Altra Zero Delilah review and giveaway

The Altra Zero is a great, find your mid foot kind of shoe

When I was at the Boston Marathon expo, I sought out the Altra Zero booth because this was a shoe I had been eyeing. I’d read good things about it and thought it might be a great shoe to give a go post-marathon. Lucky for me, Altra Zero was open to giving me a pair of Delilah’s to review, and one to give away to you all.

So here’s what I think of this shoe:

  • It’s flexible–passes my “bend in half” test. This means no stiff soled shoe to prevent your feet from doing what they should naturally.
  • It’s got a really nice, wide toe box. In fact, I think it’s the biggest one out there. Why is this important? It lets your toes splay naturally as you land and take off. More traditional shoes are going to squeeze your feet into unnatural narrowness.
  • They have zero heel drop from heel to toe. This helps you find your mid foot.
  • They weigh very little (6.2 ounces)–you don’t even notice them on your feet.
  • They give you the option of wearing them with or without the insole.
  • I’m going to give them extra points for their cool factor too–I love the looks of this shoe.

    Passes the flexibility test beautifully

Really, there’s not much I would say bad about this shoe. It has worked really well for me so far. I have been using it in small doses, only on short runs and at the beginning of a few longer ones. As I wrote last Friday, I am easing my way down to zero drop, hopefully once and for all. I feel like these shoes are a perfect way to do that.

The only place I wouldn’t take these shoes is a trail. The bottom is pretty treadless, which works fine on the road, but I think on slick trails you’d slip and slide all

The bottom is definitely not made for a trail

over the place. But that’s where (minimalist!) trail shoes come in. I also wouldn’t recommend these shoes to anyone who likes/needs much in the way of cushion. You will feel the road with these, believe me. More incentive to land lightly and these can help teach that, but if you hit hard, you won’t find any cushion to soften the blow.

Would you like to try a pair? Altra Zero is offering up a pair to one of my lucky readers. The Delilah model for a female or a Samson model for a male. Simply tell me in a comment below why you’d like to try a zero drop shoe. I’ll let select a winner next Tuesday, May 15.

Disclaimer: Altra Zero gave me these shoes to try for free. All expressed opinions are my own. 

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  1. Emily says

    I have made the jump to the NB Minimus Trail shoes, but they still have a 4mm drop. I would love to try going to a zero drop! The Altra’s would be a great choice since I need a wide toe box. And who can pass up a cool looking shoe?

  2. Jen R says

    I would love to try the Zero drop Altra’s. I have read a lot about these and would love to wear them.

  3. says

    I’d love to try these out – been wanting to ease my way into a zero-drop shoe. I also really need the wide toe box, so these sound like they might be a good fit!

  4. says

    I have a wicked heel strike and have been consciously trying to shift to a mid-foot strike with no success in traditional shoes. I’d love to give these shoes a try!

  5. Cecilia says

    I have been transitioning to zero drop over the past year and currently use Merrells as my zero drop shoes (run in Green Silence regularly.) Have heard great things about Altra and I’d be interested in testing them out!! Thank you!

  6. says

    I’d love to try them out to see if my plantar plate is ready to begin the transition to more minimalist running yet. And I think I’d look good in them 😀
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  7. Rene' Whiteley says

    I love the Altra company in general. I have the Intuition and ran 9 in them a couple of weeks ago. Also what is cool about the Delilah is they were featured in a J. Crew photo spread. I know so petty but so cute:) So anyway I would love to try the Delilah. I think that I am ready to feel the road.

  8. CJ says

    Thanks for the chance to win! I’ve been working hard on my midfoot strike, but in some recent race photos (IronGirl Columbia), I’m seeing a peek of sole, so I know I’m not there yet.

  9. says

    would love to try those, I’m working on training for a duathlon and need to really work on new running techniques and have heard great things about zero drop

  10. says

    Last year I spent months in PT with a PFPS injury from improper running form. Since then, I have changed not only my form, but my shoes. No more built up, heavy shoes for this girl!! Less shoe = less injury for me.
    I would LOVE to try the Deliah!! I have run in the Intuition from Altra and love them.
    Just a total bonus that I am totally digging the black/hot pink/gray colors on these too!!
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  11. says

    After a couple of years of injuries, I think I am slowly figuring out what helps me run best. I recently moved from a 14mm drop shoe to a 4mm drop, and I am loving it. I have been looking at the Alteras as a next step, so that is why I would love to win these shoes. :)
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  12. karen says

    i’d love to try these shoes out – i run in the brooks green silence right now, which i love. this model seems like it would be a good shoe to alternate with those!

