Shoe Review: Clifton vs Clifton

 Kristen wearing her Hoka Cliftons

Kristen wearing her Hoka Cliftons

By Kristen O'Connell

The Hoka One One Clifton is one my favorite training shoes. After suffering from many stress fractures and overuse injuries I was hesitant to try out a lower drop shoe (5mm). With the combination of Berry Superfeet for my high arches, I found my go to duo for marathon training!

 Ready to run in the rereleased Hoka Clifton 1

Ready to run in the rereleased Hoka Clifton 1

When you first look at Hokas you will see a very high stack height and a rocking chair support system called Meta Rocker, which helps guide your feet after fatigue has set in and keeps your form in check. Hoka is known for their lightweight and plush marshmallow cushion that is good for long runs to races. Now on their 5th edition, Hoka decided to bring back the OG Clifton. The rereleased Clifton 1 has the original vibrant colors and as well as a soft EVA midsole and light breathable upper. This edition of the Clifton is an ounce lighter than the current Clifton 5. After loving the Clifton 4 (read Kristen’s review of the Hoka Clifton 4 here - she went through 3 pairs), I was happy to try out the new updated Clifton 5 which has a little bit more plush cushion and the toe box accommodates any foot, narrow or wide.

 Rereleased Hoka Clifton 1 via Hoka One One

Rereleased Hoka Clifton 1 via Hoka One One

 Hoka Clifton 5 via Hoka One One

Hoka Clifton 5 via Hoka One One

I had never tried out the Clifton 1 and was happy when they released it for a second go around. In the rereleased Clifton 1, the upper is definitely different and lighter then the Clifton 5 and the tongue isn’t as plush which can sometimes cause irritation if you aren’t wearing socks that are high enough. The lighter material is definitely very breathable and a great shoe for workouts and races. Since there is less shoe, the cushion of Clifton 1 isn’t as much as the Clifton 5. Overall, for long runs I will be sticking to the Clifton 5 and for shorter runs and workouts the Clifton 1 will be a good alternative for a lighter, faster shoe

Shoe Specs: 

Clifton 1

  • Weight: 7.7oz (Men's) | 6.5oz (Women's)

  • Drop: 5mm

  • High Level Cushioning

  • Neutral

Clifton 5

  • Weight: 9.4oz (Men's) | 7.6oz (Women's)

  • Drop: 5mm

  • High Level Cushioning

  • Neutral