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Hoka One One Stinson Tarmac Reviews

46 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

92%Rated 5 stars

4%Rated 4 stars

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4%Rated 2 stars

0%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

78% "Felt true to size"

87% "Felt true to width"

69% "Moderate arch support"

41 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 26 Stinson Tarmac Hoka One One Reviews

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1 person found this review helpful  

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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April 27, 2013

Cindy A

from Fort Lauderdale, FLorida

This is my 6th pair of Hokas, and so far my favorite pair. It's outsole lasts longer, it has a lighter upper than previous models, and quick close lacing system. If you have knee pain or have been running for many years and your cushioned shoes aren't cutting it anymore, try these. They are actually the same weight or even lighter than an ordinary running shoe. Some people think they look silly, perhaps they do, but once you wear them you won't care!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort 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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March 7, 2014

Marjie

from Oregon

These shoes would have been a disappointment had they been very cheap, but since they were rather expensive I will say that they are a gigantic disappointment. I have been running since the early 80's, and even back then we knew that squishy foam shoes very quickly went flat. I am here to tell you that these shoes are no more technologically advanced than the shoes made 30 years ago. The first time I ran in them they were indeed soft (not springy). I also ended up with a blister on top of one toe from where the break in the shoe rubbed. I feel like a fool for buying these. Back to my Salomons.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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September 13, 2014

Anonymous

 

Eliminated my knee pain completely. If you run, you owe it to yourself to try them. If you are on your feet all day and can wear athletic shoes, please try these. They are amazingly stable on uneven ground and eliminate the pounding feeling for a surgical knee.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 2, 2014

Anonymous

from Boston, MA

I was looking for a shoe with a comfortable, cushioned footbed. The Stinson Tarmac met my expectations. My feet are typically sore after running on the treadmill with most athletic shoes, but not with these.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 28, 2014

Anonymous

from Sioux Falls, SD

These are the best running shoes I've ever had, and I've had many! I have bunions on both feet, and these are much easier on them than any other. My knees and hips also recover much more quickly when I run in these.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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July 13, 2014

Anonymous

from Michigan

I love these shoes! I was previously wearing Newton Lady Isaac S. The Newton's don't compare to Hoka One One. Hoka is light and provides great support and cushions every step. They were comfy right out of the box. I run faster and have less pain. I am currently training for a marathon without knee aches! Love love love Hoka One One's! Worth every penny. I wear a 9 in running shoes and these fit perfect. The Stinson Tarmac seem to have a wider toe box than some of the other Hoka versions.

Brands I'd also recommend: Newton

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 23, 2014

Christina B

from Greenwood, IN

GREAT RUNNING SHOE! Very pleased with the comfort and support of this running shoe. Great for long runs. I went half size bigger. I usually wear 71/2 and bought an 8. Glad I did. Super comfortable!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 19, 2014

RunDisney M

from Asheville, NC

I have bought at least 8 pairs of running shoes including Asics, New Balance and Brooks in a variety of styles trying to find a comfortable running shoe. My feet are wide and I am a heaver, newer runner training for a race. I love the feel of these shoes! The cushioning is perfect without feeling mushy or restrictive. I love how it protects my healed fractured heel. I also had no low back pain after my run. The down side to these awesome shoes.... the fast lace system is crappy. They give you real laces and I suggest you use them. The tongue is not padded and cushy like an asics shoe so socks must be worn. If you get get aside from these issues and want a very comfortable shoes that will help you pack on the miles and build up your running, buy these shoes. Worth every cent.

