An Honest Review of the Hoka Bondi 8, One of the Brand’s Most Supportive Walking Shoes

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With its unparalleled (and somewhat dramatic) supportive midsoles and rocker-shape bottoms, Hoka is the shoe brand for walkers and long-distance runners. Ultra-lightweight, breathable, and very cushy, the shoes provide best-in-class comfort and plenty of bounce with every step. A prime example is the Bondi: the best-seller is beloved by walkers and runners for its fit and performance and by podiatrists for its support, earning it the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance. There are several iterations, but I put the Hoka Bondi 8 ($165) to the test. Below is my Hoka Bondi 8 review, and why I think it’s one of the best Hoka walking shoes—and one of the most supportive sneakers I’ve ever worn—after one month of walking miles in them.

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What do podiatrists think of Hoka?

Many podiatrists think highly of Hoka, as evidenced by many of the company’s shoes earning the Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association or APMA. Shoes awarded with the APMA Seal of Acceptance have been found to promote good foot health. (You can find a list of shoes that have earned the seal on the official website of the APMA.)

The Hoka Bondi 8

Hoka Bondi 8
Hoka, Bondi 8 — $165.00

Available sizes: 7-15 (with half sizes available), in regular and wide widths

Colors: 13


  • APMA Seal of Acceptance
  • Cushioned and supportive midsole
  • Memory foam-cushioned collar
  • Mesh uppers allow for ventilation
  • Made from recycled materials
  • Available in wide sizes


  • Runs narrow
  • Not for high-intensity activities
  • Pricey

Hoka’s Bondi 8 is a reliable sneaker that is designed for a wide variety of physical activity levels. The pair features the brand’s signature “Meta-Rocker,” a rocker-shape bottom to propel walkers and runners forward like a slingshot while providing ample cushioning to reduce fatigue on the feet, knees, and hips. Additionally, the Hoka Bondi 8 features a mesh upper that allows for maximum breathability and padded memory-foam collar to provide welcome ankle support. What’s more, its rubber outside is durable and provides plenty of traction to keep you steady on your feet as you walk or run. The aforementioned features of the Hoka Bondi 8 has earned it legions of fans, among whom I count myself.

The Hoka Bondi 8 versus the Hoka Bondi 7

The Hoka Bondi 8 has a lot in common with its predecessor, the Hoka Bondi 7. They both have a rocker-shape bottom and plenty of underfoot cushioning, with a few notable tweaks. The Hoka Bondi 8 features a lighter-weight padding and reinforced heel cushion to provide an extremely comfortable step, along with a padded tongue that is gusseted to keep it in place while preventing dirt, debris, and water from getting into the shoe—all of which make quite the difference in the overall Hoka Bondi 8 performance.

My Hoka Bondi 8 review

I’ve long worn the Hoka Bondi 7 on my daily dog walks, which on average is about three miles per day on mostly pavement, but sometimes on grass and dirt. As supportive walking shoes, it was perfect. The pair was soft and bouncy yet stable, which is of utmost importance when walking two dogs, each one 90 pounds of sheer power.

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I was initially skeptical of whether the Hoka Bondi 8 could offer the same level of stability and safety as its predecessor. The soles are cartoonishly thick, even more so than the Bondi 7. However, after completing my first standard three-mile walk—with my two 90-pound dogs in tow, no less—I was impressed by the Honka Bondi 8’s performance and its comfortable support.

Just the memory foam-cushioned collar alone was a huge selling point, as so many supposedly “supportive walking shoes” rub my ankles raw. However, the memory-foam cushioning cradles my ankles like an embrace, which is essential whenI’m walking long distances—and, sometimes, without stopping.

The pair’s cushioned midsoles offer incredible support as I walk, while its sturdy rubber soles keep me from slipping on uneven terrain. While the Hoka Bondi 8’s stacked underfoot support makes it comfortable to wear for walking or running, its highly cushioned sole isn’t typically recommended for hiking, weight-lifting, or high-intensity activities.

