Will the Altra CAYD Sneaker Really Dominate the Office?

So today I want to talk about a sneaker a little different to other shoes I have been reviewing.

This shoe is designed for the office and it’s bound to dominate anyone else’s shoe in the office with it’s uniqueness and strong materials.

But more on that in this article.

Altra are definitely a force to be reckoned with in the running and walking shoe community, but that doesn’t mean all there shoes are going to be as good.

In this Altra CAYD Sneaker review, I will bare all and tell you everything you need to know.


ALTRA Men's CAYD Sneaker

Expensive But Worth It!
  • Quality
  • Comfort
  • Style
  • True to Size
  • Support
  • Value for Money

Bottom Line:

The bottom line is that these sneakers were designed to dominate the office and they do that with the professional and classy design.

They are very comfortable, they fix foot problems, they’re nice and wide and make great sneakers for around the office or just looking cool.

They are durable and last a long time thanks to the durable leather construction.

It is pricier than other shoes but that’s because you’re paying for quality.

Highly recommended!

Green ArrowPros Red ArrowCons
  • Good for wide forefoot
  • Versatile
  • Worth the money
  • Made of genuine leather
  • Quality construction
  • Very comfortable
  • Professional and classy design
  • May experience pain in the heel during break in period
  • May cause blisters when breaking in
  • A little pricey

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Product name: Altra CAYD Sneaker

Gender: Men

Colors: 4

Weight: 10.8 ounces

Best for: The office, meetings, interviews, going out with friends, on the town

Bad for: Fitness walking, running, athletic activities

Fit rate: 86%

True to width: 89%

Moderate arch support: 80%

What is the Altra CAYD Sneaker?

CAYD means battle and that is exactly what Altra wanted to do with this sneaker.

They’re out to be the best shoe in the office and it looks like they’ve succeeded with the vast amount of good reviews out there.

It consists of genuine leather, 4 different colors and a handsome weight (10.8 ounces).

The Balanced Cushioning places your heel and forefoot at the same distance to the ground and the Footshape Toe Box keeps your toes spread out naturally.

There isn’t much features but that’s to cut on weight and provide nothing but a clean but comfortable sneaker.

Key Features

ALTRA Men's CAYD Sneaker Side View

BLOOM Foam – This cushioning is extremely comfortable and allows for standing for long periods of time

Balanced Cushioning – Balanced cushioning means there is no heel-to-toe drop. The entire forefront and heel is placed at the exact same height to the ground

FootShape Toe Box – Many shoe companies skimp on a large toe box but it’s one of the best things you could do, as it allows your toes to spread out naturally which increases stability and comfort

What I Like

I actually kind of like the design of the Altra CAYD Sneaker.

It has a clean look but it’s sleek which is what makes it appear professional and stand out.

There is also 4 different colors (Black and white, black, brown, blue) to allow buyers to find one they like.

The genuine leather is what gives this shoe the icing on the cake. I absolutely love leather because it’s durable and lasts a long time.

What I Don’t Like

The price tag is a little on the pricier side and that’s something I don’t really like.

Yes I know they are made of quality, they have great features and they are going to last a long time, but that means the average consumer may not be able to afford them.

Also it’s known to cause blisters during the break in period.

A couple of users have complained about this but that’s why it’s important to get the right fit from the get-go so this doesn’t happen.


Things You Should Know

Not a Walking or Running Shoe

Yes it does have balanced cushioning which is what you would normally find on walking or running shoes.

However, that’s to provide comfort for walking around the office or on the town.

That does NOT mean they are made for running in. It seems users are mistaking this and taking them running, only to be let down with sore feet.

Classy, Sleek and Professional

These shoes are designed to look sleek and professional.

They have a clean appearance which makes them good for office working, going out with friends or even out on the town.

Buyers describe them as “classy”.

Plus it’s leather, so it’s a no brainer.

Nice and Wide

ALTRA Men's CAYD Sneaker Birds Eye View

It’s getting harder and harder to find a nice and wide shoe, so I’m glad Altra still includes a wide toe box to eliminate this issue.

Even those without wide feet can wear them and still benefit from the extra room to spread out their toes.

So if your feet tend to be wider at the forefoot, you will find these shoes incredibly comfortable.

Fixes Foot Problems

Some users have foot problems such as planter fasciitis, neuropathy, arthritis, ankle pain, and these shoes tend to fix all of them!

Even some negative reviewers talk about how they still fixed their planter fasciitis.

Heel Dig During Break In Period

Some users have complained about the back of the shoe digging into their heel during the break in period which causes immense discomfort and irritation.

This is not happening with everyone but a small majority of people.

Here I explain how to break in your shoes.

Comfortable and Durable

The leather is hard and quite stiff which some people think is a negative.

However, this is actually the opposite. This means the leather is of good quality and durable, so it’s bound to last a long time.

If it was flexible and flimsy, then that would be a different story and it wouldn’t be as strong.

Also it is extremely comfortable as many buyers have found at first hand!

