In January, I went to visit Andrew Gordon from The Running Shop on George Street. Andrew and I have known each other for a few years and I have spent time in the shop previously talking about all things shoes, feet and running! Now you all know I am not a runner, but do spend many hours on my feet in clinic and treat many a runner’s foot, nails and lower limb conditions.
Januaryâs Running Shop visit saw me introduced to the Altra Shoes, relatively new to the UK and co-designed by podiatristsâ¦*squeal* obviously I think this is just pure genius and after Andrew and I spoke about these shoes, he kindly gave me a pair to try out! From the comfortable fit, to the stylish design, everything about these shoes makes me want to wear them ALL the time! I trialled the Altra Womenâs Torin 3.0 and hereâs what I thoughtâ¦
These shoes have a zero drop, which in shoe speak means that the heel is the same height off the ground that the forefoot is. Most shoes have a 12mm drop, but with zero drop there is no height difference. Zero drop generally allows the foot to sit in a more natural position, which is optimal for running long distances and therefore reducing the risk of injuries. Â As I was not used to wearing zero drop shoes, I found that for the first couple of day my calves were being stretched more than normal and a little uncomfortable, but after the initial Â changeover period I felt no more discomfort in the calves.
In addition, the shape of the toe box on the Altras (the bit where your toes sit in the shoe) is a lot more roomy, giving the toes space to function more freely. With most other running shoes, you will find that the toe box is pointy in shape which means you often have to go up at least half a shoe size.
The Torin 3.0 shoe is designed to have a high level of cushioning inbuilt. This made sense to me, as it truly felt like I was walking on pillows, even when walking on uneven ground I did not feel the rough terrain as much as I would normally. Adding to the design of the shoe, the tread is very cleverly constructed to flex at the same point on the foot that you would naturally flex.
All in all, I couldnât recommend these shoes highly enough. I admit that these are a pricey shoe, but for me if you are going to spend money on something it would be as well to be good footwear. It will pay off in the long run with low injury rate and a foot that can function fully without constrictions.
To get your own pair of Altraâs, I suggest heading to see Andrew, he will keep you right! If you have any questions for me or Andrew, join us for the March #AskAmy Facebook Live on Wednesday, 7th March at 7pm which will be held in the Running Shop. #amymacpod