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monty 06-18-2014 09:45 AM

My Experience with Maximalist Shoes-The Hoka
Hi All,

For the last year or so I have been running in a Maximalist shoe called the Hoka. All my lower leg issues have beed corrected.

The minalmist movement has run its course in my opinion and many are going maximalist due to age and being busted up from running barefoot.

The Hoka forces my foot to land in a midfoot strike, which takes pressure off my knees and achilles tendon which both have bothered me for 25 years. These shoes look heavy but are only about 11 ounces and I am able to run fast with them no problem.
My two women asst. coaches both have a pair and one was a former national class runner who was shocked how good these things feel and that running fast in these feels good too.

They are spendy but for me its worth it to be able to run my 25 miles a week with my runners and to feel the wind in my face with no injuries.
Here is there website, they are a fast growing company. Many who have gotten these shoes love them.
P.S I run in the Hoka Stinson Tarmac

mcj6417 09-03-2015 11:06 AM

Hi Monty:

Ever since I read your review of the Hokas, I've been wanting to try them. I went to their website, read other reviews.

Well, I finally bought a pair of Hoka Bondis a couple of weeks ago, and they are wonderful. I was a runner in my 20's, and loved running. But pain forced me to stop. I tried to get back to it a few times over the years, but between knee pain and ankle fractures, just couldn't seem to get going again.

These shoes are making me feel like this time it's going to work. Knee and ankle pain are minimal, and by the next morning it's usually gone.

I'm also doing a jog/walk program by the sports medicine board of British Columbia called The a Beginning Runners Handbook. The Proven 13 week Run/Walk Program.

I look forward to being a runner again!

Thank you, Monty! You have no idea how much this means to me.

monty 09-03-2015 12:52 PM


That is great news. They are becoming very popular and doing the right things to help all runners. They really are great shoes especially for us older athletes.
Unfortunately I have not run much since June due to Achilles issues. Not from the Hokas, think it is just wear and tear from so many miles in my lifetime. Sure I will be back again, just got to be patient.

Again great news!!! Enjoy every run!!


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