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Altra Paradigm 1.5 Performance Review

Altra may be an unfamiliar brand to many runners, but it should be familiar to experienced runners and shoppers who like overseas online shopping. After all, Altra is one of the world’s top 10 running shoe brands. It was founded by  Golden Harper in 2009, and thanks to the expertise and research and development of its founder, Altra has gained a strong market share and reputation in just a few years, quickly becoming one of the top 10 running shoe brands in the world. And I think it is lucky for me that I got the Altra Paradigm 1.5 and could be here to share its information with you.

With respect to the shoebox, there is nothing special in it. Regularly, there is the logo in the front and at the side of the box is some basic information about the shoes.

But different from many other brands, inside the shoebox is also printed with the brand’s technologies that are adopted in the shoes, presumably in order to make consumers well understand its product design concept.

In terms of the shoes, the first glance of the shoes has impressed me that the shoes were very mature and steady. As the saying goes that “Never judge a book by its cover.” Although it is big, it is not heavy as many people may be deceived by its appearance; and ugly as it looks, it is actually very comfortable.

I’ve seen a lot of comments and feedback from the shoes’ buyers and most of them observed that the shoes’ soles were very thick and they were also curious about the technology adopted here. So here is the answer. The technology, as indicated in the soles, is the Zero Drop that is Altra’s exclusive tech and applied to all Altra shoes. The Zero Drop refers to the fact that the front and rear soles of running shoes remain the same height from the ground whereas most traditional running shoes are designed with the heel of the sole higher than the front foot. This tech can reduce the impact of shock on our feet and help develop proper running posture and also reduce the risk of injury.

Apart from the sole, another feature of the shoes is the wide front foot. To tell the truth, the only word surging in my mind when I saw the front foot was “ugly”. However, notwithstanding that, the front foot isn’t of average design. Actually, it adopts the FootShape tech which is also developed by Altra besides the Zero Drop. With the technology, the front part becomes  much more friendly to our feet and we no longer have to bear the burden and squeeze brought to our toes by traditional running shoes. On top of that, our toes have more room to stretch out inside the shoes.

(The FootShape marking in the toe part)

Then it is about the outsole. And after seeing the outsole, what’s your impression of it? Personally, I found that the outermost layer of wear-resistant material was mainly distributed on the inside of the front foot and the heel of the shoe. Theoretically, this has something to do with the energy we produce when we are running and such a design guarantees the lightness and durability of the shoes.

Then take a look at the groove design of the sole which adopts the FootPod technology. Using this tech, the shoes offer us more flexibility and ensures that the shoes can hug our feet better.

Looking at the shoes from the perspective below, I also found that the shoe has also a nice air ventilation. With the thin vamp and the many air holes in the vamp, we can enjoy the shoes’ nice breathability especially in summer days. On top of that, the tongue and the shoelaces are also very thin.

As for the size, the actual sizes of the shoes are a bit smaller than that indicated in the shoes which may be due to the wide toe. Therefore,  I suggest you pick a smaller size if you are considering purchasing the shoes.

The insoles are also designed with multiple air holes in the areas where sweating is most likely to occur to keep the feet dry.

As can be seen in the picture, there is a circle of black foam to reinforce the shoes and provide support during the workout.

A single shoe weighs 310g, which is not so outstanding but can be said excellent as well.


This is actually a pair of shoes that is very practical. But because of the technologies used in the shoes, it can only be made into such a style. But as is said before, “Never judge a book by its cover.” So it would be a pity of you miss this comfortable running shoe because of its appearance.

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Altra Escalante Performance Review

To tell the truth, I was quite lucky to be able to grab one pair of Altra Escalante at the very first time when it was released. And with the hope that this review serves as a guide or reference, I am here to share with you some of my experiences with it.

The one I copped here is the  traditional combination of red and black in its appearance with a white midsole. Simple as it looks, it is still elegant and nice. In addition, Altra offers a variety of colorways to suit the needs of a wide range of runners.

Looking at the vamp, you’ll find that it is made of woven materials. Although it is kind of common material, it is lightweight, breathable, and flexible. On top of that, the vamp is made in such a way to maintain support and reduce weight while providing a strong wrapping for our insteps.

The toe part adopts Altra’s original Footshape technology, making the toe much broader than that of many regular running shoes. Besides, the design makes it easier for the toe of the shoe to fit our feet better. In short, not only can the tech help runners get more comfortable experiences, but also help runners prevent injuries.

The tongue is also made of knitting tech, which is light and thin, causing no pressure to our insteps. And the inner lining of the shoe is filled with sponge, and the instep sponge is enlarged and thickened to ensure the enough wrapping.

For me, I sweat quite a lot in summer and the wet feeling underfoot is quite unbearable. So when I got the shoes, it is the breathability of the shoes that I checked first. And I knew that the first look of the insole had built up my confidence in it: there are many breathable and sweat holes at the back of the insoles to keep the soles dry and comfortable.

The outsole adopts the so-called Zero Drop which is another original tech of Altra. The Escalante, with Zero Drop technology, has the same cushioning on the heel and forefoot, perfectly balancing the weight distribution from front to back. At the mean time, it is beneficial for runners to develop correct running posture, so that the pressure on the foot can be relieved.

By pressing the midsole, you’ll know that the new Altra Ego in it is very soft and feels nice. The tech also provides a strong rebound during running, as well as providing the necessary cushion to reduce the risk of injury.


This Altra Escalante uses the latest running technology, Zero Drop, to help runners get the hang of running in the right posture and reduce the risk of injuries while the Footshape technology is conducive to generating traction that makes running more effective. The And the utilization and perfect combination of new technology and new materials ensure that the shoes are light and comfortable and at the same time provides enough cushioning and supporting performance, which is very suitable for runners to wear in daily training and competitions. So if you have some interest in it, you may as well take a shot.