Traditional running shoes feature pointy toe boxes that squeeze the toes out of their natural position –increasing risk of bunions, hammertoes and plantar fasciitis. Altra’s FootShape™ toe box allows the toes to relax and spread out naturally and the big toe to remain in a straight position. This enhances stability and creates a powerful toe-off to maximize running performance. We wish we could call it some scientific breakthrough, but we’re simply giving your foot the working space it needs.
Altra’s complete line of Zero Drop™ footwear separates us from most running shoe companies that feature shoes with elevated heels. Running in elevated heels removes the foot from its natural position and encourages high-impact over striding.
Keeps big toe straight for greater stability and a more powerful toe-off
Allows toes to relax and spread out naturally
Allows foot to naturally stabilize excess pronation
Every Altra running shoe features a fully cushioned Zero Drop™ platform that places the heel and forefoot at the same distance from the ground. This natural balance aligns the feet, back and body posture for less impact. It also strengthens the Achilles and lower calf muscles that have been weakened over a lifetime of running on elevated heels.
Heel and forefoot are the same distance from the ground
Promotes proper form to reduce initial impact by 3–5 times
Natural Achilles loading for better propulsion
1-to-1 ratio naturally aligns feet, back and body posture
Encourages better running technique
Weight-balanced from front to back