I am an Altra Athlete and as such receive shoes for free. I review them on my own accord.
I have a strong devotion to the Altra Lone Peak. In fact, it's pretty damn hard to convince me to put anything else on my feet.
|I scramble peaks in Lone Peaks|
However, since I moved to an urban area I have been running more roads and gravel paths than trails (booo). While the Lone Peak is fine for this, it's certainly not the best place and I was wearing the tread down too fast.
So, I ordered a pair of Paradigms.
I've been loving them!
|Happy Feet, Happy Heather. Wish I could be here everyday!|
The cushion is ideal for running the hard surfaces, but it's not so much that I feel like I'm on stilts. I had a pair of Hoka's once. That was a weird feeling.
As with all other Altra's, the Paradigms have a foot shaped toe box and zero drop. That makes them comfortable and functional for me.
|Climbing a waterfall in Paradigms|
|Off Trail. Full Pack. Wet Branch Bridge. Paradigm Shuffle.|
I also really like them for recovery days as well when I feel like I need a bit more squish underfoot.
The only con I've noticed is the sizing. The men's is a little too wide for my foot and the women's is a tad too short. So, if you're a woman, you may need to size up a half size. Altra provides a handy "Show Me How it Fits" interactive next to the sizing chart on their website.