Why We Chose The HOKA ONE ONE Stinson Mid GTX: Great cushioning, quality materials, lightweight
HOKA ONE ONE have brought out a walking boot version of their popular running/walking shoe the Stinson and this thing is ultra, ultra cushioned. It is, in fact, the highest volume mid sole across Hoka’s entire range.
Who Is The Stinson Mid GTX For?
This would make for a great boot for trekking in, particularly if that trek is on any well worn trails. It’s built for long-distance comfort, with that plush cushioning sure to be of benefit on anything rocky or compacted. Considering the flexibility of the sole and overall lightweight nature of the boot, we’d say it’s best suited to three-season use.
Materials and Construction
The upper features a lovely nubuck leather – which comes pre-treated with a water resistant wax – and a Gore-Tex membrane for full waterproof protection. There’s a minor toe bumper to protect the upper (and your toes) from rocks etc, a tall ankle cuff with a comfy moulded foam and then side wings that work well with the laces and the tongue to give a wraparound that holds your foot in place securely but still comfortably.
“Throughout the day, they certainly had felt very, very comfortable”
Underfoot, you have a removable ergonomically-shaped midsole, the plush CMEVA midsole (which is over an thick) and then a ‘podular’ outsole which involves a mix of foam lugs which are part of the midsole, and then rubber bits of lugged tread that are glued onto it. The heel-to-toe drop is 5mm, very neutral then. This will help to prevent you from heel striking too much and subsequently putting a lot of stress on your knees and lower back.