Saucony Vs Asics Sizing Chart: How Are They Different?

Saucony Vs Asics Sizing Chart: How Are They Different?

When you compare Saucony vs ASICS sizing, it becomes very interesting.

TBH, I also did not know what exactly are the differences, before I did the research for this article.

When you compare data side by side, the kind of details that pop up is just fascinating…

Did you know ASICS has some odd measurements for some of the sizes and those size numbers actually tally up with Saucony, whose length is again different from ASICS?

Did I confuse you? Well, don’t worry I’ll present the differences between ASICS and Saucony sizing as clearly as possible.

BTW, I did not compare the heel-to-toe drop of Saucony and Asics with each other as I’ve already covered that in this article.

Let’s procced…

Related: Do Hokas Run Big, Small, Or True To Size?

Saucony Vs Asics Sizing

Saucony Vs ASICS Sizing: Differences

1. For some lengths ASICS lengths increase by 0.25cm and not by cm0.5 like 25.25cm, 28.25cm for men, and 22.75cm, 25cm.75 for women. Such an increase is not present in Saucony.

2. For Saucony women’s size starts from 21.5cm(8.46 in)/5(US)/3(UK)/35.5(EU). For ASICS women’s size starts from 22.75cm (8.96 in)/5.5(US)/3.5(UK)/36(EU).

3. For Saucony men’s size starts from 22.5cm (8.86 in)/4.5(US)/3.5(UK)/37(EU). For ASICS men’s size starts from 22.5cm (8.86 in)/4(US)/3(UK)36(EU).

4. Most of the men’s sizes of Saucony are equivalent to an ASICS number by 0.5 steps. It is the same for women’s except for the bigger sizes.

5. For women’s shoes ASICS has the sizes 5.5(US)/3.5(UK)/36(EU) corresponding to the length of 22.75cm(8.96 in). Such a size is not present in Saucony.

6. For women’s shoes ASICS has the size 9(US)/7(UK)/40.5(EU) corresponding to the length of 25.75cm(10.13 in). Although the same numbers are present in Saucony it represents the length of 25.5cm (10.03 in).

7. For men’s shoes, ASICS has the size 7(US)/6(UK)/40(EU) corresponding to the length of 25.25cm(10.13 in). Although the same numbers are present in Saucony it represents the length of 25cm (9.84 in).

8. For men’s shoes, ASICS has the size 10.5(US)/9.5(UK)/44.5(EU) corresponding to the length of 28.25cm(10.13 in). Although the same numbers are present in Saucony it represents the length of 28.5cm (11.22 in).

9. Saucony has more sizes of men’s shoes for the longer lengths than ASICS.

10. For women’s shoes ASICS has more sizes available than Saucony for longer lengths.

11. For women’s shoes Saucony has more sizes available than Asics for shorter lengths.

Related: Running Shoe Heel Drop Chart (Illustrated)

Saucony Vs ASICS Sizing: Women’s Shoes (cm, inches)

cm (inches)

Saucony (US)

ASICS (US)

Saucony (UK)

ASICS (UK)

Saucony (EU)

ASICS (EU)

-

4

-

2

-

34.5

-

-

4.5

-

2.5

-

35

-

21.5 cm

(8.46 in)

5

-

3

-

35.5

-

22 cm

(8.66 in)

5.5

-

3.5

-

36

-

22.5 cm

(8.85 in)

6

-

4

-

37

-

22.75 cm

(8.96 in)

-

5.5

-

3.5

-

36

23 cm

(9.05 in)

6.5

6

4.5

4

37.5

37

23.5 cm

(9.25 in)

7

6.5

5

4.5

38

37.5

24 cm

(9.45 in)

7.5

7

5.5

5

38.5

38

24.5 cm

(9.65 in)

8

7.5

6

5.5

39

39

25 cm

(9.85 in)

8.5

8

6.5

6

40

39.5

25.5 cm

(10.03 in)

9

8.5

7

6.5

40.5

40

25.75 cm

(10.13 in)

-

9

-

7

-

40.5

26 cm

(10.24 in)

9.5

9.5

7.5

7.5

41

41.5

26.5 cm

(10.43 in)

10

10

8

8

42

42

27 cm

(10.63 in)

10.5

10.5

8.5

8.5

42.5

42.5

27.5 cm

(10.83 in)

11

11

9

9

43

43.5

28 cm

(11.03 in)

-

11.5

-

9.5

-

44

28.5 cm

(11.23 in)

-

12

-

10

-

44.5

Download Saucony Vs Asics Size Chart For Women

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ASICS Vs Saucony Sizing: Men’s Shoes (cm, inches)

cm (inches)

Saucony (US)

ASICS (US)

Saucony (UK)

ASICS (UK)

Saucony (EU)

ASICS (EU)

-

3

-

2

-

35

-

-

3.5

-

2.5

-

35.5

-

-

4

-

3

-

36

-

22.5cm

(8.86 in)

4.5

4

3.5

3

37

36

23cm

(9.05 in)

5

4.5

4

3.5

37.5

37

23.5cm

(9.25 in)

5.5

5

4.5

4

38

37.5

24cm

(9.45 in)

6

5.5

5

4.5

38.5

38

24.5cm

(9.64 in)

6.5

6

5.5

5

39

39

25 cm

(9.84 in)

7

6.5

6

5.5

40

39.5

25.25 cm

(9.94 in)

-

7

-

6

-

40

25.5 cm

(10.04 in)

7.5

7.5

6.5

6.5

40.5

40.5

26 cm

(10.24 in)

8

8

7

7

41

41.5

26.5 cm

(10.43 in)

8.5

8.5

7.5

7.5

42

42

27 cm

(10.63 in)

9

9

8

8

42.5

42.5

27.5 cm

(10.83 in)

9.5

9.5

8.5

8.5

43

43.5

28 cm

(11.02 in)

10

10

9

9

44

44

28.25 cm

(11.12 in)

-

10.5

-

9.5

-

44.5

28.5 cm

(11.22 in)

10.5

11

9.5

10

44.5

45

29 cm

(11.42 in)

11

11.5

10

10.5

45

46

29.5 cm

(11.61 in)

11.5

12

10.5

11

46

46.5

30 cm

(11.81 in)

12

-

11

-

46.5

-

30.5 cm

(12 in)

12.5

-

11.5

-

47

-

31 cm

(12.20 in)

13

-

12

-

48

-

-

14

-

13

-

49

-

-

15

-

14

-

50

-

-

16

-

15

-

51.5

-

Download ASICS size compared to Saucony (Men)

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Do ASICS Run Bigger Or Smaller Than Saucony?

No, ASICS doesn’t run bigger or smaller than Saucony as for almost every length of Saucony there is an ASICS running shoe present, except for some of the higher and lower sizes.

However, this misconception arises because the numbers that the shoe represents in both brands are different.

For example, let’s pick the size 6.5(US) of Saucony for the women’s shoes which are 23 cm in length. The same length is represented by ASICS with the number 6(US).

Let’s check another example…

For the length of 26.5 cm of women’s shoes both ASICS and Saucony represent it with the number 10(US).

You can find many such examples where for the same length the number that ASICS uses is bigger than that of Saucony.

So, basically every number that a shoe represents in any of these brands may represent the same or a different length and neither of them runs smaller or bigger than the other.

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Brooks Vs Saucony Vs Hoka: Which Brand Is Right For You?

Brooks Vs Saucony Vs Hoka: Which Brand Is Right For You?

Brooks Vs Saucony Vs Hoka. All of these sports shoe brands are among the most popular running shoe brands…

They are comfortable and they have their own set of fan-following…

But between these three brands, is there anyone who shines the most? Let’s find out…

Brooks Vs Saucony Vs Hoka

Brooks Vs Saucony Vs Hoka: Differences

1. Hoka shoe’s maximum drop is 6mm whereas both Saucony and Brooks have a maximum drop of 12mm.

2. Both Hoka and Brooks produce more types of sports shoes, whereas Saucony produces only running shoes.

3. Brooks manufactures all types of sports apparel including socks, Hoka has shorts, tops, and leggings and Saucony manufactures tops, bottoms, and innerwear for women.

4. Brooks has 4 trail-running models and 25 road running models of shoes, Hoka has 12 trail-running models and 20 road-running models of shoes, whereas Saucony has 5 trail-running models and 15 road-running models.

5. Between three brands Hoka has the thickest cushioning with a 40mm heel stack and a 36mm forefoot stack (Bondi) closely followed by Brooks Cascadia (39mm hs/35mm fs) and Saucony Endorphin Pro 2 and Saucony Hurricane 23 (39mm hs/31mm fs).

6. Between the three, Hoka has the most models of running shoes, followed by Brooks and Saucony in that order.

7. Between the three, Brooks shoes look more stylish whereas both Hoka and Saucony shoes have a bulky appearance.

Related: ON Running Vs Nike Sizing: Differences And Similarities

Hoka and New Balance: Similarities

  • The minimum drop of Hoka, Brooks, and Saucony is 4mm.
  • Brooks, Saucony, and Hoka are shifting towards eco-friendly and sustainable materials.
  • All three have running shoes in the maximal cushioning category.
  • All three manufacture running shoes for trails and roads.
  • All three brands have a non-restrictive fit.
  • All three use engineered mesh in the upper of their running shoes.
  • All three use a foam material that is a derivative of EVA foam.
  • All three have at least one model that has a carbon fiber plate.

Shoe Construction

As a runner, you may already have a favorite brand. It may be Hoka, Saucony, Brooks, or any other brand…

Choice of a running shoe is very personal…and between these three brands which you will prefer will also be completely based on the comfort that you feel in them.

For some, they may like the flex grooves of Brooks or the meta rocker technology of Hoka. Or, they may like the no-fuss minimalistic Saucony Kinvara.

There is no definite way to tell which shoe you will like the most, although, all of these are well constructed and all the companies have spent years together to perfect the comfort that these shoes provide…

So, let’s find out what these brands have to offer and how they will benefit you…

Midsole

When selecting a running shoe, one of the main things that you will look at is the midsole. This is a make-or-break for your purchase decision.

Then between Hoka, Brooks, and Saucony which fares the most and which is worthy of your investment…let’s find out…

When it comes to Brooks, there are only a couple of types of midsoles that are present. Each of these midsoles has its own characteristics and will provide you with a unique experience. We will describe each of them below…

Brooks midsole type: Cushion

The midsole material that falls in this category is the DNA LOFT. This is a carefully calibrated mix of mesh, air, and rubber to provide you with one of the softest and cushiest midsoles available on the market.

To come up with this material, Brooks has mixed EVA foam with rubber and air. This provides you with that soft and cushy feeling when you wear the shoes like Brooks Ghost, Brooks Adrenaline, etc.

Another type of midsole that belongs to the cushion category is the BioMoGo DNA. This was a similar type of material to DNA LOFT. However, in many shoes, Brooks is transitioning to DNA LOFT from BioMOGo DNA as the former is a bit softer and cushier.

