bea3632256 wrote a review of Hoka One One Bondi S Running Shoe - Men's on November 22, 2012
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These are by far and away the most cushioned, impact-absorbing running shoe I have ever encountered in my 40+ years of running. They really do feel a bit like floating. But!
Hoka need to do some work in a few areas. First is the outsole. It needs to be toughened up as mine are already starting to show marked wear after less than 50km. Now I am not concerned that I am going to be feeling the pavement against my feet any time soon. But Hoka ought to consider using a more abrasion resistant rubber formula on the outsole.
The second area of concern is the upper. There is still some work to be done in smoothing inner seams to prevent rubbing. I wear Thorlo socks and still got blisters from inner seam rubbing.
Third is the stability issue. I am fortunate in having a neutral gait, but I can foresee problems for severe pronators as the uppers are not very beefy and the midsoles are so soft. Caveat emptor!
Last is a personal taste issue. Hokas are amongst the ugliest shoes on the market. They look like they were styled by someone who was stuck in the 1970s! The color ways are rubbish, there is no consistent theme to the designs and they just look 'cheap'. This is ironic because they are some of the most expensive shoes on the market! Please do something to improve the appearance Hoka. I can live with the thick midsole, but the bargain basement design needs lots of work!
Will I buy another pair? You bet I will! But that does not detract from my constructive criticisms.
Listen up Hoka! You can make your brand truly great with a little work. Please make the effort as I have finally found the best running shoes available,but I still want them to be better!