In February of 2013, I ran a 50 kilometer trail race in Nicaragua -- a 50k that involved climbing up and into a volcano and through a jungle. I ran this brutal race in Saucony A10's, because United Airlines sent my luggage, and my trail shoes, to Atlanta.
Since Saucony A10's are a bad choice for races longer than 5 kilometers, my feet hurt a lot after that race. The shoes, which were brand new when I started the race, did not survive.
To be clear though, I don't blame the A10's. They were as unhappy to be running up a volcano as I was to be wearing them.
So anyway, when I returned to the U.S. my feet were still pretty unhappy. That's when I began looking into footwear options that started and ended with cushioning.
My first test ride in a pair of Hoka Bondi B's was on a treadmill at the San Francisco Running Company. The shoes instantly made my feet happy. It was like running on a mattress.