Comparing Hoka vs Brooks running shoes could largely be described as a difference in fit and feel, along with some company philosophy if you care about those things. But of course we know that Hoka came on the scene due to their maximal shoes…and that’s interesting all on its own!
Both brands provide high quality shoes and offer a variety of models to suit different needs like overpronation, cushioning, and trail running.
Hoka One One first became popular with Ultrarunners and has since moved in the to main stream of running. I myself have run in a number of models and previously compared Hoka styles.
Hoka Vs Brooks Key Differences
Brooks and Hoka offer similar features and models for all kinds of runners, from the new runner to Ultramarathoner to the flat-footed or high-arched.
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Largely we’re looking at how a maximal shoes compares to a traditional running shoe.
I break down the differences in more detail below, but here’s a quick overview:
Brooks Running Shoes
Wider Toe Box
Exclusively designs running shoes
Science-driven to accommodate rather than correct gait
Hoka Running Shoes
Maximal shoe – has the larger sole for stability and smooth ride
Usually more cushioned
Some state they run narrow, but compared to other brands like Nike I disagree
Does have some casual shoes, gym shoes and recovery sandals
I’ve worn both brands and will add some personal thoughts, along with links to detailed reviews. In fact, both brands are in my current shoe rotation.
Brooks vs HOKA ONE ONE Feature Comparison
Both brands have been around for a very long time and are leaders in running shoe design. They both offer various technologies to aid with comfort, support, stability, and cushion. Where they differ most are in the fit.
The following breaks down each shoe based on the components buyers need to consider when purchasing a running shoe. Read also: Brooks Glycerin vs Levitate.
It’s gonna get a little TECHY…so you can just skip on down to the specific model comparison if you want, but personally if I’m shelling out $150 for shoes, I kinda want to know why.
The lifespan of shoes from both companies is fairly comparable.
Brooks shoes have a life expectancy ranging from 300 to 500 miles, or three to six months, depending on your monthly mileage.
HOKA is often reported to last longer. I don’t know if this is more trail runners and thus less hard surfaces which extends the life of the shoe or simply their maximal design.
Determining when to replace running shoes, of course, all depends on your gait, weight, and whether you run mostly on trail or road.
Brooks shoes have a wider toe box, which makes them a great choice for runners with wide feet or bunions. The brand recommends that buyers go up a half size from their everyday shoe.
Brooks does a great job with online fit, the Brooks shoe fit finder will give you an idea of what to look for in a running shoe when you do visit your local store.
HOKA shoes run true to size from my testing. Some models are definitely a little more narrow than others, as with most brands. In fact, they have been working on increasing the toebox in newer models.
They also have a shoe finder quiz to help you get in to the right model.
Brooks uses two types of cushioning in their designs:
DNA LOFT – Soft cushioning, that adapts to a runner’s profile, stride, and speed
BioMoGo DNA – also adapts to runner’s profile, stride, and speed, providing a more balanced experience with a bit of spring.
HOKA likes to say they provide marshmallow softness. More technically PROFLY.
I’m going to admit that I was really skeptical of HOKA at the start because I assumed all that cushion would make it heavy. It turned out I was wrong and instead have been running in them since of their very first shoes.
They have 3 levels of cushion, which is important because plush isn’t what you want on all runs
Cushion that provides both a good landing and plenty of stability for push off
Hubble Heel – their newest shoes with a longer heel which is supposed to improve heel to toe transition
The prices between the two brands are fairly comparable. Brooks prices range between $100 to $160, while HOKA’s start at a slightly higher price at $120 to $250.
The most popular models for Brooks are around $150 and for HOKA also around $150. Specialty items with more features are want increase price.
You’ll notice that every brand offers a range and this is indeed due to a difference in technology and where they sell the shoe. They know that the big box store can sell the shoe with less in it, while the local running store needs to be best for dedicated runners.
Hoka Vs Brooks
All in all, both of these models have their own extra value. They both have similar price for popular models, though the specification may be different. HOKA has better cushion features yet still comfort to accommodate your running activities. Again, the decision is yours.