In the last 7 weeks, I have run 10 half marathons! 9 of those were run in the Altra Intuition 1.5.
If you’ve been around for a while, you know I’ve been on the search for the “perfect” shoe. I’ve gone from a standard high drop shoe all the way down to the Vibram Five Fingers and now I’m on my way back to cushion. While I’ve come to the conclusion that there really is no perfect shoe, I’ve found that the Altra Intuition is definitely the best for my feet.
Why? Because of the combination of Zero Drop and cushioning.
From their website:
Altra shoes are unique in the marketplace because they combine a zero drop sole and barefoot foot positioning with the structure and cushioning of a traditional running shoe. ALTRA’s core running and trail shoes come with a complete three-layer cushioning system: a full rubber outsole, a 12 mm fully cushioned midsole, and a 5mm insole. In total, Altra’s 21 mm cushioning is on par with durable training shoes and provides two to five times the protection of a typical minimalist shoe. Altra shoes durable are enough for runners to train and complete even ultra marathons in the same pair.
Altra shoes eschew the standard mix of rubber and EVA for their outsole. Instead, they offer a full rubber outsole, which offers excellent stability and far more durability than EVA outsoles. The sleek sole enables runners to sense the ground under their feet, without interference.
I loved the zero drop minimalist shoes, but found that I couldn’t run long runs in them. After running a half marathon in Vibrams and not being able to walk for days due to the damage to my feet, I knew I had to try something different. I began an era of experimentation where I tried many of the zero and 4mm drop more cushioned shoes. Somewhere along the way, I developed a Morton’s neuroma in my right foot which meant any run had the potential to be painful and every run over 8 miles made me limp. After a lot of trial and error, I realized the pain was less frequent in the Altras, so I bought a second pair and started running most of my 5+ mile runs in them. Slowly but surely, the neuroma healed. I credit the Altras (and my podiatrist agrees with me). The wide, flat forefoot allowed my foot to move how it needed to move.
I admit it. I’m a total convert.
What I love about these shoes:
- Zero drop helps me land midfoot
- The cushioning – I run mostly on pavement, so minimalist shoes were just not working for me
- The wider forefoot – my toes splay out a lot and this forefoot size allows my feet to spread out
- A wider, flatter base – the podiatrist said that this is what is helping my Morton’s Neuroma – I’m landing on the whole spread out forefoot instead of on one area (yeah, the scientific explanation is eluding me right now…)
And I just recently got the new version to try out: the Altra Intuition 2. Preliminary runs suggest that these too are a keeper, even if my kids do say they look like Buzz Lightyear’s shoes!
Want to give a pair a try? Altra has agreed to provide one winner the pair of their choice!
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Have you ever tried Altra Running shoes? Which pair do you think you’d try? (I admit, I’d really like to try the new One2) This post is part of the Summer Giveaway Blog Hop. Go check out the other cool things that are being given away!!!