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The Altra Men's Paradigm 5 Shoe is a max cushion shoe for road running. It's all about support with this cushy shoe, delivered by Altra EGO foam for responsive energy return. Whether you're a speedy runner, tortoise slow or just middle ground, the FootPod outsole will keep you moving forward.
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BALANCED CUSHIONING Places your heel and forefoot the same distance from the ground to encourage proper, low-impact form throughout your run
FOOTSHAPE TOE BOX Allows your toes to relax and spread out naturally for more comfort and stability
ALTRA EGO Dual-Nature midsole compound with a responsive, yet soft feel for increased energy return
GUIDERAIL A feature found on our dynamic support shoes that acts like a highway guide rail to provide guidance only when you need it
STABILIPOD Acts as a stabilizing tripod by enhancing the three natural stability zones in your foot to help prevent excessive foot collapse or pronation
Rated 3 out of
Allen the walker from
Comfortable with some quirks.Got these not long ago, used to wear the Torin 3's, but the more recent models didn't have the best reviews. Decided to give these a shot and while I love the cushion and support under foot, the toe box feels great as always, my heels have a little bit of slippage. Tightening the shoe negates the slip from the heel, but then the tongue is cutting into the front of my ankle which doesn't feel too great. I've also got extremely flat feet, so the funky arch in the middle feels... Different. It isn't unpleasant, though I would prefer it to be just slightly wider. I don't mind the shoe, though I'll probably try another version after this pair is finished.
Date published: 2020-11-25
Rated 1 out of
Altra is garbage since VF Corporation bought the company.I've been running in Altra shoes for a while now and I think this might be my last pair I ever buy. Altra shoes used to be the absolute best fitting, most comfortable, and durable shoes. Now they rank amongst the worst I've run in. I ran my first few miles in these today and I might as well have been running on cardboard soles. So disappointing to see the design and quality go down the drain on such a great zero drop shoe. Problem is there are very few if any other brands with a zero drop and wide toe box. Go back to the Altra roots please for goodness sake.
Date published: 2021-01-04
Rated 5 out of
Thankful Robert from
Best walking shoe everI am an avid walker and in the last couple of years my feet have been plagued with everything that could go wrong. I not only have flat feet, but also have developed painful heel spurs, corns and a hammertoe on my right foot. I had to stop walking because no shoe could relieve the pain. I decided to give the Paradigm 5 a try and it was a revelation. The fit was perfect for me. The toe box had room for my hammertoe and did not rub against my corns on my little toes. The sole cushioning provided ample protection that allowed me to forget my recurring heel spur. I will buy a second spare pair. Thank you Altra for allowing me to exercise again.
Date published: 2021-04-06
Rated 5 out of
Amazing ShoeI cannot fully compare this shoe to a fresh pair of Paradigm 4.5s as I do not have any but it feels fresh and springy in each bounce. They feel the same since I have first received them and I have put 70 miles on them. The room in the shoe feels the same as how the Paradigm 4.5 felt in regards to room around the foot and space for your toes. It does not feel as tight as the Provision 4 (which still feels great) but the Paradigm 5 feels better in terms of space. Overall amazing shoe and I love the new upper compared to what the Paradigm 4.5 was as well, it 'looks better' IMO. :)
Date published: 2020-11-10
Rated 5 out of
I would buy the product again.Owner of at least various 15 pairs of Altra. I had two pairs of Altra 4.5 and I gave them four stars. There were some issues with the finish of the 4.5 product, not enough attention to detail (the shoelaces were too long). I had at least 150 miles on each. With Altra 5 Altra is hitting the stride again, so to speak. The updated design, the shoe feel, the detail, everything is perfect. The 4.5 wore out quickly. I hope they have updated that on this one as well. I still feel that the shoe could have more bounce and softness in stride (as it is in Nike Air) and last a bit longer. Maybe impossible to achieve. But to this Altra 5.0 I give five stars. Will revisit after I have had two of those, for now they seem perfect with that caveat.
Date published: 2020-09-10
Rated 2 out of
Color rubbing offI was use to wearing flat sock-like shoes. They felt great for a while until I was having problems with my ankles. My doctor told me I needed more cushion and support. I went to a running store and Altra was recommended. When I ordered them they felt great but I noticed the color rubbing off the "guide rail". I ordered this shoe from Altra and in another color from another store. Now I don't expect shoes to not have any wear but for the price that shouldn't happen to a shoe. Since I have a big foot I don't have a lot of options to go into a store and try on shoes. I'll be sending these back and choosing another style.
Date published: 2021-06-15
Rated 5 out of
These are the shoesI am a shoe addict, always have been. Right now I have like 7-8 shoes in rotation (I know this is overkill like none other). Shoes from Brooks, Hoka, Merrell, and Altra. But these... these were the ones. Once I slipped these on for the first time I felt whatever materialistic hole in my heart fill up. I went on a easy 5k but then couldn't stop running! I came home, cold and tired 10 miles later, and my legs felt great. Such a great balance between plushness and responsiveness. I bought two pairs with the intention of returning one (long story), but they're never getting returned now. Now I have the problem of neglecting the other shoes in my rotation.
Date published: 2020-12-06
Rated 5 out of
Best shoe in 50 years of lookingBeen wearing my first pair ever day for almost a year now. My wife and mother also love them. Maybe just our foot shape but these are most comfortable shoes ever. I used to wear arch supports but haven't needed them since this shoe. I ordered a couple more pairs in fear they might discontinue or change someday. Wish Altra would make their hikers with the same cushion and ergonomics. I'd buy them too. Caution not all Altra shoes are as comfortable as the paradigm. Wish they were.