Notes about my 8 miles of running in the ALtra Paradigm:
They are very lightweight and comfortable.
They are a zero drop shoe, so they feel a little weird at first when standing or walking around with the rocker.
The wider forefoot gives my feet the room to spread out (see below) and also more stability for my running stride. There are two things that I have found helpful in the past year for overall body health (getting rid of musculoskeletal pains). I found that I need a full length shoe lift in my right shoe. Clearly Adjustable started making one that is easy to use as figure out the correct height. This works so much better than just a heel lift and has helped erase chronic lower back and sometimes upper back pains. Also whenever my left leg starts feeling wonky and and I get pains in my toes, behind the knee, and up the left hip, I have been using Correct Toes. The pains will disappear within a day of use. I have used them even in a 100 mile bike ride last year, I wanted to use these in a running shoe more often and the Altra is just the shoe for that. I also get more forefoot balance when I use them and they seem to help me use my 1st MPT joint which often just gives way and leads to my left foot rolling in.
Hoka running shoes were too tight for my forefoot and I ended up getting pairs that were almost one size larger than I needed, which ruined the rocker effect, but made them great shoes for my ElliptiGO riding because the toes can get sore from pushing into the front of the shoes. The Hoka One Ones are like tanks and with the extra room I had up front I had no toe problems.
The colors of my Altra Paradigms somewhat remind me of the old 1970s Nike Elite racing shoe seen here:
|1978 Paul White Road Race in North Falmouth. Most of the|
racers are sporting Nike Elites. I am in the blue and yellow racing