THE ALL NEW SOLSTICE FROM ALTRA
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STOP, DROP, AND GO!
Just a casual walk to see how these feel…
Wow, my toes feel really comfortable, maybe just a brisk walk here….
Ok, these are feather-light, lemme try out a jog….
Screw it! Time to sprint FULL SPEED. This feels so natural, am I even wearing shoes!?
And it’s really like that. Or, at least, it was for me the first time I took a hit of, er, I mean, put on the new Altra Solstice.
If you are already a fan of Altra, this undeniable desire-to-run is probably a familiar feeling. If you’re a newbie to the running shoe brand, the unconventional shape and stance Altra is known for, purposely recalls a human’s natural postures and gait.
I’m a huge fan of zero drop (The distance from your heel to the ground is the same as your toe to the ground). It just makes sense to me. Growing up as a multi-sport athlete, I was always taught to be up on the balls of my feet, known as “athletic position”. Being caught sitting back on my heels equated to slowness, therefore, wearing ramped shoes (more cushoining in the heel than the toe), seemed counter-intuitive. Knowing this, why would I want to run in high-heels? I still remember the first time I wore a running shoe with an 13mm drop, it threw my posture all out of whack and absolutely destroyed my low back.
On the flip side, runners who try switching to Altra from a high-heeled running shoe often complain of sore calves and achilles…. Well, yeah, because the back of your legs have gotten used to being over-shortened and now you’re actually using them correctly, so… congratulations? Yes, if you are making the transition from running in high-heels (8mm+ drop) to zero drop, there’s a bit of a learning curve, but trust me, it’s worth it.
Clearly you can see my bias, so let me check myself before I wreck myself, and offer this disclaimer: Altra is not for everybody. As I mentioned earlier, I am an athlete and don’t have any postural issues. If you have “flat feet” or extreme pronation issues (knees caving in), I wouldn’t suggest Altra for you. I would suggest, however, that you hit the weight room and strengthen your glutes and hamstrings, but that’s an entirely different issue and blog post.
ALL-DAY AND ALL-NIGHT
Ok, off my pedestal, and on to the specifics of the all-new Solstice. These shoes look good burning up the road, or paired with a pair of casual jeans. All-day and all-night the Solstice delivers. That’s why they’re named Solstice… the summer solstice has the longest day, the winter solstice has the longest night. You get to have both. Get it now?? All Altra shoes perform, but the extreme “foot-shape” of some models can look somewhat clownish. These ones, however, rank very low on the Nerd-scale™ that I just developed to rate running shoes that clearly favor function and sacrifice style. With the Solstice, I feel fast when I’m on the move, and look sleek when I’m just kickin’ around. Best of both worlds. Your cake and the ability to eat it, or something like that. All day and all night, ya dig?
If you have yet to try a zero-drop running shoe, I encourage you to let the Solstice be your gateway drug. Lace em up and sprint it out, or dress em up and relax in comfortable style. Just don’t be surprised if you quickly become addicted, and develop a taste for more Altra. There’s currently no rehab program in place for this drug, but don’t worry, they don’t test for this PED. When others ask where you got your all-day, all-night high, tell them JackRabbit is your dealer.
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