted to love Hokas. A year later, and recently, I purchased the Stinson Tarmac after seeing them again at an Expo and chatted to a Hoka rep that let me know the technology of the shoes have improved tremendously over the past year. I tried the Stinson Tarmac on and immediately loved it, I loved it so much that the next day even without breaking in the shoe I ran a half/13.1 and a full 26.2 back to back and had zero problems with this shoe, in fact the achilles problems that I previously had were immediately gone! That was a week ago and I still feel great, I'm running short recovery runs this week, and I've inserted an orthotic, and it's feeling great! I just ordered the Stinson Trail as I like this shoe so much. I'm considering removing the technical laces, but think I'll play with these for a few more runs.

Brands I'd also recommend: Mizuno

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 5, 2014

Shannon S

from Gig Harbor, WA

I had such high hopes for these! I have run 25+ marathons/ultras and more 1/2's than I have kept count of and anxiously bought these when they went on sale. I previously tried these on at a HOKA booth at a race for feel and sizing before ordering online. When I received them they were as expected comfortable on first try on and super cushy, was excited to run in them. My first few runs in them found me frustrated with the no tie mechanism that they come with, I couldn't get it tight enough- So I ditched it for the standard laces that they also supplied in the box, while they were definitely better I still had issues. The soles of my feet were consistently sore, it felt like I was a beginner again, not a seasoned 35+ mile a week runner. I tried to stay opened minded and give them 50 miles to break in before racing in them, but it just never happened. Then race day arrived, I attempted to run a relatively flat/easy marathon course that I have previously run twice and ended up with such bad pain in my left foot & IT band that I thought I had an injury and ended the race at mile 20 with my first EVER DNF. Having never had an IT band injury before I did not want to push out the last miles as I could barely walk, let alone run!! Got home, iced, rolled, elevated, anti-inflammatories for two days and hoped for the best. Realized pretty quick it was due to the shoes, just simply not working for me. On day three I grabbed my trusty Asics and towed the line for a half marathon and completed without incident! These are not the shoes for me! I am extra disappointed because I spent a pretty penny on these and they are already retired, I have NEVER had a bad experience like this in any other shoe in my 8 years of running. I would not invest them money for all the hype around these shoes for running. My experience only, I know others swear by them!!

Brands I'd also recommend: Asics

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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January 5, 2014

Shannon

from Gig Harbor, WA

I had such high hopes for these! I have run 25+ marathons/ultras and more 1/2's than I have kept count of and anxiously bought these when they went on sale. I previously tried these on at a HOKA booth at a race for feel and sizing before ordering online. When I received them they were as expected comfortable on first try on and super cushy, was excited to run in them. My first few runs in them found me frustrated with the "no tie" mechanism that they come with, I couldn't get it tight enough- So I ditched it for the standard laces that they also supplied in the box, while they were definitely better I still had issues. The soles of my feet were consistently sore, it felt like I was a beginner again, not a seasoned 35+ mile a week runner. I tried to stay opened minded and give them 50 miles to break in before racing in them, but it just never happened. Then race day arrived, I attempted to run a relatively flat/easy marathon course that I have previously run twice and ended up with such bad pain in my left foot & IT band that I thought I had an injury and ended the race at mile 20 with my first EVER DNF. Having never had an IT band injury before I did not want to push out the last miles as I could barely walk, let alone run!! Got home, iced, rolled, elevated, anti-inflammatories for two days and hoped for the best. Realized pretty quick it was due to the shoes, just simply not working for me. On day three I grabbed my trusty Asics and towed the line for a half marathon and completed without incident! These are not the shoes for me! I am extra disappointed because I spent a pretty penny on these and they are already retired, I have NEVER had a bad experience like this in any other shoe in my 8 years of running. I would not invest them money for all the hype around these shoes for running. My experience only, I know others swear by them!

Brands I'd also recommend: Asics

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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December 23, 2013

Pam R

from Mn.

