I HAVE MOVED

After a lot of thought and consideration -- I have decided to retire One Foot in Reality and leave it as an Archive. I will still monitor it to keep the trolls at bay, but will not be posting here any longer.

If you are looking for my new posts, please go to www.haroldlshaw.com .

Thank you for all they years of following One Foot In Reality.

Harold

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hoka One One Clifton V1 – 200 Mile Review

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: May 28, 2015

As usual I am a day late and a dollar short, this is a 200 mile review of the Clifton V1, yeah the V1.
I know, the V2 is out and available on June 1st and Sam W. has his initial thoughts on the Clifton V2 and the improvements that have been made. It sounds like they listened, with the exception of the insert. Sam has some really great information and observations on the Clifton V2 in that post.
Back to Version 1.
Hoka Clifton V1
Hoka Clifton V1
With over 200 miles of actually running in the Hoka OneOne Clifton's since April 7th, I have a really good idea of the things I like and things I don't like about them.
Your experiences with this brand/model may have been different and that is cool, we are all experiments of one and what I am writing about is how the Hoka Clifton's have worked for me. If you decide to try the Clifton's, they might not work the same for you as they have for me, though I hope that they do.
I got these shoes in a trade with a fellow runner, who had already put 125 (or so miles on them), so these Hoka Clifton's have over 325 total miles on them - something to remember when reading this post. Usually, for me...once a pair of shoes get over 300 miles on them, they are pretty much done and my legs are telling me it is time to move on.
These Clifton's are still a part of my current running shoe rotation, I ran in them this morning and plan to run in them tomorrow. So they have passed my usual 300 mile mark...I wonder how many more miles they will last for me?

How do I like them?

They work for me and how I run.
I mostly like how they fit and feel when I run in them. The best part is that I stop worrying about what is on my feet and just run. No thinking about whether my right foot is going to start hurting, if I am going to get a blister or if my feet are getting sore. I put them on, run in them and don't think about them when I am running.
Hoka Clifton V1
Hoka Clifton V1
What more can I say.
Well with me - a lot. :-)
You can read my 50 mile review of these shoes here.
Let's see, I have done a 5K Race, long runs up to 13.1 miles, groomed trails, some dry single track, runs on dirt roads, runs in the rain, treadmill and slush/snow (it was still April when I got them). Which means I have done just about every kind of run that I do in any shoe.
I will be honest, since April 7th, my shoe rotation has been basically Clifton's Blue and then I bought another pair of Clifton's Lime on April 24th - yeah me and a two shoe rotation.
If you look at my monthly and weekly mileage charts, my mileage has become much more consistent since I started running in the Clifton's, than I was before I got them.
Monthly and Weekly Mileage Charts as of 5-27-15
Monthly and Weekly Mileage Charts as of 5-27-15
Also I don't feel beat-up like I have in most shoes. I am 57 and I have a lot of miles on my legs, that along with a long history of injuries - a litany of every injury that a runner can have. The cushioning that the Clifton's have, has helped my legs stay fresher and more able to withstand the pounding that running on the roads does to a body. I don't give a damn about feeling the road, I just want to run comfortably and so far...
I have just been able to run in them - hell I am averaging in the mid-40's for weekly miles since April and recently knocked off a 50+ mile week and have not had any of the problems with my hips, legs, knees, ankles and feet that I usually do at that kind of mileage.
Hoka Clifton V1
Hoka Clifton V1
I know that some of this improved consistency is associated with the weather getting better (after a horrible winter), but at the same time I was struggling with some frustrating hamstring issues which impacted/limited my running more than I let on. Since I started running in the Clifton's, those issues have gone from being painful and uncomfortable on many runs, to "oh yeah" there is some discomfort there when I am doing speedwork.
Which is a huge difference and something that rapidly improved after I started running in my Clifton's.
I have nothing but anecdoctal evidence that wearing the Hoka's are the reason my hamstrings have improved so much over the last 2 months. I will leave it at that and let you draw your own conclusions.
I know what I believe.

