dealsaltra barefoot running shoes: save up to 50% off…

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Finally, a product I have some experience with! I'm an engineer and a lifelong runner, and this company is endeared to me on both fronts. Altra shoes are based on what they call "Zero Drop" architecture; the idea that the footbed should remain a consistent thickness from heel to toe. Most shoes are built with a footbedthat rises in the heel, some up to 25mm, which puts the joints out of alignment. Read more at www.altrazerodrop.com

I have been running in the Instinct for 3 or 4 months now. I have been thrilled with them. I had some tenderness in my knees last summer that I feared might force me to find another sport. I have been pain free so far in the Instinct. These shoes are not for everyone. Altra wants to teach you how to run more efficiently, which is a must with these shoes that are radically different than any others you've owned. The payoff is fantastic if you're willing to work at it. These are the thinking man's Vibram 5 Fingers.

I wish the Samson was here too

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These shoes are amazing! I was never really a runner, until I got the instinct...now I am. It took a week or two to get used to them. I started out by wearing them as "regular" shoes and doing some trail walking, then worked up to running. I have had the original pair since January and they are still going, but I am going to take advantage of this deal!

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link for additional 10 off fdoesnt seem to work, can i say you referred me (what's your email)?

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@shiframeir: Hi there, we don't allow referral links/programs on Deals. :)

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also, here is a coupon code for 10% off $50+ (not sure if stackable). RETAIL10

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What's the arch support like on these? I'm not a runner, but I do a lot of walking at my job and I need some good, comfy shoes.

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I have a pair of the women's intution. They are very light and nice. I too have high arches, so it was a bit weird for me at first. So far, its been okay. I won't make the jump and buy another pair just yet, but this shoe def does teach you to run differently/ correctly.

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@kittnen: Forgive me, generalizing and less than technical terms ahoy! There is basically no arch support, but the good news is, these type of shoes don't require it because they somewhat mold to your foot. It's more of cupping the foot and less support it, kinda like tracing your hand to make a turkey, it's not quite like your hand. The padding, heel drop, and sole thickness of shoes does more harm than good to your body, causing poor posture, joint issues, muscle issues, poor running/walking form. It can take some time to adapt to minimalist shoes, but once you do, it is very much like being barefoot. They do come with a variety of different insoles to match your needs and experience level. http://birthdayshoes.com/altra-adam-review-minimalist-barefoot-shoes a really groovy review and much needed info is there.

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Anyone know if they are good about returns, and if you can return these sale items? I've never used zeor-drop shoes, and if they don't jive with my running, I don't want to be out the cost of new shoes.

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@kmeltzer: Well, it does say this...

"This item is eligible to be returned within 30 days of order delivery date."

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@kmeltzer: pfft... when reading full return criteria, it has to be unworn. I'd buy them, but I'm not risking over $50 for a pair of shoes that may totally kill my legs. Oh well.

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They ONLY give a store credit on return. Be warned.