  13. says

    I have a friend in my running club who wears the Altra shoes and has been raving about them. My current shoes have a 12mm drop so it would be a big change but after my marathon I have been thinking about trying a new shoe with a zero drop.
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  14. says

    I’d like to try a zero drop shoe! I have always run in the same model very structured shoe because my brother bought me a pair when I first started running, and I have been afraid to change what has worked. I’d like to try out a more natural shoe a few miles per week and make a gradual transition.
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  15. says

    My husband wears them and keeps telling me I should try them. He thinks it would help me with my form and perhaps I would have less injury issues. Who knows?! Maybe he is right.

  16. Annie says

    I would love to transition to minimalist, zero-drop shoes! It just seems more natural and efficient.

  17. says

    Like Emily above, I’ve been wearing the NB Minimus, but they do have a 4mm drop. I’m ready to start easing into zero drop and would love to check these out!
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  18. Elizabeth says

    I’ve been working on my stride since I started running a year and a half ago, and feel ready to tackle zero drop shoes.

  19. Michelle says

    I’m having a hard time finding my midfoot – if these will help, bring ’em on!! :) Plus, they’re cute!

  20. says

    I’ve been seriously considering switching to a minimalist shoe for some time now. These shoes look perfect for doing so. I’d love to incorporate them (slowly) into my training!

  21. says

    I’ve been trying to consistently find my mid-foot and switch to a more minimalistic shoe. I’ve been gradually moving that direction and am ready to take the next step of blending in the next level.
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  22. says

    I would love to try this shoe! I’ve been having a shoe-identity crises ever since they discontinued the Kinvara 1. I tried the new balance minimus trail shoe and loved it but have been looking for a zero drop road shoe. I will have to check these out!
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  23. Holly says

    I would LOVE to try the zero drops because I think they would be the next step to my form domination! (And they are super cute, which is also important to me!)

  24. says

    Ah! I’ve had my eye on these shoes for MONTHS! Altras are difficult to track down in the Chicagoland area where I haven’t found a local retailer yet who carries them, these aren’t the kind of shoes I would just randomly buy off the internet and hope for the best.

    Ran in Newtons for most of the fall/winter months and loved them, but at $175 a pop they are a bit much when you clock about 300 miles a month. I am coveting these Altras like a mad woman!
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  25. Jackie says

    Like you, I’ve been moving toward a zero drop shoe. I’m exclusively running in shoes with a 4 mm drop (kinvaras and go run) but am ready to make the move to 0. I’ve been reading reviews like a woman possessed and would love to try these!

  26. Margaret says

    I have been dealing with plantar fasciitis for over a year and I’m thinking about working towards a minimilist shoe. The Altra Zero’s would be a great start!

  27. says

    I would love to try those shoe. I was running in the vff’s but than my right ankle started hurting. So I went back to my old running shoes because that was the only way i could keep on running with out pain. So i havent used the vffs for a while now. I guess I still kind of gun shy about my ankle. I am running in a 4mm running shoe now. I would love to find a more mininalist shoe that would work for me. Thanks for a great review/giveaway.

  28. says

    I have been wanting to try these type of shoes! I have been dealing with PF for months and have read so many blogs about using these shoes to help strengthen feet and helping your foot strike properly. Would love to try them:)
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  29. Denise P. says

    I’ve recently started using a more minimalist shoe to try and solve ongoing knee/foot issues. I’d definitely love to try a shoe with a zero heel drop.

  30. Katharine says

    I run either barefoot or on five fingers mostly because I have them and they work for me. Without much cash to throw at new shoes I’ve been lax in trying anything new. These sous great, contest or not I’d like to see how they work for me.