Feel (different from fit)

Cushioned and comfortable are what I said in my 50 mile review and are still the two words that come to mind when I think about the Clifton's, only I would add in fast too. But I think it is more because I am running consistently that is allowing me to run faster than something as simple as a pair of running shoes.
The other thing is that I run very quietly in the Clifton’s, which is one of my indicators that I am running efficiently in them. They do let me know when I am tired and not maintaining good form, because they get noticeably noisier when I land. Going from the whisper tap, tap, tap, to a thunk, thunk, thunk.
For as big and bulky looking a shoe as the Clifton’s appear initially, they are freaking light and nimble to run in.

Racing

I ran a 22:19 5K in them, running at about 80-85% effort last weekend, which isn't a bad time for me and during the race, I didn't think about how the shoes were doing.
Sometimes we over-emphasize lightness, lack of cushioning and extra "pop" that is inherent in racing flats and forget how uncomfortable flats can be while racing and how much more of a pounding our legs take when running in them (at least mine do). There have been times when I ran races in flats, I was so focused on how uncomfortable my feet were, that I know that my times suffered.
or worse...when I run in flats, it seems that I have this tendency to tweak or injure something along the way - not what I really want to worry about during a race.
At the Finish Miles for Mills 5K - bright yellow shirt
At the Finish Miles for Mills 5K - the old guy  in the bright yellow shirt is me
I kind of think of it like the difference between driving a Cadillac Sedan or a Porche Carrera at 80 mph on some of the old back roads up heah. Both are going at the same speed without any issues, however, I know that the Cadillac is going to be more a lot more comfortable than a sports car while riding on those roads and that you will get there at the same time. Even if the Porche might look or seem like it is going faster - it ain't.
The differences between 6-7 ounce racing flats or 7.8 ounces that the Clifton's weigh is not really enough of a difference, to make that big a difference. Do you have to work harder to get to your "race pace" in a softer shoe - maybe, but at the same time is the pounding your body is taking during while running in flats going to slow you down more than you think???
For most of us I wonder?
Most of us will get a bigger bang for our buck, by working on losing a few pounds of body weight (I have to loose about 15 pounds), that will help us run faster, much more than an ounce or so on a pair of running shoes.
I don't really see me running all that much faster in flats than I do in the Clifton's, so I would just as soon do my racing in comfort.

Sole

The outsole had some minor wear points, with a little shoe goo in spots that the other runner wore down. However, in my usual wear spots (which are different areas), the Clifton's did not wear unusually.
Hoka Clifton v1 when I first got them
Hoka Clifton v1 when I first got them
The top outside forefoot pod and the heel pod above the green has more wear than they did, but otherwise the wear is fairly minimal for shoes with almost 325 total miles on them.
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Not too bad for 325 plus miles on them
The Clifton's are definitely road shoes or for groomed/dry trails. While just walking in some wet snow, they were seriously slipping and sliding around, so I wouldn’t use them as my primary winter running shoes outside on muddy/gnarly trails, or even wet grass. Although, they have done great on the roads, wet/rainy stuff and on the dirt shoulders that I get to run in.
One thing that I have noticed is that the insert, has a couple of crinkles in the heel cup.
Hoka Clifton crinkle in the insole
Hoka Clifton crinkle in the insole
This has still not caused any issues, but I get concerned when an insert is not smooth. These little crinkles could become a big problem on a long run if they begin to rub wrong or if the insole shifts at all. I am not all that impressed with the insoles, but I like the way that I run in this pair of Clifton's, so I have left them alone.
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The other thing is that I often have issues with wearing holes in the heel cushioning on many brands of running shoes, which eventually cause blisters on my heels - not good. With the Clifton's as you can see that is not an issue.
I did change out the insert in my Lime pair and it seems to give me a better fit, but at the same time they do not feel as fast a shoe as my Blue stock ones. So there are trade-offs.

Upper

The Clifton’s upper does not bother my Tailor’s Bunionette, there are not a bunch of sewn-on overlays to aggravate my feet, the fabric doesn’t bunch up on top of the toes when flexing and the toe box is wide enough to be comfortable (although I wouldn't mind a bit more room). The heel cup is a little looser than I like, but has not been a problem while running.
After 325 miles, some of the overlays are beginning to delaminate a little, nothing serious and nothing that I am worried about.
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One of the things about the Clifton’s that I don’t like (I don’t like this on a lot of shoes being produced today) is the non-padded tongue.
Due to the volume of the upper and the minimal tongue, when I cinch down the laces, the lace holes almost touch, not really a good thing, which also meant that for me to get a enough of the shoe to have a snug fit that I had to unhook the tongue from the laces. This leaves it free floating, which is a pain when putting the shoes on and I have to be very careful about where it is when I finally tie the shoes. The good thing is that during a run, the tongue hasn't moved around or caused any issues for me.