Brooks midsole type: Energize

The cushion material that belongs to this category is the DNA AMP. It is a responsive material and provides you with excellent energy return rather than absorbing it.

The material is springy and bouncy and is not as soft as the DNA LOFT.

It is made from polyurethane (PU) foam which is encased in a thin layer of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU).

In this variation of PU that is being used in these shoes, you will find plastic combined with rubber for the firmness and the elasticity. The TPU also provides DNA AMP with additional rigidity.

Shoes that belong to this category are Brooks Levitate.

Brooks midsole type: Speed

This type of cushioning is meant for fast and adaptive energy return. The midsole material that is created for this purpose is built with nitrogen infusion.

It is a very lightweight midsole that is meant for speed and good energy return.

Another aspect that imparts the speed to these kinds of midsoles is the Carbon Fiber Propulsion Plate. This is an ultralight plate that helps to keep you in your preferred motion path so that you run more efficiently.

Shoes that belong to this category are Brooks Hyperion Tempo, Brooks Launch, Brooks Launch GTS, and Brooks Hyperion Elite.

Holistic GuideRails System

Apart from the midsole cushioning, there is another component that comes into play if you are dealing with overpronation.

To provide you with stability, Brooks has come up with something called Holistic GuideRails System.

This is excellent for providing you with support and bringing your knees back in the line of motion and protecting the knees from injuries.

Also, this is the standard technology that Brooks has incorporated in all of its stability shoes like Brooks Adrenaline GTS, Brooks Addiction GTS, Launch GTS, Brooks Beast, and Brooks Ariel.

Hoka Midsole

Like Brooks, Hoka also uses EVA foam as the base material for its midsoles however, it is being made into CMEVA or Compression-Molded EVA foam. This is the primary material for the midsole of Hoka Shoes.

Apart from CMEVA, for a more smooth and natural heel-to-toe transition, Hoka uses meta rocker technology which is present in almost all the Hoka shoes.

However, as mentioned earlier in the Hoka Vs New Balance post, there are basically two types of rocker technologies. The early-stage meta rocker and the late-stage meta rocker.

The difference between these two types of meta rockers is the position where the transition zone is placed.

In the case of an early-stage meta rocker, the transition zone is placed behind the metatarsals, whereas for a late-stage meta rocker, the transition zone is placed in front of the metatarsal.

For stability, Hoka uses a J-Frame which is basically a firmer foam on the medial side in the shape of a J. This provides additional support to the runners with overpronation.

For Hoka, there is another H-Frame technology that comes into play in some shoes like Gaviota. The midfoot H-Frame provides you with increased upper support and also locks down the midfoot.

Saucony Midsole

Saucony midsoles are also using the base material of EVA foam and have changed it to suit different types of running and cushioning requirements.

Here are some of the technologies that come into play in the midsole of Saucony running shoes:

PWRRUN

PWRRUN is one of the primary materials that are used in the midsoles of Saucony. It is a TPU EVA blend and provides you responsive and cushioned feeling.

All the subsequent midsole materials are mostly an enhanced version of PWRRUN except for VERSAFOAM.

You will find PWRRUN in Saucony Kinvara, Saucony Ride, Saucony Echelon, and Saucony Guide among others.

PWRRUN+

PWRRUN+ is an enhanced version of PWRRUN and is lighter, softer, and springier than PWRRUN.

This will provide you with excellent feedback and will keep your feet well protected.

Shoes that belong to the PWRRUN+ category are Hurricane, Triumph, Cohesion, etc.

PWRRUN PB

This is yet another improvement in PWRRUN. The PWRRUN PB midsoles are made from a PEBA-based midsole and are very soft.

The responsiveness of these midsoles is slightly less and will provide you with excellent cushioning.

Running shoes from Saucony that uses PWRRUN PB are Endorphin Pro, Freedom, etc.

VERSARUN

This is a durable cushioning that is based on EVA foam and is very responsive. This holds its shape for a variety of activities.

Shoes that use VERSARUN are Cohesion.

Carbon Fiber Plate

The carbon Fiber Plate is introduced in the Endorphin models of Saucony. This is extremely lightweight and durable and improves the responsiveness of these shoes.

It is great for speed shoes and is excellent for speed drills.

SPEED ROLL technology

This is an advanced technology which is basically a footwear geometry that provides you with an always forward feel.

S-CURVE Carbon Plate

This is the kind of carbon plate that is present in midsoles of shoes like Endorphin PRO. It is shaped in the form of a curve at the arch of the foot and it bends downwards slightly at the balls of the foot.

This improves the responsiveness of the shoe…

Related: Brooks Ghost Vs Saucony Endorphin Speed: Which One Is The Best Choice For You?

To improve the stability of the support shoes, Saucony uses an extended medial post. This stabilizes your feet and controls your overpronation.

If you try to compare the cushioning level of Saucony, Hoka, and Brooks, you will find all of them have all the varieties from ultra-plush cushioning to very responsive running shoes.

All of them have some models that incorporate the carbon fiber plate.

However, I felt, that the cushioning of DNA LOFT was slightly softer than that of PWRRUN and CMEVA. Being said that, I personally prefer a soft running shoe and have always liked DNA LOFT for that matter.

So, setting my bias aside, the kind of cushioning and responsiveness that these shoes provide is very good and you can consider them at par.

However, if you want to go for something which has an ultra-high level of cushioning then Bondi will be a great choice for neutral runners.

Go for Beast or Ariel if you are an overpronating runner. If you like minimal springy cushioning, the Saucony Kinvara should be your choice.

Outsole

The outsole of Hoka is mostly made of durable blown rubber which is highly abrasion-resistant.

This will provide you with an excellent grip on both wet and dry surfaces and is excellent for any kind of terrain.

The outsole of Hoka shoes is not completely covered with rubber. Instead, it has rubber stips placed on the high wear and tear prone areas. This reinforces those areas and improves durability.

Another type of outsole is common in Hoka. In this type, Hoka uses a rubberized version of CMEVA. Actually, this is not any separate layer, rather the exposed midsole layer is rubberized.

This way they saved up on the rubber strips of durable rubber and simultaneously lighten the overall weight of the shoe.

However, durability-wise, these outsoles are a bit less durable, and also the traction felt slightly lesser on the wet surfaces.

The outsole of Brooks employs similar things as in Hoka and Saucony to provide you with a durable outsole that has a good grip on both wet and dry surfaces.

It uses HPR rubber strips on the high wear and tears prone zones like the forefoot and the heels. The area between the forefoot and the heels is often devoid of such kind of rubber.

However, those areas are made in such a way that they don’t come in contact with the ground.

One thing that is common in all three brands is that they employ similar techniques to improve the flexibility of the sole.

To improve the durability of the shoe, the usage of hard rubber is probably the only option. However, that adds to the stiffness of the outsole.

For that, there are flex grooves present on the forefoot. For Brooks, they are called Omega Flex Grooves. However, based on the shoe model, the type of grooves that are used also differ.

For example, in Brooks Ghost, the grooves are almost horizontal, whereas, in Launch, it is more in the shape of an arrow pattern.

You will not see such a difference in the rest of the two brands which use almost horizontal grooves for imparting flexibility to the forefoot.

For trail running shoes Brooks uses TrailTack. This is a sticky rubber compound that provides excellent grip on the trails.

The outsole of Saucony basically uses blown rubber that is spread across the forefoot and the heels.

Also, the kind of techniques that Saucony uses is similar to that of Brooks and Hoka for improving the grip and flexibility of the shoes.

However, the technologies that Saucony uses vary greatly from these brands and also from its shoe to shoe.

The technologies that Saucony uses in its outsole are:

TRI-FLEX

It improves the force dispersion over a larger surface and provides excellent flexibility and traction. It is often used with the EVERUN topsole.

XT-600

This is a carbon rubber compound that is used for improved durability. They provide excellent traction as well.

XT-900

This is a carbon rubber that uses excellent traction and durability. It is an improvement on XT-600.

CRYSTAL RUBBER

It provides you with very high durability and great traction. This material is more flexible than the XT series and provides you with a more natural movement.

Grip-wise, I would consider all the three brands at par. However, the rubberized midsoles that are used in some of the models of Hoka and Saucony have slightly lesser durability. Other than that, the outsoles of all these three brands are at par.

Upper

There are a lot of things that go into the upper of Hoka, Brooks, and Saucony.

However, what is common in all of these brands is that mostly they use Engineered Mesh.

Hoka mainly uses two types of mesh materials…one is the engineered mesh and the other is engineered jacquard mesh.

In Jacquard mesh, you will find complex designs are directly knitted in the mesh…whereas engineered mesh will give you a more open feel…

The breathability of both of these types of meshes is good…However, the appearance of jacquard mesh is denser and thicker.

To reduce its carbon footprint, Hoka has started using recycled materials for its upper…although not all of the models have recycled material, Hoka is speedily shifting towards that…

Most of the upper of Hoka shoes have TPU overlays…these overlays are used to reinforce the midfoot structure of the shoes.

The tongue of Hoka shoes is made from a similar mesh material as that of the upper and gives it a more uniform look like that of the upper. This makes the tongue breathable and comfortable.

Also, the tongue may be gusseted/integrated or non-gusseted/free…However, being anatomically designed, they will sit on the top of your foot properly and will not move around unnecessarily.

Hoka has started using that extended pull tabs in many models like Clifton or Mach. This is an Achilles support and also helps you to wear the shoe more easily…Also, it enhances the overall appeal of the shoe.

The heel counter of Hoka shoes are well constructed and locks your heel in. This doesn’t allow your heels to move around for any unforeseen accidents and/or create blisters.

Most of the shoes from Hoka have a Silicone Print Logo, some are glossy and some have a matt finish. This only enhances the appeal of the Hoka Shoes.

These Hoka Shoes have a sockliner which is from OrthoLite and most of them are removable. These are molded EVA sockliner and provide you with comfort and proper arch support.

The upper of Brooks running shoes are mostly made up of engineered mesh with the exception of the shoes that use GORE-TEX or GTX. It doesn’t use jacquard mesh as Hoka uses in some of the models.

The mesh material is well ventilated and keeps the airflow high inside the shoe.

Brooks is gradually moving towards a more sustainable type of mesh and is using recycled materials in its upper.

This is helping them to reduce their carbon footprint and is contributing to a cleaner environment.

Similar to Hoka and Saucony, Brooks also uses a removable sockliner that is meant to provide you with excellent comfort and arch support.

These sockliners are also breathable keeping the overall in-shoe environment dry.

Apart from this similarity, Brooks like Hoka is shifting towards the extended pull tab look. This not only improves the style of the shoes but also provides you with an easy way to put on the shoe.

The tongue of the running shoes of the Brooks brand is well padded and is mostly made of mesh material.

