Altra Paradigm 4.5 Review

Is the Altra Paradigm 4.5 review going to perform and stand up to the expectations of the people?

ALTRA Paradigm 4.5 Road Running Shoe

Altra are a well known brand and have proven time and time again that they know what they are doing when it comes to the running game.

But the fact of the matter is, not all products are going to be as good as the rest, or beat its competitors.

Even with a high reputation.

This shoe caught my eye due to the massive toe box and cool colorways.

But I’m mostly here to discover the real performance, and that’s what I will be doing in this Altra Paradigm 4.5 review.

I hope you enjoy it.

Another successful shoe from Altra
  • Quality
  • Comfort
  • Style
  • True to Size
  • Support
  • Value for Money
4.3

Bottom Line:

Customers with bad things to say about this shoe are only nit-picking at little things.

They say it’s too wide, too narrow, or slides when they run. However, this has everything to do with the size being wrong, not the performance.

They perform flawlessly for running, especially on roads and pavements, and can even be used for walking and casual wear.

It is a little heavier than other running shoes, but if that is a problem I have some alternatives at the bottom of this article.

Introduction


Product name: Altra Paradigm 4.5

Type of Shoe: Running

Best for: Running, walking, someone on their feet all day

Bad for: Sports, crossfit, weightlifting

Price: $120 – $159

What is the Altra Paradigm 4.5?


The Altra Paradigm 4.5 is built for maximum cushioning so runners have the utmost comfort.

It features the performance of the Altra EGO midsole and comfort of a knitted upper.

Stability pads called StabiliPods offer stability, while the GuideRail system promotes support and security.

It also includes an asymmetrical design to stabilize tired or fatigued feet by providing lateral support, good for those on long running sessions.

It’s a step up from traditional stability which is probably what your current shoes have.

Altra are well known for their increased toe box for a natural running experience and balanced cushioning, also known as ZeroDrop.

ZeroDrop means there is no drop from the heel to the toe, as the heel and forefoot are the same distance to the ground.

This promotes a natural running experience because there is no increased heel height when running barefoot.

So that sums up the features of the Altra Paradigm 4.5, but lets talk about how to get the right fit.

Finding the Right Size


ALTRA Paradigm 4.5 Road Running Shoe 2

When you look at the fit details online from sites like Amazon.com and Altrarunning, it’s clear that they are true to size.

Amazon has an 86% fit rate and Altra showcases that they are also true to size.

However, on the other end of the spectrum, others say they are too narrow which does have some truth to it.

These shoes do run narrower than other Altra sneakers.

Those with normal sized feet should get their normal size.

Those with wide feet should go 1/2 size up.

They do run true to size but for others with overly wide feet, they are too narrow and tight.

Does the Shoe Perform?


Running

I have no doubts that they perform for running as it has the feedback to back it up.

They feel incredibly comfortable due to the increased toe box and underfoot cushioning.

They don’t feet overly soft, they strike a balance between comfort, support and weight.

They are also great for hard surfaces like road running, pavements, etc, which is perfect for marathons and other long distance running sessions.

These are known to remove pain in the knees, hips, joints, heels, and more.

That is truly how comfortable they are for running and I believe in them 100%.

Walking

The knitted upper promotes flexibility which is what walking requires.

The knitted upper allows a full range of motion for walking activities like speed walking, daily walking or simply casual use for someone on their feet all day.

Some customers use them for standing on concrete for 12 hours a day and the health industry where you may be work longer than 12 hours.

They are especially good for those with PF as a result of the increased toe box and ZeroDrop technology.

Some claim that they fully healed their plantar fasciitis!

Are they Good for Anything Else?

Most running shoes are only good for running, walking and maybe standing all day if the comfort allows for it.

And that certainly is the case with the Altra Paradigm 4.5.

They should not be used for anything other than the things mentioned above.

Activities like CrossFit, weightlifting, sports, etc, are simply out of the question as there is not enough stability for lateral movements.

Is that a bad thing?

