I think it's pretty simple. Go to a reputable running shop, take their advice, try a variety of suitable shoes from a range of brands and go for the ones that work and fit best for you.
Running is a simple and very cheap sport. The only equipment you need is a pair of shoes and a road. One costs you money, the other is free. Within reason I wouldn't bother trying to save money on shoes, it's a false economy.
Hoka are unique. I've worn the Stinson Tarmac, Bondi 4 and Conquest 1 and 2. I personally find the fit difficult - they are too narrow, although the Bondi fits wider. You also need to be careful with sizing - I am a UK 10 and a U.S. 11 in most shoes. If I go with a Hoka UK 10 they are too small, if I go with a Hoka U.S. 11 they are right. This means I'm a UK 10.5 in Hokas.
There's a ton of cushioning in them. Personally I find the Bondi too soft and I get niggles. The Stinson is also soft but I find better (I.e. No niggles). My favourite is the conquest which is firmer and more supportive - if you're coming from the hurricane then they may be a good option for you.
I really like them, but it's all down to personal taste. Give them a go, although one problem is that once you've run in them you won't believe how hard and nasty many "normal" shoes then feel in comparison. It becomes hard to run in anything else !
I've found shoes from Mizuno and Brooks to be the best for a wider foot. As 15West says, New Balance pride themselves on offering different widths and many brands will often do a standard and wider fitting version of the same shoe.
I have heard of people having alot of success with Hoka shoes. Never had the problem myself, so can't speak from experience. I seem to remember Fat Buddha posting a while back about having luck with Hokas for his PF. Maybe you could search for his posts ?