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HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 9

Overall Grades And Reviews

8.9 Overall Grade
102 reviews

The Clifton 9 is HOKA ONE ONE's workhorse neutral training shoe. The most popular shoe made by HOKA and one of the most popular shoes on LetsRun.com, the Clifton 9 shoe rates highly in comfort and cushioning. It stands out for being a lightweight and nimble shoe despite its ample cushioning.

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Shoe Properties
Shoe Type
Trainer
Trainer
Trainer
Trainer
Pronation Control
Neutral
Neutral
Neutral
Neutral
Weight
10 oz. (men's), 9 oz. (women's)
8.9 oz. (men's), 8 oz. (women's)
9.6 oz. (men's), 8.4 oz. (women's)
11.1 oz. (men's), 10.1 oz. (women's)
Stack Height
40mm.
37mm.
35mm.
43mm.
Forefoot Height
35mm.
32mm.
23mm.
39mm.
Drop Height
5 mm.
5 mm.
12 mm.
4 mm.
Upper material
Breathable Engineered Knit Upper, Gusseted Tongue, Reinforced Eyestays
Engineered Mesh, Embroidery Reinforcement, Reinforced Eyestays
Refined 3D Fit Print mesh, Recycled Materials include:
Engineered mesh, Lycra comfort frame, Internal heel counter, Pillowed Tongue
Shoe Released
Q1 2023
Q2 2021
Q4 2022
Q3 2022
MSRP
$145
$140
$140
$165
LRC Ratings
Out of 10
Overall
8.9
8.6
9.2
9.0
Comfort
9.2
8.9
9.1
9.4
Cushioning
9.4
9.2
9.0
9.7
Durability
8.0
7.8
8.7
8.2
Appearance
8.5
8.1
8.3
7.9
Value
8.0
8.1
8.6
7.6

Reader Reviews

  • LRC Editor's Choice

    Best HOKA Clifton Model Yet

    90 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    8.0
    Comfort
    9.0
    Cushioning
    8.0
    Durability
    7.0
    Appearance
    6.0
    Value
    8.0

    As a Run Specialty store employee over the past ten years, I've been fortunate enough to log miles in countless pairs of shoes. I remember when the first HOKA Clifton 1 came into the shop. I took it out for a 16 mile run in the heat, and despite it being sweat-logged half-way through, I knew HOKA had a bright future. Fast-forward nine models and I can confidently assert that this is HOKA's best Clifton yet. While one of the softest Clifton's to date, the model still maintains its lightweight, responsive ride. Most notably, the Clifton 9 improves upon its predecessors by improving its profile and width. Unlike the v7 and v8, the Clifton 9 widens out just enough in the forefoot to get rid of arch issues that I'd heard numerous runners (including myself) note wasn't quite right. At $140, the Clifton performs more like $170-$180 models seen across other brands (e.g. Nike, Saucony, Asics, and On). This currently fills the 'everyday', long run, and MLR fartlek roles within my rotation. 

  • LRC Editor's Choice

    Always come back to Hokas!

    40 miles per week, underpronator, medium arches
    Overall
    10.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    10.0
    Durability
    8.0
    Appearance
    10.0
    Value
    9.0

    I’ve tried lots of different shoes over the years and had lots of gait analyses but I have never found a shoe as comfortable and diverse as Hokas. At the minute I’m on Clifton 9s; they’re so comfortable and I always find I have less joint pain when I’m Hokas.

  • LRC Editor's Choice

    Clifton 9: Huge update from the Clifton 8

    25 miles per week, overpronator, medium arches
    Overall
    7.0
    Comfort
    8.0
    Cushioning
    7.0
    Durability
    7.0
    Appearance
    7.0
    Value
    6.0

    The Clifton has changed for the better. It has an additional 3mm of foam and a roomier, more comfortable upper. If you are looking for a good daily trainer, this is the shoe that can do it all. The Cliftons new CMEVA foam is perfect for going out for a recovery jog or picking up the pace on a long run.

  • HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 9 Review

    25 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    10.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    10.0
    Durability
    7.0
    Appearance
    10.0
    Value
    10.0

    Light weight and outstanding cushioning. Durability is the issue

  • The latest Clifton finally has bounce!

    30 miles per week, overpronator, low arches
    Overall
    9.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    9.0
    Durability
    8.0
    Appearance
    7.0
    Value
    8.0

    Have loved the cliftons for years as a cushy daily trainer, but have since gravitated towards other shoes with pebax style bouncy foams.  but, the Clifton 9- not sure what they did, but they retained all the cush, and yet added some resilience.  you can actually take this shoe up to tempo, and even enjoy doing strides in it. No- not a race day shoe, but great for what it is.  

  • DUrable

    33 miles per week, overpronator, low arches
    Overall
    9.0
    Comfort
    9.0
    Cushioning
    8.0
    Durability
    10.0
    Appearance
    9.0
    Value
    9.0

    I am on my second pair and I have extremely flat feet. These have good support and last around 200 miles which is much more than my Asics. 

  • Extremely well rounded and overall good option for all sorts of people!

    Overpronator, low arches
    Overall
    8.0
    Comfort
    9.0
    Cushioning
    8.0
    Durability
    8.0
    Appearance
    7.0
    Value
    9.0

    This shoe a great neutral daily trainer all sorts of people. Coming from the nike peagsus 38’s to these, i did have a bit of a shock but after a little bit of running it went away. Although this is a more all-rounder based shoe, my favorite use of these has always been on easy runs. The cushion present in these is just amazingly balanced and creates an exceptional (and very durable) ride! I have had a few minor problems with this shoe feeling a little bit clunky at times whenever i do faster tempo runs and/or speed work, it more than compensates in other aspects like affordability, cost, and everything else ive mentioned previously. When it comes to pronation, i do tend to overpronate a bit, but even with that fact into consideration i have not had any issues with the support provided by my pair of clifton 9’s, so don’t worry if you do happen to overpronate like me! All in all, this shoe preforms quite well across the board, and even with its few flaws, it still is a great option for newer and older runners that holds up extremely well, it may not be my favorite shoe, or the “best shoe”, but it is certainly well up there! 

  • Too a while to break in but feels great now

    40 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    10.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    10.0
    Durability
    6.0
    Appearance
    5.0
    Value
    8.0

    another thing is you can't exceed easy pace in them

  • Great Shoe, but somewhat expensive

    35 miles per week, overpronator, high arches
    Overall
    8.0
    Comfort
    9.0
    Cushioning
    10.0
    Durability
    7.0
    Appearance
    7.0
    Value
    7.0

    Clifton 9 is a great shoe. Lasted about 500 miles for me before showing some seam-tearing on the inner edges. Even after 500 miles the cushioning doesn't feel too dead, and I could probably wear a bit longer. Very light. 

  • Clifton 9 toebox changes killed this shoe for me.

    40 miles per week, neutral pronator, high arches
    Overall
    3.0
    Comfort
    1.0
    Cushioning
    8.0
    Durability
    8.0
    Appearance
    8.0
    Value
    8.0

    Clifton 8 was a great successor to 7, 6, 5... which I happily wore through several successful marathon training cycles. Why did Hoka ruin a great thing?