Facts

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

6 reasons to buy

  • Most customers were of the opinion that the shoe was highly comfortable.
  • The wide-footed runners found its toe-box sufficiently roomy.
  • The testers admitted that the outsole showed minimal signs of wear, even after many miles of running.
  • The customers admired the impressively soft and breathable upper.
  • A few runners mentioned that the shoe needed no ‘breaking in’; they were able to do many miles in these shoes straight out of the box.
  • One user commented that it was easy to transition through the gait cycle running in the Altra Paradigm 3.0, owing to the pair’s enhanced flexibility.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some customers thought that the overall look of the shoe was rather ‘boring’.
  • A number of users found durability issues with the Paradigm 3’s outsole after several miles of running.
  • The toe-box was rather narrow, a few runners observed.
  • A tester thought that the shoe’s design made it very difficult to clean after some dirt was stuck in it.

Bottom line

Altra Paradigm 3.0 generated a mixed response from its users. While the neutral running shoe provided excellent comfort and higher flexibility, some people believed that it could certainly use an improvement in its overall look and design for better durability and a firmer hold.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 12 ratings

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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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84 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 75 / 100 by TheGingerRunner • Ethan Newberry • Level 5 expert

    Pretty much liked this shoe alot!

  • 87 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    The shoe is light, soft, and stable.

  • 95 / 100 by Trail And Ultrarunning • Pistol Pete Stoughton • Level 3 expert

    The Paradigm gives the Hoka Clifton’s a good run for the money. Comfortable, responsive, lightweight, well cushioned, breathable, and flexible… what more could you want from a running shoe?

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Updates to Altra Paradigm 3.0

  • The FootPod Outsole delivers maximum flexibility, an impressive energy return and a good amount of traction on roads.
  • The A-Bound technology, along with the two-layered EVA midsole foam, gives an unparalleled experience of comfort and resilience against weight and landing impact. The comfortability is further enhanced with the help of ‘Strobel Last’ full-length fabric finish, which offers a soft underfoot experience.
  • The shoe also boasts the Natural Ride System (NRS) design in its midsole with features such as a zero millimeter heel-to-toe drop and the metatarsal mapping. These clever technologies allow for a natural foot movement and a customized fit for the users.
  • The Quick Dry Air Mesh ensures instant drying and cooling of the foot when subjected to hot or wet conditions.
  • The Bunion Window with an open toe box construction prevents uncomfortable rubbing of feet against the shoe in the forefoot region.
  • The Reflective Overlays on the Altra Paradigm 3’s upper increase the runner’s visibility in low light conditions.

Altra Paradigm 3.0 size and fit

The Altra Paradigm 3.0 is a pair of neutral running shoes which comes in the standard length and the standard medium width of D and B for men and women respectively.

Outsole

The Altra Paradigm 3.0 uses the FootPod Outsole for higher flexibility and better responsiveness during longer runs and shorter sprints on asphaltic surfaces. The technology follows the natural shape of the foot, which enables the shoe to adapt itself to changing running positions while also delivering traction.

Midsole

An interesting feature of the Paradigm 3.0 is that it uses an environmentally friendly, recycled compound, the A-Bound technology in its midsole which has proven to be very resilient against impact forces.

It further enhances the cushioning experience for its runners by using a very soft and highly durable double-layered EVA midsole material.

For better adaptability to the foot’s shape and its movement, the shoe houses the Natural Ride System (NRS) with a zero-millimeter heel-to-toe drop and a design that follow the natural motion of the foot. It allows unrestrained movements and enhanced flexibility during running sessions. 

Upper

The highly breathable Air Mesh in the Altra Paradigm 3’s upper maintains a healthy circulation of air throughout the shoe. Its efficiently porous structure gives this mesh the capability to wick away moisture, thus keeping the runner’s feet comfortably dry and cool.

The asymmetrical lacing design offers a better fit and zero sliding of the foot inside the shoe.

The Bunion Window with an open toe box prevents chafing of the forefoot region against the shoe, thereby reducing the risk of injury.

The Paradigm 3 comes with 5 mm thick removable insoles for an enhanced arch support and a customized feel of comfort.

Another useful feature of this shoe is the Reflective Overlay Wraps, which allow for increased visibility even in the extremely low light conditions.

Finally, the ‘Strobel Last’, an additional full-length design established underfoot, offers a natural in-shoe experience that’s potentially comfortable and secure.