I am a racewalker and runner and this shoe works very well for both sports. I can use it in training or on the track and it feels light enough, but still has good cushioning for longer runs. The shoe appears to be better for runs under 10 miles, as I noticed a little tenderness in the half marathon distance. Occassionally, I use the shoe for casual wear, so I have two pairs and it is a very comfortable shoe to wear during the day.
I've use these for road and trail running. They're fine on the road (though I'm not sure how they'll do on wet, slick roads) and good on the trail (though they slip in sand/gravel more than my lone-peak v1.5 shoes). They're light, zero-drop, and all my toes are on the ground all the time, not packed together on the outside edge as they are in my older shoes. I like Altra's approach to shoe design. My kids (3, >17yrs) stare at them and say they look weird/medical. I don't wear them for their styling. They're stable, comfortable, and I wear them all day, whether running or not. They're the shoe for me. I've had Altra shoes (these and the lone peaks) for about a month. No signs of wear yet.
These shoes are great for trail running. The extra cushion and added grip are way better than previous models.
Nearly 20 years after opening a family-operated "dream" running store, Altra's founders still felt that there was a large gap in the athletic shoes marketplace for truly biomechanically correct footwear. And so the Altra brand was born from the belief that shoes shouldn't encourage a heel strike; they should let the body move naturally.
For years, the Altra team experimented with cutting down the heels of regular running shoes to test their proprietary Zero Drop™ theory and saw incredible results with staff and customers alike. It eliminated injuries and helped people get back into running. Working with engineers, designers, elite runners and biomechanical experts, Altra started making prototypes to bring this innovative footwear to the masses. Altra's unique, Zero Drop™, foot-shaped, gender-specific designs to help everyone run naturally.
Blending cushioned protection with the benefits of barefoot freedom, Altra footwear is designed to reduce injury and promote proper technique for the most natural run. Every shoe features Zero Drop™ technology and a foot-shaped, gender-specific design so everyone can find the right fit to run better and, most importantly, healthier.
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