Today on Tuesdays on the Run, we want you to show us your shoes! Here are mine…
You might notice that they all have something in common. Yes, they are all Altras. I will admit to being part of Altra’s Red Team, but even if I hadn’t been asked back in 2018, I would still only run in Altra’s. I’ve been an ambassador for the last 4 years and I had the pleasure of meeting the creator at the Runner’s World event a few years ago. The story of the creation of the shoes is interesting (it involves a toaster oven, just sayin’)
I was first introduced to Altra Running shoes when I was given a pair as an ambassador gift when I was a ZOOMA Ambassador. I was running in “barefoot” and low drop shoes and having all sorts of issues with not enough cushion. I had begun to try to transition back to higher drop shoes with more cushion, but those aggravated my neuromas. I was pretty convinced I’d never be able to run a marathon again.
Enter the Altra Intuition. They were perfect! Not too thin, but not too high. Yes, you can call me Goldilocks. Or maybe you should call me Cinderella ’cause the shoe fits! (Beer Geek used to call me his little Imelda because of my work shoe collection. I’m not sure he’s ever realized how many pairs of running shoes I have…)
Suddenly I was running miles and miles pain free. They had just enough cushion, but the Zero Drop and foot shaped toe box allowed me to run with the stride I had developed running barefoot.
These days, I have a variety of Altra Running Shoes. My two favorites by far are the One 2.5 and the Escalante.
I wear the One 2.5 for all of my 15+ mile training runs and my marathons. They are my go to long distance shoe (and I may have stockpiled them when Altra moved to One v3).
The Escalante are a sweet ride as well. They are my half marathon shoe. Apparently when I go farther than a half, my feet swell and the top of my middle toes catch and hello black toenails!
Other shoes currently in my stable:
Altra Impulse – These are Altra’s version of a stability shoe. I got these to run the Runner’s World trail race a few years ago. I still like them for the occasional run.
Altra Paradigm – These are the mac daddy of the Altra shoes with max cushion. I like them, but at heart I still prefer a lighter, softer shoe.
Altra Neoshell Lone Peaks – I LOVE these shoes. These are my go to shoes for trail running and for snowy conditions. As you might imagine, living in Virginia in an urban area, I don’t get to wear these shoes often.
Altra One v3 – These are the replacement for the One 2.5. I like them, but I’m having a hard time dealing with the differences. Who knew I was a creature of habit? Some Altra runners LOVE these and think they are a great improvement over the 2.5, so I have hopes that I’ll eventually love them like I do the 2.5.
And, because Altra keeps coming up with cool new stuff, here’s my wish list for 2018…
Altra Vali – Why yes I would like some comfy shoes to wear with jeans!
Altra King MT – OK, I confess I have absolutely no need for this shoe. It’s designed for muddy trails. Since I’m not a huge fan of mud or trails, it’s unlikely to get use here. But man does it look cool!