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Altra Zero Drop Footwear Reviews

Torin 2.0
Torin 2.0 Posted: 2/10/16
Reviewer: A. Ward from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love this shoe, hope it helps painful feet from running, plantar fasciitis and sore toes. I wish I knew about Altras when I took up running (triathlon) in 2011. I haven't worn them outside yet but I have a good feeling about them. The toe box design makes so much sense. I will break myself into zero drop gradually as I was using 12mm. Cool colors. Ordered half size bigger.

Olympus 2
Olympus 2 Posted: 2/9/16
Reviewer: francesco perri from Salt Lake City, UT
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I'll freely admit that after the original version of the Olympus I didn't bother getting the 1.5s because they just weren't improved nearly enough. Well that isn't the case with the 2.0s, they finally stepped it up with this edition. The traction is great with the grippy Viabram sole. This is a shoe you can trust to give you traction. Also it doesn't have that same toe drop off as the 1.0s and 2.0s, it feels like a good balance between the thick sole and a shoe that let's you feel the ground. The upper is more rugged and fits really well. I actually really liked the yellow and blue shoe. I'm really happy with these kicks.

Intuition 3.5
Intuition 3.5 Posted: 2/9/16
Reviewer: Connie Evans from Farmington, IL
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love these shoes! However, the 9 is too big and the 8½ is too short so I have to return them. I have a pair that I bought 1½ years ago and they are perfect - I really wish that they had not changed the way they size their shoes!

Lone Peak 2.5
Lone Peak 2.5 Posted: 2/8/16
Reviewer: Sprinkles from Great Smoky Mountains
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I am a recent Altra convert after finding that yet again my feet have gotten bigger thanks to trail miles! After needing to go up yet another size, I decided to give Altras a try because they felt so light and looked wide. Wide is not how I would describe these shoes at all. They are actually shaped like feet. Instead of cramming all your toes together you can let your feet spread a little bit, giving you more stability and comfort. I even switched all my running shoes to Altras after trying these shoes out. As a hiking guide, I am on my feet all year round and these shoes will hold up to all conditions in the Southeast. I would recommend these shoes to everyone!

Provision 2.5
Provision 2.5 Posted: 2/5/16
Reviewer: from Wyoming
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Very comfortable, supportive shoe. I like how it supported my lousy arch. The only problem I had was that I walk outside, I live in cold country, and this would only work here in the summer. It is well-ventilated.

Impulse
Impulse Posted: 2/4/16
Reviewer: from Georgia
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I really like these shoes. They feel really light and they really do prevent overpronation. They fit true to size and are nice and breathable. I haven't had a chance to test the water drain system yet. This is my third pair of Altra Zero Drop shoes. I previously wore out two pairs of Lone Peak trail runners. I will say that it took about two months for me to get used to the first pair, but now I don't want to run in conventional shoes anymore. Altras force you to bend your knees slightly when you run and they won't let you lengthen your stride far enough to strike your heel too hard (like what happens when I run in conventional running shoes with elevated heels). I don't feel I can run as fast in these however, since they seem to make me shorten my stride a little. I'm sure my form has improved and I feel that my legs and feet have gotten stronger since I started wearing Altra Zero Drop Footwear. For reference, I'm 5'8" and weigh 180 lbs. and wear size 10. So far I've only ran 10k at the time on these shoes, all on paved trails and roads at an 8-8.5 minute per mile pace. I'm sure I could go slightly faster and much farther in these shoes without any pain. If you're looking to improve your form by running with a more natural stride and/or you want to strengthen your hips/knees/ankles/arches, then you need to try these shoes. If you're not an overpronator, Altra as other models for neutral runners.

Olympus 2
Olympus 2 Posted: 2/3/16
Reviewer: Matt from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I had to exchange for a full size larger than my Olympus 1 and 1.5s. They seem to have fixed the tread problem being too slippery in mud/wet by adding more lugs. This is my favorite Altra for both road and trail.

Superior 2
Superior 2 Posted: 2/3/16
Reviewer: Jenna Turner from
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

I have so many people who tell me Altra is the best so of course I had to try. Honestly.. I'm not super impressed. Still might return them. I have a super high arch- to the point where you can't even see my arch when I walk in the sand. I put my arch supports inside since there is ZERO arch support in these. The toe base is wider so there are places where the insert does not reach. Feels weird on my foot. I also feel like my heels are lower than the rest of my foot... which I guess is the zero drop part. For me it a, meh! I am not impressed for the price. I also ordered half size larger- normally an 8 and I ordered an 8.5 fit was right, just the shoe kinda sucks.

Lone Peak 2 WP
Lone Peak 2 WP Posted: 2/2/16
Reviewer: Kurt from Anchorage, Ak
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I just received my pair a week ago and tested them first before trekking outside in the Alaskan snow. Slowly dripping water over the tongue revealed my pair is not fully waterproof either but I can return them if I wish as I have not ruined their appearance. I am no longer a runner but an addicted golfer so these will work fine with wet course conditions or frost delays. The fit is perfect with a slightly thicker sock, great for early spring and chilly fall weather. A review article by pro Sean McCoy on GearJunkie.com revealed his pre-production test shoes leaked at the tongue, Altra assured him post production models would not. Obviously someone in quality control did not get the message as there are a lot of dissatisfied customers. I am sure Altra is working on this as more recent article reviews are beginning to show more customer satisfaction (though their reviews seldom mention extreme wet conditions). This design will survive along with its cousins the Lone Peak 2.0 and 2.5. Dealing directly with Altra should insure the improved water proof version and in turn renew Zappos' inventory for greater future sales. I have replaced all sports shoes with Altra's through Zappos. They have a great customer service department.

