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Altra Zero Drop Footwear Reviews

Lone Peak 2
Lone Peak 2 Posted: 3/2/15
Reviewer: from eugene oregon
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is my second pair of Altras. You can't beat them for comfort. I have foot issues and these have been a tremendous help. I've converted several friends, one of whom runs 50 miles a week. The tread on this pair is much better than my previous pair which had almost no tread despite being advertised as a trail runner. ORDER AT LEAST ONE SIZE UP. I am usually a 7.5 and wear a 9.

Instinct 3.0
Instinct 3.0 Posted: 3/1/15
Reviewer: T. O'Rourke from Central PA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

My third pair of Instincts - had the 1.5 and 2.0. These are an improvement: less mushy, feel flexible, fairly light, better laces. Problem is the size - I had to send back 11.5 and get 12.5, after wearing 11.5 in prior versions. Both prior instincts developed holes in the mesh at flex points, but after 10 months of wearing them 3-4 times per week. Will see how long these last.

Intuition 3.0
Intuition 3.0 Posted: 2/28/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Cute shoe but I had to struggle to get it on my foot. I spent a long time online with a very nice Zappos representative trying to figure out what my size would be and still got it wrong. Disappointing.

Repetition
Repetition Posted: 2/28/15
Reviewer: from eastern Pennsylvania
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Wow! A shoe company that finally realizes feet are not shaped like spades! I have had more foot issues than I can count, flat feet, neuromas, metatarsalgia, botched bunionectomy, broken toes and numerous sprains and partial ligament tears. I bought this shoe because of others' reviews that it was canted so I might not need my orthotics which are not comfortable. I am wearing them today and no orthotics which is a miracle. I have a small neuroma pad on the underside of one insole and my pedorthist gave me inserts for under my heels to further increase the ankle support. I am so happy with these! I wish they cam in more neutral color combinations, like gray and muted purple, or dark gray and light gray, for example. I have no running plans just may finally be able to walk a mile! Kudos to Altra and thank you, Zappos, for great service as always. I have to put tongue pads on the tongues because my feet are so thin and low volume but that's fine . I bought injinji toe socks to wear with these and they are great as well, help keep my feet warm and my scrunched up toes separated. Altra, these are winners! Please don't stop making them. By the by, I ordered a 10 and measure a 9.5.

Superior 2.0
Superior 2.0 Posted: 2/27/15
Reviewer: Brandon from MI
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I received my second pair of Superior 2.0 earlier this month and am extremely happy with them. I do almost all of my runs on the trails and had been searching for something lightweight and durable that allows my foot plenty of room without being “oversized”. I found it! The foot shape of the shoe is amazing! My toes can move around, so they aren't crammed against each other, and therefore I don’t get hotspots or blisters. Zero drop allows me to run with a natural feeling- they just feel right biomechanically. They are very cushioned relative to how lightweight and low-stack they are. I am impressed with the amount of traction they get both on the uphill and downhill. Tight corners are no big deal for this shoe either- after doing some races in them and putting them through the wringer, I can easily suggest them to somebody looking for a great pair of shoes at a great price.

Instinct 3.0
Instinct 3.0 Posted: 2/27/15
Reviewer: Gary Shaw from United States
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I just got them. They feel very good. But, I'm sending them back. I can't take the looks. I don't like the stripes across the top of the toe. And, there is writing in a half-dozen places on each shoe. I refuse to be a human billboard.

Provision Walk
Provision Walk Posted: 2/27/15
Reviewer: CAE from midsouth
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

Zappos website says these shoes have "supple genuine leather uppers" but when I got that them that is simply not true. It says right on the tongue of the shoe that it is 'synthetic leather uppers" and it IS very synthetic looking and quite thin. I am disappointed in these shoes compared to my other Altra Zero Drop shoes, which I have loved. I don't understand why the company went cheap and didn't do a nice leather like the Intinct Everyday, which is quite fine. I am keeping the shoes because they are very comfortable like all the Altra Zero Drop shoes I have, but will never order this style again and will be quite leery of future styles. I am afraid the company may be going cheap in manufacturing--a bad idea. I'm not paying this price for a plastic shoe that's going to wear out in no time. Very disappointed with Altra Zero Drop on this one. I'd been hoping for a black shoe from them--but this doesn't cut it.

