Hoka Clifton 4 Shoe Review

Hoka Clifton 4 Shoe Review

Hoka Clifton 4 Shoe Review

I’ve run in a few Hoka One One Clifton.  I ran in the original Hoka Clifton as well as the Hoka Clifton 3.  I skipped the Clifton 2 because it was a bit too narrow for my foot.  The Hoka Clifton has continued to be one of Hoka One One’s more popular models.  It’s light but still, has the cushion people have come to love from Hoka.

Hoka claims the differences between the Clifton 3 and Hoka Clifton 4 are the most drastic.  In my opinion, I believe sizing was a drastic change between the 1-3, but the upper is much different in the Hoka Clifton 4.

Hoka One One Clifton 4 Appearance:

I rarely talk about the appearance of shoes, but Hoka has made a solid effort to make their shoes look more friendly to the eyes.  When Hoka was first developing shoes, some of their earlier models I wouldn’t ever use as a “casual” shoe.  The Hoka Clifton 4 went through such a drastic change in appearance, that it’s now a shoe I bought myself a second pair to walk around in.

Hoka One One Clifton 4 Fit: 

Fit wise, the Hoka Clifton 4 is similar to the Clifton 3.  It’s important, especially if you have wider feet (like myself!).  I wore a 10 in the Clifton 3 and continue in a 10 in the Hoka Clifton 4.

The great news for the Clifton lovers is the Clifton now comes in wide!  That deserves 10 exclamation points by itself.

As Hoka claims, they did update the upper.  The improved fit and breathable mesh is much better than previous years and also has zero seams (which is trending in the industry right now).

Hoka Clifton 4 Ride: 

The Hoka Clifton is known to be lightweight but very cushioned.  To me, it feels like a giant spongey marshmallow underneath your feet.  The Bondi feels much more firm and dense, while the Clifton is much more spongy. All Hoka models use, the Hoka one one cushioning and meta rocker. You feel as though you’re being rocked forward.

Hoka claims this year the Hoka Clifton 4 will last much longer than previous models.  As someone who has run and works at a running store, I will say that the Hoka Clifton has been notorious for not lasting as long as many other similar brands.  They sacrifice durability with decreasing the weight of the shoe.  This year, is a different story and I’ve almost run 300 miles in the Hoka Clifton 4.  A shoe I was never able to put that much mileage on.

If you have run in the Clifton 3, the ride is very similar.  It’s like a giant marshmallow underneath your feet. If you are new to the Clifton or Hoka, it’s a lightweight but a well cushioned and soft ride.  You feel the roll as you move through your gait cycle.

Hoka Clifton 4 Shoe Review

Hoka Clifton 4 Conclusion:

I like the Hoka Clifton 4 and it will continue to keep it in my rotation.  In fact, I bought a second pair of Hoka Clifton 4 to walk around in because I do believe it does look that good.

Current Rotation:
Saucony Freedom (long runs/easy runs)
Hoka Clifton 4 (long runs/easy runs)
Brooks Ghost 10 (daily runs)
Altra Escalante (speed workouts)
Saucony Type A/Endorphin (races)

Questions for you:
What is your current favorite running shoe?


  1. I’ve never tried hokas. They always seem so bulky. And expensive lol. But they seem like they could be petty good for extra support.

    1. Everyone has their own shoe choices! It’s funny because Hoka is currently one of the lighter brands! 🙂

  2. I finally broke down and bought the Clifton 3s late last year. Mine have 350 miles on them and they seem fine. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t notice if they aren’t fine. How much might be too much do you think?

    1. It’s different for everyone and if they seem fine to you, they probably are. Working in a running shoe store, I can tell you Ralph, when your feet or shins start to ache then they probably aren’t fine. It’s the same with any shoe, there is no definite mileage and wear is different for everyone.

  3. Did you get a wide in the new model or did you stick with the regular? the last model i did was the 2 and it was way too narrow but if they come in wide now it might just be time to go back to my favorite shoe!

    1. The 2 was extremely narrow and a reason I did not run in it. I got the normal width in both the 3 and 4 and have been fine!

  4. I always thought they looked like moon shoes or the sketchers shoes that were supposed to make you lose weight way back… I saw someone with some new hokas and they did look more appealing… but idk… for the $$$… I use new balance v5 and they are lightweight and I don’t think of marshmallows but who knows maybe I’ll think about them again .

  5. I just tried hoka Clinton’s for the first time last year and have really enjoyed them. I did notice the 4s are much more attractive to the eye, so I’m looking forward to snagging a pair once their price drops a bit!

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