Though Hoka’s might look like any ugly-cool sneaker, they’re designed to perform and are a favorite of runners and podiatrists alike. “While extra-thick and chunky soles have become de rigueur in ugly sneakers, runners will recognize the style from the Hoka One One shoes that exploded on the scene a few years ago,” explains Strategist writer and resident running expert Karen Iorio Adelson, adding, “The jumbo-size sole ran contrary to everything runners thought they knew about shoes — go as thin and lightweight as possible for speed — but after trying the Hokas, many were converted to the cloudlike sensation of running in their marshmallow-fluffy foam.” Hoka’s Bondi 6 sneakers were also the pick of podiatrist Priya Parthasarathy, who told Strategist intern Leah Muncy that they’re great for people dealing with bunions (or anyone looking for a supercomfortable shoe to traverse the city in), due to the wide toe box, cushioned outsole, and soft uppers. They’re also on sale at Zappos for 20 percent off, available in ten colors and two widths.
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