This makes the tongue comfortable and breathable, and it sits comfortably between the laces and the skin of the top of your feet. This avoids rubbing the laces which may cause blisters.

Like Hoka, the tongue of Brooks shoes may be gusseted or non-gusseted based on the model. However, what I’ve seen is no matter which model you choose, the tongue stays in place while running.

If you look at the upper of Saucony, it also has engineered mesh on the different models. The mesh that Saucony uses is also very breathable and like Brooks will help to keep the in-shoe environment cool and dry.

However, it uses FORMFIT in different models to provide you with exceptional fit and stretch according to the shape of your feet.

Most of the models of Saucony have adopted that extended pull tab. However, that pull tab is not as evident as that in Hoka or Brooks. If you are not observant, you will surely miss it. However, this also provides that added support to your Achilles area.

Also, the tongue of the shoes of Saucony is thick and well padded like its collar. This will keep you comfortable and will not move around while running.

In most of the models of Saucony, the tongue is anatomically designed and will provide you with the utmost comfort.

The laces that all these brands have adopted is a flat lace. They are mostly polyester laces that remain in place and are properly tied when you are running.

All the models have overlays on them. This reinforces the support of the upper and also enhances the overall style of the shoe.

Comfort-wise, the upper of all the three brands are at par, however, style-wise, I like Brooks more, followed by Hoka and then Saucony. This is a personal preference though, and it may vary for you.

Related: 10 Best Walking Shoes For Blister Prone Feet (Highly Rated)

Other Considerations

Hoka, Brooks and Saucony have a lot of similarities. All the brands produce running shoes whose most models are true to size although the way represent sizing may differ a bit. The cushioning is great, and so is the overall comfort.

Related: Topo Vs Altra Sizing Chart: How Different Are They?

However, there are a lot of differences. Firstly, Hoka is a low-drop shoe brand whereas both Saucony and Brooks have many models that have higher drops.

But most importantly, it is how they handle their cushioning which we have covered in great detail above.

Durability

Typically a Hoka shoe will last you for around 350 miles. After that, you may start to see the wear and tear.

Since most of the Hoka shoes fall in the max cushioned category, this is expected. I would invest in a good shoe that lasts for some lesser miles than spend the same money on a physician to fix the problems caused by a cheap running shoe.

For Brooks and Saucony, the durability is slightly higher around 400 to 450 miles. From a running distance perspective that may be another 1 month extra of running.

This is where I feel, Brooks fares slightly better.

Cushioning

The primary cushioning material of Hoka is CMEVA. It is a very cushy and responsive material. However, I feel, this is slightly stiffer than DNA LOFT which is one of the primary cushioning materials from Brooks.

Related: Hoka Bondi Vs Clifton – Which Hoka Is Best For Your Feet?

Brooks Ghost Vs Hoka Clifton – Which One Is Best For Your Feet?

Also, the PWRRUN or its further enhancements that you find in Saucony is soft and cushy. The cushioning is good and comfortable, but the bounciness could have been better.

However, that is slightly better with Hoka and Brooks.

It is hard to decide on which one is better as all the cushions score some points in one aspect and lose some in the other. But nonetheless, all of them are very comfortable. The final choice will be the kind that you would want…

Overall Fit And Comfort

The overall fit of both Brooks and Hoka are similar as both of them has a wideish fit. Saucony on the other hand, for some of the models, has a bit of a snug fit.

However, one big shortcoming of Hoka is that, apart from the popular models like Bondi and Clifton, most of the other models don’t have a wide fit.

This is true for Saucony as well, where apart from the models Kinvara and Triumph there are no wide shoes.

Brooks shines in this aspect. It has a wide and extra wide-fitting shoe for most of its models. This is good news for runners like me who have bunions. We need running shoes that are wider on the forefoot.

Related: 6 Best Running Shoes For Tailor’s Bunion

Pricing

The starting price of Brooks running shoes is around $75 and in the range between $75 to $100, you have a lot of variety including trail running shoes.

However, with Hoka, the starting price of their road running range is around $130. You will not find a road running shoe in the $50-$100 range.

For Saucony, the starting price is around $85. Also, in the price range up to $100, you will not have a lot of options.

So, if you want to just try out a Hoka or Saucony, then you will have to pay a little more than Brooks. Also, the choices that you will have, may not be what you want.

However, for the most premium shoes, all the models, the prices reach slightly above $200.

So, if you don’t want to spend a lot of money, then you can go for Brooks…

However, if you have a budget of $100 or above, you have options from all of these brands.

Conclusion

If you compare Saucony Vs Hoka Vs Brooks, all of these brands almost are at par.

There are a couple of places where Hoka gets a few extra points and in others, Brooks or Saucony scores high.

So, if we want to pick a winner then it will not be fair to the other two Brands. The whole thing that the choice between these brands will boil down to the kind of comfort you feel in these shoes.

For me, I prefer Brooks and I cannot describe all the reasons why…but it feels more comfortable for me…and I don’t end up with bunion pain.

Other than that, I loved the shoes of all the three brands and you will love them as well…

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Topo Vs Altra Sizing Chart: How Different Are They?

Topo Vs Altra Sizing Chart: How Different Are They?

Comparing the sizes of Topo and Altra is very interesting.

They have almost similar sizes with one of them offering a couple of extra sizes for both men and women.

Also, some of the size numbers in Topo and Altra are different, however, the length in cm or inches are the same.

That is why we have included, the length of the shoe in cm (inches) along with sizes for each country like US, UK, EU…

This helps standardize the sizes and you will be able to tally the sizes based on an actual length and not some arbitrary number.

Related: New Balance Size Chart Vs Nike

Topo Vs Altra Sizing

Topo Vs Altra Sizing: Differences

1. Topo Athletic’s minimum length: 22.5 cm (8.85 inches) W/25 cm (9.84 inches) M, Altra‘s minimum length: 22 cm (8.66 inches) W/26 cm (10.24 inches) M

2. Topo Athletic doesn’t have 5.5 (US)/3.5 (UK)/36 (EU), 11.5 (US)/9.5 (UK)/44 (EU), and 13 (US)/11 (UK)/46 (EU) for women and 16 (US)/15 (UK)/51.5 (EU) for men. All these sizes are available in Altra.

3. Altra doesn’t have 7 (US)/6 (UK)/40 (EU) and 7.5 (US)/6.5 (UK)/40.5 (EU) sizes for men. These sizes are available in Topo Athletic.

4. The size 44.5 (EU) of Altra is equivalent to 44 of Topo Athletic for women’s shoes.

5. The size 44 (EU) of Altra doesn’t have an equivalent size in Topo Athletic for women.

6. The size 47.5 (EU) of Topo Athletic is equivalent to 47 (EU) of Altra for the men’s version of the shoes.

Related: Running Shoe Heel Drop Chart (Illustrated)

Topo Athletic Vs Altra Sizing: Women’s Shoes (cm, inches)

cm (inches)

TA (US)

Altra (US)

TA (UK)

Altra (UK)

TA (EU)

Altra (EU)

22 cm

(8.66 in)

N/A

5.5

N/A

3.5

N/A

36

22.5 cm

(8.85 in)

6

6

4

4

37

37

23 cm

(9.05 in)

6.5

6.5

4.5

4.5

37.5

37.5

23.5 cm

(9.25 in)

7

7

5

5

38

38

24 cm

(9.45 in)

7.5

7.5

5.5

5.5

38.5

38.5

24.5 cm

(9.65 in)

8

8

6

6

39

39

25 cm

(9.85 in)

8.5

8.5

6.5

6.5

40

40

25.5 cm

(10.03 in)

9

9

7

7

40.5

40.5

26 cm

(10.24 in)

9.5

9.5

7.5

7.5

41

41

26.5 cm

(10.43 in)

10

10

8

8

42

42

27 cm

(10.63 in)

10.5

10.5

8.5

8.5

42.5

42.5

27.5 cm

(10.83 in)

11

11

9

9

43

43

28 cm

(11.02 in)

N/A

11.5

N/A

9.5

N/A

44

28.5 cm

(11.22 in)

12

12

10

10

44

44.5

29.5 cm

(11.61 in)

N/A

13

N/A

11

N/A

46

Download Topo Vs Altra Size Chart For Women

Related: Top 24 Best Running Shoes For Bunions Reviewed

Altra Vs Topo Sizing: Men’s Shoes (cm, inches)

cm (inches)

Topo (US)

Altra (US)

Topo (UK)

Altra (UK)

Topo (EU)

Altra (EU)

25 cm

(9.84 in)

7

N/A

6

N/A

40

N/A

25.5 cm

(10.04 in)

7.5

N/A

6.5

N/A

40.5

N/A

26 cm

(10.24 in)

8

8

7

7

41

41

26.5 cm

(10.43 in)

8.5

8.5

7.5

7.5

42

42

27 cm

(10.63 in)

9

9

8

8

42.5

42.5

27.5 cm

(10.83 in)

9.5

9.5

8.5

8.5

43

43

28 cm

(11.02 in)

10

10

9

9

44

44

28.5 cm

(11.22 in)

10.5

10.5

9.5

9.5

44.5

44.5

29 cm

(11.42 in)

11

11

10

10

45

45

29.5 cm

(11.61 in)

11.5

11.5

10.5

10.5

46

46

30 cm

(11.81 in)

12

12

11

11

46.5

46.5

30.5 cm

(12 in)

12.5

12.5

11.5

11.5

47.5

47

31 cm

(12.20 in)

13

13

12

12

48

48

32 cm

(12.60 in)

14

14

13

13

49

49

33 cm

(13 in)

15

15

14

14

50

50

34 cm

(13.39 in)

N/A

16

N/A

15

N/A

51.5

Download Altra size compared to Topo (Men)

Related: Top 15 Best Running Shoes for Morton’s Neuroma Reviewed

Do Topo Athletic Run Bigger Or Smaller Than Altra?

Most of the sizes of Topo Athletic are the same as that of Altra. However, there are a couple of them that varies.

First of all, some of the sizes that are available in the women’s version of Altra running shoes are not present in Topo Athletic running shoes.

In the men’s version, the situation is the opposite. Some of the sizes that are available in Topo Athletic are not present in Altra.

There is an anomaly with the size 44 (EU) of Topo Athletic and that of 44.5 (EU) of Altra. Lengthwise both are similar, however, the numbering is different, and also, this is the last size that is available from Topo Athletic in the women’s version of the shoes.

However, the interesting thing about this size is that they are represented by the same numbers for Altra and Topo Athletic for the US and UK regions.

A similar anomaly exists for the men’s version of the shoes also. The 47.5 (EU) of Topo Athletic is equivalent to the size 47 (EU) of Altra s both of them have the same length.

But, for US and UK regions, are represented by the same number for both the companies.

