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A balanced road running shoe that is soft and light, the Clifton 8 is the latest iteration from the popular Clifton franchise. Our Clifton 8 Running Shoe Review took place in New York City, where one lucky editor got to put 300+ miles of running research into this article. From Battery Park laps on the Hudson Greenway to Central Park trails, we put the Clifton 8 to the test.

HOKA Clifton 8 Overview

Widely known within the HOKA product line, the Clifton 8 has been a staple for years. Used as a casual walking shoe to a marathon race day shoe, the Clifton 8 has the perfect combination of lightweight and plush softness.

Visually, the Clifton 8 looks well-balanced. The traditional, flatter outsole is packed with EVA Foam to give the shoe a cloud-like feel. This extra padding is great for absorbing impact and having a consistently soft feel.

Editors Note:

I had just come from testing the On Cloudmonster on the West Coast in San Francisco. When I returned to NYC, I was asked to review the Clifton 8. Immediately I felt a more stable footing. On one hand, the Cloudmonster wanted to jump out with each step. While the Clifton 8 had a more conservative and stable feel. I liked how the Clifton 8 made me feel grounded with each step. It is a very versatile all-around shoe.

Features & Benefits

The rubber gusseted tongue stands out instantly as being softer than most shoes. Paired with the extra tall extended heel pull tab, the ankle receives exceptional 360° support. This combination of plus tongue and thick EVA outsole makes for a comfortable shoe.

Additionally, the perforated upper makes this shoe the perfect choice for summertime. When winter comes, check out the Challenger GTX, which is waterproof.

Best of all, the Clifton 8 is an outstanding walking shoe. If you are looking for a do-it-all trainer, the Clifton 8 is the shoe for you.

Editor Notes:

The thing about running shoes is that everyone’s foot and running style is different. While the Clifton felt a bit damp – as in not having the pop I prefer in a shoe – it did fit phenomenally well. If you are new to running or not sure what your shoe preference is yet, the Clifton checks every box. Professional racers even wear this shoe, so it is all preference. I like this shoe and will continue to wear it as a walking shoe.

HOKA Clifton 8 Review Summary

The Clifton 8 is an all-around excellent performing shoe. Loaded with comfort features, the light-weight construction makes this one of the most versatile shoes on the market.

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