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At first glance, I thought the Altra Duo was not the right shoe for me. Altra has long been a champion of the zero heel-toe drop, which I have always been skeptical about. I tend to prefer low-profile, highly responsive shoes, and the Duo’s thick sole is anything but low profile!
Still, Altra bills the Duo as having a “more natural ride,” meaning, presumably, more natural than other high-cushion shoes. Could marrying zero drop with a heavy cushion allow us to reap the benefits of both features? Zero drop without sacrificing comfort, and lots of cushion without sacrificing lightness or “road feel”?
If less is more, can more be more too? I decided to try the Altra Duo and find out.