Related: ON Running Vs Nike Sizing: Differences And Similarities

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10 Best Running Shoes For Blister-Prone Feet (Highly Rated)

10 Best Running Shoes For Blister-Prone Feet (Highly Rated)

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Blisters are annoying and pop up when you least want them (not that you ever want them, but you get the point…)

They are painful and take days to heal and leave nasty marks in their place of occupancy…

And unfortunately, some of us are more prone to blisters than others and with the hot combination of running shoes, we have to deal with this lingering problem almost every day…

Then what can you do?

There are two options, run barefoot…(still, there are chances of blisters and injuries) or, run wearing shoes that will reduce the chances of getting blisters…

Since you are here, I have a feeling that you like the second option…

If anything, go for Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22. This is a lightweight shoe with 3D print upper. It will not irritate your feet and create hot spots for blisters.

Also, we have selected the 10 best running shoes for blister-prone feet and we have tried to include a lot of different types of shoes to cater to different types of runners.

Best Running Shoes For Blister-Prone Feet (Detailed Review)

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 is one of my favorite running shoes. It is well constructed and is very comfortable.

Also, it provides you with excellent stability and knee protection.

What makes this good for blister-prone feet is that it has a no-sew construction. This means when you wear this shoe, there are no stitches that will rub against your skin to create hotspots.

This version of the shoe is slightly wider than the previous version. Your feet and toes will not feel cramped or suffocated while using this shoe.

Cramped space inside the toe box is one of the major reasons for blisters, especially on the little toe and the base of the big toe.

And if you have bunions, and have a tendency to get blisters, then wearing a narrower shoe is a sure shot way to get blisters.

However, with Adrenaline GTS, this is not the case. You will not feel that rubbing on the sides of the feet. If it was there may have can caused blisters.

 The insole is of premium quality and breathable. The finish of the insole is very smooth and doesn’t have rough patches. Also, it doesn’t have the tendency to bunch up and rub against the sole, especially under the toes.

So, there also, you are safe and may not have to deal with blisters.

Lastly, the ankle region and the heel area. Brooks throughout the years has perfected the shape of the heel and the ankle-cut height.

It is molded with a smooth collar that has a premium finish. Also, the inner area of the heel is also smooth and locks in your heels so that they cannot move around. This minimizes the rubbing and helps you to avoid blisters.

The tongue is also well padded and doesn’t move around while you are running. So, no part of your skin gets rubbed while running.

Also, this shoe doesn’t need breaking-in. A new shoe is many times cause of blisters when fresh out of the box. This is not the case with Brooks Adrenaline…

Pros

  • No-sew upper.
  • Available in multiple widths.
  • No breaking-in period is needed.
  • Lightweight.

Cons

  • Upper stretches.
New Balance 1080 v12

New Balance has recently released the next version of one of the most popular running shoes, 1080. The current version of New Balance 1080 is v12 and is from what I’m hearing in different forums, it is quickly becoming a very popular shoe.

What sets apart New Balance 1080 from the others is its midsole…

But that really is not the point of this post…

In this post, we are discussing how these shoes will not cause blisters…and is New Balance 1080v12 one of them?

Well, the upper of New Balance 1080 is made from engineered mesh and is 3D printed. In other words, it is a no-sew design. This means there is no stitch or thread to rub against your feet’s skin.

Also, the width of the New Balance 1080 is slightly more than some of the other shoes in its category. So cramping of your toes is out of the question. In that way, you may never have to deal with blisters in your toes and the forefoot.

The breathability of New Balance 1080 is good. If your feet have a tendency to become sweaty, then the ventilation of New Balance 1080 will prove useful. The lesser you sweat, the lesser the chance of getting blisters.

One thing, that was not great in the previous version of 1080 is the heel area. Many of them complained about heel slips. This kind of movement can cause blisters on blister-prone feet.

However, New Balance has changed the design of this version and has gone back to a more traditional heel cup with extended Achilles support.

This has minimized the heel slip and any other heel movement. Also, the well-padded collar area holds your ankle and heels in place and doesn’t let them slide around minimizing the chances of getting a blister.

The same goes for the tongue. It is well-padded and doesn’t slide around. The skin on the top of your feet doesn’t rub with the lacing system due to this and you don’t have to deal with blisters on the top of your feet. 

Pros

  • No-sew design for a bister-free experience.
  • Slightly wider toe-box.
  • Very cushy.

Cons

  • Runs big.
  • Color may bleed.
New Balance 880 v12

New Balance 880v12 is a good shoe for long miles, intense workouts, or just a casual run. It is excellent at shock absorption and will provide you with a good amount of comfort.

However, will it work for your blister-prone feet?

Let’s find out…

The upper of New Balance 880 is made from jacquard mesh. This is an engineered mesh and doesn’t require any stitching.

This eliminates the chances of rough stitching getting rubbed against your skin. This is why you have minimum chances of getting a blister from this kind of mesh.

Also, the wideish fit of this shoe reduces toe-cramping and hotspots throughout the feet, thus reducing the chances of blisters.

Being made of engineered mesh, this shoe is very breathable, causing you to break less sweat. This also minimizes the chances of blisters and keeps you comfortable throughout the run.

The insole is properly placed in the shoe and doesn’t bunch up. The smooth finish and no-bunching further reduce the chances of blisters under your feet.

The heel area of 880 resembles that of 1080 and functionality-wise, they perform almost similar. They don’t let the heel slip and the heel doesn’t move around to provide you with an uncomfortable feeling.

More importantly, this means, the skin at the back of your heels will not get rubbed with the inner lining of the heel cup and will not get irritated or form blisters.

Pros

  • Good breathability.
  • Wideish fit for a no-cramped fit.
  • Comfortable for long-distance running.
  • Well-cushioned.
  • No-sew upper.

Cons

  • Runs a bit small.
  • Forefoot is slighty harder than the rest of the shoe.
BROOKS LAUNCH 9

Brooks Launch 9 is one of the favorite running shoes in the responsive category. It is fast springy and provides you with excellent ride quality.

However, is it good for runners who have frequent issues with blisters?

First of all, the upper of Brooks Launch 9 is made of engineered mesh. It has overlays but they are only on the outer surface of the shoe.

This is good because this way, the inner lining feels smooth against the skin and will not irritate it to form blisters.

One of the main reasons for blisters is the additional heat that gets generated from friction. However, since that is absent, it is highly unlikely that you will have a blister from the upper of Launch 9.

The heel area of Launch 9 has adopted the new style. The heel is extended upwards and provides support to your Achilles area.

This also minimizes the movement of the heels and reduces the friction of the side of your heels with the lining of the heels.

This reduces the chances of your getting blisters in the heel area. Also, the reduction in chances of blisters is also due to the fact that the collar and the tongue are properly padded.

This keeps the sliding of your foot in check and also reduces the chances of blisters to the minimum.

Pros

  • The smooth inner lining and well padded.
  • Stylish.
  • Good responsiveness.

Cons

  • Runs a bit big.
  • Support could have been better.
Brooks Hyperion Elite 3

Brooks Hyperion Elite 3 is kind of interesting for me. This is a unisex shoe that seems like being loved by both men and women.

They are comfortable, lightweight, and great for your day-to-day run.

The upper of Brooks Hyperion Elite is made from engineered mesh which is non-sew. This protects your feet from any kind of friction and minimizes the chances of blisters.

Also, it is very breathable which makes your feet sweat less. The reduction of moisture along with a smooth lining, helps you be blister-free.

The heel area cradles your heels properly and doesn’t let them move or slide. This reduces further friction and any chances of blisters.

One thing that I observed may be of some concern…

There is a padded line just along with the opening of the heel cup. This creates a gap between the rest of the heel cup and the collar.

This gap will not hug your heels and if there is some movement like if your heels are on the narrower side, may cause some friction. This creates a possibility of blisters, however, this may be very rare.

Also, just a note, Brooks Hyperion Elite is available only in medium or standard fit. So, if you have a wide foot, please avoid it…if you don’t want to end up with painful blisters.

Pros

  • Comfortable even for long-distance running.
  • Shock absorbing.
  • Stylish.
  • Unisex.

Cons

  • The cushion of the shoe feels firmer.
Adidas Ultraboost 22

Probably one of the best running shoes for comfort that is available today. It is supremely shock absorbing and has a toe-spring for easy toe-off.

Also, it has reduced its carbon footprint and now is using a lot of recycled material to create this shoe.

Although there are a lot of thread designs on the outer surface of this, this is not present on the inner side of the shoe. This is great as this will not cause irritation to your skin and cause blisters.

The tongue is an integrated tongue and doesn’t move around. This eliminates additional friction with the top of the feet.

Also, the padding of the tongue is decent and it doesn’t let the laces sink into the feet. This also eliminates any friction of the laces with your skin, which could have resulted in a blister.

The heel has an extended collar that supports the Achilles’ area. Also, the cup is decent and holds the heels in place. No shifting or movement of the heels helps in avoiding blisters in the heel area.

Pros

  • Very comfortable.
  • Fits like gloves to provide a customized fit.
  • Reduced carbon footprint.

Cons

  • Looks boring.
  • Slightly wider width is more desireable.
Asics Gel-Cumulus 24

ASICS Gel-Cumulus is a very comfortable running shoe and is great with shock absorption. It has gel cushioning at both the forefoot and the rearfoot and is excellent for any kind of running.

But will it work with your blister-prone feet?

Let’s find out…

The upper of Asics Gel-Cumulus is made from engineered mesh which is non-sew. This means it will not rub with your skin and create blisters.

The toe-box of Cumulus has decent width and your toes will not feel cramped. Also, this ensures that there will be no rubbing against the sides of your feet which is good if you have to tend to get blisters.

The mesh has a lot of holes or perforations to make it breathable. This comes in handy if you have sweaty feet. Also, due to the airflow, the amount of sweat produced is a bit less. Plus the sweat-wicking material of the internal lining absorbs it and dries very quickly.

This means, your feet don’t remain damp for long which is crucial if you want to avoid blisters.

The tongue is thick and padded and sits between the top of the foot and the laces. This ensures that the laces don’t rub with your skin to create blisters.

Also, the heel cup locks in the heels and it doesn’t slide around. This is essential to avoid blisters on the side of the heels.

There is no upward movement also, in the sense of heel slip. This makes sure that you don’t get a blister where the collar touches the skin at the back of the heels.

Pros

  • Cushy and shock absorbing.
  • Available in multiple widths.
  • Have multiple measures to avoid blisters.

Cons

  • Expensive.
Asics Gel-Venture 8

Asics Gel Venture is a good running shoe for both roads and the trails. However, it will not work on too technical trails.

This shoe seems to be an odd choice as this doesn’t look like a no-sew running shoe and surely it is not.

However, if you step into the shoe and you will be able to feel the smoothness of the lining and the comfort that it brings with it.

The stitches are not exposed and they don’t rub with the skin of your feet. This way, they will not irritate your feet’s skin and cause blisters.

