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Altra Zero Drop Footwear Reviews

Paradigm
Paradigm Posted: 8/26/14
Reviewer: Michelle Giger from Albuquerque, NM
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I find many tennis shoes are too fitted in the toe box; these are not. They are shaped like your foot and splay a bit. They are not the best looking shoes, but they provide good support and cushioning and the ball of my foot hurts much less than before I bought these. Also, FYI, the color in the photo is not as NEON as these actually are.

Lone Peak 2
Lone Peak 2 Posted: 8/25/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is a great shoe in many ways. First, I have a wide foot and normally need a 4E, which still restricts my toes because most running shoes have such a pointy toe. The Altra toe shape is very roomy and even though they are marked D width, they are wide enough for me. The cushion level is very good and I would strongly disagree with Altra because they mark these as "moderate cushion." This puts them in the same category as the Instinct 1.5, which I wore before. These have much, much more cushion than the Instinct. The shoe laces are very good; they stay tied very well. I had trouble keeping the laces tied on my old Instincts. The area all around the ankle is plush and comfortable, a nice feature. I've only found one drawback with this shoe and it's very small. The tongue seems a little short. If you're tying the shoes in low light (early morning run), it's possible to get the top laces off the tongue and directly on your ankle. The laces never come off the tongue while running, though, so this is almost not worth mentioning.

The One™ M
The One™ M Posted: 8/21/14
Reviewer: Jamie DeSpain from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Overall, these shoes are excellent. I love the light feel and I can tell they have given me a better form. The larger toe box is awesome and I feel that the extra room gives me a better push-off. Ease into these as your calves will be pretty overworked for the first 5 or six runs. Definitely increase mileage and intensity and a moderate rate. Heed the reviews though as you will need to go a half-size larger than your normal shoe size.

Repetition
Repetition Posted: 8/20/14
Reviewer: from Ohio
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Size 11 is not long enough for my long feet...not too thrilled about the look of that shoe as well, but would have put up with it, had it fit, as it appears to be well-constructed and seems to offer good support. Sadly, this one is going back.

Instinct Everyday
Instinct Everyday Posted: 8/19/14
Reviewer: from Seattle, WA
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I have the Altra Instinct 2 and I love them (despite how ugly they are). I got these because I was hoping that they would look better and still feel good. They look worse than the picture, and are not even close to as comfortable as the Instinct 2.

One 2
One 2 Posted: 8/19/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I wanted to keep these shoes so badly. They had great cushioning and gave my feet plenty of room to move comfortably, yet still keep my feet snug in the shoe. I originally bought these because they are the first Altras with a normal color. My problem was two things. The first is the bottom is very soft and I felt that after using them regularly the shoe would wear too fast. Also, the top of the shoe in the toe area is tapered to close to the shoe. Other Altras have a higher toe box which allows for easy movement. They kept rubbing against the top of my toes.

Intuition 2
Intuition 2 Posted: 8/19/14
Reviewer: Paula Dyas from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Shoe runs small, I normally wear an 8.5 but the 9.0 fit perfectly. Very comfortable shoe. Laces are very short.

Provision 1.5
Provision 1.5 Posted: 8/18/14
Reviewer: William Collinge from Eugene
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

This shoe runs small. I normally wear a 13, and in Merrell Barefoots a 14 for a little extra toe room. This Altra size 14 fits like a 12 or 12 1/2 on me due to its short length, not enough to room. Unfortunately they don't make a 14 1/2 or 15, which would probably fit, alas...

One 2
One 2 Posted: 8/14/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I like these shoes - for anyone who feels cramped in a regular toe box, these are great. They have nice cushioning as well. Maybe these are not gym shoes, as the toe box does not offer support for lateral movement, but for running and walking, I am very happy with these. I ordered half a size up because I hate hitting the end of my running shoes. They are just right.

Repetition
Repetition Posted: 8/14/14
Reviewer: from portland, or
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These are touted to be great shoes and I believe they are for most people. I have very flat feet and I think these let me overpronate too much. Comfort otherwise was great. Not the best looking shoes but who cares when you are getting good running shoes?

Torin 1.5
Torin 1.5 Posted: 8/14/14
Reviewer: from Fort Collins, Colorado
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These shoes are really comfortable. They were recommended to me via a friend who also suffers from achilles problems. They are one of the few sneakers that hasn't caused me foot pain by the end of the day. I'm not a runner, even though they are designed for running. I have worn them to aerobics class and find them to be a bit too "heavy" and clumsy. But for everyday use, I would highly recommend them. I ordered several sizes because many said that they ran small. I found them to be true to size (I wear a 10).

