Sorry I was post-less yesterday! I was busy enjoying the sunshine at the beach! Yes, in March…in Toronto. This weather is starting to freak me out but I really can’t complain. I love sunshine and sunshine loves me back!
I have a sweet giveaway for you today!! A while back I started to see these Altra shoes all over the blog world so I got curious and checked the site out for myself. Altra specializes in zero drop footwear which “offers runners the world’s first fully cushioned, foot-shaped, training shoe without an elevated heel. This unique platform allows for a more natural foot strike and a more efficient, comfortable ride.”
One of the styles in particular, the Eve, caught my attention. It is a minimalist shoe and reminded me very much of Vibrams. I had been wanting to get Vibrams for a while but when I went to try them on it took me a good 25 minutes to get all my toes into their little designated spots! It was seriously a workout in itself. I couldn’t imagine doing it every time I wanted to wear them out for a run!! When I saw the Altra Eve running shoes, I knew I wanted to give them a shot.
Jeremy over at Altra kindly sent me a pair of Eves to test out and review. I was so excited when they arrived. The most minimalist shoe that I had ever run in before was my Nike Frees so these were quite different. My first reaction was that they were so light! They only weigh 4.5 ounces! I was told that they fit true to size so I ordered them in the size I usually take in running shoes (8) and was pleased when I slipped them on and they fit perfectly.
I have had them for over a month now and took them on a few runs so that I could give my honest opinion. I absolutely love these shoes for shorter runs. I will be sticking to my Asics for longer runs because I know I have pronating feet and the last time I ventured into something less supportive, I was blessed with knee problems (thank you, Running Gods). For shorter runs though, these shoes are amazing. I especially like them for doing sprint intervals on the treadmill.
What I found really cool about the shoes was that they completely changed how I run when I am wearing them. They kind of force me (in an effortless way) to run properly and avoid heel-striking. They keep me on my toes and I feel as though my turnover rate is much faster as a result.
I’ve also worn the shoes to the gym for my strength training sessions. They allow me to have a really good grip on the floor and help me stay balanced. I often skip between my sets at the gym and these shoes really make me feel like I’m flying when I jump because they are so light!
I am a big fan of the Eves! SO big that Jeremy has offered to give a pair away to a lucky reader!! How awesome is that?!
All you have to do is LIKE Altra’s Facebook page and leave me a comment below telling me that you did!
Contest will end on Monday, March 26th at midnight EST. Good luck!