New Shoe Review: Clayton 2 from HOKA ONE ONE

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The HOKA ONE ONE Clayton 2 is the updated version of the lightweight, fast-feeling original Clayton. Ready to learn more? Then let's get right into it!


The Clayton 2 features a few signature HOKA technologies to make this shoe as durable as possible without holding you back. The Clayton 2 continues to make use of a full RMAT rubber outsole and Meta Rocker midsole. This means the shoe runs like a HOKA with a distinctive roll in the stride to help cushion you and get you to that next step.
The updated Clayton 2 improves on the upper where some runners might have experienced hotspots or blisters near the arch. A change in overlay material and pattern was targeted to eliminate risk of rubbing in these areas. The Clayton 2 remains a 4mm drop shoe.

Fit and Feel

The new upper feels like a premium upgrade in this version of the Clayton. The toebox is wide while still feeling secure. The cushion is soft upon landing, yet firm upon push-off to help propel you forward. If you need light stability, the Clayton 2 has a slightly wider base as well as a slight heel cup to give you a bit of support on initial landing as well as through the end of your stride.

Similar Shoes

If you want to compare the Clayton 2 to other options, the easiest would be the HOKA Clifton. Other shoes from different brands would be those in the lightweight support category, such as: adidas Tempo Boost, Brooks Asteria, and Saucony Fastwitch.

Wrapping Up

If you're looking for a lightweight road shoe with cushion and need a touch of support, the Clayton 2 is one you should consider. It makes for a perfect multi-use shoe that can handle anything from track workouts to the long run, as well as letting you cruise along to that sweet new 5K PR.

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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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