2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Running Shoes

Photo: John David Becker

Hoka One One Kailua Tarmac

$130, Hokaoneone.com
The draw: Ultimately soft impact

The sole of this shoe is roughly twice the thickness of a typical high-mileage running shoe. Hoka One One’s philosophy on shoe design not only minimizes road impact, these unique shoes seemingly add extra absorptiveness to the knee and ankle joints. The real miracle of these shoes is their lively feel—the giant hunk of foam doesn’t deaden the shoes. They seem to rock from heel to toe without interruption. Expect as much pop from this pair as you would from a shoe like the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 but with a more delicate feel.