I really like this shoe as for the feel and fit. But the color combos leave a lot to be desired. I tried the Black & White but just could not go out with that bright white sole. If this was done in a grey in place of white, it would be a keeper.
I wanted to keep these, but the lack of breath-ability caused me to send them back.
It's a shame, because I really liked the color scheme of this shoe more so than most of the other choices from Altra.
These are advertised to be suited for the working person... ...and may very well suite in a climate controlled environment. But as for the example of a delivery man, as a suggested use for these shoes on Altra's website.... ...not where I live....!! They will very likely cause your feet to sweat, due to no provision for breath-ability.
Shoe shape fits my foot perfectly, but the mid-sole should be thicker and a bit softer. Outer fabric does not suffer much abuse and the footbed does not breathe as well as it should. I never sweat in my hokas but my socks are always damp in these. I bought two pair simply because they fit my foot better than any shoe on the planet. The strings are also about 10 inches shorter than they should be and I worry that the holes for the string will be sawed through in very little time. My feet are nearly flat so the support the provide seems adequate. Combine this shape with the hoka one one and you have a buyer for life!
I wear these shoes for work and at home I love the toe room and my orthotics fit in them well too, to provide comfort all day.
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.
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