Also, another aspect that will not let blisters to occur is the thick tongue of this shoe. It sits between the skin of the top of your feet and the laces. This protects this skin from getting exposed to the laces and getting rubbed.

This further reduces the chance of getting blisters. Also, the flat laces don’t dig in and create more problems for your skin.

Now comes the heel area. The heel cup locks in the heels and doesn’t let it slip or slide around. This minimizes the movement of the heels and doesn’t cause the skin at the side of the heels to rub against the shoe.

This reduces the occurrence of blisters and is great for keeping them at bay. 

One aspect that may be slight of concern is that it is not as breathable as Asics Cumulus. So, if you have sweaty feet, it is best to avoid them.

Pros

  • Good for roads and medium trails.
  • Excellent shock absorption.
  • Reasonable price.

Cons

  • Breathability is a bit less.
On Cloudflow

On Cloudflow is a racing shoe and is good for shorter-distance runs. It is cushy and responsive and provides you with a good energy return.

The upper of this shoe is a mesh construction which is very breathable and stretchable. This is essentially a no-sew construction like most of the other shoes in this list.

Also, the joint that you see near the heel cannot be felt inside the shoe. Essentially, the inner of the shoe is smooth and comfortable and doesn’t irritate your skin.

Same goes for the heel area. It is smooth and the heel cup holds the heels in place and provides you with excellent confort. Also, the heel doesn’t slide around and thus doesn’t rub on your skin.

This helps you to avoid blisters in the heels and around the ankle area.

The thick collar is also a contributor in this aspect.

One thing that concerned me was the flap like tongue of this shoe. I thought, that will cause the laces to dig in and make you uncomfortable.

However, the laces were flat and doesn’t dig in or mark your feet and the tongue doesn’t move around, providing you proper protection against the friction of laces against your top of the foot.

This helps you to avoid the blisters further and is great if you have a blister prone feet.

Pros

  • Excellent responsiveness.
  • Lightweight.
  • Doesn’t create a hotspot.

Cons

  • I would have loved a thicker tongue.
Salomon Speedcross 5

With all the road running shoes on the list, we didn’t want to leave our trail runners high and dry.

They also have their fair share of experience with blisters and maybe more so if they are used to running in humid or muddy conditions.

How will Speedcross help these runners with their blister situation?

First of all, Salomon SpeedCross like its road running counterparts has a mesh upper that doesn’t have stitches in them. 

Sure it has overlays, but they are exposed to the inside and don’t have stitches in them. This means that no part of the mesh rubs against your skin to create blisters.

Also, the thick tongue extends from the base of the toe to just passed the ankle joint. This acts as a protective layer between the skin of the top of the foot and the Quick lacing system.

This ensures that it doesn’t rub on the skin and provides you with a blister-free experience.

 The ankle area is also well padded and the heel locking system is also pretty good. You will not run into issues like heel slip or something similar. This ensures that you have minimal chances of getting a blister, if any.

Pros

  • Great for muddy trails.
  • No break-in time is needed.
  • Long-lasting.

Cons

  • They run a bit large.
  • Doesn’t come in wide.

FAQ

How to select a running shoe for blister-prone feet?

To select a running shoe for blister prone feet, you should have sufficient space in the toe box, the inner surface of the shoe should be smooth and there should not be any movement in the heel area.

Now let me explain:

Roomy Toe-box

When you don’t have sufficient space in the toe-box, your toes are cramped. This makes it uncomfortable for running, but also generates additional friction and sweat. This gives rise to blisters. It is very important that you have enough space in the toe-box not only when you wear it, but also when you spread the toes during landing and take-off.

Spacious shoe

Not only the toe-box, but the overall shoe should also be spacious enough to not cramp your feet. The reason is the same. You need to avoid additional sweat, heat, and friction to keep blisters at bay.

No or limited inner sewing

Threads and joints have a funny way of getting back at you and many times they will rub against your skin to irritate it.

No matter how smooth it feels, they tend to change their nature when you start running and irritate your skin. So, avoid running shoes with inner sewing.

Proper heel lock-in

The heels should be locked in place. If it moves around or slips, then you have chances of getting blisters either on the side of the heels or on the Achilles.

Tongue

The tongue must be thick. This protects the skin on the top of the feet from friction against the laces and blisters can be avoided.

Also, the tongue itself should not move for the same reason. For this a gusseted tongue is great.

Socks

No matter how careful you are in selecting your running shoes, there will be incidents where you may have missed something or the shoe behaved unexpectedly. In such cases, socks will protect you from blisters.

Also, if some small sand particle or stone gets into the shoe, you will not have to deal with it as the socks will protect you until then.

But wear properly fitting socks that are sweat-wicking else, it will be your primary source of blisters.

To prevent blisters from new running shoes, you need to select them properly so that it is overall spacious, has a smooth internal lining, a thick tongue, and collar, and good heel lock-in. Also, you need to break in the running shoe properly.
Top running shoes for blister-prone feet
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New Balance 1080v12 Vs 1080v11: What Changed?

New Balance 1080v12 Vs 1080v11: What Changed?

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New Balance 1080v12 is out in the market. As expected it is warmly welcomed by the crowd…

If you are still sitting on the sidelines for deciding whether to go for it or not….\this post may help you out…

New Balance 1080v12 surely looks a bit different than the New Balance 1080v11. Does it feel different?

Did New Balance solve the issues with New Balance 1080v11? Will New Balance 1080v12 be more comfortable than New Balance 1080v11?

Between New Balance 1080v12 and New Balance 1080v11 which one is better?

Find out in this detailed comparison of New Balance 1080v12 vs 1080v11 below…

New Balance 1080 v12 Vs 1080 v11

New Balance 1080v12 Vs 1080v11

Quick Comparison

If you are in a hurry, these are the main difference and similarities between New Balance 1080v12 vs 1080v11…

Differences between New Balance 1080v12 Vs 1080v11:

  • New Balance 1080v12 has updated the Fresh Foam X midsole to provide a softer cushioning than New Balance 1080v11.
  • In New Balance 1080v12 the ultra heel of New Balance 1080v11 is replaced by a standard slightly elevated heel.
  • The heel slip problem that New Balance 1080v11 has is eliminated in New Balance 1080v12 with a new heel area design.
  •  The thin collar of New Balance 1080v11 is replaced with a more padded collar in New Balance 1080v12 to improve ankle stability and added resistance to heel slip.
  • The stack height of New Balance 1080v12 is more than New Balance 1080v11 by a whole 2 mm in both the forefoot and the rearfoot.
  • The upper of the New Balance 1080v12 feels wider than the New Balance 1080v11 and is more comfortable.
  • The upper mesh design of New Balance 1080v12 is made with Hypoknit which is more streamlined than New Balance 1080v11 and provides a more stylish look.
  • New Balance 1080v12 meets the New Balance Green Leaf Standard for the usage of recycled materials in the construction of the shoe. This was not present in New Balance 1080v11.
  • The exposed midsole area in the outsole of New Balance 1080v12 is scooped out to minimize wear and tear of the midsole. This area of the outsole in New Balance 1080v11 was toughing the ground.
  • New Balance 1080v12 is slightly heavier than New Balance 1080v11.

Similarities:

  • The midsole of both versions uses Fresh Foam X.
  • Both are neutral running shoes.
  • Both have an extended heel collar for easy slip-on.
  • Both have a sock-like fit.
  • Both are 8mm drop shoes.
  • Both have similar durable rubber coverage on the outsole.
  • Both have flat laces.
  • Both have medium arch support.

Introducing…

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New Balance 1080v12

Special features…

  • Updated and softer midsole
  • Higher stack height
  • Standard heel fit
  • Padded extended collar and tongue for added comfort.

Midsole

New Balance 1080v11 Vs 1080v12 - Midsole Differences

The midsole of 1080v12 is made from Fresh Foam X as is 1080v11. However, the midsole of New Balance 1080v12 is softer than that of 1080v11.

This is made possible by updating the midsole mapping. This helps you to have more foam in wider areas and also it improves the flexibility of the narrower areas of the shoe.

This is why the midsole of New Balance 1080v12 is softer than that of New Balance 1080v11.

Another factor that improves the softness of the midsole is the amount of foam that is present in the midsole.

The midsole of New Balance 1080v12 has 2 mm more Fresh Foam X in the midsole than New Balance 1080v11. This is both in the forefoot and the rearfoot and provides you with additional cushioning and comfort.

New Balance 1080v12 has retained the laser markings of the New Balance 1080v11 and this has helped it to retain and improve its flexibility.

Also, having the New Balance Green Leaf standard, at least one midsole or outsole has a minimum of 3% bio-based or 5% recycled based material.

Related: New Balance 1080 vs Brooks Ghost: Which One Will Suit You?

How are these updated materials will help you?

Having more softness in the midsole will help you to stay more comfortable for longer runs. It will reduce your foot fatigue and will help you to run further.

New Balance 1080v12 will now provide you with a more cushioned and comfortable ride.

Even if you have foot problems like plantar fasciitis, Morton’s Neumora, tailor’s bunion, or bunions like me, this cushioning will keep you comfortable.

Since New Balance 1080v12 uses more recycled materials, it will help you to reduce your overall carbon footprint on this planet.

Related: Brooks Beast Vs New Balance 1540: Which Running Shoe Is You Feet?

What is Fresh Foam X?

Fresh Foam X is an updated version of Fresh Foam which is made after taking input from hundreds of athletes.

Initially, there was some skepticism with the Fresh Foam, but its ultra cushioning and your less tired feet and legs own over the skeptics.

Now this Fresh Foam is updated to Fresh Foam X and provides you with excellent cushioning and comfort even on the longer rides.

Related: Brooks Beast Vs New Balance 990: Which One Is Best For You?

Drop, Stack, Weight

Stack, Drop, Weight Differences of New Balance 1080v12 and New Balance 1080v11

The midsole of New Balance 1080v12 has seen some improvement and it has become softer and cushier. One of the main reasons for this is the increase in stack height for both the forefoot and the rear foot.

Although the drop of both of these running shoes stays the same at 8 mm, the stack height has changed.

New Balance 1080v12 now has a heel stack of 36 mm and a forefoot stack of 28 mm whereas New Balance 1080v11 has a heel stack of 34 mm and a forefoot stack of 26 mm.

Related: New Balance 860 Vs Asics GT 2000: Which One Will Suit You?

An 8 mm drop is a standard drop that many running shoe companies are maintaining. Also, it a good for runners with Achilles issues. Due to the good response from its runners, New Balance has retained this heel drop in New Balance 1080v12 and I think this works pretty well for this shoe.

In terms of weight, New Balance 1080v12 has gained significantly for both the men’s and the women’s versions.

