The word's been spreading about HOKA running shoes, and I thought it was about time I tried them out to see how they compare to all my other faves. I'm so excited to give you my full review today to help you decide whether they're the running shoe for you – plus I'm serving up some sweet deal details that'll get you 15% off some of my active wear faves right now! Keep reading for allllll the good details.
How I first found out about HOKA running shoes
First things first – how did I even hear about HOKA running shoes?!
When my mom comes to town, there’s only two things she wants to do: walk the beach trail, and get acai bowls from her fave place, Banzai Bowls. If you're following me on Instagram you might remember that my family came for a visit during New Years for the Rose Bowl, and my mom, sister-in-law, and I went down the beach trail with the babies in strollers.
During the beach walk with the family, I noticed my SIL’s running shoes – they were super cute and something unique that I hadn’t seen before! When I asked her about them, she started describing how they're the best running shoes she's ever worn, and that they're like walking on clouds, and then my mom chimed in saying she was recently in an outdoor store where the sales associate told her that these sneakers needed to be her next pair of running shoes. (Have you ever had one of those moments when you realize you’re missing out on something?!)
So, of course, I was super curious about these new running shoes and how to get my hands on them. I was beyond excited to see them available at Backcountry which shouldn’t come as a surprise considering they carry an amazing variety of outdoor brands and products from Arc’Teryx, Patagonia, Fjallraven, Black Diamond, and more!
Here come the deal details
Before we jump into my full review on the HOKAs, I wanted to make sure you know how to get a great deal on almost everything I'm sharing today!
If it's your very first purchase with Backcountry, you can use my code MINTBC15 for 15% OFF your first full-price order (some exclusions apply). PLUS, their semi-annual sale is happening right now and it's the PERFECT time to stock up on some quality active wear for the year.
REVIEW: these are the BEST comfortable and supportive running shoes
The HOKA ONE ONE Clifton Edge Running Shoe is a new, popular running shoe that really does in fact feel like you’re walking on clouds! I’m calling these the best comfortable and supportive running shoes because you likely have to sacrifice some comfort with a truly supportive shoe, but not with these!
HOKA has a different look about them with a thick sole that almost flares out and provides softer landings. These are a high sellout risk and now I totally see why my SIL sang their praises! My mom tried on a pair and was blown away with the cushioned support which speaks volumes considering all of her foot issues – with plantar fasciitis she’s ALWAYS looking for the most comfortable shoes.
A lot of the shoes in the past that I’ve recommended to my mom actually haven’t worked because of her foot issues, but the HOKAs made the cut! These come in five different color options, but I picked the hot coral/white ones to go with navy outfits. They run true to size (TTS) and with such high-quality I know they’ll last a long time!
These aren't eligible for the 15% off, but you can use code MINTBC15 for 15% off your first Backcountry purchase at checkout to save on other active wear favorites!
The perfect exercise tank top
Since we're talking about running shoes and being active, I wanted to share a couple other exercise pieces I'm loving right now so that you can get them for a great deal, too!
I’m LOVING this prAnaLayna Bra Tank Top. Why? Because it’s not insanely tight where every curve and bump are shown, but it still has a fitted feel to it.
This is a super supportive workout top and flattering, which isn't easy to find! I love the criss-cross back design, and the overall fit of this top.
One of the things I love about Backcountry is their partnership with The Nature Conservancy which goes back to 2008! This brand truly cares about keeping the outdoors beautiful and you’ll even notice on the prAnaLayna tank top it’s part of their ‘responsible collection’ meaning it’s made of recycled and repurposed materials! Major win.
Get it for 15% off right now if it's your first Backcountry purchase – use code MINTBC15!
Top performance leggings for women
These leggings are another fave I would recommend over and over again if you're shopping active wear to go with your new running shoes! I love these extremely high-waisted, supportive leggings I got from Backcountry. There are a ton of amazing legging options to shop, though, all in different price ranges, prints, and overall design.
These leggings don’t slide down and fit TTS! I totally give them a 10 out of 10 for support and comfort. I'm so sad because these exact ones are sold out, but here's a similar pair from a brand I've worn and love!
If you’re not sure what pair to shop, one of the features I love from Backcountry is their team (gearheads) who are available 24/7 in whatever way is easiest for you to get help on shopping for your next trip or activity. They’re truly gearheads because they’re former athletes, Olympians, and guides who are experts in the field and will lead you in the right direction. Or, they’re able to assist with a simple return or order update!
Stay warm while getting outside for a workout
Even though we live in a mostly warm place, I find myself starting and finishing my workouts with a jacket! The StoicTech Fleece Jacket has come in handy with my workouts and was the perfect amount of warmth while still being a true, lightweight jacket.
Right now, all four colors of this jacket are on MAJOR SALE at $44.98 from the typical $89.95 price tag! Hurry and shop this jacket – you’re going to love the fleece-like lining and flattering structure of this piece.
This jacket gives you the freedom of movement and the thumb holes keep the sleeves down during activities! On the super cold days you can zipper this jacket all the way up to bring the collar around your neck for some extra warmth.
Get your HOKAs & 2022 active wear for LESS
I’m still trying to stay true to my New Year's resolution of being more active, and my new HOKA running shoes are definitely helping me stay on track – regardless if I’m at home or on vacation – to stay moving and work on my goals. Make sure you take advantage of Backcountry’s semi-annual sale on their high quality products, and use my code MINTBC15 for 15% off your first purchase while supplies last!