Not so much.
I ran in them and ran in them all last week. I even wore them to work a couple of times hoping it would help break them in.
No bueno. I was so sad. I felt so let down.
They rubbed on my achilles. The left foot rubbed on the base of my big toe and the ball of my right foot hurt under my big toe. They felt loose in the heels. I tried lacing them different ways to no avail.
So I took them back. They looked at them with me and yes they were the correct size for my feet. The store took them back and we started on a mission to find me some shoes!
First I tried the Saucony Virattas. They are beautiful. I wanted to love them. I really wanted to love them, but they rubbed funny on my arches. I ran a quarter of a mile in them and it just didn't feel right. My feet were not in love.
Next up I tried the Brook Pure Cadence, these felt better, but still seemed a bit more in the arches than I wanted after another quarter of a mile. I was leaning towards getting these ones at this point.
I tried something from Asics Gel-Lyte line and those were okay but I just didn't love. I went out and ran another quarter of a mile just to see how they felt. There was no instant connection. I love my Pure Flow 1s and I want to love my next shoe too. Of course they were all out of 1s.
Then they remembered the new shoe they had just got in last week. So I tried it on and even before I ran a quarter of a mile in them I was in love with how they felt on my feet. It was like love at first step. My feet seemed to be saying "this is the one I want to be with".
So what were they?
Altra Torins! I loved them so much I got them in the black and blue and the pink.
I even ran my half marathon last Saturday in them after only running two miles in them on Friday.
I was a little worried about doing it, but decided hey you only live once! They felt good. I hope the love continues. They are a zero drop, the first ones I have ever had, but I have ran two more times in them and still love them.
I had actually really wanted the Intuitions after doing online research on them, but since my favorite local running store didn't have them I went with the Torins. Not sad I did.
|Intuitions (aren't they pretty!)|
They just came out with these shoes called the One. They are designed for speed work and racing. I think I need them!
|I hope no one really tried to roll over the pictures to zoom, because you can't. Images were from altrazerodrop.com|
Seriously was not paid or bribed to do this post. This is my new shoe love.
As a total Altra type side note, earlier in January I was contacted by someone claiming to be a representative of Altra and he wanted to do a guest post on my blog. He offered to send me a pair of Altras even. I never heard from him again despite attempting to contact him several times. So sad, I had really wanted to try the Altras.
I finally contacted the company who claimed to not have anyone by that name working for them. I sent them my email chains. I also contacted another blogger who had much the same experience with the "representative" I did. I googled the guys name Mathew Kyle, and found he had done quite a few guest posts on blogs.
I haven't heard from Altra again either.
Just curious who else was contacted by him and what their experience was with the mysterious guest blogger who claimed to be from Altra that they denied knowing.