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  • Rev up your run in the optimal plush and natural-inspired build of the Paradigm from Altra Zero Drop™.
  • Altra Zero Drop recommends that those new to natural running and zero-drop footwear transition slowly by wearing these on shorter runs and gradually building up to regular mileage.
  • A neutral trainer that offers both maximum cushioning and moderate stability.
  • Ideal for road running, trail running, ultramarathons, and walking.
  • Quick-drying air mesh and synthetic upper materials.
  • Foot-shaped toe box allows natural foot flex and toe splaying.
  • Plush tongue and collar.
  • Breathable fabric lining for a great in-shoe feel.
  • 5 mm Contour footbed.
  • Natural Ride system (NRS) utilizes a combination of outsole and midsole componentry along with anatomical design, the Zero Drop platform and foot-shaped lasts to promote a more natural stride.
  • Max cushioned Zero Drop™ technology promotes a more natural foot strike and a more efficient stride.
  • Dual-layer evA-Bound™ midsole with an A-Bound top layer helps reduce impact and returns energy with each stride.
  • FootPod™ outsole maps the foot's bones and tendons promoting flexibility and exceptional traction.
  • Imported.
  • Measurements:
    • Weight: 11 oz
  • Product measurements were taken using size 11, width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.

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Fit Survey:

71% Felt true to size
  • 0% Full size too large
  • 0% Half size too Large
  • 71% True to size
  • 29% Half size too small
  • 0% Full size too small
86% Felt true to width
  • 86% Felt true to width
  • 0% Felt narrower than marked
  • 14% Felt wider than marked
67% Moderate arch support
  • 33% Excellent arch support
  • 67% Moderate arch support
  • 0% No arch support

Item Information

  • Video Description View the Video Description for this product! (Please note that the color shown in the video may no longer be available.)
  • Rev up your run in the optimal plush and natural-inspired build of the Paradigm from Altra Zero Drop™.
  • Altra Zero Drop recommends that those new to natural running and zero-drop footwear transition slowly by wearing these on shorter runs and gradually building up to regular mileage.
  • A neutral trainer that offers both maximum cushioning and moderate stability.
  • Ideal for road running, trail running, ultramarathons, and walking.
  • Quick-drying air mesh and synthetic upper materials.
  • Foot-shaped toe box allows natural foot flex and toe splaying.
  • Plush tongue and collar.
  • Breathable fabric lining for a great in-shoe feel.
  • 5 mm Contour footbed.
  • Natural Ride system (NRS) utilizes a combination of outsole and midsole componentry along with anatomical design, the Zero Drop platform and foot-shaped lasts to promote a more natural stride.
  • Max cushioned Zero Drop™ technology promotes a more natural foot strike and a more efficient stride.
  • Dual-layer evA-Bound™ midsole with an A-Bound top layer helps reduce impact and returns energy with each stride.
  • FootPod™ outsole maps the foot's bones and tendons promoting flexibility and exceptional traction.
  • Imported.
  • Measurements:
    • Weight: 11 oz
  • Product measurements were taken using size 11, width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
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Altra Zero Drop Footwear Paradigm

