The Best Running Shoe We’ve Ever Owned
The Hoka One One Bondi 4 running shoe was the most clicked-on item on theWhat list last week. Many wrote in to ask why we rave about them. Alas, to start from the beginning, I discovered the shoe at a sporting goods store. I wasn’t even shopping for shoes.
I couldn’t help but notice that all the salespeople were wearing these odd-looking, clunky athletic shoes of a brand I’d never heard of (and I’m in the business of hearing about things). Curious, I asked if they received them for free. Emphatic “No’s” all around followed by positively rhapsodic praise about the shoe’s benefits. One guy with flat feet said he could run longer because of the cushioning. Another said his knees felt better wearing them. And another told me he doesn’t use them for exercise but likes to wear them at work since he’s on his feet all day. He claimed his body felt better than it had in years and he attributed it to the shoe. It all sounded too good to be true so of course I had to try them.
Recovering from a knee injury myself, I snatched up a pair and from the second I put them on I understood what all the fuss was about. The inside of the shoe cradles your foot like a firm but gentle hug. There’s a thick, springy cushion in the back which lessens the impact of heel strike and therefore minimizes shockwaves to the rest of your joints–from your knees to your hips to your back and shoulders. Weak knees were the source of my problems and once I cushioned and stabilized my feet with these shoes I noticed that my body started feeling better.
The key takeaways here are that these shoes are lightweight, create a stable cushion for your feet and therefore make walking or running easier on the joints. I haven’t been able to run since college but running six miles feels effortless now (my lungs are another story). I have told friends and family about these shoes and given pairs as gifts to injured friends. It’s been two years since I discovered them and so far no complaints from me or anyone who has bought or received them.
Hoka One One also makes a great hiking shoe which I’ve recently started wearing–excellent ankle support, waterproof, lightweight, and stylish. I feel guilty about all of my other sports shoes collecting dust in a corner but once I find something I love, the others don’t stand a chance. Sometimes too good to be true just is.