Things I would change for V2

  • Change the tongue
  • Replace the insoles with a single insole that doesn't crinkle, instead of the two-stage system they have now.
  • Add some of the more durable rubber on the inside pod on the heel for us that wear down that section.
  • Make the heel cup a little narrower.
  • Open up the toe box a little more
  • A little less volume in the mid foot.
However, even if Hoka OneOne didn't make any changes to the Clifton's I would still buy more pairs of this shoe - I like them that much.

If Bennie Chewed Up These Shoes Today, What Would I Do?

If Bennie had an early lunch, I would go out and order another pair and listen to complaints about how much they cost.

The Reality is that

This is what I said in my 50 mile review and I can't say it any better than I did then.
When I first saw Hoka’s and even right up until recently, I told everyone that I wouldn’t be caught dead in those "clown" shoes. I was saying that even though I had never even tried a pair of Hoka's on.
Which was both close-minded and ignorant of me.
Even after I worked a deal with the other runner and got the Clifton’s in last week, I still looked for and really wanted to find reasons why I wouldn’t like them.
Ummm Houston – we have a big frigging problem.
I do like the Hoka One One Clifton’s --- A LOT!!!
I admit it, I was wrong.
Now that I have run in the Clifton's for over 200 miles, I have a different perspective about the Hoka One One running shoe brand, especially – the Clifton’s.
I will order a pair of the V2's and see how much of a difference that the changes that they made make for me, but I also know that I will buy a couple pair of the Clifton V1's that I find on clearance and use them as my race day/speedwork shoes.
I just hope that Hoka doesn't forget that not everyone needs/wants a true racing flat, but that some of us want a lightweight running shoe that we can use on race day, but that can do more than just be a racing flat or speedwork shoe.
For me the Clifton V1 hit that sweet spot.
Without a doubt, if I had to choose a shoe of the year out of the 12 different models I have put miles on this year so far, the Hoka Clifton's would be it.
I can't give it any higher recommendation than after running over 200 miles in my Clifton-Blue and over 120 miles in my Clifton-Lime - I will be buying more pairs of the Hoka OneOne Clifton's going forward.
Hoka Clifton V1
Hoka Clifton V1
Here are links to other reviews of the Clifton's from runners I respect:
Comparison Review: Hoka One One Clifton and Huaka - Sam Winebaum -- Sam's Running, People, Places, and Things
Hoka Clifton Running Shoe Review - Peter Larson
Hoka One One Clifton Review - Running Shoe Guru

Disclosure of Material Connection: These are used running shoes with approximately 125 miles on them when I received them and were a trade with another runner. The opinions I have expressed are my own and your experiences with this product might be different from mine. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Monday, May 25, 2015

Miles For Mills 5K Race Recap - 5-25-15

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: May 25, 2015



This is the reason that I ran in the race today - Travis Mills.


I ran to honor Travis and the men and woman who have given their lives to defend our way of life.

I hope that your Memorial Day was a good day and that you took a moment out of your day to think about those who gave their lives so that we can celebrate this day however, we chose to do so.
Some Background

Hey, do you freaking believe it, I finally ran in a race this year - that's right this was my first race of 2015.

It was also the race that I partially tore my left Achilles tendon back in 2013 and ruined so many of my plans that year. So mentally I was really leaning towards not running the race right up until yesterday. I wanted to run it, but sometimes I am so stupid once that gun goes off, that I just push the pace a little more than what I should.

Last night after we got back from the Flip Flop to Berlin, NH to do Mary's relatives grave sites (7 hours in the car), I asked if she minded if I ran in the Miles for Mills, since we had a LOT of work around the house to do. 

No problems, just don't go hurting yourself or doing anything stupid!