Torin 1.5
Torin 1.5 Posted: 2/26/15
Reviewer: Thomas Friedrich from Toronto
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I'm 50, and a moderate runner. I have arthritis in one of my big toes. 'Normal' shoes pull my big toe inward, and cause me to favor the opposite foot and leg. This threw off my gait and I started getting joint strain, which I've never had. I tried lots of shoes, but they were all the same. So these Altra's were the last attempt before I hung up my shoes for good. They have worked for me. The toe box allows your toes to splay out naturally. The shoes also force you into a more 'lean-forward' running position. It's a different way of running, and your forefoot ends up hitting the ground with your knees in a slightly bent position, thus absorbing shock naturally, instead of through the big cushy heel of the normal 'lean-back'-'heel-strike' kind of shoe. You definitely 'toe-off' more with these shoes, and I worried this would bother the arthritis in my big-toe, but it doesn't. All the hype about these zero-drop shoes is true, in my opinion. My toe is not bothering me. I am running with no joint strain. I'm sold on these shoes. And I didn't have any problem adjusting to this new way of running, as some are saying. You get stiff in different areas - more in your calves, and other areas. But I adjusted quickly. It feels right.

Intuition Everyday
Intuition Everyday Posted: 2/23/15
Reviewer: Roz from Colorado
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

The right heel was off-centered, wider and shorter than the left heel. Because it was off-centered, the right shoe's heel dug into my flesh. Since the heel was so short, it also hit at an odd place and felt like it was going to slip off. Add to that, the right heel was also wider (it looked like someone had worn it by walking ON the heel), and that increased the feeling of flopping off. The left shoe felt great, but these are NOT cheap shoes and the quality should be consistent between shoes. It's not. Be aware that these shoes do run at least one-half size smaller than normal.

Repetition
Repetition Posted: 2/23/15
Reviewer: from Los Angeles, CA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Such comfortable shoes! I have problem feet, but have been able to walk in these without my orthotics. Plenty of room for my toes, and good arch support. Since I don't wear them for sports, I am not a fan of the reflective trim, and that is the only reason this shoe does not get 5 stars from me!

Lone Peak 2
Lone Peak 2 Posted: 2/19/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love these shoes! I've been running and backpacking in Altras for years and my go to has always been the iterations of the Lone Peak. The 2.0 has an improved grip and more durable upper than the 1.5. If you're looking for toe room and a neutral platform for your feet this is your shoe!

Provisioness Walk
Provisioness Walk Posted: 2/15/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

The description says these are soft leather, but they are NOT actual leather. They are synthetic (check the Altra site if you want to verify this). They also have a mild-moderate 'stability wedge' for over -pronators. This might be great for some people but I need a neutral shoe. Luckily I discovered both these thing by going to my local running store. Other than these issues, the shoe would have been great comfort-wise, though I needed a half size larger than my usual athletic shoe size (Altras always run small). They were nice & wide in the toes and forefront while narrow in the heel, perfect for my foot. And of course, with the signature Altra foot-shaped toe & zero-drop. Wish they would make this in real leather and without the stability wedge, which rolls the foot slightly to the outside. So unless you need that, it will put pressure on the outside of the foot when walking. Wanted to write this review in case it saves other folks from having to buy & return (though Zappos is of course fantastic with returns). I'm sill trying to find a comfortable walking shoe...

Olympus
Olympus Posted: 2/5/15
Reviewer: Janice from Monett, MO
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Great shoe. I normally wear a size 11 and did size up to a 12, but they are still just a tad bit short. I do like the exceptional comfort and ergonomic design.

Lone Peak 2
Lone Peak 2 Posted: 2/2/15
Reviewer: Wendy Payne from Virden, NM
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I've been wearing these for walking for about a month, and I like them very much. The toe box is narrower than my Ones, but not uncomfortably so. I like the color, fit, and comfort level.

