Arahi 2 Running Shoe
Equal parts supportive and lightweight, the Hoka One One Men's Arahi 2 Running Shoe offers you the best of Hoka One One's midsole technology with an extra layer of stability for overpronators. You might be wondering what exactly differentiates set the Arahi 2 apart from other stability shoes. For starters, the Arahi takes the stability design a few steps further by utilizing J-Frame technology, which places a firmer EVA foam on the outsole to target the inside of your foot and heel, offering targeted support to overpronators.
The Arahi features flat-waisted geometry for inherent stability, and an early-stage Meta-Rocker to ensure a smooth transition from landing to toe-off. The padded tongue doubles down on comfort, and the 3D Puff Print Frame ensures low-profile torsional support, so you can forget about that sloshy sensation that occurs in stretched-out frames. New to the updated version is a redesigned upper that reduces overlays to give you a more open and breathable design, so you can keep cranking out hard miles without stuffy feet.
- A support shoe that works with your foot to keep you on the road
- J-Frame midsole delivers added support where overpronators need it
- Meta-Rocker ensures a smooth transition through your stride
- Redesigned upper is more breathable to keep you cool on hot days
- 3D Puff Print provides low-profile torsional support
- Flat-waisted geometry offers natural stability for low-bulk support
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- Q & A
My SECOND pair of Hokas
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: 13
- Height: 6'2"
- Weight: 185lbs
I've had my first pair for two years . . . . over time they have become worn in, I guess you'd say. I'v dropped paint on them (unsuccessfully trying to clean the paint off IMMEDIATELY), walked miles and MILES in them, and generally made them the shoes I wear exclusively.
SO, I sought out WHO sold them online, since I knew what size I wear, and ordered another pair. By the way, the shoe is VERY true to size within THEIR sizing, if not according to the shoe store's gadget for measuring feet.
The shoe store measurement tells me I SHOULD wear 11 1/2 Wide. The Hoka size 13 fits me to a "T".
The first pair compared to the second, new pair almost feels like a different rubber on the sole. I might guess that it has "softened up" over time, perhaps, as the new pair feels much stiffer.
I've been known to "run over" my shoes to the inside, but the Hokas apparently won't let me do that. There is no sign of increased wear on the inside left sole like my other shoes, and the shoes don't run over. In that way they could be compared to corrective shoes.
Another interesting point is that the soles are over an INCH THICK! It feels like walking on clouds! (At least, my first pair did) My new pair just make me feel super tall. I am 6'2" normally. With my Hokas on I am6'3". WOW! I LOVE that!
Anyway, I don't write many reviews, but the Hokas are worth writing about. They were recommended to me by some people I saw about what was diagnosed as Peripheral Neuropathy. )My feet hurt) AT 68 I have apparently been too hard on 'em. Or, it could be "pre" diabetic neuropathy. I don't think anyone really knows.
The bottom line though, is that I LOVE these shoes! I'm enjoying the red soles of my news ones . . . I took a black felt-tip pen and colored in the white on the first pair because they were so BRIGHT!
Hopefully this review helps someone who might be on the fence. They look kinda' "hokey", but WHO CARES? The bottom line is your health is worth whatever it takes.
By the way, they're a great conversation starter; you spot them on someone else right away. Kind of reminds me of old film I've seen of new VW owners when they first came out. Ha!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 10.5
- Height: 5'11"
- Weight: 225lbs
I've had a couple pairs of Hoka One Ones now and I bought these specifically for the oversupination of my feet (they roll outward when I walk). I picked out the Arahi 2 because if the added support. I also like that they blacked out some of the foam on the sole so the shoe looks less like a moon boot. So far, so good. I will post an update if anything changes.
Hoka One One Arahi
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 8.5
- Height: 5'6"
- Weight: 145lbs
When I first put the shoes on, I notice that something was digging into the top of my right foot. I took the shoe off and felt around with my hand, and noticed that the plastic reinforcement around the shoelace holes stuck out, so when I flexed the shoe it stuck into my foot. This was only on the right shoe. I used some wire cutters to trim the plastic. It’s okay, but not perfect. I didn’t send them back because this would have been the second pair to send back. I guess, trying them on at a running store would be a better thing to do next time. I’ve only run in them three times, so I can’t really give them a good review.