Okay that part was done (Mary is great about my running addiction and puts up with a lot from me), but I still like to talk with her before I go ahead do a race - it is a form of respect and a courtesy to her. As part of the conversation I promised that I wouldn't do any more than 80% effort or do anything stupid. That balls to the walls and push through pain to achieve my goal time kind of stuff, that I have been known to do in the past. I told her I would stay in the 22:00 to 23:00 time window and not push hard.

Also I told her that I was going to wear my Hoka Clifton's...not any racing flats, which was my mistake last time. I have run regularly in the Hoka's since April 7th and haven't had any issues with them, so I was protecting myself that way. I might not be as fast in the Hoka's, but I am a helluva lot faster when I can run without injuries and I believe that the shoes do play a role in protecting me from myself.

The promise seemed to take a lot the competitive fire away, almost instantly. I wasn't going to run hard, hell I have run harder than 80% in a few training runs lately and I just relaxed.

For the first time in it seems like forever, before a race I wasn't nervous, was able to eat normally, slept like a log and woke up not thinking about how hard I was running at the race or what kind of time I would be going after.

After all, I was only going to run comfortably hard for the race...

Guess what!

That is exactly what I did.

But it wasn't easy to keep the promise.

In fact it was damned difficult.

The Race

I didn't try to go out with the lead pack, even though they were not all that far in front of me.

Strava Stats 5-25-15

Yeah, I slowed down on the hill (those who ran the race know what one I mean) not a big hill, but I kept my effort consistent. I let the person who had traded places back and forth with me over the first 1.5 miles, go after the turn and didn't try to go with her - I didn't even try, just maintained a steady effort.

However, I was still close enough to the front that I was able to watch the leader miss the turn back down South Belfast and heard the guys behind him yelling to turn left (He still won).

Even when a few runners (4) picked up the pace and went by me just after 2.0 miles, I didn't bother to go with them - I just kept going at the same effort.

Yes, I gritted my teeth.

I was about 25 yards behind this guy in a gray shirt for the last 3/4 of a mile and really wanted to go chase him down, but decided that wouldn't be keeping my promise and it was in that area that I got injured last time, so didn't try to pick up the pace too much and pretty much resigned myself to just plugging along and finishing a little ways behind this guy.

When the guy in Vibrams went by in the last half mile, I just let him go (I started to go with him and had to stop myself), but looking at the graph I think I did pick it up a little after he went by.

In the last 100 yards a guy in a black shirt started to pass me.

Enough was enough.

Ain't happening - buddy.

You look a LOT younger than me, but you ain't passing me, without running a LOT faster.

I did pick up the effort level just a wee bit until the finish.

I shifted gears and mentality.

He did not pass.

I just couldn't do it, letting someone pass me in that last 100 yards just goes against every thing I was ever taught about racing.

At the Finish Miles for Mills 5K - me bright yellow shirt -- photo by What Eye See Photography
WHAT EYE SEE PHOTOGRAPHY'S LINK ON THE TRAVIS MILLS 5K FACEBOOK PAGE.

This running at 80% effort stuff is hard on the ego and goes so much against the way I was taught racing is supposed to be - give 110% and push a little more. Especially, this crap of just letting other runners go by, without challenging the pass or making any effort to go too. Then not going after someone you are pretty sure was struggling and all you have to do is a 50 yard push to quickly go by and they will let you go.

Quit whining Harold, you did what you promised you would do.

Running a race this way is a bit easier on the body...nothing broke, twisted, or tore, which was the biggest thing that I worried about happening in the back of my mind.

Yah, I finished in one piece.

Plus I didn't have all that race anxiety crap going on like I usually do, before a race simply because I knew that I was not going to be going all out.
How did I do?

Even so, I was first in my age group and 12th overall out of 257 finishers, although they really butchered my name.

Miles for Mills Results 5-25-15

Who is: Hardel Shon?

I guess I will have to start using this as my pseudonym for when I don't want people to know my name in the race results.

Oh well, close enough.

However, I would have liked to have had a lot more consistent pacing for the level of effort I put out there, but I made a promise to Mary and I didn't do anything stupid. 

You know that Harold being Harold stuff, I am famous for doing.

