I’ve been trail running for two decades and every pair of shoes I’ve owned has had a heel. Recently, I decided to switch to a zero-drop running shoe, and I was skeptical to say the least. I’d heard horror stories of abnormal foot growth, overly stretched calves, and hip pain. But the other half of the reviews I’d heard were glowing—they said Altras were a durable shoe with a more natural feel.
This summer, I tried out the Altra Lone Peak 5, and while I was hesitant at first, after a month on the trails, I think I’m a zero-drop convert. The Lone Peak 5 has all the traditional features Altra is famous for: wide toe-box, mesh upper shoe, lightweight. It has a lower stack height and lighter cushion than other models, which increases ground feel every step.
It is quite roomy; I ordered a half-size down and I still have some wiggle room. That said, it laces up tight and feels as durable and versatile as any shoe I’ve worn before. I started slow, easing my way into longer outings and letting my body adapt to the design. But now I’m running strong and confident, both on trails and up in the mountain shale. I don’t regret my decision one bit.
Available online; $130.