Hoka One One Arahi

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Hoka One One Arahi Review Facts

Hoka One One makes phenomenal shoes; they have an amazing bounce and allow the wearer to do everything that they need to with respect to their transition. The design of the shoe is one that gives the wearer everything that is needed in terms of support; the cushioning incorporated into the design allows the shoe to really give the wearer a bit of comfort for the heel. Don’t forget the pure attractiveness of the shoe itself, which is colorful and adds a pop to your workout outfit.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Highly cushioned

Natural transitions

Breathable

Comfortable

Cons

Expensive

Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Hoka One One Arahi fits right in-line with the design of the rest of the shoe; it’s extremely attractive and colorful. The colors of the materials in the rest of the shoe are meant to signal the parts of the shoe that provide the wearer with what they need in terms of durability and traction. The reason for the shoe’s ability to really give the wearer what they need in certain parts of the shoe is due to the use of the Zonal Rubber placement in the design. The use of the zonal rubber placement and the varying rubber types helps the shoe in its efforts to keep the weight and experience down. For instance, the outer part of the outsole features high rubber which allows the shoe to give the wearer a bit of enhanced traction when using the shoe; the parts of the shoe that have high points of contact also allow the shoe to have enhanced levels of durability while in the shoe as well. The shoe also features various grooves which allow it to provide the wearer’s foot with an overall natural range of motion while in use.
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the shoe is designed to provide extreme levels of support to the wearer’s foot due to the foam that’s in place throughout the design. The shoe features an EVA midsole that allows the shoe to give the wearer what they need in terms of support due to the use of both the EVA material and the J Frame that is in place throughout the design. The J Frame surrounds the EVA foam in such a way as to distribute the weight of the foot and the pressure evenly throughout the wearer’s movements; this also effectively manages to give the wearer what they need in terms of comfort due to the fact that it guides the wearer’s foot in a way that eliminates the discomfort that usually occurs while running. The EVA foam compresses in such a way as to conform to the shape and curves of the wearer’s foot as well, immediate comfort.
Upper

Upper

The upper of the Hoka One One Arahi is one flashy, highly cushioned part of the shoe. The design of the upper features few overlays and actually has printed colors in place; this raises the question of how the shoe provides one with any level of stability while in use. The lacing incorporated into the shoe’s design is also one of the reasons why the shoe allows the wearer to have what they need in terms of fit; the lacing ties rather easily and, the elastic feature of the material allows the shoe to really blend with the design of the wearer’s foot. The heel of the upper fits directly in-line with the foot and ensures that the wearer has doesn’t have a shoe that feels uncomfortable or chafes the back of the heel.
Weight

Weight

In terms of weight, the shoe is actually not that heavy, despite the look of the material. The shoe has a printed upper, meaning that it doesn’t hold very many overlays and will move rather easily when pressure is placed on the design of the shoe. The sole unit of the shoe holds the majority of the weight but, even then the shoe doesn’t come together to weigh much; the design of the shoe weighs, in total about 9.30 oz. The weight of the shoe is actually rather good when considered alongside the design of the rest of the shoe and the features that are provided.
Breathability

Breathability

The upper of the shoe will definitely work to provide the wearer with a certain level of airflow while the shoe is in use. The printed design of the upper allows the wearer to experience an extremely breathable feel; the airflow provided by the shoe ensures that sweat doesn’t build-up and, in turn, results in the shoe really giving the wearer an amazing level of comfort. The reason for the circulation that takes place in the upper of the shoe, is the use of printed overlays rather than the use of physical, plastic overlays. On top of this, the shoe features the traditional Orth Olite sock-liner to ensure that one doesn’t have to worry about the shoe accumulating the grotesque smells that may occur when shoes are used for certain lengths of time.
Comfort

Comfort

The mesh upper ensures that the wearer of the shoe has an overall comfortable experience while the shoe is in use; mesh and the lack of excessive overlays ensures that the shoe is breathable which is a feature that inherently works to provide one with a comfortable feel while wearing their shoe. The midsole of the shoe is rather firm(the EVA cushioning is) and really provide the wearer with a cushioning that is supportive for the duration of the shoe’s life; also to this effect is the use of the J-Frame design on the midsole which provides support for those who may tend to overpronate while they are using the shoe.
Style

Style

One thing about Hoka One One is that they design shoes that will continuously provide the wearer’s feet with a sense of style. The shoe features the now traditional design throughout the upper that really allows the shoe to provide the wearer with what they need in terms of aesthetic appeal. The blend of colors throughout both the upper and the sole unit of the shoe just makes the design “pop” and makes the shoe stand out against the majority of the other brands. This is a running shoe as well; this can be noticed simply by looking at the design of the shoe and the rocking pattern that is features throughout the sole unit. There aren’t very many colorways of this shoe also; it comes in either the green, orange, and white for the standard pair or the copper, black, and white for the wide version.
Durability

Durability

The materials that make up the design of this shoe are definitely on the higher end of the spectrum when it comes to durability. The midsole of the shoe features an EVA material that works to give the wearer what they need in terms of support but, also does it in such a way as to ensure that the wearer doesn’t have to immediately purchase insoles for the shoe. The material on the outsole of the shoe allows the wearer to retain a high level of traction from the shoe due to the insertion of the blown rubber into the high points of contact in the shoe’s design. Although the upper of the shoe doesn’t have various overlays in place throughout its design, it does provide the wearer with what they need in terms of longevity and won’t rip while in use; make sure to pay attention to this piece solely because shoes that are made of mesh tend to rip rather easily when in use, this one doesn’t.
Protection

