Hoka One One Clifton 3 Running Shoe - Men's

Ultra-lightweight and ultra-comfortable.

Focus on the road ahead with the Hoka One One Men's Clifton 3 Running Shoes.  Hoka One One put an emphasis on lightweight comfort, which is why these shoes weigh in at just over eight ounces and have a no-sew SpeedFrame upper for a streamlined design to reduce unnecessary weight and enhance breathability. A softer, lightly padded tongue provides increased protection across the foot, and structural overlays improve midfoot support, making the Clifton 3s ideal for high-mileage training or 5ks. The Early Stage Meta-Rocker geometry encourages a more efficient gait, and the compression-molded EVA midsole improves cushioning and stability. Not to mention, the rubber outsole enhances durability and traction for when you really want to push yourself.

  • Lightweight running shoe for fast-paced runs and races
  • No-Sew SpeedFrame upper reduce weight while streamlining design
  • Early Stage Meta-Rocker geometry encourages a natural gait
  • Full ground contact design allows for even support and smooth strides
  • Strategic rubber placement provides durability when pounding the pavement
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Comfort right out of the box

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

If you want max comfort for the road these are for you. These have made running on the road much more enjoyable.

I want to believe.....

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

*Check Sean's review below before you read mine : )
I purchased these along with the Stinson 3 to see which Hoka was going to usher me into the age of the super-cushion. Turns out I enjoy a more connected, engaged road feel than Hokas provide (the same reason I can't drive an SUV either....). As Sean mentions, the Clifton does provide a bit more spring on the return than the Stinson, so I'm going to give them another shot. On the trail. Just like 35" tires, that's where they belong : )

nice on the knees

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

It doesn't matter if you're going to be walking 20 steps or 20 miles if you want something thats comfortable and soft on the feet and knees these are great shoes.

One of the best running shoes

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These shoes have had such a great impact on my knees! They are very soft yet springy, definitely an upgrade from the Clifton 2. I would highly recommend this shoe and I believe everybody would benefit from it!

Very Comfortable

    My husband walks 15 to 20 miles a day at work and his feet were dying. Since I bought these shoes for him, his feet are feeling much better. It's like walking on a cloud he says.

    Nice upgrade to an already good shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    I originally bought the Clifton 2 for running when I couldn't make it to the trails, to take the edge off of pounding the pavement. I ended up liking that shoe enough to use it for a good portion of my trail running as well.

    Version 3 maintains what was good with the Clifton 2, with a little bit more room up front, and what feels to me like just a bit more bounce in the step - in a good way.

    If I had a major complaint, it would be that the shoe is on the lamer side of their collection in the looks department - but then, I think the Huakas look good - so ymmv.

    For reference, I hate Euro-fit tiny toebox running shoes, which is most of them - and I'm a mid to forefoot striker. I'd be an Altra fan, but just don't love a lot of their more most recent models. Give these a shot if you want to give the maximalist world a try and you're of a similar mindset.

    Finally, while they're not marketed as trail shoes - they work just fine unless you're really getting on gnarly rocky terrain. I do most of my running in the Wasatch, and while I own other shoes for really rough stuff, I can get by on most trails with these. If anything, version 3 has layed down a bit of rubber on the sole where before was just their RMAT foam, so they should wear even better.

    Nice review Sean! Just getting ready to post my review (I'd largely given up on them) and you've inspired me to try them out on the trail. Thanks!

    so plush

      Hoka shoes are the best. These are my 5th pair and i've never been disappointed. every pair gets better and better.

      Good, Lightweight Shoe

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 12

      I have about 50 miles in these now, and that is enough for a fair assessment. I run 15-20 miles/week for general fitness, which usually consists of one day of interval training, one 3-5 mile run at about 7:50 pace, and one longer run at 8:00 pace. So I'm neither an elite runner or a weekend warrior.



      Sizing is accurate to a touch small. I usually wear a Size 11.5 or 12 in other shoes and the Size 12 fits just right. My foot is average width and I found ample room in the toe box and mid foot. The ankle area could even be a touch too roomy. My feet are also flat. Very flat, in fact. The Hokas have a bit of an arch. I find it rather uncomfortable while walking, but not even noticeable when running.



      These shoes are quite light despite the uniquely designed ample midsole. I expected more of an uncomfortable transition from my previous shoes (Nike Free 5.0), but it hasn't been the running in a platform shoe experience that I expected. I have had exactly zero foot or ankle pain in these shoes.



      I can already see some visible wear on the soles. The material is quite soft and durability is going to be a concern. Extrapolating the wear so far gives about 200 miles of total life. That's less than the Nike Free, which aren't exactly built like tanks.



      The Hokas also hold moisture, and, well, let's just say it--stink. I store them in a nice dry location and run every other day, but they are getting pretty rank. And this is in MN. Good luck if you are in Houston or New Orleans.



      But those concerns are secondary to performance and comfort. I am quite satisfied and will probably get another pair after the soles wear off or I can't stand the smell anymore, whichever comes first.

      Good, Lightweight Shoe

      Great Shoes

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 11.5

      These are the shoes that made me love Hoka one one. I did most of the training for my half marathon. I was experiencing a lot of joint pain as I got closer to the hour of continues running. These shoes pushed me over the hour wall. Super cushy is an understatement. really like running on clouds. I would Alternate while training between a zero-drop Altra shoe. I would suggest that to you try training like that it works different muscles. I would recommend these to anyone going long distance or having joint issues. The top has a socklike fit and can cause some blistering. Try the Ph.D. Smartwool running sock. Please contact me for any question. lhaslem@backcountry this picture is of me after the rock'n'roll marathon on the Las Vagas strip. those are the older model of Clifton's.

      Great Shoes