Known for its zero-drop platform, Altra has a number of shoes over multiple categories. The Provision 2.5 is an intermediate update—Altra’s nod to a partial overhaul—in this case, it’s the upper that gets the attention with closed mesh and no-sew overlays providing the support over the toes and through the saddle, and a stitched toe bumper shaping the height of the forefoot.
The Cloudflyer is the second shoe where On has converted its Cloud technology to an EVA platform. The result is a Swiss engineered delight, a well-cushioned, sturdy shoe, that’s lighter than expected. The upper is semi-open mesh over the toes with closed mesh over the tongue and saddle, extending around the heel.
The Lunar Tempo was a descendant of the Lunar Elite and Luna Racer, and Round 2 continues that genetic link to performance. The upper is a tighly woven Flyknit with no-sew overlays lending their touch of support, shaping the toe for a more effective fit than Round 1.
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The Zante’s introduction last year turned more than a few heads, and ushered in some speedier profiles for the brand. Round 2 throws in a few needed tweaks and keeps rolling down the fast track. The upper continues with its adaptable stretch mesh with little structure, and no-sew overlays lending support to shape the upper.
Mizuno’s new Catalyst is a welcome addition to its line, slotting into the void left by the Elixir. The upper is a two-layered mesh: wide open underneath, minimesh on top. Traditional overlays support the toe, medial rearfoot and lace throat with the Runbird logo forming a semi-saddle, and no-sew overlays running the length of the lateral side.
HOKA ONE ONE’s acknowledged strength has been its maximum cushioning. The Vanquish 2 carries high the banner established by the Mafate and other models that launched the brand. The upper is closed mesh with 3D-printed overlays and splashy graphics. The fit is closer than some of its other models, but it’s pretty true to size.
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