Altra Zero Drop – Intuition 1.5 Review & GIVEAWAY!

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

Thank you for everyone who participated and to Entrix Sports for the donation. If you’re interested in purchasing a pair of Altra Intuition’s for yourself or learning more about them please visit the US site or the Canadian site.

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For those of you that have been reading me for a while now, you may recall that I was lucky enough to win my first pair of Altra Intuition‘s from the sweetest Beth when the shoes first made their debut in the running world.

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So needless to say when Jeremy at Altra got me in touch with his Canadian distributor Chris from Entrix Sports and sent me the Altra Intuition 1.5 to review I was stoked!

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I couldn’t wait to see how the Intuition 1.5’s stacked up as not only a zerodrop shoe but also as the zerodrop running shoe I had grown to love.

ALTRA INTUITION 1.5: 

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  • ZeroDrop™ Platform with Full Cushioning
  • Weight: 7.7oz
  • Midsole: 12mm; Dual Layer EVA with A-Bound Top Layer
  • Outsole: 4.5 mm FootPod Outsole
  • Total Stack Height: 22mm
  • 2 included insoles: 5mm Sculpted and 3mm Strengthen
  • Upper: Quick Dry Air Mesh
  • Liner: Full Length Seamless inner lining with Premium Drilex Collar Lining
  • Asymmetric Lacing
  • Other Features: Innovative Foot-Shaped Design, Female-Specific Design

[from their website]

What does ZeroDrop mean?

  • Zerodrop shoes place your forefoot and your heel at the exact same height. Unlike your traditional runners that place extra cushioning on the heel (usually at a 2:1 ratio), allowing you to run improperly, the zerodrop has even cushioning along the entire foot bed, enabling your feet to feel protected while allowing natural running performance.

zero-drop [zero drop on the men’s original Instinct from the website]

The Foot-Shaped Toe Box:

  • Whenever someone would comment on my Altras shape I used to tell them that their wide-toe box was one of the main features that set Altra apart, however it’s not that their toe-box is wide, it’s that it’s shaped like a FOOT! 
  • The toe box allows your forefoot and toes to act as they would while barefoot. Toes can splay naturally and as your foot swells while running there’s plenty of room. The ride is always comfortable and allows for better performance by maximizing shock absorption and thus better toe off.

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[foot in shoe comparison from the website]

Gender Specific Design:

  • Altra has thought of everything! Let me tell you both Colin and I run in Altras and there are sex specific changes that Altra has made that allow their shoes to perform optimally for each gender. Altra said Goodbye to the “Shrink it – Pink it!” technique that other companies do and has made their shoes with a females foot in mind. 
  • Parts that I’ve noticed specifically are the narrower heel (when comparing them to my husband instincts) and extra cushioning where I need it.

gender-specific[female specific design from the website]

The Transition:

I won’t lie to you, after a year of learning to run in a “high heel” cushioning shoe, switching over to a zerodrop shoe proved difficult. I wasn’t prepared for my pace to slow down at first or my feet to hurt as they learned to run properly and built up their strength.

Thankfully the Altra Intuition makes the journey to healthier running easy, it’s the most comfortable shoe that my foot has ever had the pleasure of running in. It’s slipper-like feel attracted me enough that I decided to continue to incorporate them into my shorter runs and eventually I was running in the original Intuition for all of my runs excluding long runs.

After my tried and tested regular “high heel shoes” began giving me issues I decided to fully commit to my Altras. I started slowly building up with the new 1.5’s for my LSD runs and now I can comfortably do a half marathon distance in them.

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[from Christina’s Post]

If you’re interested in how the transition process takes place Altra not only has all the information on their website but also right on the box when you get them!!

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What’s Different?

  • The biggest changes made in the female Intuition & the male Instinct 1.5 compared to the originals were made to the upper part of the shoe. Looks wise the shoes got a whole lot sexier! They also made the fabric lighter taking some weight off and adding to the breathability of the shoe. They adjusted cushioning and overall fine-tuned everything allowing for an awesome toe off and a faster feel. 

