Disclosure: I was gifted the Hoka Clifton 8s by Sportsshoes.com to test out. However, my opinion on the shoes is my own and in no way swayed by the partnership or promotion.
I've had the Hoka Clifton 8s for about a week now and done 3 runs of various types in them. This post if to share my first impressions and initial opinion.
The Design & Build
I love the look of the new Hoka Clifton 8s. The colour is great and they aren't too jazzy. The have a good size heal without looking ridiculous and they aren't "over branded". The certainly stand out but for me, having pretty much always run in black shoes, that's a good thing.
Initial Tests (3 runs)
I'm still getting used to the Clifton's having never worn a pair before but so far, I'm loving what I see (or more importantly, feel). They are light, springy and fit pretty well. I took them out for an easy 5km on day one to get a general overview. They felt responsive to changes in speed and hugged my foot nicely. On my second run (a 10km at MP) they felt great. My feet felt supported throughout and there was no rubbing of discomfort. Final run was a interval session, and although the session felt awful, the shoes felt great.
I plan on giving it a few weeks before updating my review and giving my final thoughts. Obviously I can't currently comment on durability or longevity but they do seem well made (as you'd expect from a pair of running shoes in the price bracket)