Fall 2013 Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

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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