Superior 2
Superior 2 Posted: 2/1/16
Reviewer: Run from florida
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The slight modifications Altra has incorporated make all the difference! The sizing is much more accurate and there's more height In the toe box. This is a killer trail shoe with great grip and enough cushion for smooth sailing on technical track. Already put about thirty miles on them and ordered a second pair. New colors = much better.

Olympus 2
Olympus 2 Posted: 2/1/16
Reviewer: Jen from Gardiner
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I've never run in a high cushioned shoe I loved more. So light. So cushioned. Perfect comfort. I love that I can go for a long or short run and feel amazing wearing them! My feet are happy with the space in the toe box.

Superior 2
Superior 2 Posted: 2/1/16
Reviewer: Jen from Gardiner, ME
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Where Altra One2.5 meats the Lone Peak..... Perfection! The best, lightest trail shoe I've ever worn before! I have high arches and bunions and these shoes are amazing! I love trail running but also do a lot of running in the snow. Altra has made the perfect shoe to get you out the door on a snowy day and sure to enjoy that run too!

Intuition 3.5
Intuition 3.5 Posted: 2/1/16
Reviewer: Jen from Gardiner
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I am so impressed with these shoes! They are cushioned and they are light weight! That is perfection. The toe box is wide and makes my toes so happy. The cushioning is perfect for the long run and the light weight is perfect for the speed workout. I would say they are perfect for just about any kind of run.

Lone Peak 2 WP
Lone Peak 2 WP Posted: 2/1/16
Reviewer: Kevin Long from San Diego, CA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Since discovering the Lone Peak 2.5 (non water-proof) and falling in love, I was pumped that Altra was coming out with a water-proof version. The best part of these shoes is that they aren't super hot on your foot. Because they're using neoshell vs. gortex, the outer waterproof shell stops water from ever soaking into the shoe at all. I love trekking through mud and puddles and coming home and hosing off my shoes. I could never do that with gortex bootie. Also, I see some complaints about the tongue not being waterproof, but that's completely incorrect. I spoke with Altra about that concern and they said the tongue does in-fact have the neoshell layer in between two mesh layers of the tongue. I also haven't experienced any issues with water entering the shoe and I can't imagine why/how someone else would have this happen through the tongue, unless they were literally running in a river and dunking the shoe completely into the water. Anyways, this shoe is awesome. I totally recommend it to anyone that loves Altra's foot-shaped toe box and zero drop and wants a killer waterproof trail shoe.

Lone Peak 2.5
Lone Peak 2.5 Posted: 1/31/16
Reviewer: from Milford, Pennsylvania
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are very good shoes for both trail and road; I use them on both. The combination of foot shaped toe box, zero-drop and flexible sole make them extremely comfortable. I find the amount of cushioning just right. My feet are long, wide and thin (low volume); they are sometimes hard to fit. I am usually a 10½, in these shoes an 11 fit like a glove.

Lone Peak 2.5
Lone Peak 2.5 Posted: 1/30/16
Reviewer: Michele from Portland Or
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is my third pair of Altras. These are the only, and I mean only, run-walk-hike-kickaround shoes that don't cause my Morton's neuroma to flare up. I have a wide metatarsal with multiple 4th and 5th fractures in addition to a very high instep and arches higher than "arch support" features. The zero-drop gives me a natural stride whether walking or running. Honestly I can't run much anymore due to fragility of my metatarsal, but I used these for street shoes traveling through India and Nepal and never had a single day of either neuroma or metatarsal pain. Wish they'd make something that would stand up to wet conditions in Portland, OR.

Lone Peak 2 WP
Lone Peak 2 WP Posted: 1/29/16
Reviewer: Michelle EB from Seattle
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I'm searching for some truly flat (ie zero drop) somewhat minimal waterproof shoes for walking. I thought these were it, but no. They have something on the sides that pushes on the side of your foot - kind of near the arch and then along the heel. Not comfy at all. I think the ones I got were a little long for me, but they were just wide enough.

Olympus 2
Olympus 2 Posted: 1/27/16
Reviewer: Susie from Colorado
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love these shoes! They have changed my life. No kidding. I'm back to loving to go on long walks. I hate to take them off. I've even worn them with casual evening wear simply because I don't want to wear anything else. They do run a size small. Order a half size to a full size larger.

Lone Peak 2 WP
Lone Peak 2 WP Posted: 1/26/16
Reviewer: JJ from San Francisco
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

First... Not waterproof. The tongue of the shoe soaks up water. The sole at the heel is starting to separate. The inside of the toe box has developed this weird crease on the inside that rubs the top of my toes. Poor quality for a really expensive shoe. Never again. This is all after 30 days of wear.

One 2.5
One 2.5 Posted: 1/26/16
Reviewer: from Blacksburg, VA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Lightweight neutral running shoe with roomy toe box... This is a great update from Altra to their neutral running shoe line. I personally like that this shoe has less cushioning than their other models - I feel more connected to the ground and less likely to turn an ankle. But, there's enough cushioning to go for distance, too. The wide toe box is great. I always go a half size down with Altra shoes compared to other brands, but this one is definitely more snug (except for toe box). Still love the Zero Drop - great for mid- to forefoot strikers.

One 2.5
One 2.5 Posted: 1/25/16
Reviewer: from Broken Arrow, OK
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love these shoes! They weigh nothing; they fit beautifully and do not hurt! I have been trying to find walking shoes that did the above, and now I have found them. I read another review who said they looked like clown shoes. They are not for fashion; they are for function, like walking without pain. I recommend them.

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