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13 Best Hoka One One Running Shoes for Women for 2018

A decade ago, the natural running trend convinced thousands that because running was natural, our feet were made for running, so running shoes should be as light, flexible, and close to the ground as possible. Ideally we’d all run barefoot.

Not Hoka One One. From their founding in 2009, their signature has been maximalist shoes with high heel stacks, generous forefoot cushioning, and low heel-toe drop, while still being as light as possible. Almost ten years later, the natural running fad is busy dealing with knee problems and back pain, while Hoka has growing numbers of devoted customers who swear by their shoes.

Based on a survey of 11,000 runners, this list of the best women’s Hoka shoes will help you find the right Hoka for you. Even if you think you don’t like Hokas, don’t need Hokas, or can’t run in Hokas. Whether your running game is a casual jog, a PR-blasting road workout, or technical mountain trails, Hoka has a shoe for you.

Number 13

Women's Hoka One One Vanquish 3

Women's Hoka One One Vanquish 3

Maybe you’ve heard that Hoka only makes shoes for neutral runners. Not so, according to runners who typically run in stability shoes. In the list of top Hoka One One women’s running shoes, the Vanquish is a “neutral” shoe that stands out for its stability. With its exceptionally soft heel and forefoot that still provide a responsive ride, the Vanquish is classic Hoka: winning runner’s hearts and minds by giving them what they want on their feet.

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Number 12

Women's Hoka One One Infinite

Women's Hoka One One Infinite

The Infinite is another Hoka model that runners who typically turn to support shoes may want to consider. Among Hoka women’s shoes, the Infinite combines stability with the cushioning runners expect from Hoka, resulting in a shoe that is light, comfortable, and responsive.

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Number 11

Women's Hoka One One Arahi 2

Women's Hoka One One Arahi 2

At first glance, almost all the Hoka models are classified as shoes for neutral runners, with not a single stability trainer to be found. Look more closely, however, and you’ll find many runners who used to run in traditional stability trainers enjoying life in their Hokas. Many of the Hoka models incorporate stability features, and the Arahi is the most stable Hoka model for countering overpronation.

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Number 10

Women's Hoka One One Bondi 5

Women's Hoka One One Bondi 5

When it comes to Hoka shoes for women, think of the Bondi as peak Hoka, the culmination of maximum stack height. As the most cushioned Hoka, many runners with shin splints or back pain report good experiences with the Bondi 5.

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Number 9

Women's Hoka One One Gaviota

Women's Hoka One One Gaviota

If you drive up the California coast past Hoka’s headquarters in Goleta, Gaviota is where Highway 101 leaves the beach and heads into the rugged Santa Ynez Mountains. The difficult combination of beach and mountain running might have inspired the Gaviota, Hoka’s innovative approach to motion control shoes. Hoka being Hoka, the Gaviotas are some of the lightest motion control shoes available for runners who need a high degree of stability and cushioning.

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Number 8

Women's Hoka One One Speed Instinct 2

Women's Hoka One One Speed Instinct 2

Hoka women’s running shoes are a highly versatile bunch. Daily running and trail shoes both tend toward bulk, but the Speed Instinct is barely any heavier than the feather-light Arahi. Hoka may have cut unnecessary weight, but it didn’t sacrifice the Speed Instinct’s durability and reliable cushioning.

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Number 7

Women's Hoka One One Stinson ATR 4

Women's Hoka One One Stinson ATR 4

The Stinson ATR 4 shows what Hoka walking shoes might be like: light enough for an afternoon stroll, rugged enough for an ultramarathon on mountain trails. At 10.5 ounces, the Stinson is the heaviest Hoka model on this list, which makes them about the same weight as other brands’ typical daily trainers. The difference is that Hoka has built an unsurpassed amount of heel and forefoot cushioning into the Stinson, its most supportive shoe.

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Number 6

Women's Hoka One One Hupana 2

Women's Hoka One One Hupana 2

When you’re in the zone for a PR road race effort, where you put your feet matters. It’s the difference between stumbling over ruts or debris, and flying over them. That’s why some shoes like the Hupana stand out for having great midfoot “lockdown” – the absolute confidence that your foot is going exactly where you want it to. The Hupana is the lightest and least expensive model on this list, and its sole offers the highest energy return. Many runners appreciate the Hoka cushioning in a medium-stack package. Five miles into your target 10K race, what you might notice is the Hupana’s great midfoot lockdown.

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Number 5

Women's Hoka One One Clayton 2

Women's Hoka One One Clayton 2

The best women’s Hoka One One shoes includes multiple options for training, for trails, and for tearing off the starting line. The Clayton is another uptempo performance shoe that’s just a half ounce heavier than the Tracer. It combines a soft heel and Hoka cushioning with a firmer forefoot and more responsive toe-off for when you need to shift from “fast” to “see ya.”

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Number 4

Women's Hoka One One Challenger ATR 4

Women's Hoka One One Challenger ATR 4

With a grippy sole and extended toe-cap to protect your foot, the Challenger ATR 4 is clearly a shoe for the trails. But as Hoka’s lightest trail shoe, the Challenger also achieves a fantastic ratio of cushion to weight, even while packing trail features and Hoka cushioning into just 8 ounces.

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Number 3

Women's Hoka One One Clifton 4

Women's Hoka One One Clifton 4

The wildly popular Clifton is Hoka’s reference shoe. Its combination of support, light weight, and cushioning effectively reduces impact forces, and runners dealing with supination, shin splints, knee problems, and back pain report that the Clifton has helped them. Runner’s World calls the Clifton 4 its Best Update. We call the Clifton one of the best Hoka shoes for women.

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Number 2

Women's Hoka One One Tracer 2

Women's Hoka One One Tracer 2

Do you have a need for speed...and a longing for stability in your life? Hoka has the shoe for you. The Tracer 2 has higher than average stability features, all the more unusual for a lightweight, performance-focused uptempo trainer and racing shoe. Maybe you’ve avoided Hokas because the high heel stack looks bulky and cumbersome, but the Tracer 2 offers Hoka cushioning in a more traditional, medium-stack package. Weighing only 6.7 ounces in a size 8, the Tracer 2 is the second lightest model on a list full of featherweights.

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Number 1

Women's Hoka One One Speedgoat 2

Women's Hoka One One Speedgoat 2

The Speedgoat is named for a 50K mountain race held among the peaks of Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon. Many people prefer to approach these peaks with climbing ropes, harnesses, and technical gear, but others think that the right running shoes is all you need. Hoka’s Speedgoat 2 is a maximal trail shoe with an exceptionally soft heel and forefoot, Vibram lugs for traction, and great lockdown – when you’re flying across a boulder field at 10,000 feet, you don’t want any surprises about where your feet land. All this makes the Speedgoat a Runner’s World Editor’s Choice and a great trail running shoe.

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