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Hoka One One Bondi 2 Reviews

9 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

50%Rated 5 stars

0%Rated 4 stars

25%Rated 3 stars

0%Rated 2 stars

25%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

67% "Felt true to size"

67% "Felt true to width"

44% "Excellent arch support"

Additional -11 Bondi 2 Hoka One One Reviews

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September 8, 2013

Tina H

from San francisco

I've been hooked on Hoka One Ones since 2011 when I did my first 50 mile trail race. My feet were killing me in my other sneakers, especially as I tacked on the miles. Since I switched to Hokas, I never feel bruised on the bottom of my feet. They are cushy and comfortable. This particular pair is the most attractive I've seen-charcoal with pink and white accents.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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Felt wider than marked

 

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August 31, 2013

Anonymous

 

These shoes are super comfortable. You know when you were a little kind and tried on some new shoes, and they always made you feel like you could run faster and jump higher? Well these shoes took me back to that same feeling. I do not know, just something about them I had to have them. I can now run for long distances and not be bothered by the pain. And yes the shoes are a little goofy and big, but that is what makes them so nice to run in. I totally recommend you try these shoes. If you are a runner, you will not be disappointed.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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Felt true to width

 

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July 20, 2013

Mad c

from KCMO

These shoes are super comfortable, but this particular style made my very tiny feet look huge. They were too long and narrow and had an extra funky shape. I had the Mafate on and those looked and felt like a better fit. The way these Hokas felt was like some of the MBT styles that I have tried.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size smaller than marked

 

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No arch support

 

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Felt narrower than marked

 

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January 25, 2014

Em

from New England

I've given my Hokas the best chance I can, but they just aren't made for me. I run 40+ miles a week and normally wear Saucony Guides, which I've been really happy with, but I was drawn by the reviews that said the Hokas last twice as long and are very easy on knees and joints. (I don't have specific knee and joint issues, it just sounds like a positive advance in shoe technology.) Apparently despite the really huge weird shape of the sole on the Hokas they have a 6mm drop, similar to my favorite Saucony Guides, which is the most important feature to me when transitioning between shoes. These shoes are incredibly ugly, but whatever. The laces that come with this style are the skinny, hard, round kind that don't stay laced well, and for me at least they always seem to either be too tight or too loose (in comparison, my other running shoes have some elastic in the shoe lace so they stay tied very well and seem more forgiving). There is plenty of room in the toe box, and I love to be able to wiggle my toes around in my running shoes, so that part was good. And my normal size (9) "fit" me in that a half size smaller would have been too small and a half size up too big...but they have really pronounced arch support so that the insole feels like there is an egg under my foot. I have an average arch - not flat feet, but not very high. And the arch support in these is way too high and stiff. But even given all of that, my main problem with them is that for all the thickness of the sole, the soles aren't spongy and they have no give. It's like 3 inches of really hard rubber, rather than 3 inches of something springy. They don't spring at all. In fact I don't think my foot actually sank into the insole or the sole of the shoe at all. So all that thick sole material and still it feels like there's no cushion to speak of. It's a very hard, clompy, weighted step without any spring or response. And the other huge problem is that the sole itself isn't flexible. Not in the least! You can take the shoe out of the box and try to flex it, and it's very stiff and rigid. What that translates to while running is that as my foot bends, the shoe stays completely straight and stiff and my heel starts to slide out, only to get caught by the laces, where the weight of the shoe hangs on my calf and hamstring muscles until I finish my stride. It gives the feeling of having weighted heels. The center of gravity of these shoes is way in the back, in the heel area, so it's hard to lean forward naturally - you have to lean way forward to counter-balance the shoes. The lack of flexibility of the sole combined with the heel-centered weight makes a mid-foot strike nearly impossible. I'm a natural mid-food striker and it was very hard to force my foot to land anything other than dead flat, like a slap or a flat clop on the road. There is also no "road feel" in these shoes. I never felt connected to the asphalt, or like I could use the road as a part of my launch - it's like the shoe and road didn't work together. The bottom of the sole is harder and less porous feeling than any other shoe I've worn, and it doesn't have any grip. Again there is also no "give" in the treads, so you don't get that launch from clinging to the road and pushing off. I ran 2 x 5 mile runs and 2 x 8+ mile runs in an attempt to break them in (I've never had to break in a running shoe, they've always been good out of the box, but because of the huge soles I figured they might require a little extra attention to get the flexibility worked out) - but each run left my calves and hamstrings aching, and the arch of my foot aching as well from the really pronounced egg of arch support. A run with these resembles resistance training, and the amount of lift you have to do to compensate for the extra inches of sole worked out a lot of new muscles. I think the worst part for me is that when I run, I like to not think about how my shoes feel - they should feel like a part of me (only better) and like an extension of my own body. They should fade into the background. In these Hokas I felt like I had gone for a run in hiking boots - I was never able to forget I was wearing clunky, unbending footwear. Every step was a reminder that my feet were encased in really, really big and inflexible shoes. After taking off the Hokas this last time, I put on my old Saucony Guides and ran and I felt like I was going to knee myself in the chin, my legs felt so light and springy! It's odd how the hugely reduced sole of the Guides can contain so much more spring and cushion than the thick rubbery sole of the Hokas.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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