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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 9.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Paradigm 1.5 features reflective overlays in the upper, which wrap the foot snugly while increasing the visibility of the shoe itself in low light conditions.
  • The Quick Dry Air Mesh staves off moisture and maintains a dry & a cool environment for the foot
  • The removable insole has a molded arch that’s great for those who need additional mid-foot support.
  • Most runners noticed the enhanced upper design and shoe durability.
  • Some testers welcomed the comfortable and lightweight nature of the Paradigm 1.5.
  • The modern design and the use of vibrant colors on the upper make this shoe more appealing to many athletes.

3 reasons not to buy

  • This running shoe has a slightly expensive price.
  • The shoe laces are not as long as the original version, according to some reviews.
  • The Paradigm 1.5 runs small.

Bottom line

The Paradigm 1.5 from Altra is a lightweight zero-drop shoe that has plenty of cushioning. Runners were happy with the enhancements of this shoe. This shoe is best for road & trail running and a good option for marathons.


Rankings


Ratings

3.9 / 5 based on 137 ratings

5 star
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4 star
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3 star
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2 star
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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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83 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    lyweight, maximum cushioning without sacrificing stability.

  • 91 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Jeff Valliere • Level 4 expert

    Despite not being much of a zero drop fan, the Paradigm 1.5 felt amazing with Hoka like cushioning, very low weight and a fast and responsive feel.

  • 80 / 100 by Fueled by LOLz • Hollie • Level 4 expert

    I don’t notice the difference in the heel to toe drop and I like the high cushion in the shoe. 

  • 75 / 100 by Fueled by LOLz • Hollie • Level 4 expert

    In conclusion, I do think they are a good shoe for me. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I do like them!

  • 85 / 100 by Ultrarunner Podcast • Eric Schranz • Level 3 expert

    I'd recommend them as post-run shoes, as their slipper-like fit feels great after a tough day on the trails.

  • 81 / 100 by Trail Runner Magazine • Paul Cuno-Booth • Level 3 expert

    The unaggressive tread—wide, shallow lugs and deeper grooves—worked well on mixed-terrain runs that alternated between pavement, dirt and gravel roads and dry, mellow singletrack.

  • 80 / 100 by Competitor Running • Adam Chase • Level 3 expert

    Offers some guidance through an EVA medial flare that is nonintrusive and assists the foot when fatigue hits.

  • 80 / 100 by Endurance Base • Eric Schranz • Level 1 expert

    Overall, if you are focused on road running, and you like Altras and their zero-drop/wide toe box, but you want a little more cushioning, these seem like a pretty good shoe for a pretty fair price.

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Updates to Altra Paradigm 1.5

  • The Altra Paradigm 1.5 made a major update in its upper unit. The upper totally came out in a newer design with durability features. It was designed to give increased breathability and comfort. The toe-box is wide for toe splay and it has new reflective overlays for increased visibility.

Altra Paradigm 1.5 size and fit

The Paradigm 1.5 has a standard running shoe size. This shoe is not ideal for the narrow-footed runners since the forefoot area was a wider compared to its predecessor. However, the heel and midfoot maintains the standard measurements. This shoe is available in standard widths of D for the men’s and B for the women’s.


Outsole

The outsole unit of the Paradigm 1.5 features the FootPod outsole that follows the natural foot construction, offering an enhanced flexibility and responsive ride.


Midsole

The Altra Paradigm 1.5 uses the Dual Layer EVA with A-Bound Top Layer technology that provides a lightweight, durable cushioning and flexible underfoot protection. Runners will experience a protected and relaxed foot strike with these combining technologies.

It also uses the brand’s Natural Ride System that is engineered to allow the foot to move naturally and aids the natural mechanisms of the foot for a much comfortable and improved running performance.


Upper

The upper part uses the Quick-Dry Air Mesh, keeping the foot well-ventilated. It also has a moisture-wicking capacity to keep the foot dry, cool and odorless.

For a more secure fit and comfortable feel, by following the natural foot shape of the runners, the Altra Paradigm 1.5 utilizes the brand’s Asymmetrical Lacing Design system.

Lastly, the updated version of the shoe has new reflective overlays that cover around the upper unit to increase visibility especially when running on low light conditions.