I’ve wanted to like Altra’s ever since they came out because they have a foot shaped front and a lower than typical drop from heel to toe. ¬†I’m 6′-2″ and don’t feel any need to be an inch taller in my running shoes. ¬†Having read “Born to Run”, I’ve dabbled in a number of more minimal shoes, never really settling on any type but always wanting less in a shoe. Typically I run in a size 13, often Nike or Saucony, so I have tried Altra 13’s on several occasions and they always felt and looked like clown shoes with the foot shaped front and the tail. ¬†This time I tried a 12 in the Lone Peak 5 and instantly fell in love- super comfortable all over and no clown effect. ¬†Perhaps the tail is a little shorter than other Altra’s? ¬† I ordered another pair a week later. ¬†Alas, I’m only running 3-4 miles on trails right now, but I wear one pair every day all day, including trail runs and walks with the dog. ¬†I’ve worn nothing but running shoes on backpacking trips for at least 15 years and wouldn’t hesitate to use these. ¬†Just out of the box, they seemed slightly stiff overall, but they very quickly became supple. ¬†When I run I lace them a little tighter. ¬†I have a lot of trouble finding comfortable shoes for my narrowish feet with average arch and no pronation/supination. ¬†Sure hope Altra keeps this fit. ¬†They feel light in weight and are average when it comes to surprise pokes by pointed rocks.