I suggest this community for Barefoot Running and Natural Running Discussion.


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  1. As Utahn I had followed the development of this new, local company and their very forward (or would it be backward?) philosophy – design a shoe around the way the foot is shaped and how it needs to function. Who would have thought? So, suffice it to say I was very excited to get my hands (and feet) on a pair of these this spring (2011), when they first came out. I was actually quite worried that they might not meet my expectations, but luckily that was far from the case!
    While I run on the trails 95% of the time, I still decided to pick up a pair of the Instincts and give them a try (Altras trail shoe wasn’t out yet). I was pleasantly surprised at how well they performed in some of the rockiest terrain. I ran all over the Rockies in these without issue. Your feet will certainly be more fatigued after a longer run over rough rocky stuff, but that’s to be expected. Shoes are OK in mud and not great in snow – but keep in mind this is the road shoe.
    This is not a minimalist shoe (though Altra has since released one, the Adam/Eve), but rather a nearly perfect union of the benefits of barefoot running (wide toebox, zero drop, etc) married with the benefits of a shoe (cushion, protection). Note that the point of this shoe (and the Altra running philosophy in general) is to promote a natural, mid-foot strike with proper running form. If your legs are not used to running in zero drop (or in a mid-foot strike for that matter) plan on spending some time working into these shoes – that calf and Achilles need to strengthen and lengthen – but your legs with thank you for it later!
    I honestly can’t say enough about how much I love these shoes – I recently completed a 50 mile trail race (Pony Express Trail 50) and literally laced up my shoes in the morning, and didn’t touch them until the end of the day – not a single blister, hot spot, swelling – NOTHING in 50 miles! Run right and it’s amazing what you can do! I’m on my second pair of Instincts and just picked up a pair of the Lone Peaks (Trail). Highly recommend.

    1. I appreciate your comments on the Instinct. I really believe that with their dedication to producing only Zero Drop shoes they will pull the running shoe industry in the right direction.

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