Want to experiment with a “natural” shoe? This reviewer says this option feels “luscious.”
RUNNING SHOE: Altra Provision + Provisioness 1.5
Category: Minimal, Neutral/Guidance
Best for: Running, Trail Running, Fitness/cross training
Weight: 9.5 oz. (men’s size 9); 8.5 oz. (women’s size 8)
Heel-to-toe drop: 0 mm (aka “zero drop”)
Heights: 24 mm (heel), 24 mm (forefoot)
Fit: The men’s Provision and women’s Provisioness continue the tradition of Altra’s footshape-designed shoes that have a snug heel and midfoot fit and an extra roomy toe box.
Feel: Light, low and luscious. A “zero-drop” everyday training shoe with a sensible amount of cushioning and protection, it offers plenty of feel for the ground while allowing a runner’s foot to sit level at the mid-stance stage of a stride. (An added bonus is a removable stability wedge that offers additional medial support with 5 mm of added foam.)
Ride: One of the consummate modern minimal shoes, the Provision/Provisioness serves up a smooth, low-to-the-ground ride without the pounding common to most “barely there” shoes. The more efficient your stride, the more you’ll reap the benefits of this shoe’s unique design features and low-profile construction.