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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.

Price
$130
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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 7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

12 reasons to buy

  • Comfort comes mainly from the max cushioning and spacious room in the forefoot, according to most reviews.
  • Durability is worth noting in the books of many.
  • The Paradigm 2.0 is pretty light for a max-cushioned shoe, based on several comments.
  • Some runners with back or knee issues were able to enjoy their runs again in this shoe.
  • A good number of heavy-framed runners have used the 2nd version of the Paradigm both as an everyday and fast-paced trainer.
  • A few mentioned the slight increase in the volume of the toe box, which made their runs even more comfortable.
  • The traction is really solid, as observed by a handful.
  • Several runners use the 3rd edition (previous versions were the 1.0 and 1.5) of the Paradigm for gym workouts.
  • Reflective details make it great for low-visibility running.
  • A few others mentioned that the color options are so much better than the previous models.
  • This is a do-it all shoe that can tackle short distances, marathons, and ultra-marathons on a variety of surfaces with ease, based on the reports of more than a handful of expert reviewers.
  • The mesh upper keeps the foot cool and comfortable, as explained by more than a few runners.

5 reasons not to buy

  • The Paradigm is a bit stiff for the wallet, based on some comments.
  • A break-in period was needed by several.
  • It is ½ half size smaller.
  • The wide toe box was just too much for a handful of runners who suffered blisters as their feet moved around easily in this shoe.
  • A small number of Paradigm fans who have had the chance to run in the earlier versions, found the sole and the ride as too firm.

Bottom line

Altra builds on the success and popularity of the earlier versions by keeping the staples in the Paradigm 2.0. Adding a more dialled in fit and breathable mesh only ensures the loyalty of Paradigm fans while gathering even more to the bandwagon. It is a shoe with good arch support, very comfortable interior, and max cushioning that still retains a dose of flexibility and responsiveness.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 135 ratings

5 star
67%
4 star
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3 star
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2 star
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1 star
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Expert Reviews

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82 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 77 / 100 by RunRepeat • Ivan Rojnica • Level 3 expert

    Can you be fast in them? Yes, but you will tire quickly. I found them to be quite tiring when running faster. My pulse was also slightly higher than in some other shoes at same speeds. They seem to be best suited for slow and long distance runs.

  • 84 / 100 by New England Running Company • New England Running Company • Level 4 expert

     Some fans of Hoka but are looking for a much wider toebox could find relief in the Paradigm 2.0! 

  • 90 / 100 by Jess Runs Happy • Jess • Level 1 expert

    Basically, the shoes are shaped like your foot (giving your toes room to breathe and move naturally), and the toes and heel are equidistant from the ground, unlike other brands where your heel is higher and the front of your foot takes more unnecessary stress.

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Updates to Altra Paradigm 2.0

  • Altra does not rock the boat when it comes to changes in the Paradigm 2.0. What is most noticeable is the simplified upper. Altra removed the slice of rand that basically stretches from one side of the shoe to the other. It now has very few printed overlays with the Altra logo serving as the main feature around the midfoot. The change offers more give without sacrificing support.
  • A new mesh is introduced as well. The mesh is a bit thicker for better durability and compensates for the lack of overlays in the upper.
  • Finally, Altra included reflective details in the 2.0 model, which was previously lacking from the earlier version. It makes running in low-light areas doable in this shoe.

Altra Paradigm 2.0 size and fit

The fit of the Paradigm 2.0 is practically a mirror image of the earlier models, except perhaps in better volume because of the removal of the forefoot rand. There is also a snugger midfoot and heel due to the slightly thicker mesh. The forefoot has the Altra-distinctive Foot-Shaped Toe Box for the toes to naturally splay. Runners with medium to slightly-wider feet should have no trouble getting their comfort zone in this shoe. Sizing is a bit off as it is slightly smaller than average.


Outsole

Altra’s unique Foot Pod Technology uses a series of rubber configurations, especially just beneath the metatarsals to deliver natural responsiveness and flexibility. It is made mostly of carbon rubber for durability and traction. The full contact outsole gives it much-needed stability for a shoe with significant stack height.


Midsole

An extra slice of EVA is placed on top of the EVA over A-abound midsole setup. The added EVA gives the shoe that max cushioning feature. As the soft A-abound sits beneath the firm EVA, it handles much of the cushioning and impact protection. The firmness of the EVA adds an element of stability in the midsole as well.


Upper

The ultra-simple upper is largely composed of breathable mesh and printed overlays. Runners who wish for a more traditional design can opt for the 5mm contoured footbed. There is now reflective materials in various parts of the shoe for low-light running. An asymmetrical lacing removes pressure on top of the foot.