The all new HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 8, a running shoe we can’t wait to get our hands on. The next generation of a beloved running shoe, the Clifton 8 refines the Clifton franchise’s overachieving union of signature HOKA cushion, smooth-riding geometry, and remarkably lightweight construction. Offering the features that have made the Clifton a beloved family of shoes for runners of all speeds, the Clifton 8 carefully refines the fit, weight and ride of previous models to make this the best, smoothest-riding version yet.
The Overachieving Continues
The Clifton changed the conversation around maximally-cushioned footwear when it debuted in 2014, nullifying what runners considered a traditional trade-off between lightweight performance and supportive cushion. It quickly became one of the most popular HOKA styles and earned its status as a daily mileage workhorse for beginners and serious runners alike – a reputation that has been reinforced through seven iterations. The next generation of this ultimate runner’s running shoe, the Clifton 8 continues to deliver the unprecedented weight-to-cushion ratio that has made it a favorite for its simultaneous smooth support and up-tempo capabilities.
“We have always viewed the Clifton as an ‘overachiever’,” said Gretchen Weimer, Vice President of Product at HOKA ONE ONE. “Each version has exceeded the expectations of runners, both in the amount of innovation built into such a lightweight shoe, and in the experience they have while wearing it. The Clifton is also designed to empower runners to reach their next level and ‘overachieve’ on their own goals. The ‘8’ is no exception, and it’s arguably the most overachieving rendition yet of this game-changing shoe.”
Smooth On Down the Road
The Clifton 8 remains insanely light while improving on durability and the smooth-riding experience it provides runners at every pace. The most significant update is an all-new, ultra-light midsole foam designed to offer a soft, cushioned impact while adding an energetic response with each step. It also features a new engineered mesh upper designed to be ultra-light, highly breathable, and resilient enough for athletes to put this shoe through any workout. The wide base provides a degree of inherent stability, while an ultra-plush tongue and refined Achilles pull tab are designed to make this the most comfortable edition of the Clifton to date.
“We hear from so many runners that the Clifton is a ‘perfect’ shoe, but we know it can be even better, and we aren’t willing to stop pushing for innovation and improvement,” said Weimer. “We knew that we had to proceed very carefully with this update, tweaking the areas of opportunity we identified without undercutting the features that have made the Clifton so popular. Our team successfully walked that line with the Clifton 8 to produce a really incredible update that has really enhanced the ride experience.”
The Clifton 8 is available at hokaoneone.com and at HOKA dealers worldwide. MSRP $130.
Extended crash pad for a softer landing.
Engineered mesh upper delivers lightweight breathability.
Early stage Meta-Rocker for a smoother ride.
HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 8 Details
SMOOTH ON DOWN THE ROAD The latest in the award-winning Clifton franchise, the Clifton 8 continues to deliver the perfect combination of soft and light. Crafted with a lighter, more responsive midsole and the same ride characteristics, the Clifton 8 features a streamlined silhouette and updated upper made from engineered mesh. How it’s different: New midsole compound offers one of our lightest, most energetic foams to date. Why you’ll love it: We kept what you love and updated what you didn’t.
- Breathable mesh upper
- Gusseted tongue
- EVA foam
- Early stage Meta-Rocker
- Extended pull tab
- High-abrasion rubber
- Flat-waisted geometry