A few months ago I had the opportunity to choose a new running shoe. I was given a gift certificate from my former co-workers as a going away gift. Since I was in need of a new running shoe, I took a chance and tried something new. This past year I have been suffering from plantar fasciitis so I was desperate to try something to take the pain away. So it was in my best interest to explore different options which led me to the Hoka Bondi 4.
I had seen this shoe multiple times at the running shoe store, but to be honest I just couldn't get past the overall look of the shoe. I mean it is super bulky! I know most running shoes lately are all about the bright colors so I've been used to that but a shoe with a sole that big was just unheard of. I had to put my shoe insecurities aside and look at the big picture. Since I had read great reviews, I knew that it was really worth looking into. If this shoe could help with my pain then I had to try them. These of course are my own personal thoughts on the shoes.
Hoka One One has definitely made a name for themselves in the last few years. They have quickly changed the way you look at running shoes. Their shoes are meant to offer more stability, cushion, and durability. I ended up with the Bondi 4. Once I finally tried them on, my feet felt like they were on a cloud. Yes the shoes looked like clown shoes on me, but they felt so lightweight. I could hardly believe it.
This shoe is meant for road running and weighs only 9 ounces. It is categorized as a neutral shoe with maximum cushion. But here are all the logistics on the shoe from their website:
- Lycra ComfortFrame Upper
- TPU External Heel Counter Provides Support
- Early-stage Meta-Rocker Provides Propulsion
- Full EVA Midsole Provides Signature Bondi Cushioning
- 10 Deg Heel Bevel Provides Smooth Heel Transition
- Flat-waisted Geometry Provides Inherent Stability
- Strategic rubber placement provides durability
Since getting these shoes, I have put in quite a few miles and have even ran a half marathon race wearing them. At first the shoes felt great when I was breaking them in. But as soon as my mileage increased, I started noticing a few changes. My feet would feel a bit hot. Now I've experience this with other shoes, but only when I ran on the treadmill. I had never felt that way when I ran outside though. I also started noticing that as soon as I ran more than 8 miles, I would start to get small blisters. I thought at first it was just because maybe I was wearing the wrong socks. But then on my race day, I got the worst blisters of my life. They seriously looked like tumors growing out of my feet. It was quite gross.
Needless to say I was super disappointed since they felt great when I initially purchased them. But here is where I realized something. The shoes still felt like I was walking on a cloud when I just did normal stuff around the house or ran errands in them. And I realized they were still great for running short distances. Since they were a bit on the pricier side ($150), I really wanted to try to find the good in them. So I decided to try them one day for my shift at work.
Now my plantar fasciitis pain started from work. Being on my feet all day has definitely taken a toll on my feet. Needless to say, wearing them to work was the best decision I could've made. Not only did I go the whole shift without any pain, but my feet weren't even remotely sore. I swear I hadn't felt that way in almost a year and a half. From that day on, my Bondi 4's became strictly my work shoes and my walking the dogs shoes. Yes I still wear them for a 3 mile run or so, but I have learned my lesson to not use them for long distance runs.
I wish the shoes would have worked better for me for my long distance running. At least I found really good use out of them. Honestly I'll continue buying these shoes just for work. They have the best cushion out of any shoe I have ever tried. They still feel great so I can't really complain.
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