Altra's brand new spikeless cross country racer is here! The Vanish XC is made to be light, fast and comfortable. The open mesh upper does not have traditional lace eyelets which allows for a variety of lacing patterns customized to your individual needs, or foot shape. The strategically placed rubber "spikes" on the outsole allow for extra traction just where you need it and keeps your shoe legal for non-metal spike races.
Zero Drop Most running shoes feature elevated heels that promote poor form by encouraging high-impact overstriding. You were born without an elevated heel and Altra allows you to maintain a natural foot position throughout your run. Every Altra shoe features a Zero Drop platform that places the heel and forefoot the same distance from the ground. This naturally aligns the feet, back and body posture and encourages a low-impact landing.
The 'neutral shoe' or 'cushioning shoe' is equipped without pronation support (the lateral support of the foot). These shoes are therefore suitable for runners who have regular rolling behaviour, i.e. who do not roll their feet inwards or outwards when running. The neutral shoe can be used for competition, for fast training and for long endurance sessions. The damping may vary depending on the application: in order to achieve more direct ground contact during competition, it is advisable to use only a slightly cushioned shoe. When training on hard surfaces or for long distances, more cushioned shoes offer better comfort and protect the joints.