The men’s version has become heavier by around 1.1 oz or 31 gm and the women’s version has become heavier by 0.5 oz or 14.17 gm

New Balance 1080v11

Women’s size 8: 7.8 oz/221.13 gm

Men’s size 9: 9.2 oz/261 gm

New Balance 1080v12

Women’s size 8: 8.3 oz/235 gm

Men’s size 9: 10.3 oz/292 gm

Related: Saucony Guide Vs New Balance 860: Which One Is Best For You?

New Balance 1080v11 was certainly not a light shoe and with New Balance 1080v12 it has become even heavier. However, if you compare the weights of the New Balance 1080v12 with other shoes in the cushioned category, you will find that they all weigh approximately the same.

This is the tradeoff that we have to make if we want a cushioned and comfortable shoe and I’m happy with the weight of the New Balance 1080v12.

Widths

New Balance 1080 is one of the most popular running shoes on the market. It is great for runners who want a daily trainer with good cushioning.

The previous version of New Balance 1080 did not have different widths available. However, with New Balance 1080v12, New Balance has changed that.

New Balance 1080v12 is available in different widths and is able to fit runners from narrow to wide feet. This is great news for runners with narrow feet, because, there are not a lot of shoe choices when it comes to narrow feet. The same goes for the extra-wide feet.

Related: New Balance Size Chart Vs Nike

Now New Balance 1080v12 has 4 widths available for men and 4 widths available for women.

New Balance 1080v11

  • Men: Standard
  • Women: Standard

New Balance 1080v12

  • Men: Narrow, Standard, Wide X-Wide
  • Women: Narrow, Standard, Wide, X-Wide

Also, most of the sizes for New Balance 1080v12 have all the widths available. So, you will be able to find your right fit whether you have a narrow fit or extra-wide feet.

Also, if you have super extra wide feet, give New Balance 1080v12 a try. The fit of this is wide in general, so the X-wide width should be able to accommodate your super extra wide feet.

Related: Nike Pegasus Vs New Balance 1400: Which One Should You Choose?

Outsole

New Balance 1080 v12 Vs 1080 v11 - Outsole Differences

New Balance did not change much in the outsole of 1080v12 from 1080v11 to retain the same kind of grip and durability.

However, if you observe closely, you will find two subtle changes to the outsole.

Although the general durable rubber coverage of the outsole is the same. However, the silhouette of the blob-shaped structure (lugs) of the rubber has changed.

To be precise, the structures have become bigger.

Related: New Balance Arishi Vs 1080: Which One Is The Best For You?

New Balance 1080v12 - Larger lugs

Another change that I loved was the part where the midsole of 1080v12 is exposed to touch the ground. In New Balance 1080v11 that part touched the ground.

With New Balance 1080v12, New Balance has opted for a concave structure there, more like, they have scooped that area to form a shallow pocket-like structure. This ensures that it doesn’t come in contact with the road.

New Balance 1080v12 - Scooped Out Concave Midsole area of the outsole

I think these changes were implemented to:

  • Improve the overall durability of the shoe.
  • Improve the flexibility of the shoe.
  • Provide a smoother heel-to-toe transition.

The outsole changes make 1080v12 a more attractive choice. If you want to run long miles and are uncomfortable that your cushioned shoe wears out too easily, go for this one.

It will last you for around 500 miles, and if you get habituated with this shoe, I personally think you will be sticking with it for years to come.

Related: Asics Gel Kayano Vs New Balance 1080: Which Is The Best Option For You?

Upper

New Balance 1080v12 Vs 1080v11 - Upper Differences

Whether you are talking about 1080, 680, 880, or 990 New Balance has mastered the art of making comfortable uppers.

Not that every type of upper is the same, but they have maintained the comfort, throughout their models.

With New Balance 1080v12 also, they have only done minor changes to make it more comfortable and breathable.

The upper has wider shallow air-pits on the upper which improves the overall ventilation of the shoe and also makes the upper marginally lighter.

Where New Balance 1080v12 stands out from New Balance 1080v11 is that it is made from at least 50% recycled materials. This is helping New Balance to achieve its 2025 target of having all their cotton and leather from preferred sources and at least 50% of their polyesters recycled.

New Balance 1080v11 Upper

The upper of New Balance 1080v11 was made with synthetic engineered mesh which was breathable and stretchable.

With New Balance 1080v12, the upper is made with Hypoknit technology and recycled materials. This mesh has improved breathability and stretch and is adapted to fit a wide variety of feet.

It has a hard material lining the side of the shoes and the toe area. This protects your feet and you will not get injured from those sudden rocks and debris.

New Balance 1080v12 Upper

Overall, these are some good changes that New Balance has come up with 1080v12. Although they seem to be only cosmetic changes, what made up the upper has completely changed.

Fit

Although New Balance 108v11 was true to size, New Balance 1080v12 fits a bit large. The toe-box feels to be wider even for the standard size.

This is a good thing as your toes will be easily able to spread and you will feel much more comfortable running.

This change of with is not there are the back and the fit how a standard fit s for any of the other New Balance models including 1080v11.

Heel Counter And Collar

New Balance 1080v11 heel counter and tongue

New Balance 1080v11 was a great shoe, however, its ultra heel didn’t sit well with many of the runners.

The common complaint that I heard was there was heel slip and also the extended pull tab didn’t provide that much Achilles support. The material was thin as well.

New Balance changed that in 1080v12 and in now you have a more standard heel. This is what I mean…

New Balance 1080v12 Heel Counter and tongue

Although the heel area is slightly elevated, it cradles the heel as it used to previously. The comfort level of this heel is excellent.

The padding is great and the extended pull tab is also well padded providing you with a good amount of Achilles support.

Also, I did not deal with heel slip with this shoe and the ankle area felt stable and comfortable.

This is a great update going from New Balance 1080v11 to New Balance 1080v12.

Tongue

The cushioning of the tongue of both New Balance 1080v11 and New Balance 1080v12 is decent. The cushioning did not change with the new version. They are comfortable and you will not feel the laces digging in.

Also, for both the models the tongue is gusseted. This means they are locked down in place and are not going anywhere when you run.

This is pretty convenient if you ask me. I love this as it gives peace of mind that the tongue will shift to a side while running.

Laces

New Balance 1080v11 Laces

New Balance 1080v11 Laces

The laces of both versions of New Balance 1080 are made of polyester material and are flat laces. They did not change the laces and the laces remained tied while running.

I like flat laces more than round ones. They have more surface area and they remain tied and secured when running. Like the round ones, they don’t come undone and are great while running.

There are overlays that keep the lace holes secured and they don’t get torn up when pulling the laces or during the stretching of the laces during running.

New Balance 1080v12 Laces

Running Shoes Similar To New Balance 1080

New Balance 1080 is a good running shoe and after the last couple of updates they have become one of the best neutral running shoes on the market and New Balance 1080v12 is no exception.

What I found was the cushioning is absolutely great and the additional room in the toe area makes it so much better.

With the update in the collar padding and the heel area, this has become one of my favorite.

However, I understand that not everyone will like New Balance 1080v12. So we wanted to suggest a couple of alternatives to you.

In this article, we have shared some of the alternatives to New Balance 1080 whose comfort level is nowhere lesser than that of New Balance 1080.

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Why Do Hokas Hurt Your Feet?

Why Do Hokas Hurt Your Feet?

Hokas are well-cushioned running shoes and are probably one of the best running shoe companies in the market. They are meant to keep you comfortable throughout your run.

Then why do I hear you say “Why do Hokas hurt my feet?”.

There may be a lot of reasons for that. Some are generic that are associated with any running shoe, and some are specific to the combination particular to your feet and the Hoka of your choosing.

We have explained almost all the running shoes that are from Hoka and the probable causes that they may hurt your feet.

You can know more about your pair in the following sections…

Why Do Hokas Hurt Your Feet

Why Do Hokas Hurt Your Feet?

Hokas hurt feet if the size of the shoes is not right, unmatching arch height, the width of the shoe does not match feet width, the collar padding is not sufficient, the padding of the tongue is not enough for the user, and/or the type of the shoe doesn’t match the activity.

These are some of the reasons why you feel pain while wearing Hoka shoes. Apart from them, there are some other general reasons why running shoes make your feet hurt. These reasons are applicable for Hoka shoes as well.

We will cover these reasons along with specific models so that you can check if you need to change something that you are doing or if you need to replace the shoe altogether.

Hoka Carbon X 3

HOKA CARBON X3

Why do Hoka Carbon X 3 hurt feet?

Hoka Carbon X can make feet hurt if the user has high arches, wide forefoot, high midfoot volume, wide heel area, and/or suffers from foot conditions like Achilles Tendonitis, which are not suitable for low drop shoes.

Hoka Carbon X is a shoe that you are unlikely to have issues with length. However, since it has a medium arch height and doesn’t come in a wide variety, this may lead to foot pain, if you have a different foot requirement.

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Hoka Mach Supersonic

HOKA MACH SUPERSONIC

Why do Hoka Mach Supersonic hurt feet?

Hoka Mach Supersonic can make feet hurt if the user has high arches, wide forefoot, high midfoot volume, wide heel area, and/or suffers from foot conditions like Achilles Tendonitis, which are not suitable for low drop shoes.

Hoka Mach Supersonic is meant for neutral runners who don’t have a wide shoe requirement.

Also, since this is a low-drop shoe with a maximum drop of 5mm, this may be unsuitable for runners with stiffer calf muscles or Achilles area.

In such cases, runners with plantar fasciitis also will have a problem as the low drop will load the calf muscles more thus tending to aggravate the plantar fasciitis condition.

This may also give you some discomfort and pain in the knees.

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Hoka Gaviota 4

HOKA GAVIOTA

Why do Hoka Gaviota 4 hurt feet?

Hoka Gaviota can make feet hurt if the user has high arches, wide forefoot, medium to high midfoot volume, wide heel area, and/or suffers from conditions like Achilles Tendonitis, and tight calf muscles, which are not suitable for low drop shoes.

Hoka Gaviota is meant for overpronating runners who have a medium to narrow shoe requirement. If you have wider feet on any of the three zones (forefoot, midfoot, rearfoot), this shoe may cause you pain and blisters.

Also, if you are a neutral or underpronating runner, then also you may have foot pain as Hoka Gaviota will try to restrict your natural foot movement.

Since this is a low-drop shoe with a maximum drop of 5 mm the area at the back of the ankle will stretch more.

This may not be a problem if you have a flexible ankle region, otherwise, you may feel pain in the calf, ankles, and the back foot area.

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Hoka Bondi 7

HOKA BONDI

Why do Hoka Bondi 7 hurt feet?

Hoka Bondi can make feet hurt if the user has high arches, and/or suffers from conditions like Achilles Tendonitis, tight calf muscles, and/or inflexible sole of the feet.

Hoka Bondi is a neutral running shoe with a low drop of 4 mm with medium arch support. If you have an arch that is above average height or has cavus feet then the Bondi cannot provide you with arch support.

Also, if you have cavus feet, then, in general, you will have a high top of the foot. This may get rubbed on the upper of the Bondi and may develop blisters.

