When it comes to running, my asthma (and a host of other excuses) prevent me from really joining in on this cardio boost, but I am always surrounded by people who just really love a good run. Not only do they love it because of the health benefits, but I’ve also been told there is a therapeutic element in being an avid runner. But, because we’re concerned about the important things, I got to wondering: doesn’t all of that traction put major wear and tear on your footwear?! See? Priorities.  So, what are some of the best lesser known kicks to rock while running? We all know the Nike’s, the adidas’, the Brooks’, and New Balance’s but when I asked a couple of my favorite runners what shoes they were rocking when taking on their races, one brand continued to stand out: Hoka One One.

Hoka One One is a company of runners committed to creating the top-engineered running shoes designed with the world’s toughest terrain in mind. The collections come in a variety of colors and receives praises from runners due to the maximum cushioning material, meta-rocker shaping, and superior stability. Hoka One One (pronounced “O-nay, O-nay”) is considerably lightweight in comparison to other running shoes, which is definitely a plus.

Now, I won’t lie and say that aesthetics aren’t important so, if you’re just looking for something to wear for stunt purposes, this isn’t for you.  While the looks of many of Hoka’s silhouettes may not be for everyone, serious runners will appreciate the cushion this shoe provides. My personal pick would have to be the HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 2 Women's Shoes in Coral/White.  The Clifton not only offers some aesthetic appeal, but nearly doubles the average life of a running shoe (between 250 and 300 miles) which makes it a great investment, in my personal opinion.

A Hoka sneaker, however, will not make for a cheap run. Newer versions can hit your wallet at around $140.00, however they do have some comparable models that you can get via the RunningWarehouse.com for around $50.00.

Are any of you runners already using this brand? Tell us what you think!