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Hoka’s Bondi B Shoe

by Kat » on Jul 18, 2013 20

These clonkers look like the OPPOSITE of barefoot running shoes!

Turns out they’re actually pretty lightweight and certainly have some perks, but would you wear these?

Learn more about the Hoka brand and let us know what you think in the comments below!


20 Comments

  1. SKORA Running

    July 18th, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    At least, they’re fairly low drop?

    They are built for a purpose, long downhills during ultra marathoning. But no, I would not wear those ;)

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  2. Papster

    July 18th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Funky looking. They look like they’d be huge drop, but they’re not. I wouldn’t buy these without trying them on, whereas I routinely by various minimals/lightweights/low-drops without a try-on.

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  3. Travis

    July 18th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Woof. And people think the VFFs are ugly. That thing is going to show up in my nightmares. No thanks.

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    • Kat

      July 18th, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      Ha! So true. These bricks make FiveFingers look downright trendy!

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  4. Sarah

    July 18th, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I’m not sure how I feel about them…I like the innovation but I’m not sure about the execution!

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  5. Elizabeth

    July 18th, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I hate to pass judgment on something without trying it first, but I don’t think those shoes are for me!! Besides being bulky looking they seem heavy and uncomfortable. I don’t picture myself “flying” down any trails in those. Think I will stick with my current minimalist.

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  6. Steve

    July 18th, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    These are actually much more “minimalist” feeling than you might think. Obviously it doesn’t offer any ground feedback but I feel more in control and more alive in a pair of Hokas then I ever did prior to going minimalist. Although I agree they are more crazy looking than a pair of FFS, they offer some serious benefits to endurance runners and are a dream when running up and down hills (not to mention the countless marathoners coming up with PRs due to Hokas). Keep an eye out on your local running stores, Hoka is running promotional events around the country allowing customers to take them out for a spin because so many runners are quick to judge them before giving them a go. These won’t replace my Skora Forms, FFS SeeYas, or my Merrell Trail Glove 2 but they will definitely take a spot in the rotation.

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  7. Tyler

    July 19th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Looks aside, doesn’t the impact force these “save” us from still hurt somewhere? Seems these would wreak long-term havoc to my hips.

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