Friday, December 13, 2013

ALTRA Shoe Giveaway: Children Welcomed!

I am so excited to be able to talk to you about Altra  Zero Drop Shoes.  Yes, there is a giveaway coming, but before you scroll right down to the Rafflecopter, please give me a minute of your time so you can learn a bit about these unique shoes. These aren't your ordinary running shoes!


I had an opportunity to meet with the founder of Altra Drop Zero shoes and see why they are so unique.  I also got to try out different pairs of Altras and I was gifted a pair that worked best for me!

                                               Picture Courtesy of Janet Oberholtzer
I am debating between the Intuitions ( on my right) and the Torins (on my left).

What makes the Altra Zero Drop shoe different than most other running shoes is that the heel is not elevated. Most running shoes are built on a 2 to 1 ratio, meaning they are twice as thick in the heel as they are in the forefoot.   If you are a lady, you know the implications of wearing high heeled shoes all your life, right? Well even though I am going to extremes with this analogy, you are essentially doing the same thing when you are running in a shoe with the 2 to 1 ratio. Your heel is elevated when you run.

The Altra Zero Drop Shoes are built on a 1:1 ratio, meaning the heel and the forefoot are at the same level.  This allows your body to run naturally, as if you were barefoot. 

Because your heel and forefoot are the same distance off the ground you will experience less heel strike, you will reduce the impact on your joints, and will help with form and body posture.

All of these things combined means less injuries!

But wait, that's not all!

Another unique aspect of Altra's design is the foot box! the foot box is actually designed like the outline of a foot. This design allows your toes to actually spread out when you run ( like they are naturally suppose to do)! 
 
Some say that the shape of the Altra shoes is funny looking because they are so wide. I guess this could be the case  with some of the models, but I chose the Intuitions and I personally don't think they look funny at all.

 
 
When you do get your new Altras, you do need to proceed with caution! You are not going to put these shoes on and go for a 10 mile run !  Altra actually recommends  that you start wearing them on your easy runs, and then rotate them  with your  old running shoes for the first couple of weeks.   The reason for this is because  if you are not use to the  zero drop, you will start to feel it in your calves.  These shoes are actually helping to build calf strength too.  I admit, my lower claves were sore the first couple of times I ran in these shoes, but just like anything, it takes your body time to adjust to it. In the long run, I think these shoes are making my legs stronger! Another thing I want to mention about these shoes is that I feel that they run small. I normally wear a size 6 running shoe and I had to get a size 6.5 in these Intuitions. Truth be told, I probably could have even went to a size 7, but I have never worn a 7 in any shoe before and I was a bit skeptical about increasing my size by that much. But so far  the 6.5 has worked for me. I  received these shoes in October and started doing smaller runs in them. In November I ran my first race in them ( The Disney Jingle Jungle 5K) and then in December I did 13.1 miles in them.
 
Another great thing about Altra  ( as if you weren't sold on them already, right?), is that they really care about  kids feet too!  If you think it is important for adult runners to have the proper shoes, then just think about how important it is for kids  who's feet are still developing.
 
 
Since many of our readers are Run Disney fans and some even have children that are starting to participate in the Run Disney races too, Altra has agreed to let the winner of our giveaway decide if they want to receive a free pair of shoes for themselves or for their child. Isn't that cool?
 
So will you be choosing a pair of these:
                                                                             Altra kid's shoes
 
Or will you be choosing something from the adult line?  Click Here to See All Adult Shoes
 
*I was gifted a free pair of ALTRA running shoes but all opinions are completely my own.
 
 
Enter using the Rafflecopter and  remember that When you make a comment, make sure you check off that option on the Rafflecopter so your entry counts.  Once a comment is made, there are several more ways to earn entries, feel free to do them all, or just the ones you feel comfortable with. Giveaway will close Thursday (12/19) at Midnight so a winner can be announced on Friday's Blog Post!
 
Thank you and Good Luck!
 
 

100 comments:

  1. I'd probably pick the intuitions!

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  2. I've had my eye on the Torin. I have a pair of the Lone Peaks and I love them! My feet have never been happier.

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  3. I love the thought of letting my toes spread out! I would choose the Provisioness 1.5

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    1. These shoes are perfect for letting the toes spread out as you run. You would be very please with these!

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  4. Oh how cool! I would go for the Provisioness maybe... would have to see which is best for my feet!

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  5. I would love to try these out! I want to see how the toe box is as I have trouble with my feet being squished when I run.

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  6. I would pick the Torins in the black and green most likely but I like them all

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  7. I've seen these in stores, but have never asked about them or read about them. They sound really cool, and love the fact that they strength calves! Definitely want to give them a try!

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  8. I'd pick the 3-Sum. Looks like a great shoe.

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  9. I'd pick a pair for one of my boys!

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  10. Very cool shoes! I have large feet (women's 11) so I would be interested in seeing how these fit. I also have some overpronation. Hope I can try them one day!

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  11. Oh I absolutely love what Altra is doing. Pick me pick me!

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  12. I'd probably pick the Torin, since it says one of it's purposes is to reduce shin splints, and I have issues with those. While I don't have a child, I think it's awesome that the company realizes they need "real" running shoes as well!

