I wanted new hiking shoes for my summer vacation which would include many hikes, including some in Glacier NP. Since I've been happy with the HOKA running shoes, these seemed like the perfect pair and they did not disppoint. One of the first hikes was 10 miles - no blisters, no problems. It was like walking on clouds! By the end of the trip, everyone else was looking to buy a pair.
I have worn these for 4 hikes. The fit was great and they were comfortable to wear right out of the box with no issues. However, on my 3rd hike, I got caught in a rainstorm. Within 10 minutes, my feet were completely soaked. On my 4th hike, a week later so my shoes were completely dry, our hike was in overcast, misty conditions. It had rained the night before so the vegetation was wet. For the first 3 miles, my feet remained dry but by mile 4, I noticed that the moisture was seeping in on the top of my foot (above the toe box and below where the laces start). By the end of our 11 mile hike, my feet were once again soaked. My husband's feet, he wears a different brand hiking shoe, remained dry through the hike. My left shoe seemed to get wetter than my right shoe. I love the Hoka brand and love that I can wear them right out of the box with no breaking in period. However, these shoes are sold as waterproof which they are definitely not. I am hoping that it is a manufacturing defect of the particular shoes I purchased. I plan to return them and give them another try. I'll update this post after I've put the new pair through their paces.
This was an impulse purchase since I needed a new pair. But I am glad I got them. The toe box is roomy yet I do not slide around. The sole is wide and makes me very stable on trails. And they look good. We are not in the rainy season so no chance to full test the waterproof claim. My use is trail and road walks so far.
I starting wear Hoka One One years ago when they came on the market. I now have multiple styles. I hike many miles on trails that vary between moderate and challenging. The Sky Toa hiking shoe is supportive and firm in all conditions....but has the flexibility to move with you. Great shoe! Thanks Hoka One One
They are very light & comfortable. Definitely worth the money. Unlike those heavy boots.
Light-weight over-the-ankle support sharp-looking feels great!
Runs very large. Order about half size down. I’m usually a pretty solid eight, but these looked and felt clownish. I thought maybe I had even been sent men’s shoes.
Boots are comfortable and provide great ankle support. Runs true to size. They also last for many miles of hiking! This is the second pair I've purchased. My first pair lasted almost two years and hundreds of miles!