Repetition
Repetition Posted: 8/12/14
Reviewer: from Salt Lake City
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love this shoe! BEST SHOE EVER! This is the only shoe I can run in that does not cause pain and lead to injury. I have high arches and over pronate. I had a bad ankle injury which never seemed like it would heal until using this shoe. This shoe can be tightened for a narrower medium foot like mine. The stability and design of this shoe would be great for a variety of foot issues, many that lead to over pronation. This shoe has the rare quality of being stable in the heel, mid foot and forefoot. This shoe provides the stability when and where you need it without forcing your foot. It also has great arch support. All this is in a zero drop shoe with a little cushion. Amazing!

Provisioness 1.5
Provisioness 1.5 Posted: 8/12/14
Reviewer: from Boston, MA
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

Far too tight and small with both insoles in. It's like they designed it to fit a human foot without the insoles...and then sold it with insoles?! They need to redesign the whole shoe to fit both insoles. Also, what looks like a decorative stripe on the toe is not -- it's a strip of stiff plastic that squishes your toes further. I usually take an 8 or 8.5 and bought a 9. I'm not sure a 9.5 will help, because the length was fine -- but it was too narrow and tight along the top.

Intuition 2
Intuition 2 Posted: 8/11/14
Reviewer: Ara Kalkbrenner from Minnesota
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I found these shoes to be too narrow in the toe box and I needed to order half a size up than my other running shoes. I gave them three stars for style because they are narrow in the toe box. The manufacturer also told me that this model is wider than the Torin and that is not true. Otherwise, they seem like awesome shoes. I sure hope this manufacturer considers creating wider shoes for those of us who need it.

Lone Peak 2
Lone Peak 2 Posted: 8/9/14
Reviewer: Eddie Camacho from Oakland, CA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Just received these shoes yesterday. When I first put them on, I was slightly worried about the fit not being correct. After reading up on Altra's website about different lacing styles, I got these shoes to fit very comfortably. Basically, I was worried about my heel fit being slightly too loose. Got to try these guys out on the trails this morning and they were just amazing. I was running confidently fast over terrain where in other shoes I would definitely take my time. Pros: - Extremely comfortable - Very breathable - Large toebox - 0 drop - Good fit - width (my width size is about a C). Cons (rather, ever so slight annoyances) - not the most stylish shoe - need to focus on lacing properly (at least for me) - perhaps Altra could have reduced the material in the upper. I feel that the excess material could possibly cause an issue where a B foot width (or less) might not be able to get the shoe tight enough. Bottom line, this shoe is wonderful. It's aggressive, yet super comfortable for long runs. I've previously ran in the Kinvara 4's (size 12.5). Bought the same size in Altra and it's working out great.

Superior 1.5
Superior 1.5 Posted: 8/9/14
Reviewer: Terri W from Napa, Ca.
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These shoes fit great! I run a lot on trails and hills. I really like that the toe box is bigger. I have had problems in the past with not enough space in the toe box making my runs uncomfortable. I also don't want my toes to bang against the shoe when I'm running. These are perfect! The Altra Superior 1.5 Zero drop's are comfortable and fit great! I highly recommend.

Paradigm
Paradigm Posted: 8/9/14
Reviewer: from Houston, Tx
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love these shoes. I had been wearing the Brooks zero gravity shoe. This shoe has a wider toe box and is well cushioned. It has helped decrease my knee pain and jogger's toe. You wear 1/2 size larger in this shoe or at least I did. It is worth the money in my opinion! It is not a very attractive shoe but comfort won over style.

Lone Peak 1.5
Lone Peak 1.5 Posted: 8/8/14
Reviewer: reva katz from anchorage, ak
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Normally wear 7-7.5 Ordered 7.5 and fit is great. Did not need a gradual adjustment to the zero drop. Work well on the gravel and scree roads and trails near my home, as well as on the tundra. Look great on, too, make my foot look small.

Torin 1.5
Torin 1.5 Posted: 8/8/14
Reviewer: from Philadelphia
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These sneakers are very comfortable and well cushioned but be aware that there is an adjustment period for wearing, especially if you haven't worn zero drop footwear. The Altra website recommended I purchase a size 7 in this style but I purchased my regular size 7.5 from Zappos and I'm glad I did as a 7 would have been too small. I do not find that they fit small at all. The toe box is wide and the heel cup was fine too, there was no slippage. Since I purchased them I walked about nine miles in them, half on roads and half on trails. I found that the sole did not grip well on trails. They do not have great arch support so if you are looking for more of a stability shoe you may want to look at the Repetition model instead.

Lone Peak 2
Lone Peak 2 Posted: 8/7/14
Reviewer: from Silver City, NM
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Lone Peak 2 does not have as roomy a toe box as Lone Peak 1.5. Shoe felt too short and toe box not high enough. Very sad. Returning them for half size bigger.

Torin 1.5
Torin 1.5 Posted: 8/7/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Wow! These felt like slippers. So comfy I bought another pair. So much toe room. No seams in the toe box mean no rubbing. I have hallux limitus and wear orthotics. No need for orthotics with these. I love being able to use my total foot function without pain. My shins and calves are getting a good workout from the zero gravity. Perfect amount of cushioning. Love them!

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