What started out as prototypes being made in toaster ovens to now becoming a household name amongst the running world, we are excited to bring in Altra footwear to Potomac River Running! With footwear featuring their FootShape™ Toe Box, Fit4Her™ technology, and the Cushioned ZeroDrop™, these will be shoes worth checking out!
Known for their wide toe box, Altra prefers to refer to their design as FootShape™. This is designed with the natural shape of the foot in mind. Benefits to Altra’s FootShape™ toe box is to allow the toes to relax and spread out naturally. Through this unique shape, the big toe can remain straight position to maximize stability and power.
Altra’s Fit4Her™ technology is a more tailored way to cater to form of the female foot. Traditionally, the female foot has a narrower heel and midfoot, a higher instep, a longer arch, and unique metatarsal spacing. Altra uses key design elements to better create a line of shoes more specifically designed to the female foot.
One of the more unique features to Altra’s footwear line is that their shoes have a zero-drop design. The drop refers to the difference in height between where the heel and forefoot are sitting. A more traditional drop is around a 10mm difference, meaning that the heel is sitting 10mm higher than the forefoot in the shoe. Altra prefers to build a platform where the heel and forefoot are positioned equal distances from the ground, which cultivates better alignment in the lower body. This foundation can help promote better running form that can reduce the risk of injuries and maximize efficiency.
When transitioning into shoes like these, it can sometimes require a bit of time and patience depending on several variables, such as experience, tendon elasticity, and previously used equipment amongst other factors. It’s important to keep that in mind when moving into footwear like this. Higher cushioning options from Altra tend to require less transition time. In some cases, it’s important to reduce mileage over the first couple weeks to allow the body to adapt.
Right now, visit our Reston, Vienna, and DC locations to check out these shoes in person, or visit our online store. We will be releasing Altra to all locations in the coming months.
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