Brands I'd also recommend: Asics

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 15, 2014

Anonymous

from Upstate NY

My orthopedic surgeon, who is an athlete, recommended these shoes to alleviate pain from shin splints. They work!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 14, 2014

Anonymous

from Evans City, PA

I bought these shoes for walking. They are very comfortable and have a great cushion feel with every step. The first pair the strange shoe lace broke, they were only worn once. I notified Zappos and the next day I had a new pair. Love Zappos, only buy my shoes from them. Although these shoes are pricey, I feel I am worth it. They look and feel great.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 5, 2014

Rita H

from United States

I'm not a runner but I have RA and fibromyalgia and am always looking for a cushioned but supportive shoe. I love the rocker sole as I've had it in cheaper shoes but the cheaper shoes only lasted me a short while. For the last few years I've relied on Asics Gel Nimbus but these shoes feel even better on my feet. I wear them with orthotics and the first thing I noticed is that these shoes force me to walk with proper foot alignment. My legs and glutes were a little sore the first few days but in a good way. Even with the orthotics the shoes seem a half size larger on my smaller foot but just a tad larger on the other foot. Extremely roomy and tall toe box which is hard to find in athletic shoes. Overall I'm ecstatic over this purchase and if I was a runner I know that these would be great shoes.

Brands I'd also recommend: Asics

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 28, 2014

Anonymous

from boulder, co

I really like these shoes. I got them because I have plantar fasciitis in one foot. They haven't helped the plantar fasciitis; however, they are really nice to run in. They are light and very cushioned. They are also very stable despite the high foot bed. Not bad looking though they are noticeably different than lower profile running shoes. I really like them and would recommend them.

Brands I'd also recommend: solomon

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 9, 2014

Z

 

These are the best athletic shoes I've ever bought! So comfy! I think they look cool & so did my husband. I bought a pair for him and he loves them too! I usually wear 8.5 in athletic shoes & they fit perfect. I kind of want to wear them everyday or wish all shoes felt this good! When I first out them on I felt super springy. After the first use they feel normal just extra comfy. I don't feel like I'm going to bounce around anymore. I also love the bungee lacing. So easy & cool. Just get them!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 4, 2014

Tangovera

from Newport, RI

Love these shoes! I can't say enough good things about them. I have horrible feet - osseous anomalies on the back of both calcanea, have hallux rigidus in both feet and an old running injury of metatarsalgia in the left foot. I'm also a dancer and will often dance for a couple of hours on the same day that I walk an hour or two. These are the only shoes that allow me to do all of this, without any soreness the next day. They are a godsend - thank you Hoka One One!

Brands I'd also recommend: There is now no other brand for me other than Hoka One One -

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 1, 2014

Anonymous

from Ohio

I bought these shoes for walking not running. I have some skeletal issues and wanted some shoes with a maximum amount of squish in the soles. These fit the bill. They are very well made. I like the no tie option and the tongue doesn't move over to the side like so many other shoes do on my feet. Very light weight for looking so thick. Well made. Great color. Happy feet. I went a size higher as I often do with athletic shoes as my feet swell when walking a distance and smaller shoes feel too cramped. I usually wear a 5 to 5 1/2 and these work in the size 6. I think it's because it ties up to the top of your foot and everything then stays in place including the heel.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 26, 2014

D B

from United States

These shoes aren't cheap so I debated for some time before buying. After I got them I tried testing them out on the treadmill so I could return them if need be. Problem was the treadmill 'test' just wasn't the same as an outdoor test. I couldn't tell if they were really going to work for my injury ridden knees. What to do? They sat in my extra bedroom for over a month while I debated. Finally last week it was time for a race I had signed up for weeks ago. I hadn't run since signing up because of knee pain, but the race had been so far out I was sure I'd be better by then. Race day came and I decided to wear the Hoka's. Not only did I not have any knee pain during the race, but I also recorded my fastest time yet. I pr'd after sitting out over a month pre-race. I love these funny looking shoes. One last thing, I usually order up a half size in running shoes, but I did not have to do that in these.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 11, 2014

Tiffin F

from Bothell, WA

These are the most comfortable running shoes that I have ever owned. It feels like I am running on air. My previous shoes started giving me shin splints (I got fitted at a running store for them), but I have no pain when I run in these.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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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 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!

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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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