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Best Altra shoes for Men who prefer neutral support

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.

Neutral runners tend to have their arches ever so slightly collapse inward when they run. Their arches are neither flat nor high, but somewhere in between. They require neither stability nor much cushion. What these neutral runners do need, however, is a shoe designed for them. They key is a lack of medial support on neutral running shoes: with such support, neutral runners would be pushed too far outward, leading to injuries. Luckily, every major running brand makes (at least a few) neutral shoes, which can be used from the track to the trail.

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 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

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 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 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

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