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.
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
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 random.org select a winner next Tuesday, May 15.
Disclaimer: Altra Zero gave me these shoes to try for free. All expressed opinions are my own.