Hoka One One Walking Shoes
In this article, we’ll break down the different kinds of Hoka One One walking shoes based on their features and your needs.
We’ll break down the different models based on their technology and how it applies to you. Then, we’ll help you decide which specific model will be the best match for you.Read More
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Hoka One One Ora Recovery Shoe – Hoka’s Light Recovery Shoe
The Ora Recovery Shoe is built to be a lightweight, breathable recovery shoe. It's great for running errands or doing household chores. Or just for slipping on at home after a long day at work.
It’s got plush cushioning that’ll help your feet feel relaxed, like wearing a supportive slipper.
The Ora is a slip-on shoe, with a pull tab on the back so you can slide the shoe on and off effortlessly. This makes it a good pick if you want to change from shoe to shoe throughout your day.
Just note, the Ora is not a stability shoe. It doesn’t have a ton of structure, so you won’t feel the kind of support you would get from other walking shoes. So if you have trouble with pronation, you’d probably want to choose a different model.
What you'll notice:
- Soft cushion
Like all recovery shoes, comfort is the first thing you’re going to notice when you slide into the shoe. The midsole has plenty of soft cushioning to cradle your foot. It’ll feel like walking on squishy foam.
- Light & breathable
One of the things that makes this a popular recovery shoe is just how light it is. The upper is super thin to keep the weight down, and it’s also super breathable. This means you can wear this shoe all day and your feet won’t get hot or sweaty.
Hoka One One Bondi – Hoka One One’s Maximally Cushioned Walking Shoe
The Bondi is Hoka’s most heavily cushioned walking shoe. This shoe has a plush layer of foam that your feet practically sink into. This makes it a great choice if you'll be doing a lot of walking or standing on harder surfaces.
The Bondi also has a thick leather upper which means your foot won’t move around in the shoe. This is why a lot of people who are on their feet at work all day love the added stability in this model.
And one other note about the upper is just how thick and durable it is. This shoe can take a serious beating and still last a long time. This is yet another reason why hard workers who are always on their feet love the Hoka Bondi.
An added plus: The Bondi comes in a SR model, meaning slip-resistant. The outsole is super grippy to help prevent slips on oil, soap, and water. So if you’re working in a warehouse or in the service industry, you’ll probably appreciate the Bondi.
One thing to think about, the SR version is slightly heavier. Just keep this in mind when making your decision. If you need lots of cushion but still want a lighter model, then you might want to stick with the regular Bondi model (not the SR).
Also, the Bondi doesn’t have the technology to help you with pronation. So if you’ve got flat feet and need extra arch support, you may want a model built specifically for that.
What you'll notice:
- Extra cushion
The Bondi is known for having even more cushion than your typical comfort model. It’s soft and feels great even just standing in them. A great shoe if you struggle with foot pain or are on your feet all day.
- Roomy toe box
Some walking shoes can be too narrow and not leave enough space for your toes to spread out. The Bondi, however, has plenty of room for your toes to splay freely. This makes it great for long walks (or long hours) where your feet can get warm and swell up.
Hoka One One Cavu 3 Slip – Hoka One One’s Speed Walker
The Cavu is a super lightweight and flexible walking shoe, great for power walking.
Like the Ora, the Cavu 3 Slip doesn’t have laces, so it’s easy to slip on and off. But this shoe is definitely lighter than the Ora, making it a nice speedy model.
And the Cavu 3 Slip has a springier midsole that absorbs ground impact and propels your foot into the next step. And because the shoe does this extra work for you, it saves your calf muscles from working so hard. This means you can walk longer without getting drained.
Just note, the Cavu 3 has less cushioning. This means that it’s not the best choice if you’re looking for a pillowy recovery shoe. This is a leaner shoe intended for speed walking.
What you’ll notice:
- Springy support
The midsole is more responsive than your typical walking shoe. When you take your first steps, you’ll feel the shoe springing your foot forward.
- Light & breatheable
If you’re looking for a walking shoe that feels breezy, you'll appreciate the knit upper. It’s designed for letting air in and out, keeping your feet nice and cool.
How do I choose the best Hoka One One walking shoe for me?
When choosing a walking shoe, you’ll need to think about the activities you’ll need them for.
Here are some things you should factor in:
- The kind of surfaces you’re walking on
- The distance you typically walk
- And of course, your unique foot shape
Leisure walking & errands
This means you’re mainly walking around the house, running errands, or taking the dogs for a lap around the neighborhood. For this type of walking, comfort is the main factor you’d want in a shoe.
The Ora Recovery Shoe is a great choice for casual walking. It’s got tons of plush cushioning and is super breathable. This makes the Ora a great shoe for light walking days or just lounging around the house.
If you need a shoe to wear to the gym or for power walks, you’ll need something a little lighter and speedier.
From the Hoka line-up, the Cavu 3 Slip is a great choice. It’s got a light, sleek design, and the springy cushioning is great for faster activities. It also has elastic bands that hold your foot in place during rapid movement.
If you do a lot of standing or walking throughout your day, you'll want a shoe that’s got plenty of cushioning.
The Hoka Bondi has that extra cushioning you'd be looking for. It’s got a ton of foam packed under your heel, making it extremely plush. It also has a meta rocker design that rolls your feet forward effortlessly. Your feet will feel good even after a long day of walking on a concrete floor or around a busy restaurant.
As an added bonus: The Bondi also comes in a SR model, which has a slip-resistant sole in case you work somewhere with potential slip hazards.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use the same pair of shoes for daily walking and exercise?
In most cases, you can. But you’ll be better off if you choose two separate shoes. The right shoe for walking might not support the kind of exercise you do. It’ll also help your shoes last longer if you have two separate pairs.
How often should I replace my Hoka One One walking shoes?
In most cases, you should be able to get 350-500 miles out of your walking shoes before you’ll need to invest in a new pair. It’s around this time the technology tends to wear down and doesn’t protect you the way it’s designed to.
Here are some indicators that it may be time to upgrade your walking shoes:
- If you notice the tread is less grippy than it used to be
- If your foot moves around in the shoe because the upper has loosened
- If you feel achy or you experience joint pain either during or after walking. This could mean that the tech has broken down and isn’t supporting you anymore.
I need help deciding: Which would be the best all-around Hoka walking shoe?
Hoka One One Ora: This is a great shoe for everyday walking. It’s light and keeps your feet cool. It’s got a ton of cushioning. Its slides right on and off with ease (no laces). Plus, it’s pretty stylish looking.
All-in-all, this may just be one of the most comfortable, leisure walking shoes on the market.
Hoka One One Bondi: You could think of the Bondi as sort of a heftier version of the Ora. It’s a maximally cushioned walking shoe. This means you can be on your feet all day without feeling any soreness or discomfort.
It also has a much more durable, leather upper. This protects your feet and keeps them warm. It’s also much more sturdy than the Ora, so it’ll hold your foot in place while moving around.Back To Top