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Lone Peak 2
Lone Peak 2 Posted: 12/17/14
Reviewer: larry from Seattle
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

Not enough ankle support for a running shoe. But just to walk around they are okay. The material rips easily.

Intuition Everyday
Intuition Everyday Posted: 12/16/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

This shoe would be very comfortable for some one with normal feet. I have high arches and Morton's Neuromas on both feet. I would've liked to have had a little more cushion in the forefoot, but, overall, a comfortable shoe, even during a flareup.

Olympus
Olympus Posted: 12/15/14
Reviewer: andrew breibart from crested butte, co
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great fit. Unlike other Altras, my narrow heel doesn't slip. These shoes are very comfortable and maintain the zero drop. The shoes are stable and one doesn't feel every pebble. I have wide feet with a protruding 5th metarsal and I am fine. Normally, I wear a Mens 6D. Great shoe.

Instinct Everyday
Instinct Everyday Posted: 12/10/14
Reviewer: michael s from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

After reading that the shoe runs a bit small, I ordered a half size bigger than what I usually wear, and had to exchange them for a pair a full size larger. Once in the proper fit, the shoes are great. I have a wide foot that is widest towards the toes and these shoes have plenty of room towards the toes. They're comfortable and very light.

Instinct Everyday
Instinct Everyday Posted: 12/8/14
Reviewer: from Hastings, Nebraska
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

My foot is a bit wide and I love, love, love the room for my toes. Do your feet a favor and get a shoe that has a FLAT sole with NO heel and room for your toes. Your toes and feet will thank you. I work in a hospital and on my feet alot, sometimes all day. These are the most comfortable and dressy casual shoes I've ever found. I'll be back for more when I wear these out! Thanks Altra!

Lone Peak 2
Lone Peak 2 Posted: 12/8/14
Reviewer: Mauri Long from Alaska
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Short for size and very wide toe box. Wish they made a narrow for those of us with minimal foot volume for size.

Olympus
Olympus Posted: 12/8/14
Reviewer: Bryce Murry from Las Vegas, NV
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is my second pair of Olympus. The wide toe box, maximal cushioning, and zero drop make this my daily runner. My first pair lasted 700 miles of mostly road, with some hard-pack trail. After that distance, a small hole was developing above my second toe (cosmetic), the midsole was breaking down and had a definite "squeak" when walking around, and the outsole was getting thin in a few places. That distance is a lot more than I expected a shoe with this much cushioning to handle. Great shoe, but the wide toe box doesn't give them the best aesthetics.

Olympus
Olympus Posted: 12/5/14
Reviewer: Sally from Santa Fe
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I haven't worn them yet, but just to reinforce the sizing issue, I have bunions and other issues with one foot and have had to go from a 9 to a 9.5 in most athletic shoes. With these I needed an 11.

Repetition
Repetition Posted: 12/3/14
Reviewer: Laurie from Monterey, CA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I do not run for exercise or fun. I am a labor and delivery RN and I run at work! 12 hours a night, up and down, back and forth, jumping, squatting, pushing, pulling (seriously!) I have a fallen arch and arthritis on one foot, a huge hard callous on the ball of the other, with four hammer toes and more arthritis. Ankle pain, knee pain, hip and back pain. I am a mess! I have literally limped out of work in tears many times. Since I have started wearing these shoes I have no foot pain. Zero. My ankles do not bother me, my knees are fine, my hips are mostly good. The support is fabulous. They are lightweight and cool. The zero drop is what helps the most, no pressure on the balls of my feet. The toe box is tall and wide giving my toes wiggle room. I ended up with half a size bigger because they were a little short in my regular size. Zappos, I wan to kiss you on the lips! These are the best shoes ever!

One 2
One 2 Posted: 12/2/14
Reviewer: Rob from California
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are fantastic. They are like my much-loved Saucony Hattoris, but with more cushioning. I love these shoes. Shaped like human feet, zero drop, perfectly-cushioned ride, quality build. Man. I'm 44, and I think these are the best shoes I've ever worn. I'd say they do run a little small, so I'd recommend sizing up if you are at all on the fence. Mmmm.

Paradigm
Paradigm Posted: 12/2/14
Reviewer: Rob from California
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great shoe. Very high quality. Love that Altras are shaped like human feet. Innovative concept. I had a pair of Hokas a while ago, and I loved the cush ride, but I didn't like the 4 mm of drop, and I hated the totally bizarre toe box. The Paradigm fixes the Hokas' issues. It is a little firmer, and as a lighter guy (152 lbs), I miss the Hoka super cushioning. The paradigm is firmer (though still cushioned, for sure). I hope they break in a bit. My toes are certainly much happier than in the Hokas. Great shoe.

Lone Peak 2
Lone Peak 2 Posted: 12/2/14
Reviewer: Julie Pettit from Alpine, Utah
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love these shoes! I generally HATE wearing tennis shoes, but these shoes are so comfortable that I can't stop wearing them. My toes don't hurt any more, I wish I would have bought them sooner!

