Altra Zero Drop Running Shoes Review
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Feb 19, 2012  hits 60,110

Altra Zero Drop is a new brand of running shoes with a serious passion for reinventing the running shoe. Their design ideas are smart, fresh, and have resulted in the most effective running shoe I've ever worn. The male-specific Instinct is their core training shoe, reviewed here along with its female-specific counterpart, the Intuition. The shoes take many of the concepts of so-called barefoot running and put them into a practical package that will actually work for those of us who haven't grown up with calloused soles. If you're in the market for new kicks, they're definitely worth a look.


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  • The Altra Instinct core training shoe.
  • The Intuition looks just like the Instinct, but has some subtle differences just for girls.
  • Like the Instinct, the Intuition is a zero drop core trainer, but has some padding and fit differences to fit women's feet better.
  • Nina's stride in the Intuition shoes.
  • The Instinct and Intuition shoes are at home on the road or the trail, but Altra also makes trail-specific versions with more tread.
  • The zero drop construction is deceivingly simple and surprisingly effective.
  • The funky tread is unique and distinctive.  Almost looks like a foot with rubber on it.
  • Believe it or not, these shoes have about 100 miles in them at the time of this photo. Apart from a little mud stain on the right shoe, they look brand new.
  • They look rather minimal, and they are certainly light.  But simple, they aren't. There's a mountain of very smart, nuanced design in these shoes, and it translates into a very comfortable ride.
  • The tread pattern on the Instinct.
  • Altra says you can squeeze up to 800 miles on a pair of these shoes.  Having put 100 miles into these ones so far, I have no trouble believing that figure.  They still look brand new!
  • The ultra-wide toe box gives your piggies room to splay, and is a blessing for swollen feet.
  • I slapped my favorite Xtenex laces on here, and the combination couldn't be more comfortable on the run.
  • The mesh upper is very airy and breathable.
  • The Altra Instinct is an amazing product, and I look forward to seeing what the company does next.

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