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What I liked:

  • Slipper-like feel 
  • Great support while running.
  • Full cushioning for a comfy ride even on concrete.
  • Two-foot bed options: support with arch and strengthening for flat. I liked that I could use the support insole at first and then switch over to the strengthening one as my feet toughened up.

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  • Foot-shaped toe box <— this really is my favourite feature!
  • Nice grip on outside sole for most surfaces, even snow. (not great on ice)
  • Excellent balance – comfy cushioning while still providing a natural running feel.
  • Longer wear than most minimalist shoes.
  • Lighter and more comfortable than the previous model.
  • Flexible sole! allowing that natural running feel.

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What I didn’t love:

  • Sizing of the 1.5 is about a 1/4 – 1/2 inch bigger than the previous model. I wish this was specified on their site. I was an 8 1/2 in the original intuition and these 8 1/2’s feel a bit too big. (though it should be noted that Altras are designed to fit bigger than your average runner) 

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The Bottom Line:

The Altra Intuition 1.5 is the best of both worlds; a minimalist shoe with the cushioning you get from your traditional neutral runner. This is a great shoe for anyone looking to start running properly or for a seasoned runner that wants to make the switch to a minimalist shoe but enjoys the added cushioning available in the Intuition/Instinct. If you’re someone that has forefoot pain, shin injuries or blacken toenails you should really try to grab a pair of Altras. Your feet won’t know what happened – This is BY FAR the most comfortable shoe I’ve ever tried on. I would recommend them to anyone!

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I definitely can’t see myself running in anything else. Once you get through all the transitioning your speed comes back and running feels easier and more efficient.

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Chris at Entrix Sports was nice enough to offer one of you lucky readers a pair of your very own! Both the Intuition 1.5 and the Instinct 1.5 are expected to be fully stocked by the end of the month! you can now get them in CANADA!!! get excited :) I know I am!!!

To Enter: 

Additional Entries: (leave a separate comment for each)

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*GIVEAWAY CLOSES Sunday February 24th at 10PM EST a winner will be randomly drawn and posted on Monday the 25th.* Open to Canadian and US residents only. 

* Giveaway was edited but all previous entries are valid *

288 thoughts on “Altra Zero Drop – Intuition 1.5 Review & GIVEAWAY!

  1. I have been just DYING to try Altras. I am in a bad shoe place right now… I was running happily in simple shoes (Reebok YourFlex) for about 6 months. No pain anywhere. Then in a non-running-related episode, I tore my medial meniscus and ended up in physical therapy — luckily I am still able to run while it heals! But my therapist was very unhappy with my Reeboks (which were about worn out anyway) and sent me to the local running store to get fitted for more supportive running shoes. They sent me home in a pair of $100 Nikes that really did feel great the first day. But in the three weeks since then, I’ve developed shin splints so bad that yesterday I couldn’t even make it 3 miles. It’s gotta be the shoes, right? Having just dropped $100 on a pair that turned out to not be right for me, I’m so hesitant to spend another $100 even more shoes. I’ve heard SUCH good things about Altras and love the big toe box! Those shoes are exactly the shape of my club-like Fred Flintstone feet. That was a really long story to tell you why I want to try the Altra ZeroDrops! Fingers crossed!

    • I agree! Getting a solid pair of calf compression sleeves (stay tuned for some more giveaways in March 😉 is a good idea) ice, ice and MORE ice! I used to ice my shins both before and after a run until I strengthened my calf muscles enough. bad shins means weak calf muscles. It;s a really common first running injury. Doing some toe walks and calf raises after each run should help :) xo

  2. I shared the giveaway on FB… I’m excited about this. I have slowly been transitioning to more minimalist shoes. I’ve been taking it slow though, taking a step down every time I buy new shoes :)
    I’m a little bit of a chicken, but I’ve read all the research and I know it’s better for your foot. I’ve enjoyed the flexibilty offered from my neutral shoes.

