Shoe: Hoka Bondi 7
Category- Premium Cushion “Neutral”/I would argue more support
Heal to Toe Drop: 4 mm
Stack Height (Heel/toe): 31/27 mm (W), 33/29 mm (M)
Preferred Surfaces: Track/Road/Concrete
My quick opinion: In the beginning of Covid, every healthcare worker was placing curbside pickups for their pairs of Hoka Bondi. These are incredible shoes if you are on your feet all day and need maximum cushion. These shoes are also incredibly useful for individuals with high volume feet(wide and tall).
- May be the most cushioned shoe on the market
- Great for Wide and tall feet
- Great for easy runs
- Makes me 6ft tall
- Offered in a non slip version
- Heavy for running purposes
- Thick upper material
- Can cause feet to get hot during the summer
- Too Wide for narrow feet
- Hoka Clifton 7 (~$130)
- The Hoka Clifton is a more light weight and a slightly softer foam, The only issue with the Cliftons in health care workers and other long term standing is the crash pad(heel) breaks down quickly in the Clifton
- Brooks Dyad 11 (~$130)
- This has a similar straight last with a wide base as the bondi. However, this lacks both the cushion and the height within the shoe of the Bondi
- New Balance 840v4 (~$125)
- similar to the Dyad it shares a similar shape but lacks the cushioned feel.
Who would I recommend the Hoka Bondi For?
As I have mentioned multiple times before in this shoe review, the Hoka Bondi 7 is the ultimate shoe for anyone who has to be standing on their feet all day. It offers the cushion and durability to withstand 12 hour shifts at the hospital. Although it may be a little wide on most, many have found this to be beneficial as their feet swell throughout their shift. As a running shoe I wouldn’t recommend this for most, unless you are only focused on cushioning.