One 2
One 2 Posted: 11/30/14
Reviewer: Jeanette from New York
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These shoes are everything they claim to be: neutral, zero-drop, wide toe box and so comfortable I feel like I m running barefoot on clouds. I was running in Newtons; however, after running barefoot a few times, I find that the One squared allows me to run the way nature intended and I've cut another 20 seconds off my per mile pace for a 10 miler. I love these shoes. Oh, and did I say how little they weigh?

Superior 1.5
Superior 1.5 Posted: 11/27/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I was so excited when I first tried these on. After exchanging many pairs of running shoes trying to get a good fit (thanks to Zappos), I thought this was finally my dream shoe-wide toe box, narrow heel, narrow enough in the instep, arch in the right place, shaped exactly like my foot (very wide forefront, spread toes, low volume, narrow heel imagine a Birkenstock sandal shape, the only shoe that's comfortable for me). I've been so annoyed that many running shoe companies have gone to quite tapered toes which are impossible for my foot. I used to wear New Balance wide, had to stop when they changed their fit, then Asics wide but they started making their toe boxes too tapered. (I mean, really, comfort is more important than current fashion especially in running or walking shoes!) Also often for me, even wide shoes can be too narrow in the forefront while too wide in the heel. And then those stupid tapered toes. Anyway, unfortunately my dream shoes turned out not to work after having them on for awhile. Fit perfectly in terms of shoe shape and length is great (though I had to go up 1/2 size from my normal running shoe), but there is a weird ridge on the inside top of the shoes (across the first set of eyelets), worse on the left in the pair I got. It presses terribly on the top of my foot there to the point of pain. I see that another reviewer has noted something about it (assuming this is what she meant in her review). So disappointed. I was all set to buy a few more pairs so I wouldn't have to go through this kind of search again anytime soon. I really hope Altra will correct in future models. I also hope other companies will start making less tapered toes & more actual foot-shaped! My search continues but I'm not sure what else to try.

3-Sum 1.5
3-Sum 1.5 Posted: 11/25/14
Reviewer: chuvok from Oklahoma
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have been in zero drop shoes for a few years now. I started in Vibram 5 finger and have tried a few in between. The thing I like about these over some of the others is the amount of cushion. I am 6'3 190 lbs so I need some cushioning. When I started running I started out in asics and was continually getting pains in my knees and ankles. I tried new balance hoping they would ease the issues, but no dice. When I finally made the switch to minimal/zero drop I noticed the pain going away, but did not like the feel of stepping on a little pebble and feeling like someone stabbed me in the foot. I switched from five finger to merrell bare access. They were almost perfect for me because of the light weight and comfort they had. But occasionally I would still feel the rocks stabbing my feet. I have a vivid memory of a rock about 10 miles into a half marathon that caused pain for the final 3 miles. I just got these and as soon as I did I went for a run. After about a mile to a mile and a half they felt like they had broke in and the stiffness went away. I ran on some gravel and in areas that I know have little sharp rocks to see if I could feel them in my feet. I didn't feel a thing. My only question is what is the deal with the little thing hanging down in the top front of the toe box? I don't notice it while running but when I took them out of the box and put them on I felt something there.

One 2
One 2 Posted: 11/25/14
Reviewer: from Boston
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The anatomical design does not work with my feet. My second toes are much longer than my big toes. As a result, this shoe isn't long enough in my typical size and my second toes hit the front of the shoe. The toebox is quite wide. However, I need more width further back from the toes than this shoe has to offer.

Paradigm
Paradigm Posted: 11/25/14
Reviewer: Todd Johnson from Colorado
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Awesome shoes and great Zappos experience! Love the max cushion, zero drop, and big toe box combination. I have had other Altras in the past, and I also have Hokas, so I knew what I was getting into. The zero drop taxes your calves a bit until you get used to it.

Torin 1.5
Torin 1.5 Posted: 11/25/14
Reviewer: LindaD from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Very good shoe. I have been looking for a replacement for my Brooks PF 1. (The 2 and 3 do not work for me). Anyway, this shoe just may be it for me. With minimal break-in time I was able to walk 20 miles in one day with this Altra Torin 1.5 and I will continue to wear them for my high mile walks. Altra Torin 1.5 works for me. I always order my walking shoe 1 size larger than my street shoe and did the same with this shoe.

Torin 1.5
Torin 1.5 Posted: 11/21/14
Reviewer: from Seattle, WA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love these shoes. I'm a newer runner. My first pair of running shoes were Merrell Gloves, but they were a little tight on my fatty toes and too flexible. I wanted a little support and cushion, while not having big clunkers so that I could start off my running habit with good mid foot strikes. Anyways, love 'em.

Superior 1.5
Superior 1.5 Posted: 11/20/14
Reviewer: Kathleen Murphy from Louisville KY
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

My husband loves these shoes!! He also has the Altra Instinct Everyday shoe. If you have bunions, these are the shoes for you. And anyone old enough to have bunions needs this slightly hipster profile!!

Olympus
Olympus Posted: 11/19/14
Reviewer: from los angeles
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Mom broke her foot couple yrs ago. She loves shoes with a lot of cushion and light weight. She used to wear the easy spirit anti-gravity shoes, but they stopped making those and these are the closest thing.

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