The Reality is that


I was pretty happy with the results of the race, getting to see Beth and Louise was great and finishing without any extra issues or problems was very nice.

Even though I ran around 80-85% effort, my time of 22:19 is still right in the same ball park for other 5K's over the past couple of years, so that surprised me. My running is getting better and Coach Bennie is helping me get faster, without my knowing it.

It means that even though I kept my promise to Mary and didn't do anything stupid, I still have room to run a bit faster. Hmmmm I wonder how much faster if I really pushed it...hey dumbshit, you are thinking about being really stupid!

You are supposed to be starting your marathon training today and here you are thinking about how fast can you run a 5K, during some local race, which is not your true goal.

Focus on what is important - you want to run the Boston Marathon some day as a qualified runner...it means that being stupid is not part of the deal (well not too often anyways), and especially it is sure as hell not time to be stupid on the first day of your training plan for the Maine Marathon - that first step you have to make.

Okay voice of reason you are sure as hell annoying and more so when you are freaking right about things.

See that is how I get myself in trouble as a runner, I tend to be rather shall we say impetuous. However, this time I am going to do what I need to get to Boston, which is what I really want to accomplish and then I can go back to just having fun in local races all the time. It doesn't mean that I won't do local races, but it does mean that I am going to do them more like I did the race today and not finish broken.

However, today was about Travis, not my whining about how I did in a race.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Hoka One One Clifton Lime – 50 Mile Review

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: May 6, 2014

Update: There have been a bunch of blog posts around the net from runners who have been selected as Hoka OneOne Blog Ambassadors - no I am not one and I have no relationship with Hoka, other than I like the Clifton's. I just wanted make sure that was up front and made very clear to everyone. These were a personal purchase.
Hoka One One Cliftons
Hoka One One Cliftons
This is the second pair of Hoka OneOne Clifton's that I have done a 50 mile review on in the last month and you can read about why here - I Put My Money Where My Mouth Was.
I bought a lime colored pair of Clifton's and started running in them on April 24th. I wanted to see if new Clifton's were any different from the old blue ones that I got in a trade with another runner with about 125 miles already on them.
Also there is a lot of noise out there with wildly divergent opinions about the Hoka's, just to satisfy my curiosity, I had to find out if my experience in the blue Clifton's was an anomaly or not.

How have they worked out for me?

Yeah you hear so much about how many people don't like them and all the other negative crap and comments about "how can you run in Hokas?"
Well I have an answer that is very simple and to the point.
They work for me.
I had this big long diatribe about how if you don't like a shoe...then after I thought about it, I figured that it would do about as much good as pissing up rope, and deleted rant.
The bottom-line is if a pair of running shoes didn't work for you, it does not mean that they will not be a great shoe for me and leave it at that.
Getting back to my question in this section is that MY Hoka OneOne Clifton's are doing everything I want from my running shoes.
Hoka OneOne Clifton's
Hoka OneOne Clifton's
You can read my 50 mile review of my first pair of Hoka Clifton's (the blue one's) here. I am not going to repeat all the great stuff that I wrote about the Clifton's last time a lot of it pertains to my current Clifton's - Lime colored, so if you want all the background and why I liked the first pair so much please go there and read all the gory details.

Fit

Next time I get a pair of Clifton's (yes, I am pretty damn sure there will be a next time), I will try on a pair of size 8.0's just see how they fit, because the 8.5's feel just a tad long, but are working great. So if I look at it from a different perspective do not screw with what is working and just keep using the 8.5's.

Sole

This was the area that concerned me the most - how the outsole/midsole would wear for me - I typically get 200-300 miles on pair of running shoes before my right knee tells me they are done. My first pair of Clifton's already had 125 miles on them, so they had a different wear pattern than what I usually have initially, so one of the reasons I bought another pair was to find out the difference in wear between the two shoes.
Below is a photo of both pair of Clifton's, which shows a little wear on my new one, but nothing unusual and the old blue (green/white sole) Clifton's still have plenty of sole left on them even after 250 miles.
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I have a feeling that my old blue (green/while sole) Clifton's have a LOT more wear left on them and wouldn't be surprised if they become my first pair of 500 mile shoes in many, many years. So I can expect about the same or better from the new Lime pair (black/white sole).
Much better durability than I thought the Hoka's would have when I started running in them.

