The field of running has seen many changes and innovations since humans' ancestors transitioned away from their quadrupedal ways. We have seen perennial swing after swing, moving from demand for padding and protection to theory on biomechanics and natural mimicry. Enter HOKA ONE ONE and maximalism. Maximalism marries the idea of natural movement to the demand for padding and protection and has been very popular with marathoners and ultramarathoners. We have included the HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 3 in our lineup and it ended up earning our Top Pick for Stability Award. We certainly would not call it an attractive shoe, but underfoot, they are pretty dreamy.
As we noted elsewhere, it is important to explain that the Clifton 3 is listed as a neutral shoe by HOKA ONE ONE, but we consider it a stability shoe because it has a number of stabilizing features, like its wide platform and great cushioning that guide the foot to a natural position.