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Altra Vanish-C

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Altra Vanish-C

Bringing carbon plate speed to the Altra ethos, the Vanish-C in Coral/Black has the wider toe box, zero drop and gender specific fit you would expect from Altra, but with all the added efficiency of a race day shoe.

The Altra Vanish Carbon is a race day shoe design to give you comfort and performance for long-distance speed.

Designed to flex naturally with your foot, a carbon plate provides an added boost and propulsion through your stride. Wrapped around the carbon plate, ALTRA EGO PRO is the lightest midsole foam Altra make, designed for cushioned comfort mile after mile.

Called an active stance rocker, the upward curve on the forefoot starts further back than any previous Altra shoe, designed to give a more efficient toe-off.

With the same amount of cushioning under the heel as at the forefoot, this zero-drop build gives you natural balance, aligning your feet, back and body posture. This improved posture promotes proper form, which can reduce initial impact by 3-5 times as well as improve your running.

A wider, “footshape” toe box lets your foot spread, providing a natural, more powerful position for your big toe, for improved stability and toe offs. Gender specific shaping ensures everyone can make the most of their potential.


Experiment is often the precursor to innovation, and that was certainly the case with Altra, whose origins lie in the humble toaster oven their founders used to melt heel counters off running shoes.

The eventual result was the brand’s zero drop “Balanced Cushioning” that puts the heel and toes the same distance from the ground. This gives optimal alignment, cultivates better form, and encourages a low-impact landing.

Another key feature of Altra shoes is the wide toe box, known as the “Footshape”. By allowing your toes to relax and spread out naturally, it lets your big toe find the optimum position for stability and power.

In Altra’s women’s footwear, Fit4Her technology caters to the specific form of the female foot, with designs based around a narrower heel and midfoot, a higher instep, and a longer arch.

Carbon Plate

Carbon plates have well-researched benefits and a seemingly endless list of race wins and world records.

They create the firmer feel that fast racers are looking for and help to guide the foot through your stride, providing a touch of extra support. They can also help create a rocker feel, with the stiffness allowing the shoe to pivot – as the toe goes down, the heel must come up, easing you into your next stride.

Although stiff, they do flex, providing an energised pop of forward momentum as the plate fights to retain its shape.

Each brand, and almost every shoe, uses a plate differently. Different shapes, thicknesses, and designs are used to prioritise a different aspect of performance. Some aim exclusively to guide the stride, while others focus solely on propulsion.


• Weight: 7.3 oz/ 206 g
• Midsole: Altra EGO™ PRO
• Outsole: EVA Foam
• Cushion: High
• Stack Height: 33 mm
• Upper: Breathable Engineered Mesh
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