Altra Paradigm 6.0: Beating stability stereotypes 

From its looks to its ride, the Altra Paradigm 6.0 shifts from the conventions of stability shoes. Gone is the bulky exterior, and in with the sleek appearance. And unlike other stability trainers, its support is only there when you need it. In essence, it's NOT harsh. 

Who should buy the shoe

The Paradigm 6.0 from Altra is suited for both supinators and overpronators looking for stability shoes for: 

  • long-distance runs
  • recovery days

Paradigm 6.0 vs. 5.0

Contrary to its precursor and the rest of the Paradigm models, the 6th edition is much springier, which is the biggest change this time around. But here are some of the updates you don't want to miss out on too: 

  • The reason behind its bouncier, cushier ride is the all-new Altra EGO Max midsole, which is also present in the Torin 5
  • And to better stability, the InnovArch keeps the foot in place, preventing excessive rolling; 
  • To produce an unobtrusive ride, the GuideRails are only activated when the foot moves too far to the sides; 
  • For better flexibility, grid-like grooves are placed on the outsole; 
  • And lastly, the upper is made of engineered mesh to increase ventilation, and style-wise, it's now available in new colorways. 

Overall, the changes make a huge impact on fit, comfort, and ride. 

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.