By MapleSlab (Northeast) on (May 9, 2013)
Comments: I bought the 1.0's as my first minimalist shoe. Soon thereafter I began an 18 week marathon plan. The shoes had minimal to no appreciable wear evident. They fit great, cushioned well, and probably would have lasted through my second marathon. As a reward I bought the 1.5's and began my second 18 week training plan for a recent marathon. The shoe performed near identical in terms of cushioning and fit, however they did wear more than the 1.0's. The sole began to wear through and the upper had identical tears in both left and right shoes. With that said, none of the issues with the 1.5's were detrimental to performance and in both cases the shoes lasted over 600 miles...so neither was disappointing. In fact both are great! With that said I will briefly mention that I have tried two other pairs of minimalist shoes. I bought and returned a pair of New Balance 10's...they rubbed and cut the back of my heals. They were also paper thin on the foot bottoms. Altra taught me that I like cushioning...just minimalist drop from heel to toe. Paper thin soles are not for me. The other shoe I still own and use are Nike Free 3.0's. They have a 4mm drop and I mix them in for shorter distances (10 miles and under). They are lighter, but they flex more (less structure). My foot gets stronger in them, but I break down after 10 miles. The Altra's take all the long distance and that is what I need.