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When it comes to running, I can’t speak to the Hoka Bondi 8’s performance. (I consider myself as more of a walker than a runner). However, Alice Wright, professional runner and 10-time NCAA All-American, previously told Well+Good it’s a great sneaker for easy runs, offering the ideal amount of cushion and support for the endeavor.

The Hoka Bondi 8 also fits well. The model’s padded collar and gusseted tongue prevents shifting in the shoe—keeping in mind that the fit is narrower than the Bondi 7. My feet are neither too narrow nor too wide, and the regular-width version was just right for me, though wide-width options are available and in sizes ranging from five to 12.

The pair’s mesh upper keeps things airy as I log in my miles, and even after a 45-minute walk in humid 80-degrees-Fahrenheit weather, it kept my feet from getting swampy. Better yet, the shoes don’t require any break-in time. On the contrary, my feet were less sore after wearing them—a further testament to their comfortability.

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What is the Hoka Bondi 8 best for?

The Bondi 8 is ideal for “everyday running, walking, and comfort,” per Hoka—and it’s a sentiment that has been shared by podiatrists. For one, David J. Liss, DPM, FACPM, CWSP, foot and ankle specialist at Airport Podiatry Group, told Well+Good in an interview about the best Hoka shoes for plantar fasciitis that it’s an excellent shoe for “everyday wear, walkers, or runners.” It’s also favored by people who spend a lot of time on their feet. Take, for example, nurses. When asked about the best Hoka shoes for nurses, Jenny Kanelos, RN, a registered nurse at The Queen’s Health Systems in Hawaii, pointed to the Hoka Bondi 8. “My feet do not hurt at all at the end of my shift,” she told Well+Good in an interview, and added, “They’re my work shoe ride-or-die.”

Final verdict

There’s a reason why the Hoka Bondi 8 has become so popular among runners, walkers, and podiatrists. It’s comfortable, supportive, and comes in a wide range of sizes and colors. And, after more than a month of wearing a pair, I can easily say that they aren’t just ideal for long walks, but also everyday wear.

However, the Hoka Bondi 8 isn’t for everyone; what might work for me might be the wrong choice for you. With this in mind, you may want to explore the Hoka’s shoe offerings to find your ideal pick. If you want lighter-weight shoes, for example, consider the Hoka Clifton 9, or if you prefer a lower sole, the Hoka Solimar. Conversely, people who want something extra cushy may like the Hoka Bondi SR.

Whatever your preference, you’re likely to find supportive walking shoes that are best suited for your lifestyle. As for me, it’s going to take a lot to switch to another sneaker brand for all my walks, let alone decide between the Hoka Bondi 7 and the Bondi 8—but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It just means I have some solid footwear to choose from, and my feet are all the happier for it.

More Hoka Bondi shoes worth shopping

Hoka Bondi SR
Hoka, Bondi SR — $175.00

Available sizes: 5-11 (with half sizes available), in regular and wide widths

The Hoka Bondi SR provides cushioned comfort to mitigate the impact of running on hard surfaces—and W+G contributor Kayla Hui has attested that she “didn’t experience any pain or popping with these shoes during high-impact activities.” The comfort comes by way of an EVA midsole, allowing you to comfortably pound the pavement or stand on your feet for long periods of time. The pair also comes with a water-resistant leather upper, plus a slip-resistant outsole to provide secure footing.

Colors: 2


  • Cushioned midsole
  • Slip-resistant outsole
  • Waterproof leather upper
  • Available in wide sizes


  • Only two color options available
Hoka Bondi L
Hoka, Bondi L — $170.00

Available sizes: Women’s 6-15, Men’s 5-14

The Bondi L is another option to consider if you often walk long miles. The pair likewise feature an EVA midsole to soften each step, a wide footbed that won’t squeeze your feet, and a beveled heel for extra support and stability. Its leather and mesh upper also allows for airflow when things start to get sweaty. While ideal for walking, it works just as well for everyday wear—its neutral color combination makes it quite versatile.

Colors: 1


  • Cushioned midsole
  • Leather and mesh upper allows for ventilation
  • Wide size range for men and women


  • Only one color option available

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