This post comes from a reader’s comments. I’ve posted their comments here so they are easier to find. This is good firsthand experience and may be helpful to others considering the Hokas as a shoe for the Ridge Run.
Good Support and Relieved Foot Pain
I have wide feet, big arches and am a big guy and have been suffering a little plantar fasciitis which i attributed to quickly shifting from a full support road shoe to a minimal trail shoe. I’ve been successfully stretching and training through it, but the next two weeks i really want to focus on miles not managing foot pain.
After reading your review and considering the cons, I tried on and eventually ordered a pair of Hoka Ones and did some moderate miles on them. I ran in them today from Bridger to the M. For the first time in weeks, my foot with the Plantar’s felt no pain after a run with steep hills in it. The supported the heck out of my arch up, down and sideways. I felt unsteady on some of it, but getting used to running in them took a while. No way to describe it other than to tell someone to run in them. The roll forward, and are not generally nimble, but seem super spongy and absorb some foot placement errors – an odd but interesting sensation.
Big Toe Blisters
I too developed some blisters – one on each big toe on the top. I’m pretty sure these were mostly a function of the last mile when it is very steep down.
These shoes stick amazingly well on down hill on the loose gravel. So much that the shoe stops, and my toes were repeatedly jammed into the front of the shoe (I’m not so nimble as many trail runners -this might be a problem specific to me).
They also weren’t particularly nimble on the rocky, very uneven sections between Saddle and Baldy. In those areas, especially until i was used to it, I sort of felt like I was falling off the base all the time. However, on moderate downhills and the better section of trails, they were a joy to run in. Uphill i don’t move fast enough that the lack of nimbleness is a big concern.
I think these are going to be great shoes for going up Sypes or Truman Gulch, but perhaps not the ultimate Ridge Shoe. But for now, give me toe pain and blister management over the plantar’s anyday. I’ll be making the game day decision on these for the BRR.