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Men’s 265 g (9.3 oz.); Women’s 213 g (7.5 oz.); Drop ra­tio: 5 mm; $170

The Clifton is one of the core shoes that made the Hoka name what it is to­day. So when word went around that the fourth ver­sion was go­ing to be dras­ti­cally dif­fer­ent, our de­voted Hoka testers got ner­vous. Thank­fully, the brand hasn’t messed with that sweet marsh­mal­lowy ride that has made this shoe truly revo­lu­tion­ary.

The changes to the up­per are im­me­di­ately no­tice­able and, quite frankly, for the bet­ter. The Clifton 4 looks, dare we say, so­phis­ti­cated and the de­sign lines mit­i­gate the big chunk of foam that still dom­i­nates the look of the shoe. The other ma­jor change was the most wor­ry­ing: Hoka al­tered the cut and ma­te­rial prop­er­ties of the mid­sole/ out­sole in or­der to make it more durable (a qual­ity that was lack­ing with pre­vi­ous mod­els). Thank­fully, they didn’t break that max­i­mal­ist “run­ning on a cloud” sen­sa­tion that has trig­gered a cult-like fol­low­ing around these big, lovely ev­ery­day train­ers. The Clifton 4 is in­deed the best ver­sion yet.

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