Here’s a quick one – my notes on sizing for today. We have sold a lot of Hoka One One shoes, and the sizing experience is often different for different people. So, it’s tough to say consistently “size up!” or “size down!” However, I did a comparison of the three current styles, since we have them all in my regular size at the moment. Normally a women’s size 9.5 in running shoes, here’s how they compared:
Bondi – 9.5 fit great, good amount of toe room and snug around the midfoot.
Mafate – 9.5 was too big, longer than the Bondi and wide around the midfoot.
Stinson – 9.5 was too big, also longer than the Bondi, but fit more snug around the midfoot. The softer tongue in this shoe is really comfortable. The 9 fit me more like the Bondi 9.5.
Keep in mind a few other things about Hoka shoes. The men’s and women’s versions are built on the same lasts. This means the width is the same. The women’s-specific shoes are just different colors. The conversion from men’s to women’s is 1 size apart (a women’s 9.5 is a men’s 8.5). For my personal fitting, I have a low-volume foot with low arches. My foot isn’t narrow, but it doesn’t fill up a shoe very much. So, someone with high arches or a high volume foot will have a different experience of sizing. They may size up in the Bondi, for example, to get a better fit in the width.
So, for me, the Bondi was true to size, the Mafate and Stinson were a half size large. As for running in these shoes, I’ve tested the Mafate, and all I can say is, it’s magic on the downhills. Pure magic.
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