Altra Paradigm 5.0

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The Altra Paradigm 5.0 is a good zero drop road running shoe with plush cushioning for overpronators.


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Review Analysis

8.6Overall score
Good stability running shoe with zero drop platform and high-stack plush cushioning
The Paradigm 5 is Altra's plush zero-drop stability running shoe. True to the line's reputation, some things never change: the 5 lends itself to a supremely padded ride. Its thick foam and oversized design are a nod to previous models, with one important modification: a reinvention of the upper. Engineered to go the distance, Paradigm 5 makes for a quality and stable ride.

At 12.2 oz/346 grams, the Paradigm 5 has gained nearly half an ounce from last year's model. Runners remarked that they could feel the added weight, referring to the 5 as a "beefy" road shoe. Indeed, with sizing that runs very large (by half-size to a full size), the 5 is definitely not for faster runs. This added weight is owed partially to the EGO foam midsole, which some runners believe is enough to sell the shoe. It's responsive without losing stability, thanks to the addition of Guide Rail and StabiliPods to keep the padding in check. Perhaps the most notable improvement, though, is the 5's new-and-improved upper, designed with more breathable mesh compared with previous models. Still, some runners say the toe bumper is a bit much for a road shoe, adding to the clunky design. Finally, the outsole is similar to preceding Paradigm shoes, with five rubber pods that are good for traction and durability.

It seems that runners have a lot to say about the Paradigm 5, and many of those comments are critiques. The biggest complaint seems to be the shoe's overall size, which simply feels too unwieldy for practical runs. There were also comments about the toe bumper, which is overly reinforced for a standard road shoe and adds unnecessary weight.

Overall, the Paradigm 5 continues to appeal to its fans. Still, many runners don't understand the appeal of this shoe, which is decidedly too heavy to go beyond easy daily workouts and recovery sessions. A good shoe, therefore, but reserved for runners who want to combine XL cushioning, zero drop, and stability.
Value for money
  • Very pleasant plush cushioning
  • Wide and stable design effective for overpronation
  • Upper is better ventilated than in the past
  • Sturdy shoe
  • Bulky and heavy shoe
  • Fits large


Model: Altra Paradigm 5.0



Heel to toe drop

0 mm

Heel stack height

31 mm

Forefoot stack height

31 mm




Weight (men)

346 g/12.2 oz

Weight (women)

266 g/9.4 oz

Release year


Bounce (1-5)

2 – Low

Softness (1-5)

4 – Soft


10K, Half marathon, Mid distance, Marathon, Long distance


Slow, Moderate


Daily running, Recovery

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  • The FootPod Outsole of the Altra Paradigm 5.0 uses long-lasting rubber that reinforces the contact zones. It respects the anatomy of your foot and adapts to the movement for a more natural ride. This platform also provides a secure grip on the urban surface.


  • The midsole is made ofAltra Ego a resilient, lightweight and soft foam that efficiently protects your foot from shocks.
  • Also, the GuideRails stability technology guides the runner’s movement to prevent an excessive outward rolling motion (overpronation).
  • Stabilitipod complements GuideRails with its tripod-shaped design that supports the arch of the foot for improved balance while running.
  • Finally, the Inner Flex grooves enable the midsole to flex with greater amplitude so that it can better adapt to your motion.
  • Upper

    • The Altra Paradigm 5.0’s upper is an engineered mesh that comfortably keeps the foot secure inside the shoe while facilitating ventilation, especially in the summer.
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    Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

    Does the Altra Paradigm 5.0 fit true to size?

    This model actually fits a bit large, so you may want to order a half or even a full-size down. If you can, it would be best to try the Paradigm 5 in a shop.

    Is the Altra Paradigm 5.0 suitable for people who overpronate?

    Yes, this model is a stability shoe, so it’s especially aimed at preventing your foot from rolling outwards excessively (pronation). It should be noted that running shoes for overpronation are not a better choice than neutral shoes in preventing injury.

    I weigh more than 198 lbs/90 kg. Can I run in these shoes?

    Yes, these models are fine even if you’re a heavyweight runner with their comfy 31-mm stack height cushioning.

    Is this model a good choice to run a marathon?

    This Altra running shoe is suitable for long distances with its high-stack cushioning. However, its stocky heavyweight profile is not especially ideal for competition.

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    Good stability running shoe with zero drop platform and high-stack plush cushioning.

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