suggested I try the the Altra Olympus 4.0, which is Altra's latest version of their maximalist trail shoe.
I've always liked Altra's zero-drop, wide toe box philosophy, but I had never given the Olympus models a try. I tend to prefer light and nimble shoes, and to be honest the Olympus 4.0s are a bit 肥肥 (but, hey, we're all getting a little chunkier during these lockdowns ).
After a few hundred kms, these shoes really surprised me. For starters, they are COMFORTABLE. I went up a half size larger than normal (the toe box runs slightly short), but with that the fit was spot on. These are shoes that you can go all day in. Surprisingly for a high-stack shoe, I also found them to be really STABLE. I think this is due to the shoe's wide base, but there was no concern about rolling an ankle while running stairs. Finally, the GRIP is unreal. With their Vibram Megagrip outsoles and big lugs, the Olympus 4.0s are absolutely fantastic on the slippery stuff.
My Verdict: If you're looking for an all-day, zero-drop shoe that can handle the wet, I think these may be the best choice on the market right now.
If you've tried the Olympus 4.0s out yourself, let me know what you think!