By shon (Sulphur Springs, TX) on Mar 6, 2013
This shoe fits me almost perfect...I'm a EE foot, but Altra's shoe shape is a workable one for me. Having said that, If Altra would make a E or EE width shoe I would wear that instead. I love zero drop and all there is about the sole of the shoe. I am coming up on 300 miles and only have one complaint, (hence the 4.5 stars.) The mesh covering around the toe box is of sub-par material, and began to break down very quickly. It does not hinder the way the shoe runs or fits, but it's ugly to look at. I'm at the point where I may just rip the pieces off that I can, and just keep running. If Altra would replace this material, it would be the PERFECT shoe for me...as is, its still head and shoulders above the competition in my opinion.
A downgrade from the 1.0
By Endre (Cambridge, MA) on Jun 29, 2014
First, I loved the original instincts. I even had 3 pairs of them. The only down side to the original instincts was the life of the sole.
The 1.5's are worse in so many ways. First, the hindfoot is narrower which puts pressure on the side of the foot from heel to midfoot. Second, the material is less flexible on the side. You would think this would make the shoe give more support but it only ends up putting more pressure on the instep and side. Third, the mesh material is very plastic-like and has been tearing apart on me. Multiple areas have small holes. Finally, the shoe construction itself is shoddy. This is my second pair (returned the first pair because I thought I had gotten a dud). The Front black strip stitching is coming apart day by day.
Now, I use these shoes for everything. I do light runs in them (under 5miles) and I use them for work. I'm a massage therapist. I do a lot of pivoting and lunging but seeing as how the original instincts held up great to this type of wear and tear, I don't see why these should not have.