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Altra Zero Drop Footwear Reviews

Paradigm 1.5
Paradigm 1.5 Posted: 8/27/15
Reviewer: Hank from Michigan
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I wear these issues pretty much every day. That may be why they wear out so quickly. Both cushioning and sole degrade within weeks unless you wear them selectively. Since few other shoes work for me, I don't have much choice. Zero drop is a bit too flat for me. So I slip in a gel heel support which probably creates a 1 mm drop. Perfect for me, and maybe a hint for others who need to tweak the shoe a bit.

Olympus 1.5
Olympus 1.5 Posted: 8/27/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I just bought a pair of Olympus 1.5s after a negative experience with Hokas. This shoe is exactly what I was looking for; lots of cushion, wide toe box, and no problems with pressure on the ball of my foot, due to the shoe being zero drop. This model is great, I just wish they made it in more colors.

Lone Peak 2.5
Lone Peak 2.5 Posted: 8/26/15
Reviewer: from New York
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love the Altra shoes I've bought so far. They have the most important aspects of minimalist shoes zero-drop and an extra wide toe box without being completely cushionless. So they're good for your feet and still very comfortable. I've had lots of general foot pain from a combination of flat feet and city walking several miles a day. The first time I wore Altras I experienced almost immediate relief. I own two pair: the Superior 2.0 (my first pair) and these, the Lone Peak 2.5. I love them both. The Lone Peak's style is a bit more subdued and it's decidedly more cushiony, which is nice when my feet need a little break from the pavement. Though you can remove the insole for a bit more minimalist feel. I wear one of these shoes pretty much every day at this point. They are exceedingly comfortable. If you're new to minimalist shoes, they do feel a bit weird at first, though not unpleasant or painful. And if you're transitioning to minimalist footwear, these or the Superiors would probably be a great transition shoe. Also, I had to get a half size larger than normal. But they're super comfy. I highly recommend these shoes. They're very comfortable, good for your feet and not terrible looking either. I wear them every day and I love them.

Paradigm 1.5
Paradigm 1.5 Posted: 8/25/15
Reviewer: Jake Blough from Grand Rapids, MI
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I ran over 400 miles in the first version of the Paradigm, and when it was time to send those to yard duty I updated to the 1.5. In short, a huge improvement over the 1.0. The fit of the upper is tighter, but the toe box is as wonderful as ever. The placement of the upper lace holes is also improved to keep your foot from sliding around as well. For a big shoe, they feel light, and are quicker than you would think. After a day on the treadmill for break-in, went out and set a 10k PR in these. It is my go-to road shoe for anything over 3 miles.

Superior 2
Superior 2 Posted: 8/24/15
Reviewer: Jill Voorhorst from Los Angeles, CA
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I ended up with a different style from the same company. These were just a bit too narrow -- I have bunions -- and the other ones were more cushioned around the collar & ankle area. These were the more attractive pair, though! Very lightweight. Looks like the rubber around the toe cap isn't super solidly glued on/constructed.

Olympus 1.5
Olympus 1.5 Posted: 8/24/15
Reviewer: from NE Iowa
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Finally--an athletic shoe for real feet. This shoe is super-comfortable right out of the box, though I did end up having to go up a full size from usual. Don't care; I can now walk in comfort. Do wish this style came in leather for cooler weather. Tried the Altra walking shoe, but it was too narrow.

Olympus 1.5
Olympus 1.5 Posted: 8/24/15
Reviewer: from Seattle, Washington
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I am not a runner. But I am active (biking, golfing, walking, etc.). And, at 50 years old, with a couple of old plantar fasciitis injuries and an arthritic big toe, I find that my feet just freakin hurt. I need a wide toebox for my big toe knuckle: check. Lots of cushioning: big time check. Honestly, finding these shoes seems like a godsend. As soon as I put them on, I just smiled at the comfort. I also ordered a pair of the casual version with leather uppers. I get them today and hope they feel the same.

Instinct 3.0
Instinct 3.0 Posted: 8/23/15
Reviewer: Jim Shewmaker from Collinsville IL
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Next day air free! My toes have been an issue in every other tennis shoe I've ever worn! I don't know of any reason I would ever buy a shoe anywhere else. My feet thank you!

Provisioness 2.0
Provisioness 2.0 Posted: 8/22/15
Reviewer: Lynn Bergren from Virginia
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Run large. Had to order a smaller size. They seem to be helping with my plantar fasciitis and piriformis syndrome. I ran 16 miles in them today!

Olympus 1.5
Olympus 1.5 Posted: 8/22/15
Reviewer: John Mansfield from western Colorado
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love these shoes. I wear them everyday, all the time. Love the roomy forefoot area. The "zero drop" thing really works for me. Much less stress on my replaced knees. I'm ordering in another style also for around town/travel. I ordered them a 1/2 size larger than my usual and it works perfectly.

Lone Peak 2.5
Lone Peak 2.5 Posted: 8/21/15
Reviewer: Stuart Seagers from Edgewood, NM
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I started training in the Lone Peak 2 but they were quickly replaced with the Lone Peak 2.5. Still a great shoe, but the sizing was different. I had to go up a size in the Lone Peak 2.5. Great running shoe on the trails. I'm a big fan of the Altras. The zero drop cured a lot of running issues I was having and do help with form. Run about 25-30 miles a week.