I had a knee replacement one month before I bought these. my son recommended them to me. These are so soft and cushiony I love them. I can walk my large dogs on the path or road and my knees feel great. They have great traction on them also. My husband even bought a pair. He had a knee replaced a few years ago. They are expensive but worth every penny.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 18, 2013

Anonymous

from Eureka, CA

These are the best shoes for comfort, gait, and balance I have ever worn. Recently I had foot surgery with joint fixation, these allowed me to get back to work.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 16, 2013

Anonymous

 

They are super light and comfy! They also make me look taller. I love the fact that I don't need to be doing my laces all the time.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 23, 2013

Claire B

from Davis CA

Walk on air! These are the shoes for just that. I have bunches of injuries and bruised balls of my feet from walking on hard high heals, an inflamed joint under my little toe, you name it. With these shoes I am walking hours per day and experiencing NO pain. I am overjoyed. Thank you HOKA! Small drawback to this show is the closure system - the design is "stylish" or something but not practical. I have narrow feet so I have to really cinch up to keep the shoe on my foot, but that means I have to pull the whacky "laces" out of the loops they tuck into, cinch up, and then tuck the laces back in through the loops again. Honestly, good old fashioned shoe laces would be less of a pain in the neck. HOWEVER, I still LOVE these shoes. Get a pair! You owe it to yourself. Enjoy.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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November 21, 2013

Anonymous

from Memphis

These are the best running shoes that I have ever had. I love them, and am looking at my third pair. I had incapacitating Achilles tendonitis and now am training for full Iron Man. I love to run again. It is hokie, but they feel like a miracle. Thank you, Hoka One One!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 12, 2013

SJ R

from Coastal South Carolina

Like running barefoot on a trampoline. Get over how weird the Hokas might look to you. Best running shoes I've ever owned, and I have been through them all. These shoes have allowed me to be a finally be a pain-free long distance runner. These are my 3rd pair! I have pre arthritic foot (hallux rigidus) and knee issues, as well as recurring IT band tendinitis. I have run many half marathons and a full marathon in these shoes. No other shoes would allow me to do the long training miles without foot & knee pain. They are surprisingly minimalistic feeling in that they have a low heel to toe drop, yet the energy return and cushioning is amazing. The huge toebox contributes to their extreme comfort. My other running shoes feel like flip flops compared to these. I also wear them on long walks or when I will be on my feet all day. (ie touring WDW) My feet and legs do not feel nearly as tired as they would in other shoes. Highly recommend! You will not go back.

Brands I'd also recommend: Hoka Trail Shoes

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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Felt wider than marked

 

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October 11, 2013

Catherine C

from Arlington VA

Hands down, these are the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn. And, they are stylish too. My orthopedist recommended them for my plantar fasciitis. The slightly curved sole takes the pressure off of my heel. My custom orthotics fit in them perfectly. I hope the company never changes the style.

Brands I'd also recommend: Naot.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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September 29, 2013

Anonymous

from Seattle, WA

I think these are going to be great. They are very springy and just the thing to get me back out running with arthritic joints. But I am returning them for half a size smaller. They seem to run big.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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September 26, 2013

Tina-Marie S

from West Lafayette

The level of cushioning in these shoes is amazing, they are the most comfortable running shoes I have ever owned. They look a little odd, and they take some getting used to but I love them.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a full size smaller than marked

 

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August 18, 2013

TMP

from Washington, DC metro area

I have been an athlete all my life and it's taken a toll on my knees. As someone who has worn so many brands of shoes, I have found these the most comfortable and providing the most support. I am consistently approached by strangers complementing me. Most important though is my knees have no issues when I power walk/ run in these shoes. I bought a back up pair as well. Worth every cent.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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June 26, 2013

T

from Great Falls, VA

These shoes are awesome. I get a ton of compliments on them but better yet, I have knee issues. Got into a bad bike accident and lost most of my knee cap. My other knee is just worn out from years of running & sports. These shoes give a lot of support to joints. I can walk long distances & feel good. Well made, hot, just an all around great shoe.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 14, 2013

Danne

from Renton, WA

Price made me a bit hesitant. With Zappos great return policy, I decided to give these shoes a try. Glad I did. Worth every penny! Without a doubt the best athletic shoes I've ever owned. I'm an 8.5 with very wide feet and these fit perfect. On my feet 10+ hours a day. Was able to wear them the entire day first day I got them. First time in years. I've had no lower back ache or tired/sore feet at the end of a shift. Very impressed with how light weight they are. Would definitely recommend these shoes. So impressed that I'll be ordering two more pairs.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 21, 2013

Stephanie

from Jacksonville Florida

I am an ultra runner, and had a recent knee injury and all my fellow ultras wear Hokas. I have to run, and my regular shoes didn't allow me to so I decided to jump on the band wagon and get Hokas and I am glad I did. While they are ugly as all get out, I could care less because I'm running again. If you have any injury that makes it hard to run, give these a try. You won't be disappointed.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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