Distance makes the heart grow fonder, right? Well, I’m sorry I’ve been absent! Life is crazy with two jobs and class right now, so bear with me, and I’ll do my best to keep you up to date.
For a bit now, I’ve been trying out some new kicks. Well, not new, per se, but new to ME! I have worn Mizuno Wave Creations and Wave Riders for the past 5-6 years. They’ve been my go-to for quite a while, through a few version of each. Especially the Creations – I love how they feel on my feet, they just seem to hug my heels and are wide enough for me. And even better, the Creations put up with my 200-lb heel-striking-ness without giving me heel pain.
However, sadly, I started having pain along the outside of my left foot not too long ago. A nagging pain. I got it checked out, and luckily it is not anything bone-related. So I decided it was time to switch up the kicks, and try out something new within the neutral pool of sneakers. And, being the bargain shopper that I am, I was able to snag a pair of Hoka Clifton 2’s for $50 (clearance PLUS a coupon code on Running Warehouse!). I have been wanting to try out Hokas for a while, and didn’t have a good excuse. But now that I had a problem and needed a change, it was time!
First, upon their arrival, I was STOKED that their lovely coral color I chose was actually bright neon orange! Happy, happy, joy, joy. I love a bright shoe!
The second thing I noticed was that they looked huuuuuuge. Length, width, and of course the part I knew would be large, the soles. When I put them on, they actually fit really well (I got my regular size, 10’s) – but they looked large. Definitely felt a bit clown-shoeish at first. They had a bit more room toward the toe than I was used to, but a size down would have been too small. So I went with it. Better keep my toenails than lose em, right?
I was surprised to find out how light they felt! Granted, my go-to Wave Creations were incredibly heavy compared to most, so I suppose this isn’t the best comparison… none the less, while they LOOK bulky, they feel quite light! One place I did have some trouble with at first was scuffing my feet. Truth be told, my gait is pretty shuffle-y, so if nothing else, these are probably helping me to LIFT those feet up higher. I did scuff up my one toe a couple of times.
In time, however, running in them has come to feel quite normal. I’m currently rotating them with a pair of Brooks Ghosts, and while they definitely feel different (hello, 2 inches shorter, LOL), it is no longer a noticeable transition.
I’m looking forward to taking these into my coming training cycle with longer mileage. One of the things that I worry about is higher miles on shoes: before the Wave Creations, I tried a few different kinds (Asics, Brooks) and found that because I’m heavy AND hard on my heels, I would get heel pain in softer shoes. I’m hoping because of the extra cushion, these Hokas hold up to the beating that I put on my heels.
So far, I am happy with this cheap and cheerful shoe! The side of foot pain is still occasionally nagging, but it is nowhere near the pain I was getting in my Mizunos (and might be partly a product of the crappy flats/heels I wear at work, too). It will be a while before I can report how long they hold up mileage wise, but at this point the fit and feel are great.
How do you feel about Hokas? From what I’ve heard so far, people seem to either LOVE or HATE them, not much in between.