When you first see the Altra Adam you immediately recognize that the toe box is shaped a little different than most running shoes. Altra took the novel approach of making the toe box shaped like a foot. Not so much like a foot that you need special toe socks, but enouigh like a foot that the toes are allowed to naturally splay without being impeded by the side walls of the shoe. The roomy toe box of the Altra Adam make it amongst the most comfortable shoes I have worn. If fact, I got the Altra Adam to run in, but have found myself wearing them as my everyday running around shoes as well.
I found the Altra Adam fit true to size. In the past I have taken to wearing a half size larger for a little extra room in the toebox. The already roomy toe box of the Altra Adam make this unnecesary.
Altra’s new Superior shoes are built to be a closer to the ground alternative to the Lone Peaks. The Superior is still zero drop like the Lone Peak with 4 mm less stack height. The outsole has a less aggressive lugging on the bottom. The guys at Altra mentioned that the Superior also makes for a very comfortable road shoe. The innovative feature of the Superior is the rock plate. It is thin and removable so you can change the feel, and weight based on the run you are going on. The Superior will weigh in at 8.9 ounces with a stripped down upper. It is set to retail for $95 and will be available in the Spring of 2013.