All Altra running shoes feature the fully-cushioned Zero Drop platform, an innovative design that places the heel and forefoot at the same distance from the ground. This natural balance aligns your feet and back to promote a low-impact running technique, helping to improve your performance and reduce the risk of injury. Our Zero Drop running shoes also strengthen your Achilles and lower-calf muscles, which can be weakened from running on elevated heels.
Most running shoe brands design shoes with elevated heels, which puts your foot in an unnatural position and encourages high-impact over striding. Our lightweight blend of EVA and A-Bound cushioning runs evenly from heel to toe, and is weight balanced from front to back to encourage a proper low-impact running technique.
After countless runners came to his family-run store complaining of pain and injury, Altra founder Golden Harper decided to develop a solution. His research on running injuries, combined with a video analysis of running techniques, made him realise that the design of traditional running shoes promoted poor form and excessive impact.
Using a toaster oven, he began to melt the outsoles of customers' shoes and carve out unnecessary heel cushioning. It was ugly, but it worked! Harper coined the term "Zero Drop" to describe the level cushioning and perfect weight balance from heel to forefoot. Runners immediately felt the difference, and it was their results and running success that fuelled the creation of Altra Running.
Altra provide a huge variety of Zero Drop running shoes, with designs to suit everything from road running and everyday workouts to trail running on tough terrain. Get ready to run like you’ve never run before.