|aren't they beautiful?|
And because I have zero patience, I put the shoes on immediately and went for a run. Dinner could wait. I didn't want to overdo it, so I went for a quick 3 miler. I really enjoyed the lightness and the ability to feel exactly where I was landing each foot strike.
|I truly have a shoe problem and I love taking pictures of shoes|
I have since worn these shoes for my shorter runs during the week. I've gone up to 4 miles in them and they feel great. As with any transition to zero drop, the transition should be slow. I don't want to overdo it and injure myself especially with Reach the Beach coming up, so I'm taking it easy.
|a bit dirty - but that's what happens when one wears them all of the time!|
Altra does suggest that people taking the minimalist route do need to take their time. In the literature provided by Altra, I came across this factoid
"A lifetime of wearing an elevated heel has neutralized your Achilles and lower calf... They need time to re-develop. It is highly recommended to listen to your body. Start with very short distances and slowly work your way up (a few minutes at a time). This will allow your muscles and tendons the necessary time to adapt back to their natural state & into the Altra experience!"
For additional information regarding transition, please check out Altra's site here.
What do I love about the Delilahs:
- Wide toe box - Perfect for my freakishly wide feet equipped with bunions.
- Zero Drop – love.
- Weight - 6.5 oz.
- They are purple! I know, I shouldn't like a shoe because of it's color, but it does help.
In addition to running, these shoes are excellent for everyday wear as well. I've worn them to school.
|I must be one of the most casual dressed teachers around...|
but at least I look cool sporting my purple Horny Toad pants with my Delilahs!
I've worn them for my trek around Boston while spectating the Boston Marathon. I made sure to make it to the Altra exhibit at the Boston Marathon expo on Sunday. I really wanted to try on the Intuition to compare with the Delilahs. The 12 mm sole did make a difference. Verdit – my next running shoe will be the Intuitions for the longer runs. The only bummer is that they aren’t as pretty as the Delilahs. I think Intuitions have an odd appearance to them but this is when wide toe box and comfort are more important than looks.
I wore my Delilahs all over Boston on Sunday and Monday. Afterwards, my legs still felt great. I wish I could say the same for my hip and arms from holding a 35 pound toddler all day. But at least my feet and calves were not aching.
I even wore them for a 4 mile hike with the kids on Friday. I was a bit nervous that the thin sole would be an issue with the rocks but they were not an issue. But again, my feet felt incredible after the hike.
|rocks, sand, gravel were nothing for these shoes - they were perfect for the hike|
|pic of ugliest feet around - gross toe|
I was provided a pair of Altra Delilahs free of charge in exchange for a review. All opinions are 100% my own.