If you have bought a pair of Hoka running shoes recently, you may have seen three sets of numbers on the inside of the midsole. Below is a list of what each one means.
|Letter||What it is|
|S||The ‘spring’ of the shoe – how far off the ground in millimetres the toe and heel portions are|
|V||The volume of the midsole cushion in cm² (centimetre squared)|
|W||The weight of the shoe in grams|
And below are some examples. All the shoes listed are UK size 9 (mens).
|Hoka Clifton Edge||36 x 20||734||246|
|Hoka Torrent 2||33 x 16||395||270|
|Hoka Challenger ATR 6||37 x 30||641||276|
As you can see, most have a difference of about 7mm in the toe and heel. This is what gives the shoes the signature Hoka rocker feel.This is not to be confused with the heel-to-toe drop, which is usually 4mm.
Unsurprisingly, the Clifton Edge with its extended heel has a lot of volume. Despite this, it still manages to remain rather light at just 246 grams.
How is this information useful? Well the more you know, the more informed a decision you can make about which shoe is best for you.
This only really applies if you are browsing for shoes in an actual shop of course. Remember those?