As mentioned above, with a low drop, Bondi may cause the same problems if you have inflexible ankle and foot soles.

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Hoka Clifton 8

HOKA CLIFTON

Why do Hoka Clifton 8 hurt feet?

Hoka Clifton can make feet hurt if the user has high arches, and/or suffers from conditions like Achilles Tendonitis, tight calf muscles, and/or stiffness of foot soles.

Hoka Clifton is meant for neutral runners who require medium arch support. If you have a high arch then you will face the same problems as you will face with Bondi.

The arch support will not be enough and you will have to have to deal with pain in the arch and the foot area.

The drop of the shoe is 5 mm. So, if you don’t have a flexible ankle or calf region, you will end up with discomfort or pain in those areas as well.

Clifton is available in wide and being true to size, you are unlikely to have any problem with the fit of the shoe, even if you have wide feet.

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Hoka Arahi 6

HOKA ARAHI

Why do Hoka Arahi 6 hurt feet?

Hoka Arahi can make feet hurt if the user has high arches, and/or suffers from the stiffness of calf muscles and tendons, and/or stiffness of foot soles.

Hoka Arahi is a ‘stability’ running shoe that is meant for runners with overpronation. If you are a runner with neutral or underpronation, it can cause pain in the foot, especially in the ankle area and sometimes the knees.

Also, people with high arch can also have to deal with foot pain if you have are using Arahi. Low drop can also cause pain in people with stiff calves, ankle, and foot areas.

Hoka Arahi has a balanced cushioning which is neither too plush nor too responsive, this may cause pain in those runners who specifically need a plush level of cushioning.

Being true-to-size and available in ‘wide’, you may not face issues with the fitting of the shoe.

Related:

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Hoka Rincon 3

HOKA RINCON

Why do Hoka Rincon 3 hurt feet?

Hoka Rincon can make feet hurt if the user has low or flat arches, narrow heels, and/or higher heel-to-toe requirements.

Hoka Rincon is a neutral running shoe. It will help runners with neutral or underpronation, to have a more stable ride.

However, if such a runner has low or flat arches, then they may feel pain in the arches as Rincon has arch support for medium to high arches.

If you have a narrow heel, you may end up having blisters as the heel fitting of Rincon is for medium to wider heels. This may cause some rubbing on the side of the heels to be narrow and blisters may occur.

It has balanced cushioning. If you are a runner who has plush cushioning requirements, you may feel pain in your feet.

Hoka Mach 4

HOKA MACH

Why do Hoka Mach 4 hurt feet?

Hoka Mach can make feet hurt if the user has high arches, wider feet, and/or higher heel-to-toe drop requirements.

Hoka Mach is a ‘stability’ running shoe. It is meant for runners with overpronation.

If the user of the shoe is a runner with neutral or underprontion, then they may face pain in their ankle and knee area.

Also, runners with high arches can feel pain in their arch area due to insufficient support.

If you have a wider foot, then also you may have to deal with pain and blisters as Hoka Mach is meant for feet up to medium width and wide width for this shoe is not available.

It has responsive cushioning. If you are a runner who has medium to plush cushioning requirements, you may feel pain in your feet.

Related:

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Hoka Clifton EDGE

HOKA CLIFTON EDGE

Why do Hoka Clifton EDGE hurt feet?

Hoka Clifton EDGE can make feet hurt if the user has high arches, wider feet, and/or needs higher heel-to-toe drop.

Hoka Clifton EDGE is a neutral running shoe. If a runner with overpronation uses this shoe, it will provide no extra support to the runner. This will put additional pressure on their ankle and knees due to the turning of the feet resulting in discomfort and pain.

Also, the arch support of Clifton EDGE is meant for foot arches up to medium arches. If you have a high arch and using this shoe, you may feel pain in the arch area.

If you have a wider foot, then also you may have to deal with pain and blisters as Hoka Mach is meant for feet up to medium width and wide width for this shoe is not available.

It has responsive cushioning. If you are a runner who has medium to plush cushioning requirements, you may feel pain in your feet.

Related: Brooks Vs Saucony Vs Hoka: Which Brand Is Right For You?

Hoka Kawana

HOKA KAWANA

Why do Hoka Kawana hurt feet?

Hoka Kawana can make feet hurt if the user has high arches, narrow heels, wider forefoot, wider midfoot, and/or needs higher heel-to-toe drop.

Hoka Kawana is a running shoe with moderate stability. It is suitable for runners with neutral to moderate overpronation.

However, if you have underpronation or severe overpronation, then this running shoe will not support you. In both cases, you may end up with pain in both the ankle and knee areas.

A runner with high arches may feel pain in the arch area as Hoka Kawana supports arches up to medium height.

If you have a wider foot, especially in the forefoot and the midfoot area, you may have to deal with pain and blisters as Hoka Kawana supports feet up to medium width. The wide width for this shoe is not available.

Related: How Do Mizuno Shoes Fit Compared To Nike?

Hoka Elevon 2

Hoka Elevon

Why do Hoka Elevon 2 hurt feet?

Hoka Elevon can make feet hurt if the user has high arches, narrow heels, wider forefoot, wider midfoot, and/or needs higher heel-to-toe drop.

Hoka Elevon is a neutral running shoe. It is suitable for runners with neutral to moderate underpronation.

For overpronating runners, Elevon may cause pain, as it will provide no motion control. Especially you may feel pain in the outer side of your ankles and knees.

If you have high arches, you may feel pain while wearing Elevon as the arch support it provides is not sufficient and is meant for only up to medium arches.

If you have a wider forefoot or midfoot, Elevon may be painful and may cause blisters as the width in those areas are not sufficient.

Also, the tongue is thinner in Elevon and if you have a high top of the foot, it may cause some discomfort due to the lesser padding.

Hoka Rocket X

Hoka Rocket X

Why do Hoka Rocket X hurt feet?

Hoka Rocket X can make feet hurt if the user has low arches, wider feet, and/or has stiffer calf or ankle area unsuitable for lower heel-to-toe drop as in this shoe.

Hoka Rocket X is a neutral running shoe. If you are an overpronating runner, Rocket X will not be able to provide you with the support you need. The lack of support may lead to pain in your ankles and knees.

The arch support of Rocket X is for medium to high arches. If you have a flat foot or you have low arches, your arch area may have pain due to the height of the arch support.

Wider feet runners will also have a problem with this shoe which is meant for runners with narrow to medium width feet. Especially the heels which will support runners with narrow to medium width heels.

Rocket X has responsive cushioning. In other words, they are not the ones with plush cushioning. If you have existing foot problems and need a well-cushioned running shoe, then wearing a responsive shoe may increase your woes.

Hoka Speedgoat 5

Hoka Speedgoat

Why do Hoka Speedgoat 5 hurt feet?

Hoka Speedgoat can make feet hurt if the user has high arches, wider feet, and/or has a stiffer calf, ankle area, and/or foot soles unsuitable for lower heel-to-toe drop as in this shoe.

Hoka Speedgoat is a neutral trail running shoe with balanced cushioning. It doesn’t have any support for overpronation. If you are a runner who needs a ‘stability’ running shoe and is using Speedgoat, it may cause pain in the ankle, foot soles, and the calf areas.

The arch support of Speedgoat is up to medium arches. If you have a high arch or have completely flat feet, you may face some pain in the arch area of your foot.

Runners with wider feet also will have to deal with pain if they try to use Speedgoat. Speedgoat supports foot width up to medium width. If you have a wide foot, this running shoe is not for you as it is not available in wide fit.

It has balanced cushioning. If you have foot problems and need a plush cushioned running shoe, then also you may face pain.

Also, people suffering from stiffer calf muscles and/or Achilles Tendonitis may find this shoe to be uncomfortable as the drop of this shoe is low (4 mm). This loads the calf muscles more and you may face some pain in those areas.

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Hoka Torrent 2

Hoka Torrent

Why do Hoka Torrent 2 hurt feet?

Hoka Torrent can make feet hurt if the user has low arches, wider feet, needs plush cushioning, and/or needs a heel-to-toe drop as in this shoe.

Hoka Torrent is a neutral trail running shoe with responsive cushioning. It is not suitable for runners with overpronation. It cannot provide stability or motion control.

If you are a runner with overpronation and using this running shoe, you may end up with ankle and knee pain due to excessive inward foot movement

Hoka Torrent can support arch height for up to medium height. If someone has a cavus foot or has a high arch or flat feet, Torrent will not be able to provide support. In such cases, you may end up with arch pain.

Also, if you have a cavus foot, the upper area of your foot which joins with your leg may get rubbed with the upper of the shoe. This friction may create blisters on your feet.

Since this shoe is not available in wide width, if you have wide feet, your foot may pain due to the snug fit of the shoe and you may also end up having blisters.

The responsive cushioning of the shoe is a great feature for speedrunners. However, if you have foot pain and need something cushier, you may have to deal with more pain due to the lesser cushioning of this shoe.

For some runners, the insoles feel harder than the previous version and may contribute to some amount of discomfort, if you are not used to that.

Hoka Stinson ATR 6

HOKA Stinson ATR

Why do Hoka Stinson ATR 6 hurt feet?

Hoka Stinson ATR can make feet hurt if the user has high arches, wider feet, and/or needs a higher heel-to-toe drop, unlike this shoe.

Hoka Stinson ATR is a neutral trail running shoe with plush cushioning. Runners with overpronation may get knee and ankle pain while using this running shoe.

The arch support for Stinson ATR is up to medium arches. It cannot provide support for higher arches and if you have one, you are most likely to have arch pain after using this shoe for some time.

Stinson ATR is not available in wide width. If you have wide feet, then you may end up feeling pain due to the tight fit of the shoe.

The cushion of this version is a bit firmer and if you are used to a softer cushioning then you may feel some discomfort with this shoe.

Hoka Speedgoat 4 GTX

Hoka Speedgoat Gore-Tex

Why do Hoka Speedgoat 4 GTX hurt feet?

Hoka Speedgoat can make feet hurt if the user has high arches, wide feet, and/or needs a higher heel-to-toe drop, unlike this shoe.

Hoka Speedgoat GORE-TEX is a neutral trail running shoe with balanced cushioning. If you are an overpronating runner and using this shoe, you may face knee and ankle pain due to a lack of motion control and stability.

The arch support for Speedgoat GTX is up to medium arches. It cannot provide support for high arches. If you have high arches then you may end up having arch pain due to lesser arch support.

Another problem you will face if you have wide feet and use Speedgoat GTX is that it cannot support wide feet. This will be tight for runners with wide feet and consequently have to deal with pain arising from such a snug foot.

Hoka Zinal

Hoka Zinal

Why do Hoka Zinal hurt feet?

Hoka Zinal can make feet hurt if the user has high arches, wide feet, has stiffer calf muscles, ankles, and foot soles, and/or needs a higher heel-to-toe drop, unlike this shoe.