Superior 2
Superior 2 Posted: 8/20/15
Reviewer: from Colorado
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

Zero drop does not mean a barefoot feel with these shoes. About an hour into my first trail run/hike, I felt some discomfort in one of my feet. I found that the shoe was making it hard for my natural forefoot striking style, and I had to focus on each step to keep from moving flat-footed. I wanted to try something other than my toe shoes and Vivobarefoot Breatho Trails (which are no longer available) but these shoes were just too restrictive torsionally for me. The toe box is roomy, and they might be good shoes for someone transitioning from a traditional running shoe to zero drop, but if you want flexible shoes with good proprioception, these are not the shoes for you.

Olympus 1.5
Olympus 1.5 Posted: 8/20/15
Reviewer: Joe Gaziano from Santa Fe, NM
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Zappos is a great place to buy from, the selection is good and they deliver the product in an efficient and timely Marianne. I can strongly recommend them to you. I will continue to buy from them.

Superior 2.0
Superior 2.0 Posted: 8/19/15
Reviewer: Brian Brock from Birmingham, Alabama
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These shoes feel great out of the box. I haven't yet taken them on a proper run just yet, but they aren't lacking in comfort for walking. Beware - they run extremely small! Get at least a full size larger than you normally would!

Lone Peak 2.5
Lone Peak 2.5 Posted: 8/18/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This latest incarnation of the Lone Peak is a vast improvement over the 2.0. While I liked that shoe and went through three pairs it was skimpier in the toe box than the 1.5 and a bit too wide in the heel and mid foot. The 2.5 has corrected these issues plus the overall aesthetics are great! The tread looks beefed up, the material more durable, toe guard reintroduced, plus it feels a bit more cushioned without veering into Olympus (super thick cushioned Altra) territory. I also went back to my true size rather than the half size up I went for the 2.0. In love with the colors both men's and women's as well.

Superior 2
Superior 2 Posted: 8/18/15
Reviewer: Melissa Schafer from Hilo, HI
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These shoes are for people who are looking for "natural" running shoes. The soles are flat and flexible and they have no toe spring. I was recommended this brand by my podiatrist because I have bunions and need to wear orthotic toe separators as part of my therapy. The soles were quite cushiony and comfortable, so they are not a true "barefoot" running shoe. They are perfect though for people transitioning to natural running shoes. I wear an 8.5 so I ordered a 9 and that normally is what I get for running shoes, however they were too short. They were also too narrow in the toe bed to wear with my toe separators so I will have to send them back. I will be buying a pair of Lems shoes instead. Unfortunately Zappos doesn't carry that brand currently, but I'm very happy that they carry the Altra brand.

Superior 2
Superior 2 Posted: 8/16/15
Reviewer: Slm from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These shoes are phenomenal. I bought them on the recommendation of a friend after suffering a foot injury that made it difficult to walk and nearly impossible to run. They were the only sneakers I could tolerate for over a month. I am running again and feel that they have improved my form. I will definitely purchase these shoes again.

Instinct 3.0
Instinct 3.0 Posted: 8/13/15
Reviewer: from San Diego, CA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great shoe and even better shoe company. I own several Altra shoes. I use the Instinct 3.0 for longer runs. Nice wide toe box, snug around the heel and mid-foot. Would recommend this shoe to a anyone.

Torin 2.0
Torin 2.0 Posted: 8/12/15
Reviewer: Lexi from Florida
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I am not a fan! I used to wear the torn 1.5 and absolutely loved it. The 1.5 was my shoe, it fit perfectly took care of my knee and back pain and they got rid of the 1.5! the update is honestly terrible. It is very tight in the forefoot and tight everywhere else. The insole takes up a lot of room in the shoe and contributes to why it is so tight. The arch support is just gone and the shoe has been made narrower. I have very wide feet and typically spend weeks going places and trying one shoes to find one that is OKAY and I found the torn 1.5 when looking for shoes because i joined the track team. One day 2 of my search for shoes with my mom, the sales rep at the store brought out the torn 1.5. I tried it on and started crying in the store I was so happy that I found a shoe that fit so much better than the OKAY usual pairs. I DO NOT recommend the torin 2.0. I will be returning this shoe and will be going on another search of stores because this shoe was not even OKAY.

Lone Peak 2.5
Lone Peak 2.5 Posted: 8/12/15
Reviewer: Lexi from Florida
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I used to wear the Altra Torin 1.5 but they stopped making the shoe and I cannot find it. This shoe has a higher arch by only a couple millimeters, it doesn't look like much but if definitely affects the fit. I used to buy the torn because it was later and cushioned. This shoe has a higher arch toward the side of your foot. It feels like i am walking or running on a rock in my shoe. my foot is also going over the sole. The altar shoes are slowly getting more narrow and smaller. They only make one width as well which is annoying. I am going to replace the insoles with flatter ones and hope that does the trick, I am not sure it will. Overall, these shoes are smaller, more narrow, and more uncomfortable than past altra shoes. I put them on and within ten mins my feet are throbbing. for me they dont work and the quality is going down. who knows they might work for you.

Impulse
Impulse Posted: 8/12/15
Reviewer: judith mcfarlane from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Highly comfortable but with my very narrow heels the fit is not as snug as I prefer. I also have a feeling that these shoes won't last long. Also I do wish that the manufacturers of athletic shoes would decrease the length of the laces! I have to triple tie them all the time.

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