Fall 2013 Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

  • By Brian Metzler
  • Published Sep. 5, 2013
  • Updated Sep. 27, 2013 at 10:51 AM UTC

Altra Provision/Provisioness 1.5, $105

weights: 9.5 oz. (men’s); 8.5 oz. (women’s)

heights: 24mm (heel), 24mm (forefoot)

Fit: The men’s Provision and women’s Provisioness continue the tradition of Altra’s footshape-designed shoes that have a snug heel and midfoot fit and an extra roomy toe box.

Feel: Light, low and luscious. A “zero-drop” everyday training shoe with a sensible amount of cushioning and protection, it offers plenty of feel for the ground while allowing a runner’s foot to sit level at the mid-stance stage of a stride. (An added bonus is a removable stability wedge that offers additional medial support with 5mm of added foam.)

Ride: One of the consummate modern minimal shoes, the Provision/Provisioness serves up a smooth, low-to-the-ground ride without the pounding common to most “barely there” shoes. The more efficient your stride, the more you’ll reap the benefits of this shoe’s unique design features and low-profile construction.

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Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler is the editor-in-chief of Competitor magazine. He has raced every distance from 50 yards to 100 miles and run in more than 700 pairs of running shoes in the past 25 years. You can reach him at

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