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Best Hoka Shoes for Walking

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Posted 2 months ago

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Last updated: 03/12/2022

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by James McCormack

A lot of people think that walking and running shoes need to be completely different styles and shapes. However, this is not the case as much money is spent on the technology that goes into running shoes to make them as lightweight and efficient as possible, which applies when walking in them too. Hoka has become an increasingly popular brand, and we love them. We use them for walking, running and trail running. They provide the ultimate comfort, especially as Physical Therapists spend most of our day standing or demonstrating different exercises.

This article will provide the 3 best Hoka Shoes for running depending on your foot type. 

Best Hoka Shoes for Walking

Best Hoka Shoes for Walking with Flat Feet

We recommend the Hoka Arahi 6 Shoes for walking with Flat Feet due to their cushioning, medial arch support and J-Frame midsole.

Pronation broadly is the movement of the foot from outwards to inwards when you walk, and it is a normal and necessary movement of the foot. However, poor control of this movement due to flat feet can cause problems. The medial arch support on the Hoka Arahi 6 help to control this motion when walking

The J-Midsole and cushioning make for a more enjoyable walk due to increased comfort.

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Best Hoka Shoes for Walking with Normal Arch Height

We recommend the Hoka Bondi 8 for walking with a normal arch height due to their plush cushioning, neutral sole and 4mm heel drop.

A neutral foot type generally doesn’t experience excessive pronation moments, so it does not require the same level of support as a flat foot, so a neutral footbed with plush cushioning can provide more than adequate support.

The Hoka Bondi 8 has a 4mm heel drop, helping to provide an even distribution of force across the feet and knees when walking.

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Best Hoka Shoes for Walking with High Arches

We recommend the Hoka Clifton 8 Shoes for Walking with High Arches due to their neutral sole and cushioned soles.

People with high arches tend to have a two-pronged gait cycle rather than a rolling of the foot. This means higher forces are placed on the heel and of the forefoot.

A neutral sole with a cushioned shoe allows for an even distribution of forces alongside adequate protection from their balanced cushioning.

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Physiotherapy with James McCormack

This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack. He offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments for £45.

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