HOKA Skyward X Shoe Review

HOKA Skyward X Shoe Review (2024)

Get ready to lace up your shoes and hit the ground running because HOKA is gearing up to unveil their latest game-changer: the HOKA Skyward X. This highly-anticipated model is set to take the running world by storm, drawing inspiration from the beloved Mach X but with a twist towards maximalist comfort. While details are still sparse, one thing’s for sure: these shoes are built for intense training and endurance races, perfect for those medium to high paces. What sets the Skyward X apart is its focus on superior responsiveness. Like other ‘X’ models from HOKA, these shoes boast a PebaX plate in the midsole, promising unparalleled propulsion, reactivity, and dynamism to keep you moving forward with every stride.

HOKA Skyward X review
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Specifications of HOKA Skyward X

Brand: Hoka
Model: Skyward X
Weight: 10.8 oz (306 grams)
Heel: 49 mm
Toe: 44 mm
Heel drop: 5 mm

Cushioning & Ride

Amount of cushioning: Highly cushioned
Stability: Neutral
Usage: Racing & Speedwork

Price & Release Date of HOKA Skyward X

Price: $225
Release Date: April 2024


The HOKA Skyward X’s upper wraps your foot in a cozy embrace, striking a perfect balance between softness and structure. It’s like slipping your feet into a cloud every time you lace up. The plush, padded tongue adds an extra layer of comfort, making each step feel like a treat. And here’s the best part: despite its substantial build, your feet stay cool and irritation-free throughout the day. So whether you’re pounding the pavement or just strolling around town, the Skyward X has got you covered in comfort.

HOKA Skyward X review Upper
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The midsole of the HOKA Skyward X features a unique double cushioning system. The upper portion, which comes into direct contact with the base of your foot, is crafted from PEBA—a resilient and plush foam. Below, a layer of super-critical EVA enhances stability and ensures each stride feels secure. Additionally, a convex-shaped carbon plate resides within, designed to store energy upon compression in the heel during your steps, resulting in a more dynamic and energetic rebound.

HOKA Skyward X review midsole
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The outsole of the HOKA Skyward X is truly impressive. I never once doubted its grip on the roads; it held firm every step of the way. While it might not offer the same longevity as your typical daily trainer, I don’t have any durability concerns with the Skyward X, especially when compared against other shoes in its league. It’s got the traction you need without any compromises.

HOKA Skyward X review outsole
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Our Verdict

The HOKA Skyward X is undeniably a standout running shoe, perfect for any runner’s lineup. Its midsole technology steals the show, offering top-tier performance. Designed for runners with medium-high weight and stellar technique, it’s not built for lightning-fast speeds. But hey, if you’re after a speed demon, there are lighter options out there. So, if you’re seeking reliable performance and comfort, the Skyward X is definitely worth a spot in your collection.