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For a near barefoot experience that brings the runner close to the ground, the Altra Samson has no cushioning and an extra-firm ride.



The Altra Delilah is a near-barefoot shoe that brings you low and level to the ground. The 0mm drop encourages a more forward footstrike, and the siped rubber outsole provides good grip on hard surfaces. A thin insole gives a touch of underfoot cushioning, and can be removed for a much closer feel for the ground. 

Model Number:

Weight: 6.3 oz (size 8)

Stack Height: Heel (7mm), Forefoot (7mm)

Available Widths: B=Medium

How It Fits (based on width B) 

  • Sizing: Fits small; purchase 1/2 size larger than standard running shoe size
  • Heel: Medium to narrow
  • Midfoot: Medium to high volume
  • Forefoot: Wide
  • Toe-Box Height: Low to medium
  • Arch Structure: Low
  • Shoe Shape: Straight



The Delilah is a minimum feature, minimum neutral shoe designed for daily training.


  • To keep weight down, this shoe contains no additional cushioning technologies.


  • Natural Ride System (NRS) design includes a more natural, foot-shaped last, zero millimeter heel to toe drop, and metatarsal-specific shapes in the outsole to assist in proper foot mechanics and allow for more natural foot movement.
  • Natural Foot Design follows the natural shape of the foot for ultimate comfort.


  • Air Mesh provides light, breathable coverage.
  • Heel Claw construction uses a snug fit around the heel for added support.
  • A-Wrap design holds feet securely around the midfoot and allows for a roomy toe-box.
  • Seamless Upper reduces irritation and provides next-to-foot comfort.
  • Support Insoles are 5mm-thick removable insoles designed for runners needing more traditional support and a molded arch.
  • Strengthen Insoles are 3mm-thick removable insoles made of A-bound material, with a flat platform designed to strengthen runners' feet.
  • Asymmetrical Lacing Design follows the shape of the foot for improved fit and feel.
  • Strobel Last with the upper stitched to full length fabric for a comfortable underfoot feel.


  • Baresole is a minimal outsole configuration made of siped performance rubber for a natural underfoot feel.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: Good, comfortable zero drop shoe. Works for a myriad of activities. It makes a great running, gym, or casual shoe. It is too bad that Altra discontinued this and the Samson (men's version) Beware, these run WAY SHORT. I suggest you go a full size up.
From: Christine, Chattanooga, TN

Comments: I've been transitioning down to more minimal footwear for a couple of years now (started with the Kinvara, then Newtons (can't say I loved those), then Merrell Dash Gloves). I've been in the Dash Gloves for awhile now, at this point. I decided to give the Altra Delilah a try as I like to have more than one shoe in my rotation and like the idea of being able to remove the insole when desired. These shoes, so far, are great (note: I have only gone on a very short run in them). With the insoles, I'd say these have a similar ground feel to the Dash Gloves. They are definitely wider at the forefoot, but the heel is genius - no slipping, but not tight or constrictive at all. First pair of shoes I have worn in who knows how long where my heel hasn't slipped in the shoe. Running Warehouse is spot-on with the sizing recommendation - I typically wear a US 8.0 in running shoes, the US 8.5 fits perfectly (and is exactly the same length as the Dash Glove in US 7.5).
From: Amanda, Cleveland Heights, OH, USA