I'm loving this update to The One minimal running shoe by Altra. I'd worn out my pair of The Ones and was intrigued by the update with its increased cushioning. While these are listed as more of a road shoe, I wear them on trails and have so far worn them for a 50k fairly technical trail race and found them to be one of the most comfortable shoes I've owned to date! They are extremely minimal, still, but the addition of a little more cushioning on the bottom makes them feel like running on clouds. By far my favorite Altras to date. I regularly wear a 9.5 in sreet shoes but need a 10 in Altras and find the wide toe box perfect for my wider feet.
I was wanting to get a new running shoe and I absolutely loved the Instinct 1.5. These shoes have a lot of cushion and support for running. The front of the shoe is curved and it helps with keeping good running form. They feel a little smaller than the Instincts, but I'm sure once I break them in they will be fine. I do recommend getting half a size larger then normal size as they do run small.
Shoes have a VERY wide toe box. Dont be fooled by the "D" width rating. These fit more like a EE or EEE in the toe box. This is awesome to give room for natural toe splay but might be problematic for bombing down long down hills. I bought these to train for a Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim run in the Grand Canyon and after running some hills, I'm not sure if these are the ticket for that. They should be perfect for moderate hills and general trail running. Just probably not extended downhill because they are so wide they cant keep your foot from sliding down into the toe box which will most likely end up with lost toenails. Then again, I'm running anywhere from 50-80 miles at a time in pretty harsh conditions so my experience will vary from the traditional recreational runner. Happy Trails!
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.
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