Upper

The Clifton’s upper does not bother my Tailor’s Bunionette, there are not a bunch of sewn-on overlays to aggravate my foot, the fabric doesn’t bunch up on top of the toes when flexing and the toe box is wide enough to be comfortable/not sloppy. The heel cup is a little looser than I like, but has not been a problem while running.

What I Don't Like

One thing I have noticed is that I almost have the top lace holes almost touching to cinch up the shoe enough, when using the stock insole. I have had to experiment with other insoles, to see if I could raise my foot just a bit, without it pressing the upper against my right foot's Tailor's Bunionette, to allow me to tighten the upper properly and not have any lose feeling in the heel.
Also another thing about the sock insert, it has a couple of crinkles in the heel cup in the old blue pair and on the new lime ones. So to me, this is an issue with the stock Hoka Clifton insert and while it has not caused any problems, I don't like crinkles inside of my shoes, you never know when those could become a problem.
Hoka Clifton crinkle in the insole
Hoka Clifton crinkle in the insole
I have experimented with other insoles and finally think that I have figured out which combination works best for me now and fixes both of these things (well enough for me). I am finding that the Skecher's insert works great, doesn't krinkle and so far hasn't been uncomfortable when running longer runs - unlike some of the other combinations I tried.
Hoka OneOne Clifton's
Hoka OneOne Clifton's
However, the biggest thing about the Clifton’s - I really don’t like the non-padded tongue. According to rumors online, they have supposedly fixed this issue in version 2, so we will see what improvements they are doing to "MY" running shoes. Hopefully, they will pad the tongue a little, put in a better insert and then leave the shoes alone. Although if they widened the toe box just a skooch, I wouldn't complain.
Hoka OneOne Clifton's
Hoka OneOne Clifton's

Modifications

Other than the insoles, I have not even thought about changing anything, which is very unusual for me.

If Bennie Chewed Up These Shoes Today, What Would I Do?

I would go buy another pair. Not a bit of doubt about it.
Unfortunately, $130.00 for running shoes too often gets the wife's attention pretty quickly, so if Bennie chewed them up, he would definitely be in the dog house - with both of us.

The Reality is that

After more than 50 miles in my second pair of Clifton’s, I am still very impressed. Enough so that I have now have a 2 running shoe rotation:
  • Hoka Clifton - Blue
  • Hoka Clifton - Lime
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If I run a muddy/technical trail, I will probably wear my Cascadia 8's.
Otherwise I choose one of my two pair of Clifton's for the rest of my running: speedwork, tempo, recovery, long runs or anything else I can come up with for a run. So far, I haven't had any problems with my feet or legs that I can attribute to the Hoka's, if anything they seem to be letting me run better than I have in a long time.
I think that I have finally learned that I have gotta go with what works for me and not pay attention to the noise about what all the cool people are wearing or what they think I should be wearing.
I think that is something we all need to focus more on, versus getting on each other's asses because I/you/we/they are not wearing X shoe, because it is the newest and greatest shoe out there or does not go along with the "ism" in vogue, at least for the moment. Who really gives a rat's ass about maximal, minimal, drop, ramp angle or anything else, when all it comes down to is for runners to find the shoes that work best for your personal style of running.
I know that the Hoka OneOne Clifton's are working well for the way that I run now, which is all I want, especially with all the miles and abuse my almost 58-year-old legs have on them.
I will keep on smiling and running in my Hoka's and it will be interesting to see what I will be running in a year from now. Based on my past experiences, it will probably be something other than Hoka, but you know something, maybe my brand hopping days are over and I have found a brand that actually works well for me.
Time will tell.
Here are links to other reviews of the Clifton's, just for some different perspectives than mine:
Comparison Review: Hoka One One Clifton and Huaka - Sam Winebaum -- Sam's Running, People, Places, and Things
Hoka Clifton Running Shoe Review - Peter Larson
Hoka One One Clifton Review - Running Shoe Guru

Disclosure of Material Connection: I purchased this pair of Hoka OneOne Clifton's from Runner's Warehouse. The opinions I have expressed are my own and your experiences with this product might be different from mine. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”