What are zero drop shoes?

“Zero Drop” is a term originally coined by the makers of Altra Shoes to describe footwear where the heel is at the same height as the ball of the foot. This is what your foot does, naturally, when you’re standing on a level surface in bare feet.

But most running shoes are, essentially, high-heeled shoes, with a “differential” between the height of the heel and the height of the ball of the foot as high as one inch.

Now that you can find minimalist shoes, big shoe companies are now joyfully advertising their minimalist shoes as zero drop, or low drop. But does that really matter for you? And are Xero Shoes zero drop, especially the new Amuri Cloud.

This video, inspired by a question on our forum, should answer that.


What are Zero Drop Shoes? - Barefoot Running Q&A

What do you think?