The Instinct Jr.


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Allow your little runner to develop healthy feet with the new Instinct Jr.™. Many foot problems such as bunions, plantar fasciitis, bone deformities and arch problems begin in childhood from shoes that deform and weaken the feet by raising the heels, squeezing the toes, and pushing up in the arch. The Instinct Jr. is the only youth shoe to feature a cushioned Zero Drop™ platform and a youth-specific foot-shaped toe box. This unique combination places the foot in the same natural position it would be in without a shoe on. This allows the feet to develop strong, natural muscles and proper bone structure to set your little runner up for a lifetime of healthy, happy running!

Technical Stuff

  • Designed To Promote: Proper Running Technique, Low Impact Landing, Healthy Foot Development
  • Platform: Zero Drop™ Platform, Foot-Shaped Toe Box, Performance NRS - Natural Ride System
  • Weight: 6.1 oz.
  • Stack Height: 17 mm
  • Insole: 5 mm Foot Strengthening
  • Outsole: CheckerPod™ Rubber
  • Upper: Quick Dry, Abrasion-Resistant Mesh with Minimal Seams

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Customer Reviews for the The Instinct Jr.

Everything I wanted in a youth shoe!
By RunGal on Nov 7, 2013
Average Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
I absolutely love the Instinct Jr! It's extremely difficult to find zero drop shoes for kids, period. We needed to find a zero drop, lightly cushioned shoe that would hold up to the extensive wear & tear that kids put on their shoes. I couldn't be happier with the Altra Instinct Jr. It's made of the... (Read more)
Comfortable and mostly tough
By pinkfroggrrl on Nov 14, 2013
Average Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
I bought these for my son so he could experience the joy of Zero Drop footwear. I run in Altras, why should I have all the fun? He has commented on how comfortable they are. The tab at the heel, which is supposed to be for running up hills, tore off already and the darker gray portion of the toe i... (Read more)
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