  3. Following Entrix and already like you :)

    OH I am thankful for the review. I have been stalking Altra shoes lately b/c of the wider toe box. I have a ‘sore’ on my left baby toe that rubs in a few of my shoes while running. I usually have to bandaid it before a run!

  4. I’ve been wanting to try zero drop shoes for a while, but have some major issues with my right foot and haven’t wanted to put out the money for a shoe that I won’t be able to wear. I’ve read about these shoes and am really interested in trying them out so would really love to win a pair. Thanks, Ali! Hope your IT band is feeling better.

  5. GREAT giveaway, someone is going to have some awesome new shoes!! I switched to Altra before I ran my first marathon this summer and I’m a HUGE fan. It’s pretty well all I run in now. And I totally agree, they’re SO comfortable and natural feeling on your foot. I haven’t had an injury since I started wearing them!

    Whoever wins these is in for a treat, they’re awesome shoes!

  6. I liked Entrix Sports on Facebook and left a comment asking what stores they distribute Altra Zero Drop to locally since Entrix is located in my city!

  7. After reading your post and going to the Entrix Sports website, I have to admit that I like the Altra Zero Drop shoes because the foot shape of their last reminds me of my Birkenstocks (clogs, sandals) and how the toes can move naturally and not be bunched up in a toe box. My inov-8 trailroc 245’s have fantastic grip, but they give me bunion pain after my run gets to a certain length because there isn’t enough room in the toe box/midfoot.

    • it is very “comfy shoe” esq. I have birks and I guess they are like that lol I love the extra room. Most people actually find the shoes feel too big at first but you quickly learn to LOVE it! :) Good Luck!

  8. Ever since I got back into running I have had IT band issues. :( I went to a physical therapist for a few months which helped, but I would really like to do my body some good and wear Altras to minimize the stress on my IT band and let my body run the way it was designed to.

    • I only got IT band issues after that last long run where I wore my Brooks. Mine since has been bothering me though in the Altras I haven’t noticed it until I hit over 5 miles. It will be interesting to see if they help my IT band injury recover. I’ll keep you posted :)

  9. I’ve been looking forward to a Canadian distributor for the Altras for a long time! As a bigger guy running mainly on the road and hardpack trails, a little additional cushioning in a zero drop format is welcomed. Love my FiveFingers and Minimus, but the Nike Free Sheilds I am using this winter in prep for ATB are not great, and pretty ugly – but water resistant.

    • Me too!!! lol I’ve had my Altras since before even Runner’s World released their debut! lol Colin was lucky enough to get a pair from them but we plan to order from the US and use a mailing addy there. The cost is PRICEY here. I have never been a fan of nike shoes. I love most of their gear but hate their shoes. I was a brooks girl and then switched to Altras. I can’t wait to try their new Torin. It’s got even more cushioning. I think both the Instinct 1.5 and the Torin are great for long runs while maintaining proper natural running technique. :) Good luck!

  10. I visited the Altra website. I would like to try them because they are zero drop but also have cushioning. I run in Merrell barefoot shoes now, and they do not have a lot of cushioning. The Altra’s seem like they would be great for long runs.

  11. I liked Altra on FB! I’ve been checking their website every few days waiting for their new shoes to come out. I’m anxious to try their shoes!

    • The post was edited by request of both companies. I edited the giveaway and stated at the bottom that all previous entries are valid :) so if you’ve already entered by liking Entrix that’s fine. Good luck!

  12. I went to their website. I want to try zero drop shoes because my chronic tibial tendinitis has forced me to change my running gait. I’m doing pretty well with it, but I’m still in shoes with a slight drop that are pretty heavy!

  13. I went to the website. I would like to try these shoes because we have foot problems that run in the family and most shoes make me feet really hurt when I run. I would like to see if these helped at all!

  14. I have been wanting to try a minimalist show and have recently heard about these. I love the wide toe box, I am always having issues with my toes falling asleep or cramping. I think this would be huge to get rid of that issue.