Paradigm
Paradigm Posted: 2/2/15
Reviewer: Brian Walsh from Tysons Corner, VA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These shoes are extremely comfortable and running in them is a breeze. I'm not a huge runner (a couple times a week), so I haven't really experienced any of the issues associated with switching to a zero-drop sneaker. The shape is very different than what I'm used to, but that is the point of the shoes. There is plenty of room in the toebox. When I'm done running, my feet do not hurt, nor do they feel compressed. I will continue to buy these. One thing to note: since they are not really tapered like most running shoes, they end up having a fairly flat front. If you are jumping down to a lower surface, stopping short, or running down a steep incline, your toes tend to slam into the front of the shoe pretty hard. Tapered shoes absorb a lot of the shock of these events so you don't notice, but it's a hard stop with these shoes. Not that big of a deal though since I only use them for running on the road.

Olympus
Olympus Posted: 2/2/15
Reviewer: from Miami Beach
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I have terrible arthritis in my feet and bunions (oh the joys of aging). I am also a runner! I have always worn New Balance as they come in 2E. Recently someone recommended Altra. I was skeptical as they don't come in "W." I just came back from a 7 mile run, second day out of the box! I have slight discomfort/burning in one foot but...I am confident they will break in. It is a blessing to have found these as I was worried about not being able to exercise any more! I also have a pair of the Altra Zero Drop Torrin 1.5, which I use for walking. They just came home from 2 weeks in Israel...perfectly comfy! Yes! Colors a bit funky but...they are so strangely fugly anyway that they work.

One 2
One 2 Posted: 1/28/15
Reviewer: from Tulsa, Oklahoma
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I loved these shoes. Ordered another pair. They are so flexible, have reasonable support, wide toe box and they are cute. I workout six days a week, and these are my best companions. Thanks Zappos. What great customer service. Always kind, know their product and ship out fast. This time it took an extra day. A little disappointed in that, but so much better than anyone else. Also like privately entering my credit card. Very proactive Zappos. Thanks!

One 2
One 2 Posted: 1/28/15
Reviewer: iSchneggs from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Featherlight! Comfortable! Wide! Seems like the size 13 should be about 1/4 inch longer, but my guess is that the padding will compress making more room. Will find out in Spring 2015 (if it comes!).

Torin 1.5
Torin 1.5 Posted: 1/22/15
Reviewer: from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are super comfortable running shoes! I've done a few 5-7 mile runs in these and I have had no trouble with sore feet/ankles/shins/etc. They have more cushioning than my Altra Intuition 1.5 and the ride is stiffer than my nike free 3.0. They get pretty good traction on wet and dry pavement but can get slippery in snow/ice. I have narrow heels and wide forefeet and Altra are one of the few brands that fit my feet well. I have really high arches and I find the arch support adequate. I usually wear a 9 or 9.5 in running shoes and an 8.5 fits me perfect. I wish they came in more colors because I would definitely buy more pairs if they did.

Torin 1.5
Torin 1.5 Posted: 1/19/15
Reviewer: L from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I absolutely love these shoes! I went and tried them on in a store when getting fitted for a track running shoe, the only problem with them for me is, my arch collapses when I run and my ankle rolls inward. These shoes need some more stability in my opinion. I bought them for only walking. They are the most comfortable shoes that I have ever had! I have extremely wide feet with a history of purchasing shoes that are 4E wide or a couple sizes too big, with the wide toe box, I got my correct size and it feels amazing. I have had these shoes for a couple of weeks and use them on my multi mile walk multiple times a week. One thing about them that I do not like is that they are not attractive. Most people my age are wearing the newest and coolest shoes and I am stuck in these. They do not have the same appeal as Nike Free Runs (which ruin your knees), Adidas Blade Runner shoes, Under Armor, or any of the cool brands. Otherwise, I love how comfortable they are!

One 2
One 2 Posted: 1/17/15
Reviewer: Karl from Boston
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

The shoe feels great, except that the toe box isn't tall enough. The front of the shoe impinged on the tops of my big toes, so for this reason I had to return the shoe.

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