So the fat sole looks a little goofy, but looks are the last thing on your mind during miles 90 to 100. After the epic beatdown I have given my feet this year from the Brew to Brew 44 miler to the Leadville 100, Heartland 100 and a couple of 50k trail races sprinkled in, I finally caved and picked up a pair of Hoka One One Bondi B2s. The Bondi is without a doubt the most comfortable shoe I have ever had on my feet. I have literally worn them every minute that I have been on my feet for the last week. Just two days after the Heartland 100, I went for a short jog in the Hokas and did not feel a shred of pain in my feet. These shoes are like running with your feet encased in marshmallows, yet somehow they remain stable and supportive. The heel/toe drop is a modest 4.5mm, perfect for my forefoot strike and the weight is less than the Newton Running trail shoe that has been my staple for the last four years. Just a week out from my last 100-miler, I have only put in short 3-4 mile runs on the shoes, but the feel has been incredible. If these shoes continue to perform as well as they have as I ramp up to 20-25 mile longs runs in the next 30 days, this will be my new go-to shoe for training and racing. If you run long, you owe it to yourself to give the Hokas a try. Stay tuned for a more comprehensive review after I get in some longer runs and remember to keep on running. It’s good for the mind, body and soul.