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Altra Shoes Review

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


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December 14, 2016

It seems that most of the Altra shoes have considerable toe spring. Is this something that’s changed recently?

December 14, 2016
Natural Footgear

Hi, Dave,

Thank you for your question. We’ve found that there is far less toe spring (in most cases, none at all) in the actual shoes compared to what’s depicted in the product images. Altra shoes are truly flat, zero drop shoes—at least all the models that we’ve tested and offered on our site.

Marty Hughes, DC

October 22, 2018
Kate Lalone

Is there a specific Altra women’s shoe that’s good for walking with plantar fasciitis?

October 22, 2018
Natural Footgear

Hi, Kate,

Thank you for your comment. I’m sorry to hear that you’re dealing with plantar fascia pain.

Altra shoes are known for their wide toe box and zero drop sole, and most of the models that Altra offers—at least as of today—possess these two key design features. The stack height of the shoes varies from model to model. We prefer Altra models with the lowest possible stack height and the widest possible toe box. Altra changes up their offerings on a fairly regular basis, so it might be worth checking in with them directly to see which models satisfy those criteria. Those are likely to be your best bets in terms of shoes (from Altra) to help address your plantar fascia pain. You can find other helpful options here:

Correct Toes toe spacers are another important consideration in addressing plantar fascia pain:

Here are some resources for you from our site that discuss plantar fasciosis and how to approach it from a natural perspective:

Plantar Fasciitis or Fasciosis?:

Heat or Ice for Plantar Fasciosis?:

Plantar Fasciosis: Conventional vs. Natural Approaches:

I hope this info helps! Please let us know if you have any additional questions.

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

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