Cycling might have overtaken running in popularity over the past few years, but HOKA sure did not. The Bondi 8 is the latest installment from the French athletic footwear label designed with exceptional cushioning. Its latest pair not only ships with improvements but retains the desirable qualities of its predecessors. Grab a pair and feel the difference.

Every manufacturer claims their running shoes offer the best in comfort and performance. However, the opinions that actually matter comes from the users. HOKA, on the other hand, is lauded for being the best in the business when it comes to cushioning. This means each stride has minimal impact and can help you run longer.

The Bondi 8 product page lists its level as plush, which is perfect for those who want the ultimate protection against injuries. Meanwhile, the company also points out that its stability is neutral. Runners who need prescriptive technologies to compensate for their gait should consider another silhouette instead. Its mesh upper features a lining made out of recycled material.

Not only does it snugly wrap around your feet, but its excellent breathability keeps them fresh as well. Meanwhile, the memory foam collar, pillowed tongue, and lacing system keep it firmly in place. The HOKA branding is prominently visible on the lateral side of the Bondi 8, while the medial section only shows the emblem near the heel.

An Ortholite hybrid sockliner, a hybrid resilient foam midsole, rear crash pad, and its zonal rubber outsole placement strike an excellent balance for both professional and casual runners. HOKA offers the Bondi 8 in four colorways: Goblin Blue/Mountain Spring, Black/White, Puffin’s Bill/Amber Yellow, and Sharkskin/Harbor Mist.

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Bondi 8 Black

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