Who Should Wear this Shoe?

Those wanting a professional and classy look should certainly consider this purchase.

It is actually quite versatile considering it’s best suited for professional settings.

For example: you could use it for important meetings, interviews, working in the office, going out with friends, going out on the town, etc.

There are lots of uses but because it has a steep price tag it is only recommended for those that can afford it.

However, it is not for you if you’ll be using it where it can get damaged easily, such as fitness walking, running, the gym, etc.

Where to Get the Altra Men’s CAYD Sneaker?

My favorite place to get this sneaker is from Amazon.com.

They’ve always got handsome price tags, free shipping and fast deliveries.

Plus their 30-day return policy allows buyers to send their purchase back if they don’t like it.

At the time of writing this article, the price sits at $120 – $140 but changes often.

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Do I Recommend this Shoe?


There are hundreds of good reviews and a small portion of complaints.

Those talking smack about this shoe are saying it causes blisters, it digs into your heels, or that they used it for running and experienced nothing but pain.

Well for one, the only time it will hurt during the break in period is if the shoe doesn’t fit.

But the fit rate is 86% so the most who buy it do not have this problem.

Also this is not an athletic sneaker even though it has athletic characteristics like the zero drop technology.

If you use it for running, walking, cardio, at the gym, or any other athletic activity, it will not go down well.

Other than these small issues people are having, the vast majority of buyers love their Altra CAYD Sneaker and wholeheartedly recommend it.

It is very professional, it’s comfortable, has genuine leather, lots of features, and it lasts a long time.

Yes, I highly recommend the Altra CAYD Sneaker!

Alternative/Similar Shoes

If you’re looking for an Altra shoe that’s actually good for fitness activities, the Altra Instinct 4.5 is the better option. These also have a wide toe box and lots of cushioning.

The Altra Lone Peak 4.0 is more suited for trail running, hiking, etc. However, these running shoes are more suited for those with a high arch due to the immense cushioning.

My Final Opinion

My final opinion is that these shoes do exactly what they were intended to do.

Altra say they dominate the office and it turns out this is 100% true.

They make the wearer look sleek, classy, and they turn any bum into a professional in an instant (well okay, maybe not that easy).

I was hesitant at first because they do make some outrageous claims, but the bottom line is that they do exactly what they’re designed to do.

Yes they have a steep price tag but that’s because of the durable leather and high quality construction.

These shoes are some of my favorites I have reviewed so far and I enjoyed writing this article for you.

Check the Price of the Altra CAYD Sneakers Here

Well that wraps up this article.

I’d like to know what you think about these shoes. Leave all your comments and questions down below 🙂


Shoe Mastery

Expensive But Worth It!
  • Quality
  • Comfort
  • Style
  • True to Size
  • Support
  • Value for Money

Bottom Line:

The bottom line is that these sneakers were designed to dominate the office and they do that with the professional and classy design.

They are very comfortable, they fix foot problems, they’re nice and wide and make great sneakers for around the office or just looking cool.

They are durable and last a long time thanks to the durable leather construction.

It is pricier than other shoes but that’s because you’re paying for quality.

Highly recommended!

10 thoughts on “Will the Altra CAYD Sneaker Really Dominate the Office?”

  1. I’d be very glad to buy this after looking at your review. It seems to me like a very classy shoe. I just hope I wouldn’t be getting too many blisters. If I have to be honest, this Altra CAYD Sneaker is a great shoe. I would like to buy two colors. Black and brown.

    • Hey Riley. These are absolutely amazing sneakers and I stand by them 100%

      Sure there’s a chance you may get blisters when first breaking in but that’s why you should wear them around the house for 10 minutes a day until they are fully broken in.

  2. Wow! This sneakers is second to none. I think I need to start looking out for more of their products as this one is the first I’ve seen of them and it’s captivating, I love the smartness and balance of the sneakers.

    I can’t wait to place my order. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hello Brandon, as someone who has really big and flat foot I feel really happy to see shoes that I can fit with ease and one thing that I pay attention to when getting a shoe isn’t the comfort but the quality.

    I believe it would be just great to own one. How good is the sole of the shoe?

    • The wide toe box is definitely one of the better features as wide feet can fit in properly.

      Also the sole is really good and lasts a long time, hence the high price tag.

  4. Hey there Brandon,

    There are quite a few things that I like about these sneakers. First of all I like that they are comfortable. I also enjoy it’s classic style. I appreciate you have been very honest concerning the things you don’t like. I find them affordable and I’m happy I found them. Thank you for helping me make up my mind concerning these sneakers.

  5. I do like the wide toe box and it does look sharp enough to wear in an office environment. I’d love to wear a pair of these out in the town. The Altra CAVD Sneaker would look great with a pair of jeans or slacks. But comfort is the major selling point for me. I’m a comfort and style kind of guy. I would love to try a pair of these. The price is comparable to a pair of dress shoes so the cost wouldn’t bother me too much. Thanks for sharing such a insightful article.


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