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- Rubber sole
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Nearly 20 years after opening a family-operated "dream" running store, Altra's founders still felt that there was a large gap in the athletic shoes marketplace for truly biomechanically correct footwear. And so the Altra brand was born from the belief that shoes shouldn't encourage a heel strike; they should let the body move naturally. For years, the Altra team experimented with cutting down the heels of regular running shoes to test their proprietary Zero Drop theory and saw incredible results with staff and customers alike. It eliminated injuries and helped people get back into running. Working with engineers, designers, elite runners and biomechanical experts, Altra started making prototypes to bring this innovative footwear to the masses.
- Package Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- ASIN: B00769W3OE
- Item model number: Instinct-M
- Date first available at Amazon.com: April 16, 2012
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Top customer reviews
I won't bother to extol the benefits of FFR - you can research it if you're curious.
I wear a men's 11 in Brooks, and an 11 in these things fits great.
I've had them about a month.
A lot of people consider using this as a transition shoe, hoping to move on to minimalist shoes.
I say these can be your permanent stopping point - as long as you're FFR, you're doing about as much for yourself as you can.
I think a zero-offset shoe with cushioning is preferable to a completely minimalist shoe (like Vibram FF). Unless you run on soft dirt/grass trails, your feet will appreciate cushioning. I mean your foot, not the rest of your body. FFR reduces the impact to the rest of your body, but your foot still takes a decent blow with each stride. With Altras, you get the value of FFR, without the impact on your foot.
One drawback of cushioned shoes is they do not force you to set your heel down softly.
With minimalist shoes, you will automatically keep your heel from striking forcefully, after your forefoot strikes (b/c they have no cushion in the heel).
But honestly, it's the initial impact of each stride that is the greatest. So taking that off of your heel is the biggest "step forward", so to speak.
I will try to update this review in a few months to comment on the durability of these shoes.