Altra Superior 1.5 Review

Altra Superior 1.5

This is the first zero-drop shoe that I’ve ever tried (the heel and forefoot are the same distance from the ground). However, in the past, I’ve worn several pairs with a 4mm drop and this didn’t feel that much different. In fact, I think you could adapt to these pretty quickly, particularly on a trail surface.

Altra Superior 1.5 Top

When I first looked at them, I thought they looked ridiculously wide. Rest assured, they are not. In fact, when I put them on, I found them to have a slipper-like feel that was rather nice. They weren’t too wide at all, although I’d say they are pretty comparable to a 2E width in other shoes. Also, I think they fit just a tiny bit on the small size with regard to length. I’m not sure if you would have to size up or not, I think it would depend on the individual wearer.

Altra Superior 1.5 Side

Both the heel and the forefoot measure 18mm – a zero drop.

These shoes weigh about 11.5 oz (size 10). This seems proportional to what you get with the shoe in terms of features.

Altra Superior 1.5 Bottom

There is a decent tread on the bottom but nothing amazing. It would certainly be suitable for most trail surfaces. I didn’t have an opportunity to try them on a wet surface, but I got the impression they might be a little slippery. Finally, there is a removable “Stone Guard.” This is nice, as several comparable shoes have opted to go without any type of rock plate.

Pros:

– they have a very comfortable fit
– they felt very well-made
– they have a removable rock plate
– they now come with a gaiter trap

Cons:

– this is an update to Altra’s “performance trail shoe” – with that being said, I think anything over 11 oz is too heavy for racing
– not really a con, but zero-drop does take some getting used to – therefore, this isn’t a shoe that you can purchase and race in next week

The Altra Superior 1.5 is currently available at Running Warehouse for $105.

The Altra Superior 1.5 is currently available at Zappos:

Aster at ShopStyle
Glo at ShopStyle

The Altra Superior 1.5 is also currently available at Amazon:

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4 Responses to Altra Superior 1.5 Review

  1. dnardi710 says:

    I have a pair of these coming my way soon so I’m really excited to try them out! I’ve never run in a zero drop shoe but I’ve always wanted to try one, I’m interested to see how it feels and how I adjust to it – I know I felt the difference even going from 12mm to 8mm so I’ll really need to take it slow in these!

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