  15. Hey! Nice review! I’ve been dying to test and review a pair of these, haven’t quite been lucky enough to get on their radar yet. I have entered your contest!

    1. I already “like” Altra on FB
    2. I already follow Altra on Twitter
    3. I visited the Entrix Sports Website, way cool! I’ve been dying to try these zero-drop shoes for years, and I would be so grateful to win your contest so I can try them and put up a review on my own site. :)
    4. I shared your giveaway on FB
    5. I have “liked” RwS on FB, and have also subscribed to your posts via email, so I would consider myself now a fan! :)

    Thanks for the review and contest!

    -Trish

    • Hey Trish, thanks for liking the review :) I put a lot of effort into it because I’ve never reviewed shoes before and there’s a lot people like to know :)

      I hate to make you come back here but you get to leave a separate comment for EACH thing. To increase odds :)

  16. Annnnnd I’m dying to try these out! I get a sore toe a LOT and I wonder if the toe box on these would help. My second toe is bigger than my big toe.
    Yeah, I’m one of those 😉
    I hope I win and find an end to my toe troubles!

  17. I had already liked Altras on fb! But have been wanting to try Instincts for a very long time!! I have been a bf runner for 2yrs now.Pick me! Pick me!!

  18. I want to try the Altra Zero Drop shoes for many reasons, but a big seller for me is the foot shaped toe box! No more squished toes!! =)

  19. I want to try the Altra’s because I have trouble with shin splints more than I want to. A zero drop shoe sounds like it could help with shin splints.

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  21. I checked the website out and i want to try because of the foot shaped design. Though I’m a little worried they’ll be a little wide in the heel for me – but I guess we’ll see if I win!

  22. Ah! I did all the things to do on the list last week but forgot to leave all the comments (where is my brain)…
    Thanks for introducting us, I’m ALWAYS on the hunt for the shoe that will finally bring happiness to my feet and hip, just haven’t found it yet.
    SO,
    I like Altra on the facebook (i find it funny when people call it “the fb”).

  23. I’ve checked out the shoes on line, I have tried minimilist(esque) shoes before (nike) and didn’t have much luck with it, my high arches just didn’t love the shoes and no matter how slow I started the pain was too much (but I do use them for walking). So, I would love love to try out these shoes (and with my current student status, I can’t afford any new shoes until I get a job – sadness).

  24. I want want to try Altra ZeroDrop shoes! (yes I meant two wants)
    because I believe they would help me with my running technique. If my running technique improves I would run more. I do love running !

    ronaleeduncan{at}aol{dot}com

  25. I could really use these shoes to possibly help with better my running. My toes go numb & cramp up constantly. I feel like this shoe could help. I would be nice to try something completely different & have my runner bf jealous of my new shoes since he’s always getting new one for free from his job, lol.

    Good Luck Everyone!

  26. I also went to the Entrix sports website. I’d love to win these shoes because the shoes I wear now are killing me!!! Whenever I run longer distances, my side of my big toe hurts becaue my shoes are too narrow at the top. Also, my knee has been hurting lately. It’d be awesome to win shoes that clearly were designed for the shape of feet!

  27. I would like to try Altra shoes because I am still in the phase of running that I am trying to find my favorite pair. I have knee issues and the page said good for protecting the knee (or something like that).

  28. I would LOVE to try these shoes! I have several races and a full marathon in October and would love to pamper my feet while learning to run the RIGHT way, without smashing up my toes or ending up with terrible shin splints or stress fractures :-)

  29. I liked entrix sports on Fb. I also liked your page on Fb. I would like to try these shoes as I am just starting out with running. I am changing my lifestyle to get fit and healthy. These would only help in that journey!

  30. As I recently started running again and my old Reeboks are almost destroyed at this point Id love to try Altra running shoes because with my wide feet I really need a shoe with a more natural feel for your toes

    Littlemamameow at gmail dot com

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