New Shoe Review: Arahi from Hoka One One

Footwear Launch Hoka One One

Oh boy! A brand new shoe! If you’re not a self-proclaimed shoe geek, it might just seem like any other day. But when your day revolves around the latest and greatest shoe stuff, this is a pretty big deal. So let’s talk about the new Hoka Arahi. This shoe is in the light stability category, which means it supports your foot without feeling like a brick. There's a ton of new technology here, so read on!

The Details

The Arahi (which comes from the Maori word meaning "to lead") combines Hoka’s desire for innovation with top-of-the-line features. Targeted patches of rubber on the outsole add durability, which helps prolong the lifespan of the shoe. The midsole is a classic Hoka oversized design and is curved with an Early Stage Meta-Rocker to move your foot forward through the stride.

A new J-Frame concept debuts in the Arahi. Essentially, you have harder foam cupping your foot in the heel and side of the foot to give you stability for overpronation, aka your foot turning in. The upper is 3D printed to cut down on weight and hot spots, and the tongue is padded for even more comfort.

The Fit

CRC's Carla Ramirez compares the fit and feel of the new Arahi to two of her favorites: the Brooks Ravenna and Hoka Clifton.

"Next to the Ravenna, which has been my old faithful, I really like the Arahi! It has that smooth, classic Hoka roll and I can feel the guidance underneath my foot. I feel a bit more stability in it than the Ravenna. In the Arahi I feel a heel hug and it does feel slightly firmer than the Clifton because of the added stability. I really want to run more in this shoe and see how it continues to feel!"

CRC has the shoe in Cool Gray/Acid/Black for men; for women, check out Virtual Pink/Neon Fuschia or Medieval Blue/Lavender. If you’ve been tempted to try Hoka or have been waiting for a new stability model, then add the Arahi to your list!

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Evan Schwartz spends his time running the roads of central Ohio and managing the Short North CRC. When he isn't brainstorming the "next great thing," he is geeking out over all things running shoes.

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