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  13. I'd probably pick the Torin. I like the idea of my toes having more room. I sometimes get bad toe cramps during training and maybe more room would cut down on those instances.

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  14. What a neat idea - I love the idea of a wider toe box!

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  15. I have been eyeing the Altra Provisioness for MONTHS. I really want to try them, hoping they'll solve my issue of not being able to find shoes that actually help my feet :(

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  16. love the color,I would choose the intuitions

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  17. I love all of the colors! I'd probably choose the intuitions because I like the style!

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  18. I've been going more and more minimalist - so I'd love to try a pair of Altras. I'm going to try on a few pairs at my local running store before deciding. But these just went on my list to Santa. I've got a LOT of races in Jan- March and I need more shoes! -DisneyBride

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  19. I like the intuitions, but the kids shoes are great!

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  20. I've been eyeing Torin's for a VERY long time! You were not kidding about being an amazing giveaway! Score!

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  21. I would pick the intuitions!

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  22. I love my torins, I am currently recovering from tibial plateau surgery and would love a new pair to get me back out there in 36 days!

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  23. I'd pick the Provisioness 1.5.

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  25. I would like to try the Provisioness 1.5, but the trail shoes would be great, too!

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  26. Love the idea! I'd take whichever ones keep me running :)

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  27. Provisioness 1.5 sounds like the perfect pair for me!

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  28. I like the Provisioness 1.5 as well.

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  29. Oh man, I've been wanting a pair of Altra's for a while now! What an amazing giveaway!

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  30. The blue and black Torins look awesome! I'd love to give them a try!

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  31. I tried to leave a comment from my phone, but I"m not sure if it posted or not. So, doing another one JUST to make sure. I would love to try these shoes since I am experiencing severe heel pain.

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  32. I would pick the Pink Torin :) http://www.altrazerodrop.com/fitness/en/Altra/Women/torin-womens

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  33. Oooh, I really want to try Altras, because my toes take a beating in most every shoe I try!

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  34. Thanks for such a clear explanation about why these shoes are so different - I've seen them around but had no idea why they were special. Now I know, and now I would love to try out a pair!

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  35. Oh and I'd pick the intuitions. :)

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  36. Brandy Z (aka Bayb Heart on Fb)December 14, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Provisioness for me!

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  37. I would pick the Lone Peak 1.5. I really like those. thank you for the chance.

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  38. I haven't heard much about Altra. I'd like to try these. I'd pick the 3 some.

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  39. I bought these shoes (the Intuition) a couple weeks ago and love them! I come from barefoot running on the beach, so it really helped me transition nicely to pavement. The only downside is I'm short with big feet, so I look a bit like a clown wearing them. lol! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  40. Since they don't go up to my size (12.5 - 13 in women's) I'd have to go with the men's. I really like them though! The Torin with the extra cushion would be right up my alley.

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  41. I like the Torin adult shoe for myself! My kids are a bit too young yet to have them :)

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  42. I have Morton's Neuroma in both my feet and I tie my shoes very lose to help. The Provisioness 1.5 would be wonderful!

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  43. I would love to have a pair of the Torin shoes.

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  44. I would loooove to try these! Probably Intuitions!

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  45. I have been wanting a pair for some time! Cant decide which ones!!

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  46. I have been wanting a pair for some time! Cant decide which ones!!

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  47. Great review/giveaway! I'd pick the Torin's. My friend wears these and loves them!

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  48. i like the intuition shoes!

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  49. I've ALWAYS wanted to try Altra, but I'm bad about trying new shoes. I'd get the provioness cuz I need some stablity

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  50. I've been considering the Provisioness (I'm a mild overpronator), or the Torin. What an amazing giveaway, thank you!

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  51. I would probably pick the intuitions based on the information presented here

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  52. I've been dying to try a pair of Altra, but its hard to step out and buy a pair of shoes if you have no experience with them. I fall into buying things for habit a lot. I would likely pick the Intuitions.

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  53. I would probably pick the Provisioness

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  54. I would like the Instinct 1.5s. The orange and black ones look awesome.

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  55. Provisioness or Lone Peak 1.5, cool looking shoes, like the wide toebox

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  56. the torins look nice.... but I would try any of them

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  57. These shoes look awesome - I'm not sure which I'd try!!

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  58. I would LOVE another pair of the intuitions. :D

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  59. I'd probably pick the intuitions

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  60. Would love to win a pair of these.

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  61. Would probably go with the Torin's

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  62. I would get them for my six year old who has just started running with me this year.

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  63. Provisioness sounds great to non boxed in toes and arch support!

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  64. I wouldlove to get the Altra Zero Drop shoes! They look so comfortable and stylish too!

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  65. Adult Lone Peak! Kids still too small

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  66. i would love to try Altra Zero Drop Footwear Provisioness 1.5

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  67. I would go with the Provisioness 1.5 or the Lone Peaks for some trail work!

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  68. My wife would love these! http://www.altrazerodrop.com/fitness/en/Altra/Women/torin-womens

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  69. I would love the blue/black torin!

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