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Best Altra shoes for Men who land on the middle of their foot

The Utah-based Altra helped popularize the zero heel-to-toe drop movement. As it's evolved, Altra has become one of the most popular and best reviewed running brands on the planet. Now making everything from minimal to maximal running shoes, racing to walking shoes, Altra continues its drive toward the upper echelon of the running shoe world.

From Chi-Running to natural running, many run coaches have been touting the benefit of midfoot running over the past decade. Midfoot running means landing on the center of your foot--not the front (forefoot) or back (heel). Many advocates say this is the natural way to run, and the way humans would be running if our stride wasn't corrupted by hard pavement and clunky shoes. However, because not all running shoes tailor to midfoot runners, people who land in the middle of their foot have to find the right shoe meant for this type of stride.

Altra One 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Spacious toe box
  • The zero drop and the wide toe box for maximum toe splay on those long runs!
  • Toe box that allows room to move appropriately

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with runner's knee/patellar tendinitis.

Altra One 2

Altra Instinct 3.0

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Very comfortable
  • The toe box, which allows my toes to splay.
  • Zero drop and wide toe box! Cushion

Altra Instinct 3.0

Altra Provision 2.5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Toe room
  • Are comfortable, and help with calve pain
  • Zero drop

Altra Provision 2.5

Altra Instinct 1.5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Light, flexible, wide toe box
  • Light zero-drop sole.
  • Cushion

Altra Instinct 1.5

Altra Paradigm

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Roomy toe box and zero drop
  • Combination of Max cushion and zero drop
  • Wide feet

Altra Paradigm

Altra Lone Peak 2.5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • wide toe box
  • zero drop
  • Durability and toe box

Altra Lone Peak 2.5

Altra Torin 2.5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • cushioning, foot shape and zero drop
  • space for my toes
  • Flexible

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints.

Altra Torin 2.5

Altra Torin 2.0

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The amount of cushioning is comfortable
  • Wide forefoot
  • Wide toe box and cushion

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and runner's knee/patellar tendinitis.

Altra Torin 2.0

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