Hoka Zinal is a neutral trail running shoe with responsive cushioning. It is definitely not a running shoe meant for overpronating runners. If you are one, then you may end up with ankle and/or knee pain.

If you have stiffer calf muscles, ankles, or foot soles, then you may also have to deal with pain related to these areas as Zinal is a low drop shoe and will overload these areas while running.

If you have wide feet or high arches, Zinal may not be able to provide support to you as it is not available in wide fit or for higher arches. In such cases also, you may have to deal with the associated discomfort.

Hoka Mafate Speed 3

Hoka Mafate Speed

Why do Hoka Mafate Speed hurt feet?

Hoka Mafate Speed can make feet hurt if the user has low arches, wide feet, has stiffer calf muscles, ankles, and foot soles, and/or needs a higher heel-to-toe drop which is not provided by this shoe.

Hoka Mafate Speed is a neutral trail running shoe with balanced cushioning. Runners who are overpronating and using this shoe may get knee and/or ankle pain due to lack of support.

If you have stiffer calf muscles, ankles, or foot soles, using Mafate Speed may make those areas painful due to the low heel-to-toe drop of the shoe.

Also, wider foot runners may have to deal with pain due to a snug fit of the upper as Mafate Speed is available in normal width not in wide fit.

If you have a low arch or flat feet, this may cause you pain in the arch area as Mafate Speed has arch support for medium to high arches.

Hoka Anacapa Low GTX

Hoka ANACAPA LOW GORE-TEX

Why do Hoka Anacapa Low GTX hurt feet?

Hoka Anacapa Low GTX can make feet hurt if the user has high arches, wide feet, has stiffer calf muscles, ankles, and foot soles. Blisters may occur if you have sweaty feet.

Hoka Anacapa Low GTX is a neutral trail running shoe with balanced cushioning. Overpronating runners may have knee and/or ankle pain after using this for some time due to a lack of stability and motion control.

If you have stiffer calf muscles, ankles, or foot soles, using Anacapa Low GTX may overload those areas and you may have to deal with pain and discomfort.

Anacapa Low GTX is not available in wide fit. If you are a runner with a wide foot, then you may have to deal with some pain and discomfort due to the snug fit after some time.

Arch support for Anacapa Low GTX is for up to medium arches. If you are someone with a high arch or flat feet, then also you may have to deal with pain in the arch area.

It is a water-resistant shoe and uses GORE-TEX technology. So, it is not as breathable as the mesh running shoes. If you are someone with sweaty feet, you may have to deal with blisters.

Hoka Challenger ATR 6

Hoka Challenger ATR

Why do Hoka Challenger ATR 6 hurt feet?

Hoka Challenger ATR can make feet hurt if the user has low arches, has stiffer calf muscles, ankles, and foot soles, and/or needs plush cushioning.

Hoka Challenger ATR is a neutral trail running shoe with balanced cushioning. Since it lacks the stability component, it is not suitable for runners with overpronation. If you use Challenger ATR being an overpronating runner, you may have pain in your feet, knees, and ankles after some time.

If you have stiffer calf muscles, ankles, or foot soles, using Challenger ATR may put an additional load on them. This may add some discomfort to these areas of your legs and feet.

Arch support for Challenger ATR is for medium to high arches. If you are someone with a low arch or flat feet, you may feel pain or discomfort in the arch area.

Hoka TenNine

Hoka Tennine

Why do Hoka TenNine hurt feet?

Hoka Tennine can make feet hurt if the user has high arches, wide feet, stiffer calf muscles, ankles, and foot soles, and/or is a forefoot striker.

Hoka Tennine is a stability trail running shoe with plush cushioning. If a neutral runner or an under pronating runner uses it for some time, they may have to deal with some pain in the ankle area and the knees.

Tennine will inherently try to control your feet’s motion which is not necessary for a neutral runner. For an underpronating runner, the kind of support that is needed is almost the opposite of that of the pronating runner.

In both cases, using a Tennine may cause some discomfort and/or pain to your feet and your lower body.

If you have stiffer calf muscles, ankles, or foot soles, Tennine may put additional load on them being a low drop shoe. This may make you feel a bit uncomfortable and ultimately pain if you continue to use it.

Arch support for Tennine is for medium arches. If you are someone with flat feet or have high arches, you may feel pain or discomfort in the arch area.

The midsole and the outsole of Tennine are extended backward. This causes the center of gravity to shift towards the back of the shoe. This is great for the heel strikers. However, if you are a forefoot striker, it will become difficult for you to have a forefoot strike.

Due to the design, the natural tendency of the shoe will be to land on the heels. A forefoot striker may have to deal with some foot, ankle, or knee pain due to a sudden and probable change in form.

Hoka EVO Jawz

Hoka EVO Jawz

Why do Hoka EVO Jawz hurt feet?

Hoka EVO Jawz can make feet hurt if the user has high arches, wide feet, has stiffer calf muscles, ankles, and foot soles, and/or needs a high amount of cushioning.

Hoka EVO Jawz is a neutral running shoe with responsive cushioning. This running shoe may cause some discomfort and/or pain in the feet of overpronating runners due to the lack of stability component in the sole.

It is not good for runners with high arches as EVO Jawz provides arch support up to medium arches. For flat feet also, this may be a problem, and may have to deal with some amount of discomfort and/or pain in the arch area.

EVO Jawz has a really low heel-to-toe drop (3 mm). This makes it unsuitable for runners with foot issues like Achilles Tendonitis or plantar fasciitis.

Such runners in general have stiffer calf muscles and ankle area. Having a low drop makes these areas work overtime increasing the discomfort and pain.

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Hoka X Bodega Kaha Low GTX

Hoka X Bodega Kaha LOW GTX

Why do Hoka X Bodega Kaha Low GTX hurt feet?

Hoka X Bodega Kaha Low GTX can make feet hurt if the user has high arches, wide feet, has stiffer calf muscles, ankles, and foot soles.

Hoka X Bodega Kaha Low GTX is a neutral running shoe with plush cushioning. The midsole doesn’t provide any kind of stability and motion control. This is why this shoe may cause discomfort and/or painful feet for runners with overpronation.

The arch support of X Bodega Kaha Low GTX is up to medium arches. If you have high arches or flat feet, you may have to deal with some pain in the arch area of the foot.

X Bodega Kaha Low GTX is for runners with narrow or medium width feet. If you are a runner with wide feet and use this running shoe, you may have to deal with discomfort and/or pain due to the snug fit of the shoe.

The heel-to-toe drop of X Bodega Kaha Low GORE-TEX is around 6 mm. This is not a very low drop but also not a high drop. This will be uncomfortable for runners with stiff ankles, calf muscles, and foot soles. If you continue to use them, due to the additional load, you may have to deal with pain and discomfort in all those areas.

Common Reasons Hoka Running Shoes Hurting Your Feet

Although individual shoes can be not suitable for your type of feet and can make them pain as mentioned above, there are some common reasons why any running shoes, not only Hokas can hurt your feet…

You can’t remember the last time you have changed your Hoka

Hokas are well cushioned forgiving shoes. However, like every other running shoes, they have an expiry.

This expiry depends on the amount of usage but as a rule of thumb, it is good to replace your Hoka after 300 to 400 miles.

Foot pain

You’ve been using your Hoka for sometime without any issue. Suddenly, you start feeling discomfort which gets changed into foot pain during or after running.

It could be the Hoka in question has lost the capability of providing cushioning to you and needs to be replaced.

Your toe-nails fall off or you get bruised toes

This is more of a sizing issue rather than a problem with your Hoka running shoe. When you are selecting a running shoe, your toes should not touch the end of the shoe. This is true even if you are running downhill.

However, if you keep losing your toe nails, you need to go for a half size bigger shoe even in Hokas which are generally true to size.

Repeat occurance of blisters, corns, calluses

These kinds of foot issue occurs when you are wearing a shoe which is either too narrow or too short.

It can also happen when the midsole loses its ability to provide cushioning and adds more stress to your feet.

If you start observing such issues with your feet which was not there earlier with the same pair of the Hoka, it is time to change it.

You have arch pain

If you are wearing a Hoka which is bigger than your feet it has a tendency to slide. To keep that from happening, the muscles in your foot sole with start tightening.

If you keep wearing the same pair, over time, this muscle stiffness will give rise to arch ache and pain in the heels. It may also develop into plantar fasciitis.

Your gait changes while wearing the shoe

If your gait changes while you wear your Hoka, the reason may be too much pressure on your tendons and muscles.

If so, you may have to reconsider the current Hoka pair and replace them with a more suitable one.

You feet are sweating too much

This may happen if you wear a Hoka which is narrow or smaller than your foot. Your feet doesn’t get enough space to breathe.

This is the reason why your feet feels so stuffy and they sweat so profusely.

You did not consider foot swelling while selecting your Hoka

When you are running, your feet swells and your Hoka becomes tighter. This can give rise to any of the foor related issues mentioned above.

If you have to lossen your shoe laces all the way to slip them off your feet after a run, you should get a pair which is slightly bigger than your current Hoka.

You frequently develop tendonitis while you run

If you are not wearing a Hoka which is suitable for your feet, tendons around your feet and ankles get inflamed. For example, you wear a neutral Hoka being a overpronating runner.

If you keep getting this, redo a gait analysis to find the kind of runninng shoe that will suit you and change according to the analysis.

You are not wearing the proper Hoka for the pupose

For example, you are wearing a Hoka which is meant for running in your gym. Such shoes lack lateral support and is not suitable for gym.

This will gradually create some discomfort for you and you may also have to deal with tendonitis.

You did not break-in your Hoka properly

You need to run quite some miles before your new Hoka is properly broken in and this process has to happen gradually.

If not, you will have to deal with foot pain, blisters and other types of discomfort.

You may need to pair up your Hoka with an insole

You may have a special feet condition and wearing a low drop Hoka is just aggravating it. You have already spent a lot of money on this shoe and you don’t want to throw it away despite the pain and discomfort.

Try pairing it up with specialized insoles for your feet condition.

Your feet changed but you are still sticking to your old Hoka

During pregnency or if you gain a lot of weight, sometime your have a foot condition called fallen arch. In other words, your foot arch literally falls.

However, you keep using the same Hoka that you have used always and that creates more pain for you.

Or let’s say, you develop bunions. Effectively, your forefoot width changes dramatically based on the size of the bunion.

However, you keep using a Hoka which is suited for narrow to medium foot width. This will cause you pain.

Instead, do a reanalysis of your foot requirement and choose a Hoka which will suit all those requirements.

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Madhusree Basu

Madhusree Basu

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Blogger and a fitness enthusiast. She loves running and Yoga and everything in between. She started running to manage her weight and to eat to her heart’s content. A true foodie at heart she shares whatever knowledge she has gained throughout the years about weight management and fitness.