Protection

The upper of the Hoka One One Arahi features a sock-liner that keeps the wearer’s foot comfortable and ensures that one doesn’t feel as if the shoe is ripping or chafing the design of the wearer’s foot. The use of the J-Frame also allows the shoe to retain a decent level of protection, solely due to the fact that the material is extremely stable and won’t cause the wearer’s foot to experience rollover of any sort. The outsole of the shoe also has the blown rubber as part of it’s design to allow the wearer to retain a high level of traction and also works to prevent the wearer form misplacing their foot when engaging in a high-speed activity.
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

That EVA foam in the midsole will definitely do the trick to provide the wearer what they need in terms of cushioning and to allow the wearer to have that extra bounce when running in the shoe. EVA foam compresses along with the curves of the wearer’s foot and doesn’t leave much to be desired in that respect; something else to consider is the fact that the material is of the medium variety and won’t overly compress under the weight of the foot. The outsole helps in a way simply because of the addition of the flex grooves in its design.
Support

Support

This shoe is meant to provide one with high levels of support when in use. The snug fit provided by the lacing in the shoe gives the shoe a decent length of support when the shoe is in use. This is only aided by the use of the EVA foam in the shoe’s design that conforms to the curves of the wearer’s foot and does so in a way that the shoe gives the wearer a decent level of support for the arch of the foot; also keep in mind that the shoe makes use of the J-Frame in its design as well. The J-Frame lines the heel of the shoe which adds a bit of support for the heel of the wearer’s foot as well.
Terrain

Terrain

In terms of terrain, the shoe does work when in use on roads and things of the like. The shoe features blown rubber in the parts of the shoe that experience the highest level of abrasion; this becomes increasingly important when the shoe is in use on roads simply because of the transitions that take place and the fact that those transitions may open the shoe up to possible uneven wear when used. The design of the rest of the shoe is also durable to the point that the wearer wouldn’t have to worry about the shoe breaking down when used on the road terrain. There isn’t a lot that is special about the upper in this shoe other than the fact that it provides them with a decent ride when in use on roads.
Price

Price

One of the complaints about the design of this shoe is that it stays on the more expensive end of the spectrum in regards to its price. The shoe has all of the features that it needs to really provide the wearer with what they need when they are engaging in the longer distance runs; the cushioning in the design of the shoe provides ample support to the wearer of the shoe and, the traction provided by the shoe is simply phenomenal. The feel of the shoe is phenomenal as well and is complimented by the longevity that is experienced when the shoe is purchased; the design of the shoe also works to provide the wearer with what they need in this regard.
Traction

Traction

The sole unit on the Hoka One One Arahi provides the wearer with what they need in regard to traction as well; there is ample rubber in place throughout the design to give the wearer what they need when participating in a run; the use of the special placement of the blown rubber and the integration of flex grooves throughout the design, work to give the wearer what they need in terms of comfort and allows the wearer to retain a rather high level of grip when the shoe is in use.
Flexibility

Flexibility

The outsole of the shoe makes rather decent use of flex grooves; the shoe has a grid pattern in place that allows the shoe to really move to the needs of the foot when in use. The use of the EVA foam in the design of the shoe also works to aid the shoe in this effect; the EVA foam is midrange in terms of cushioning and moves rather easily to the movements of the wearer’s foot. The upper of the shoe works in much the same way as the sole unit to give the wearer what they need in terms of flexibility; the upper makes great use of printed overlays in its design and gives the wearer what they need in terms of flexibility and range of motion while the shoe is in use.
Stability

Stability

For all intents and purposes, this is a stability shoe. The upper of the shoe has printed overlays but still works to retain it forms when in use; this becomes completely necessary and adds a bit of support to the design of the overall shoe. The sole unit of the shoe features a medium-textured midsole material that continuously allows the shoe to provide the wearer with a decent level of support while in use and works to reduce rollover while in use: the J-Frame design of the midsole also works to this effect and allows the shoe to provide the wearer with what they need while in use.
Drop

Drop

The drop on the Hoka One One Arahi is roughly 5mm. Nothing special about it other than the fact that it works to provide the wearer with an amazing feel and downright smooth transitions while in use. The sole unit of the shoe is also rockered to improve the feel of the shoe and also works to improve the transitions of the overall shoe.
Key features

Key features

• Rockered sole unit
• EVA foam midsole
• Zonal rubber placement
• J frame design
Verdict

Verdict

The design of this shoe is superior in all aspects, to be honest. The comfort delivered by the Hoka One One Arahi is above that is usually provided by running shoes and the support achieved is simply phenomenal. The style of the shoe is also of the sort that it allows the wearer to provide the wearer with a level of support for those who tend to overpronate while the shoe is in use. Besides this, the design of the shoe allows the wearer to achieve the thing that most runners can’t help but seek after; smooth transitions. These things are being mentioned simply because of the fact that the shoe falls on the more expensive end of the spectrum; the price of the shoe is definitely justified.