Nike vs HOKA Sizing

Someone wearing a bright orange knitted running shoe with a Nike Swoosh in black down the side on one side of a white line. On the other, someone in a yellow, orange, and blue HOKA running shoe.
Credit: Nike / HOKA

Someone wearing a bright orange knitted running shoe with a Nike Swoosh in black down the side on one side of a white line. On the other, someone in a yellow, orange, and blue HOKA running shoe.
Credit: Nike / HOKA

When purchasing new shoes online, understanding the differences between Nike and HOKA sizing is crucial to avoid receiving a pair that doesn't fit properly. This comprehensive guide compares the sizing of these two top sportswear brands, helping you confidently upgrade your footwear without any sizing issues.

Both Nike and HOKA manufacture some of the best running shoes on the market, and as per HOKA, an average pair of running trainers lasts between 250 to 500 miles before needing replacement. Therefore, knowing the differences in sizing makes buying new shoes from either brand much easier, hence this guide. Let's get into it...

How should their shoes fit?

Before we start comparing their size charts, we feel it is essential to understand how your shoes should fit first. According to Nike, your shoes should fit comfortably, allowing your toes enough room to wiggle and stretch to avoid any irritation. Moreover, if you're walking and your shoes start to slip off, or your ankle is constantly rubbing against the collar, it's a sign that they don't fit properly. Therefore, you may need to go half a size up or down to find the right fit.

Clarks supports this, recommending leaving a gap of roughly the size of one finger between your longest toe and the front of the shoe. This will ensure that the sneaker curves around the ball of your foot for a more comfortable ride.

A selection of four different Nike running shoes.
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Credit: Nike

Figuring out the right width is a little trickier as it's rare a sneaker brand will provide a size chart on this. However, there is a way to tell if you're shoes fit correctly on either side. According to Clarks once again, you need to ensure the widest part of your foot (the ball area and metatarsal bones) fits within the widest part of your shoe, with enough room spare to stop your foot from being compressed inwards.

Nike vs HOKA size charts

As you can see from the image below, Nike shoes are a touch smaller than HOKA shoes, despite claiming to be the same size. In fact, it would seem the difference is as large as half an inch in some cases, according to the chart comparison.

Nike men's and women's size charts above HOKA's size chart.
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Credit: Nike and HOKA

For example, a US Men's 9/Women's 10 from Nike is 0.3 inches smaller than a comparable US size from HOKA. This means Nike shoes will have a slightly tighter fit, or a HOKA pair of shoes will be slightly larger than expected, depending on what you're used to.

As touched on earlier, establishing the width isn't always as straightforward. Nike does provide some indication of when you need a wide-fitting shoe (a men's US 10 with a foot as wide as 4.2 inches is considered a wide fit), as shown below. Fortunately, HOKA also provides guidelines to the width of its shoes in relation to size, which should come in handy when searching for shoes.

Nike's men and women's shoe width charts.
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Credit: Nike

More general information can be found online regarding what the different width categories mean for shoes as well. Here is a breakdown of the codes for a Men's US 8 shoe:

  • B - Approx. 8.73cm
  • D - Approx. 9.68cm
  • 2E - Approx. 10.64cm
  • 4E - Approx. 11.59cm

Remember that the width of each shoe varies based on its length. For example, a US size 6 will have a different width compared to a US size 12, regardless of whether they are standard or wide-fitting. That's worth keeping in mind when browsing both Nike and HOKA sneakers.

Which shoes fit wide feet?

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Knowing when to look out for wide-fitting shoes is one thing, but what options do you have from Nike and HOKA if you fall into this category? Well, Nike has its own collection of Extra Wide shoes, although the choice is somewhat limited.

However, Nike has you covered if you're looking for running shoes specifically. For instance, you can buy extra wide variations of the Revolution 7 which is made from lightweight mesh and comes with super absorbent foam in the midsoles.

Nike Revolution 7 product image of a black knitted running shoe with a white Swoosh down the side to match the midsole.
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Credit: Nike

HOKA also has a selection of Wide Fit shoes for you to explore, which includes both men's and women's trainers. HOKA's collection is slightly larger than Nike's at the time of writing.

Which shoes run narrow?

What if you're looking for the opposite? Well, in our experience, performance-based sports shoes tend to be some of the tightest-fitting shoes around, which includes both Nike and HOKA trainers.

As touched on earlier, Nike shoes are a little smaller than HOKA, so may run slightly narrower anyway by default. However, Nike also gives insight into which models, in particular, fit narrower than most.

Nike mentions its Flyknit range can feel tighter to wear at times due to the knitted mesh conforming to your foot for a closer, more streamlined fit. Additionally, Nike's Free shoes may feel tighter than other models due to the internal webbing. However, this webbing is intended to spread the pressure around your midfoot to give a more secure and comfortable lock-in.

HOKA doesn't give the same kind of analysis on which of its shoes run narrow. However, as the majority of HOKA footwear is designed for performance and sport, running and hiking especially, a huge portion of its trainers are made from mesh. As a result, you may find them relatively tight-fitting for the same reason as Nike's Flyknit range.

Grey HOKA running shoes with light blue soles on-feet of someone wearing white Nike socks.
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Credit: Chris Lynch

If you're uncertain about which size to select, we'd recommend you try on a pair of Nike and/or HOKA shoes in a physical store to determine which size will be the most comfortable for your everyday use or exercise routine. However, if you're unable to visit a store, our guide may provide some helpful insight into selecting the right shoe size for you.

And that's it! Hopefully, this guide will help you avoid any shoe-size mishaps when it comes to Nike and HOKA in the future.

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