Hoka Bondi 7 Shoe Review

Shoe: Hoka Bondi 7

Hoka Bondi 7 Shoe review

Category- Premium Cushion “Neutral”/I would argue more support

Weight- Men sz 10.5 (10.7 Oz)/ Women’s sz 7.5 (8.9 oz)

Heal to Toe Drop: 4 mm

Stack Height (Heel/toe): 31/27 mm (W), 33/29 mm (M)

Preferred Surfaces: Track/Road/Concrete

Cost: $150


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).



  • Cushion
    • May be the most cushioned shoe on the market
  • Roomy
    • Great for Wide and tall feet
  • Durability
  • 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
  • Looks
  • Too Wide for narrow feet

Comparable Shoes:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.

Check out my other shoe reviews!

Shoe Review: Altra Solstice XT

Shoe: Altra Solstice XT

Category- Cross Trainers


Heal to Toe Drop: 0mm

Stack Height: 23 mm

Cost- $110


  • Comfortable for all day wear
  • Upper gives support for lateral movements
  • Enough support to perform agility drills
  • Wide toe box that allows foot to splay and increase base of support at the foot
    • Alot of trainers are narrow, so great option for people with wide feet
  • Very comfortable and breathable
  • Durability- I have put mine through the ringer and they have held up well


  • Too much cushion for them to be optimal in heavy lifts
  • Good at alot but not great at anything

I love my Solstice! During the Covid lockdown these were the perfect shoes. I was constantly jumping between kettlebell work, running, agility etc. I also wasn’t lifting very heavy. This allowed for all of the Solstice’s pros to shine through. As I have gotten back in the gym, and having days entirely dedicating to lifting, or running I have switched to more specialized shoes. These shoes are good at a-lot of things but not great at anything.


Shoe Review: Nike Metcon 5 Review

Shoe: Nike Metcon 5

Category- Cross Trainers


Heal to Toe Drop: 6mm

Cost- $130


  • Great for heavy lifts
  • Heel Inserts to increase the offset… Great for people who lack proper ankle dorsiflexion to allow them to get into deep squats
  • Many designs/colors
  • Wider fit than many other trainers
  • Very comfortable and breathable


  • Not as good looking of a shoe compared to previous models
  • Extremely uncomfortable to do any running in.

During the fall when I was not going as heavy on my lifts I was using the Altra Solstice as my primary trainer. These were great for all the turf workouts I was forced to do during Covid Lockdown. However, when I was able to get back into the gym and started to lift heavy again, they left a-lot to be desired. They had too much cushion to feel comfortable performing heavy squats. With that a few weeks ago I made the switch to the Nike Metcon 5. These have been amazing for my lifting. Their 8 mm heel inserts that they supply have been a wonderful surprise as they greatly improve my squat days. However, their one downfall is cardio after a workout is no longer an option. Overall, I have absolutely loved these shoes, however, I have had to identify their weakness and plan accordingly.

Nike Metcon 5 Men's Training Shoe



Performance- 9/10