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Run Oregon is kickin’ it in the Altra Supalante

I don’t generally wear zero-drop shoes to run. I tried a pair about 6 years ago form a random, now-defunct, shoe company. I think the shoes were actually made well, but running in them really gave me bad foot and achilles pain. Ever since then I have sort of steered clear.

Luckily, we do have a few zero-drop runners on our team who love the premier zero-drop shoe company – Altra. They rave about their products and have actually reviewed both the Superior and the Escalante for us in the past. So when Altra’s new Supalante (a non-running combo of these two shoes) was released, I figured this may be a golden opportunity to get my feet wet…so to speak.

The Supalante borrows the sock-like knit upper from the Escalante and the rubber outsole from the Superior and somehow still seems to create a shoe perfect for casual wear. It allllmost looks like you could wear on the trail, but it’s creation is more aesthetic than fully functional for likely anything more than a casual hike.

Yet, I hardly even want to get these things dirty. They are just really good looking, and even with a muted grey color scheme, they still make a statement with the grip on the bottom and the clean design on top.

I also don’t think that there is as pronounced a toebox as I anticipated. Yes, when looking down, it is definitely wider than most casual sneakers, but I thought it would be more pronounced. It looks pretty normal, and from the front and side I didn’t find it all that noticeable.

And finally – how does it wear? All of the above things – look, construction, uniqueness – don’t mean much if it hurts your feet. And these really worked for me.

I don’t need a wide toe box, but the extra room is kind of nice in a casual shoe. I’m not running in these, so the zero-drop isn’t all that noticeable on a wear-to-wear basis. But taking the construction, padding, and technology from a running shoe, and placing it inside a casual shoe, really does wonders in the comfort department. Most casual shoes can’t say that.

The Supalante can.


Company: Altra (Facebook)
Shoe: Altra Supalante ($110)
Specs:

  • Weight: 9.9 oz / 281 g
  • Insole: 5 mm Contour Footbed
  • Midsole: EVA with InnerFlex™
  • Outsole: Duratread Rubber
  • Stack Height: 21 mm
  • Upper: Engineered Mesh

More about Altra:

Altra’s FootShape™ toe box allows the toes to relax and spread out naturally and the big toe to remain in a straight position for maximum stability and power.

Every Altra shoe is built on a Balanced Cushioning™ platform that positions the heel and forefoot an equal distance from the ground. This natural foundation aids in optimal alignment, cultivates better form, and encourages a low-impact landing.

Thank you to Altra for providing us with a sample pair. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

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About Matt Rasmussen (1431 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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