Not at all. They are a running shoe designed only for running and they perform extremely well for it.

What I Like


I like the fact that there are many good things about this shoe that stands out.

For example, the increased toe box makes it comfortable for people with wide feet.

Also the ZeroDrop midsole is for people that land on their midfoot or forefoot when running.

Is ZeroDrop just for midfoot and forefoot landers?

Not necessarily, as I go into full detail on heel-to-toe drop here.

The Bad


So now that we’ve talked about all the good things this shoe has to offer and why it’s so great for running, it’s time to see the bad points.

And indeed there are some.

Firstly they are not lightweight.

They have an average weight of 11.2 oz which is heavier than other running shoes.

It’s sad to see because the upper is completely knitted, creating a very breathable and lightweight material.

However, it seems that they have put maximum comfort and features into this shoe which is where all the weight comes from.

Secondly, the sizing can be confusing for those that don’t know they run narrower than previous Paradigm versions.

This has caused a few negative reviews which should not be there in the first place because it has nothing to with the performance.

That’s really all the bad things I could find.

Others were nit-picking at little things about the shoe sliding when fully laced up, etc, but that is because they have the wrong size.

Price & Purchase Details


My favorite place to get these from are Amazon.com due to the 30-day return policy, fast deliveries and free shipping.

Plus they always have the best deals and cheapest prices.

Currently they sell for $120 – $159 on Amazon depending on the size, colorway and seller, while Altrarunning sell for $150 flat.

Check For Cheaper Prices on Amazon

Pros and Cons


Pros

  • So comfortable, feels like walking on clouds
  • Can eliminate pain and foot problems like PF
  • Some of the most comfortable shoes customers have worn
  • Wide toe box and ZeroDrop technology for a natural running experience
  • Durable and lasts a long time
  • Versatile for a running shoe

Cons

  • Not as lightweight as other running shoes
  • Finding the right fit is confusing

Do I Recommend the Altra Paradigm 4.5 Running Shoe?


To be fair, there really is more to like about it than to dislike.

Most people love their purchase and it beat their expectations.

While those that don’t like it give it negative stars because it was “too narrow” or “too wide”.

Listen:

A shoe does not deserve low ratings just because it is the wrong size.

The only pet peeve I have is that it’s not as lightweight as other running shoes, but it’s not a deal breaker.

I know why they done it, to maximize comfort, support and durability.

This shoe does have a higher price tag than others but certainly makes up for it once you start running and feel how comfortable it is, or when it removes your PF and joint pain!

So yes, the Altra Paradigm 4.5 is highly recommended!

Similar/Alternative Running Shoes


The Altra Solstice is a great alternative for those wanting a lighter running shoe. It also features ZeroDrop and a wide toebox. The only downside is the lack of stability for sports, and minimal arch support.

Also the Altra Escalante Racer is amazing for competitive running. It gives you a competitive edge over other runners thanks to the faster take offs, increased agility, more energy return and speed. Plus it’s MUCH lighter than the Paradigm 4.5.

Final Verdict


To conclude this article I would like to say that there is little-to-nothing wrong with the Altra Paradigm 4.5.

All the negative reviews are of people nit-picking at little things.

In my opinion this shoe performs very well, has the comfort and support to back it up, and does what it’s designed for without fail.

Altra know what they are doing when it comes to running sneakers and this one is just as successful.

So that is my final verdict.

Do you have any questions?

Let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions!

Check out the Paradigm 4.5 on Amazon

Another successful shoe from Altra
  • Quality
  • Comfort
  • Style
  • True to Size
  • Support
  • Value for Money
4.3

Bottom Line:

Customers with bad things to say about this shoe are only nit-picking at little things.

They say it’s too wide, too narrow, or slides when they run. However, this has everything to do with the size being wrong, not the performance.

They perform flawlessly for running, especially on roads and pavements, and can even be used for walking and casual wear.

It is a little heavier than other running shoes, but if that is a problem I have some alternatives at the bottom of this article.

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