  31. says

    Agree the Samsons/Delilahs are a good, flat, flexible road shoe. They work OK on dry trails, but you’ll be sliding backwards if you try climbing a slick hill. However, I’m not so sold on the looks as you are. Glad you like them and good luck with the transition to zero-drop. Cheers!
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  32. Chucky says

    I have been dealing with PF for months and have read so many blogs about using these shoes to help strengthen feet and helping your foot strike properly. Thanks for sharing..
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  33. Katy W says

    I have been hearing so much about Altra’s, but haven’t yet had the chance to try them out. I love my Nike Frees and have been gradually doing some mileage in my Brook’s Green Silence. I also have a pair of New Balance Minimus to try out on the trail. Would love to give the Delilahs a shot!

  34. says

    never tried an altra – need one to add to my minimalist collection. it’ll all be bronzed and put in a museum one day, i’m sure 😀

  35. says

    I’ve been working a lot lately on my form and also been moving towards running in more minimal shoes. I think I’m ready for the next step and these shoes would be perfect to get me there.

  36. says

    I would love to try these shoes because I have really been trying to focus on a minimal heel toe drop.. I’ve been experiencing alot of lower back and hip pain and have noticed that I am a horrible Heel Striker and think that I definitely need to fix this problem.. I’m skeptical about running “barefoot” and think that these shoes would be the PERFECT transition for me!!

  37. says

    I absolutely would love to try a pair of Altras. I have been minimalist /barefoot for a year and am just recovering from a nasty bought with achilles.I am looking for a min road shoe.I have been overwhelmed with the choices and not sure which way to go. I have a problem with my right foot landing which wears through the sole on the outside very quickly all brands I try. I am very interested to see if Altra’s sole can outlast other brands on this issue!

  38. says

    My husband has a pair of Altra’s and loves them! I keep wanting to try a pair, but haven’t made the plunge yet. I’d love to win a pair!!

  39. Kristin says

    Im a heel striker with a very wide forefoot-these shoes might just be the difference I need.

  40. says

    I would absolutely love to try these shoes! My running coach convinced me to try out a pair of Altra’s Intuition’s, and I’m waiting to pick them up. I know I’m a heel striker and could use the help working on my form. These shoes could help do the trick!
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  41. says

    I’d like to try this shoe because, who doesn’t love free shoes, and who doesn’t want to try to improve her running, right?
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  42. Laura Savage says

    At the advice of Barefoot Angie Bee I am trying Zumba with minimalist footwear and I think these would be a good fit!

  43. says

    I’d LOVE to try a zero drop shoe as I recover next month after my 3rd marathon in 7 months :)

    I have had good luck with my current (cushioned) shoes, but with increased mileage, I think it would be helpful to mix it up and see if this could be a better fit to prevent injury.
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  44. Rachel says

    I would love to try to a zero drop shoe. I have always run in Asics or Brooks but I really would like to work on my running form. I think the Altra would be a great way to work on my form and remedy some nagging aches and pains during the summer months and get ready for a Fall marathon.

  45. says

    Yes! I’d love to move in that direction… I’ve been getting used to 4mm shoes little by little, and would love a zero drop pair to experiment with once I make that transition. I love that they have the extra toe room. I’ve been realizing how important that it lately, too.
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  46. Jess White says

    I have been reading up on Altra’s and would love to give them a spin!! Slowly working my way to zero drop… really enjoy following your journey.

  47. says

    I’d love to try these shoes. Since my return to running after my injury will begin with very short, slow, easy runs, I figured that’s the perfect time to accustom my feet to zero drop shoes and was planning on buying some. Now I’ll wait to see if I can win these!
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  48. ~K~ says

    Who doesn’t love free shoes!? I’d love to try these to see if my heel strike can be fixed! runner_girl5k at yahoo dot com

  49. Kathryn Shaffer says

    I’m working on midfoot strike and would love to try these! They are totally cute too.

  50. Angel says

    I am using a pair of zero drop shoes right now, but really could use more room in the toe box. Would love to try these and go for a run!

  51. says

    Hi these altras look really nice and the fact that they can crumple over means that the foot can actually breathe. I am the founder of one of the best cosmetic surgery clinics in Mumbai and an avid runner. I often run barefoot on the beach but I wonder if these are available in London because I travel often there and I could pick them up the next time I am there.
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  52. says

    I would love to try these shoes out! After Boston I ended up in a boot and haven’t ran for 3 weeks due to peroneal tendon issues. I pretty much use a zero drop shoe now for everday use and minimalist shoes for running but am in search of a new pair to try!