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Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!
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I have waited to write this review until I finished 50 miles with these shoes. The 50 miles were almost exclusively road-running, with only slight detours onto dusty soil. As an aside, I will finish each category below with a comparison to the Altra Olympus, marked with an asterisk*, as so many people want to know the differences between these two Altra models. ME: I'm a 36-year-old recreational runner, averaging 30 miles per week on concrete and some light trail running. I run for fitness and health, not competition. I pronate slightly due to flat feet, so I wear Spenco Total Support Max insoles in all my shoes for rigid arch support. I also wear Injinji toe socks so I can wear Correct Toes toe spacers to make sure my foot is in an optimal position. (I'm still suffering from an old turf toe injury, and the combination of Correct Toes and Altra's huge toe box basically eliminates the pain and allows me to run happy) Now..on to the Paradigm review: FIT: I have found that the Paradigm fits true to size, as I purchased a size 11. I wear a size 11 in the Instinct 2.0, Olympus, Lone Peak 1.5, and Lone Peak 2.0. (I had to size up to an 11.5 in the One2) I also wear a size 11 in Brooks, Hoka One One, and Asics running shoes. *The Paradigm is supposedly built on the same last as the Olympus, and I've found this to be true. While the Paradigm is just a tad more snug than the Olympus, I still wear the same size in both models. As a quick note...many people gripe about Altra not offering wide widths. As a person who used to wear EE in Asics, I find the D in Altras to fit fine. Their signature toe-shaped toe box allows for plenty of room up front, and basically eliminates blisters in my experience. UPPER: The upper is a nice compromise between structure and minimal. It's got enough structure to lock your foot down and keep you from pronating/supinating, but it's also not overly rigid or thick. It breathes nicely, and thus far has held up very well at 50 miles. Additionally, Altra has raised the outsole foam up a bit on the inside of each shoe, giving pronators a touch of stability. You can clearly see this in the product photos. *The Paradigm upper is definitely thinner when compared to the Olympus. I have found them both to be comfortable, with the Olympus snagging a win in this category with a slightly more plush upper feel. I have not experienced any hot spots in either model. MIDSOLE: The midsole foam is fairly stiff when compared to the Hoka Stinson or Bondi. Even though the Paradigm is classified as a max cushion shoe, the foam is not pillow-like. It's got some cushion, for sure, but it's stiffer and more responsive than other max cushioned shoes out there. At first I didn't like this feature, but it actually makes sense...the Paradigm is a road shoe. If the foam were too soft, the structure of the shoe would break down if your foot doesn't land perfectly flat. I tend to land on the outsides of my feet, and then pronate inward upon foot strike. With Hokas, the lateral part of the foam would compress and flatten after 100 miles, and my feet would lean outwards, making me very worried about ankle rolls. This also happened around 150 miles with the Olympus. Those shoes didn't last as long as they could have, due to my odd foot-strike. With the Paradigm, however, that has not happened yet, and I don't think it will. I have a feeling the firmer foam in the insole will maintain its structure for a long time...hopefully up to 300+ miles. *The midsole is where the Paradigm and Olympus differ the most. The Olympus is like walking on memory-foam pillows. While it is more responsive than a Hoka Stinson or Bondi, it still retains that max-cushion feeling of walking on clouds. The Paradigm's midsole, as I mentioned above, is an entirely different beast. It's firm and responsive. It's not as forgiving as the Olympus, but still gives you plenty of protection from the concrete. If I had to compare the Olympus and Paradigm directly, I'd classify the Olympus as my long-range comfort shoe, and the Paradigm as my speedy race day shoe. I like them both, but for different reasons. I think Altra designed them this way on purpose. The Paradigm is stiffer for the road, while the Trail-specific Olympus is softer so it's more forgiving on rocks, tree stumps, etc. OUTSOLE: The outsole of the Paradigm is road-ready, and seems to be holding up very well after 50 miles. There have been complaints online about durability issues, but I have yet to experience any. The black rubber is holding up very well on concrete. I also have great traction, with a few slight slips on wet asphalt. So just be careful in the rain. *The Paradigm's outsole is definitely more durable than the Olympus, but that makes sense given that this is a road shoe. That being said, I've put over 150 concrete miles on the Olympus, and they've held up very well. STYLE: Altra shoes have large toe boxes. To any person who is accustomed to the horribly narrow toe boxes of 99% of the sports shoes out there, this will look weird. But once you slip your feet in, you will not care in the least. In fact, you will wonder why all shoes don't conform to the natural shape of the human foot. I know I do. Altra has nailed this shape, and it's wonderful. If only other brands would follow suit. As for colors, I own the black/white colorway, and I love them. I wish all companies made black/grey/white colorways. Bright colors can be fun, but some of us adults like the more understated combinations. *The style of the Paradigm and Olympus are very similar, with the Paradigm looking a bit more sleek. I did experience some slight outsole paint-cracking issues on the Olympus, but it seems like Altra fixed this issue for the Paradigm. Altra is a young company, so small issues like this are bound to happen for the first few model iterations. ZERO DROP: I found no issues transitioning from a 12mm drop of Brooks to the 4mm drop of Hokas, and finally to the Zero Drop of Altras. I would recommend taking it slow and easy during the transition, but you won't regret it. Now, when I put on traditional running shoes, I feel like I'm walking in high heels. I won't comment extensively on gait or running form, etc., but my knees have thanked me since the transition to zero drop. PRICE: The price is on-par with other top-tier running shoes on the market. They're pricey, but so is every other brand. I find my Paradigms to be totally worth the price. CONCLUSION: If you want a max-cushioned road shoe with a huge toe box, I would definitely recommend the Paradigm. It's not as soft as the Hoka Stinson or Bondi, or even the Altra Olympus, but it still has plenty of cushion for long runs. They're durable, fit great, and make my feet happy.

I'd also recommend: Altra all the way...

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  • from Los Angeles, CA
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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Great shoe. Very high quality. Love that Altras are shaped like human feet. Innovative concept. I had a pair of Hokas a while ago, and I loved the cush ride, but I didn't like the 4 mm of drop, and I hated the totally bizarre toe box. The Paradigm fixes the Hokas' issues. It is a little firmer, and as a lighter guy (152 lbs), I miss the Hoka super cushioning. The paradigm is firmer (though still cushioned, for sure). I hope they break in a bit. My toes are certainly much happier than in the Hokas. Great shoe.

I'd also recommend: Vivobarefoot

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  • from California
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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Awesome shoes and great Zappos experience! Love the max cushion, zero drop, and big toe box combination. I have had other Altras in the past, and I also have Hokas, so I knew what I was getting into. The zero drop taxes your calves a bit until you get used to it.

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  • from Colorado
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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These sneankers are very comfortable. Thick cushion outer soles. The width and shape of the sneaker is true to your foot's width and shape. You won't be rushing home to take these off.

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  • from NJ
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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My husband just loves this shoe! He's already a fan of Altra Zero Drops, but needed a new running shoe with more substance/cushion. This one has 10X more goodies in the sole, and is very light. He usually orders wide shoes, but this one is definitely roomy enough.

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Moderate arch support

  • from Carson City, NV
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