The Hoka Clifton 8 is a neutral road running shoe from the popular shoe brand. According to Hoka, the Clifton 8 has a lighter and more responsive midsole than previous iterations, resulting in the perfect combination of soft and light. Hoka recommends the Clifton 8 for everyday runs and walks.
All Hoka shoes utilize three technologies: Meta-Rocker, cushion, and Active Foot Frame. The Clifton 8 has an early stage Meta-Rocker, which is designed for speed. It is a curved sole to prevent flat landings and help create smooth transitions from foot landing to toe-off. The Clifton 8 has Hoka’s balanced cushioning, which provides protective cushioning while maintaining responsiveness. The Active Foot Frame secures your foot in place while running. Hoka claims it makes your foot feel like it is a part of the shoe rather than on top of it.
The Hoka Clifton 8 has mixed reviews. Many runners love the Clifton 8s, sharing that they are extremely comfortable and didn’t require a break-in period. Many customers even used these shoes for working all day on their feet.
There are some unpopular changes from the Clifton 7. Customers complained about a narrower fit, inner ankle collar now rubbing and a thicker and hotter tongue. Some customers did find the shoe uncomfortable and had foot pain after wearing the Clifton 8s. Hoka does have a “Fly for 30” guarantee so you can try the shoes for 30 days and return or exchange if you aren’t satisfied with your purchase.