Benefits of Zero Drop Shoes
Article by: Altra Running
The Instinct leads the way in ‘Zero Drop™’ cushioned running shoes. You were born to run long distances. With Zero Drop™ and ALTRA™’s all-man foot shaped design, now there is less hindering you. Nature gave you instincts, trust the animal inside you…Run Natural™. The first of its kind, The Instinct marries the biomechanically correct benefits of correct barefoot positioning with a fully protective running shoe.
Nearly all running shoes are twice as thick in the heel than the forefoot. Zero Drop™ running shoes simply applies a 1:1 ratio – meaning that the heel & forefoot are the same distance off the ground – there is no “drop” from heel to toe. There is zero differential or zero offset from the heel to the toe in the running shoe. The concept of Zero Drop™ footwear provides individuals who are seeking natural running experience without eliminating their shoes. With the growth of barefoot and minimalist runners seeking an option to increase natural biomechanics of their foot strike while running this term was born. The concept takes away the rise in heel height to establish zero deviation from forefoot to heel throughout the shoe’s midsole and outsole.
The benefits are as follows.
- -Encourages better technique & a more natural foot strike
- -Proper landing = decreased impact transient
- -Aligns posture to its natural position
- -Natural Achilles loading for more explosive push-off
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