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Shoe Review: Hoka One One Challenger Trail Running Shoe


In preparation for the long-distance European Peace Walk, I needed a good long-distance walking shoe.  I purchased a pair of Hoka One One Challenger Trail Running Shoes which came recommended by a salesperson at REI.

It’s always a challenge for me to find comfortable shoes because I have bunions and wear slip-in orthotics to prevent pronation.  But I was really pleased with these!  Unlike my experience on the Camino, my feet held up well over long distances and I only got one tiny blister!

I’ve walked approximately 400 kilometers (250 miles) in these shoes and they’re still looking good.  The price of $110 is steep, but the total comfort, lack of blisters, and durability makes the price more palatable.

Hoka One One


  • Roomy enough to accommodate orthotics.
  • Breathable.  My feet did not get hot even after hours and hours of walking.
  • Maximum cushioning.  Like walking on marshmallows!
  • Extremely lightweight.
  • Machine washable and very quick to dry.
  • Nice grippy sole and good stability on flat trails and pavement.
  • No seams in the upper to rub and cause blisters.
  • Held up well even after approximately 400 kilometers (250 miles) of walking.
  • The knee pain that almost always accompanies my long walks was absent while wearing these.


  • Super-duper ugly.
  • Not waterproof.
  • Black paint on the soles flaked off almost immediately.
  • The high, squishy sole did not provide good stability when walking on uneven surfaces like cobblestones.

Hoka One One

I can enthusiastically recommend the Hoka One One Challenger Trail Running Shoe for long-distance walking on mostly flat trails like portions of the Camino de Santiago and the European Peace Walk.

Hoka One One Challenger Trail Running Shoe

Hoka One One Challenger Trail Running Shoe

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