    Great giveaway MZ!
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    • Julie says

      Do the zero drop shoes help with your peroneal tendon issues? I have had it for a few months,and am staring to get back to running slowly. I am looking for an everyday shoe, and was thinking of getting these.

  53. Jen B. says

    I have a friend who recently starting running in the Altra Zero and would love to try them as well!

  54. Julie says

    like to win for my daughter she has recently started running and needs a decent pair of shoes thanks

  55. Jen says

    I’ve been progressing to more minimalist shoes, but I’m finally ready to try some zero-drop shoes. Would love to have a pair of Altra Zeros!

  56. says

    I have been having knee problems and think I should try a different shoe. This seems like a great shoe to test with my transition to less shoe.

  57. says

    I’m rehabbing a ligament injury and have been on a break from running for nearly 2 weeks. I’ve run in the New Balance WT100s and really liked them, so I’d be ecstatic to try the Altra Zero Delilahs and see how they compare.

    Hopefully, having taken a little time off running, I can get into the zero drop and start fresh!
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  58. Ilene says

    I would love a pair of Altra Zero drop shoes. Recently, I’ve been experiencing knee pain during runs. I think the transition to zero drop would help alleviate the pain. I need a shoe that can help me correct my form. I would love the delilah!

  59. says

    I would love to try these! I’ve had a pair of pace gloves for a while that are nearing retirement and I love them. I’ve heard great things about Altra and would love to try them as my next minimalist shoe :)

  60. Chanelle says

    I started running in Brooks PureCadence after I got semi-badly injured running in shoes that overcorrected my overpronation. Game changing! My feet feel awesome. Now I’m wanting to try a really minimal shoe. Thanks for the giveaway!

  61. says

    I’d LOVE to try a zero-drop shoe. My dr thinks it would help with some of my form issues (and therefore pain/ joint issues) so I’m starting to think about making the transition with my running shoes … but he wants me to start WALKING more barefoot or zero-drop to start.

  62. Kat says

    My boyfriend has been raving about his zero-drop shoes and how springy they feel. I’d love to be able to keep up with him in speed and in shoes! I’ve stared making the transition to a more minimalist footwear style, but I haven’t gotten any running shoes yet. I’d love to get my hands on a pair of Altra Delilahs!

    Thanks for your review on the shoe, too! It sounds like a fun shoe.

  63. Dana says

    I would love to try this shoe & start minimalist running! Have never before but think it would be a great thing to start- and it would be GREAT to win!

  64. Steel Springs says

    I’ve heard so much about zero drop shoes lately, so I’d like to give them a try. Plus, my mother-in-law just read Born to Run and has been asking me a lot about minimalist running (which I know very little about), so maybe I’d better start researching and trying it!

  65. Cierra says

    I would like to try the shoes because I do a lot of walks (ie: autism speaks, Jdrf and breast cancer) and those are pretty long and my feet get tired easily. Thanks for the chance to try them!

  66. says

    I’m back to running after some ITB fun. I’ve been running in Free 3.0, but the toe box is really narrow, would love to try these!~

  67. says

    You know, I don’t know the difference really between these and Newtons (other than flexibility and Newtons have that thing on the bottom) but they both claim to be zero drop. I think, from my limited research, that seems to be the smart way to barefoot run.
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  68. Mel says

    I’ve been running with minimalist shoes and actually running barefoot on the treadmill during times when I couldn’t find shoes to fit…I’ve been unable to wear a lot of the different barefoot shoes for the road because of either toe restrictions or how the insole hits my arch – causing bruising and a lot of discomfort. I’m curious about the Delilah Altra Zeros because you can remove the insole and they seem to have the most positive reviews.

  69. says

    As a massage therapist who is recovering from a horrible accident. (split open my gastrocnemius and soleus muscles in a rock accident in yosemite) I have been re-learning to walk and also counseling clients about proper running form and strong feet. After talking it over with my PT I’ve decided to try out minimalist foot-ware. Love what I’ve heard about the Delilahs and would love to have the experience in them to recommend to clients as well.

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