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Maximum cushioning and ultralight materials make running with the Hoka One One Women's Stinson Tarmac Running Shoe like running on a cloud. At first glance, the oversized outsole might seem like overkill, but therein lies the magic of this shoe. Hoka One One coupled their thick, rockered sole with a rockered shape and a bucket-style heel pocket so your foot breezes through heel strikes and rolls to the next step with surprising speed and ease. This unique shoe platform has marched to more than 30 podium finishes in the past 18 months of competition, a feat that elevates this shoe to near legendary status.

  • Closed mesh upper locks out dirt and debris while allowing for plenty of airflow to keep your foot cool
  • Microfiber-lined tongue conforms to your foot for ultimate comfort so you can really lock down the laces when you need to
  • Quick Fit lacing system uses a speed-lace adjustment to allow quick, one-handed adjustment
  • Midsole foam is 30% softer than the foam used in traditional running shoes and there's two-and-a-half times the volume of foam in the sole for cushioning
  • Extra cushioning dissipates up to 80% of the shock from heel strikes and allows for as much as 20mm of compression to reduce impact on your joints
  • Bucket Seat heel and midsole pocket are recessed into the sole by 20mm so your foot feels low and planted
  • Reinforced toe cap protects your toes against rocks, roots, and general trail debris
  • Sole has a low heel-to-toe offset (6mm) and uses a rockered profile to encourage a rolling motion that leads to proper midfoot strike
  • Wide outsole provides lateral stability and plenty of surface area so you stay in contact with the trail
  • Traction provided by a mix of highly abrasion-resistant EVA lugs and flexible rubber lugs that grip the trail with maximum purchase
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Worst flare-up of old knee injury.

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

As someone who averaged out on 6-9 miles approx. 5 days a week, I thought the Hoka One One Stinson Tarmac would be a good shoe for me, especially since I have in the past suffered a knee fracture. So I went ahead and changed from my original shoes. A few months later the shoe, which felt very cushy at first gave some of the most painful, worst flare up of the old fracture. I have been out of running for 5 months and am only now starting to get back up and starting it up again. Be very careful if you have an old injury, the shoe is cushy, but does not provide the best stability, also it promotes heel-strike strides, something I don't like ether since I strike mid-sole. A cushy ride for someone without old injury.

Good for road and trail

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

I got these to mix in with marathon training for long runs and love them. I've run on road and trail in them for various distances and they are great for both. I run in a variety of shoe types to minimize repetitive motion injuries and the extra cushion in these help on the longer runs. One minor note - the heel cups come up higher than my other running shoes and did damage, wear them with high tabbed socks.

On my 4th pair of Stinson Tarmacs...

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

While every foot is different, I can promise I would not have run my first marathon last year without these shoes. I went from never running 2 years ago to running my first marathon last year at age 46. I suffered from plantar fasciitis the first 6 months I ran. I could not tolerate running with my new orthotics in any other shoe. Finding the Hokas was a god-send. I now have separate pairs for work (ICU nurse) and for running. They run more true to size. I take my normal shoe size; 1/2 size smaller than other running shoes.

Best ultrarunning shoes on the market!

  • Familiarity:I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit:True to size

This is the second pair that I bought for my girlfriend who is an avid ultrarunner. In the past, she had post-race knee and feet pain after running long distances (marathon, 50k, 50miles) but with those shoes she never had any. They absorb in a unique way the impact with the ground and almost "guide" your foot in the right position. This leads to safer running for your joints and ability to push yourself where you couldn't before because of joint/feet issues.

Those are by far the best pair of shoes that you could get!

She works in a runner's store and knows every pair of sneakers on the market but there are no equal to those (yet?).

I am a runner too and triathlete and I tried a friend's hokas after a race: I was impressed by how soft they's like walking on a pillow...!!

No doubt those are expensive shoes but if you run long races you want to get a pair. I have read that some podiatrists also suggest them as recovery shoes for ppl with stress fractures etc...

also, numerous running friends, whose body type is on the heavy side, found those shoes really helpful in managing feet/knee/lower joints problems.

sooo...yes, I definitely give a thumb up to those shoes!!

I will get a pair for myself too but the trail version tho..simply cause I like more trail running than road running :-) ...but if they are half as good as those are, then I got my money worth!

..hope this helps!!

ps..if you get a pair and you plan to run long miles get a size bigger cause your feet will swell (or arch collapse depending from the miles..)!!

Made even walking fun again!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I have had an ankle injury that makes even walking difficult. In desperation I looked at running shoes and found a recommendation for the Hoka One brand. This was the first Hoka One I ordered and was completely blown away by the comfort and wear-ability of the shoes! I have to use an orthotic and it accommodates it very well. I now have 2 pairs of Hoka Ones and this is my favorite pair still, although I rotate the two. I will be buying more!

This is a road runner, not a trail shoe.

    Loved the shoe, but backcountry has this classified as a trail shoe. The Hoka trail shoe is similar, but this is the road runner. Love it, for road running, primarily because I have bad knees and they absorb a lot of shock

    I don't know how I ran without these!

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    I purchased these a few weeks ago and I've already put about 60 miles on them and I can't believe I waited so long to them. I run half marathons and longer and I love these as well as the Hokas I have for trails. The cushioning is great and I don't have the same tired, sore feet at the end of a race or long run and even after running on pavement I don't have sore knees. I'm definitely adding more of these to my running shoe supply!