Shoe walls used to be boring. Now, they’re overstimulating; a bricolage of vibrancy and sheen splattered across thick rubber soles and 3D-knit mesh. It can be difficult to tell the difference between a casual running shoe and one meant to pound out 16-mile efforts (without the help of a clerk). But it’s never been hard to pick out Hoka One One’s shoes, with their ultra-thick soles, from the rest of the pack. And if you need an intro to one of running’s more distinct brands, start with its best-selling Clifton, which is currently 26 percent off.
The Clifton is a prime representative of Hoka. It’s lighter than its full EVA midsole makes it look — 9.4 ounces if you’re counting — and has a gently rockered bottom that helps roll the foot through a stride. The discounted model comes with a close-fitting knit upper that only increases what Hokas might be best known for: comfort.
The Gear Patrol Commuter, made in tandem with Priority Bicycles, was inspired by — and tested on — the streets of New York City. Streamlined for your everyday grind, it a pairs a durable, easy-to-maintain feature set with an understated colorway you won’t find anywhere else. Buy Now: $899 $799
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