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Olympus 2
Olympus 2 Posted: 7/23/16
Reviewer: from Nashville, TN
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Great for those with wide feet and those who prefer zero drop or low drop shoes. Excellent cushioning, comparable to Hoka Challenger. The sole is perfect for trails, very tacky. I would prefer that the sole was slightly rockered though, like the Hokas. The biggest drawback is the heel cup (or lack of one); it's huge and doesn't lock your heel in. My heels move too much which could lead to blisters in long races.

Intuition 3.5
Intuition 3.5 Posted: 7/20/16
Reviewer: from boston ma
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have had some pain in my metatarsals and thought maybe this could alleviate some of it. I already, after only one walk, feel a difference. They are a little different and they say to give it a while to get used to them but I needed no adjustment period. They are a very stable, comfortable shoe. I have high arches or I would have given a better arch review, but I wear orthotics.

One 2.5
One 2.5 Posted: 7/20/16
Reviewer: from San Marcos, TX
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Most comfortable shoe I've ever worn. I have painful neuropathy in my feet. I started getting altra shoes because I found they had a big toe box. I can wear a shoe that pretty much leaves my toes alone. I've been through several models with superior 2.0 being my favorite before I tried these lovelies! The thing that sets these apart is the extremely comfortable sole of the shoe. It's like standing on a cushion. For anyone dealing with painful feet, this is your shoe!

Superior 2
Superior 2 Posted: 7/19/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I'm a big fan of Altra shoes. I've only had them for a week and about 20 miles of trail running. So far they feel great and have great traction on the trails.

Instinct 3.5
Instinct 3.5 Posted: 7/16/16
Reviewer: Eric Munn from New Jersey
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These shoes make great walking shoes, Love the extra room in the Toes!

Instinct 3.5
Instinct 3.5 Posted: 7/16/16
Reviewer: Penny Roberts from Ashland, OR
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I am 64 years old and finally have a shoe that feels good on my very wide feet. I Use orthotics in a 2nd pair that are a little more rugged. I like the men's version for me, for the width and the color.

Lone Peak 2.5
Lone Peak 2.5 Posted: 7/16/16
Reviewer: June Damanti from Virginia
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Very comfortable right out of the box. Zero drop differential feels intuitively good and while noticeable, didn't take any long adjustment period. I went for a 3 mile walk soon after getting. No problems. Love the wide toe box. It's a little funky looking but not too weird IMHO. And besides, comfort trumps all! I was able to wear with medium weight wool sock with it without having to go up a size.

Lone Peak 2.5
Lone Peak 2.5 Posted: 7/15/16
Reviewer: Dinesh Balasubramaniam from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These were replacements for a pair of Merrell's that I had for about 2 years. I was wary of replacing a hiking shoe with one intended mostly for running but was pleasantly surprised at how sturdy this feels on the trails. The shoes are comfortable and breathe well (possibly indicating that it may not be suitable in cold weather). For my purpose, walking and hiking, the extra width in the front feels weird but is not a hindrance.

One 2.5
One 2.5 Posted: 7/13/16
Reviewer: from Runner from Kingwood
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is my second pair of One 2.5, and my fourth pair of Altras. I'm a fairly active runner, and my old 2.5s served me well for about 500 miles before I decided to retire them. The upper was still in reasonable shape, and I ran them through rain, hot, cold, trail and pavement. These are great shoes, with a generous toebox (a must for me) and zero drop (another must for me). It's not a minimalist shoe - they do provide some cushioning, which was exactly what I was looking for. If you are used to more shoe or a drop, make sure you transition to these slowly to avoid injuries. I'm marking these as "felt true to width", but be aware that the toebox is much wider than your regular running shoe.

Lone Peak 2.5
Lone Peak 2.5 Posted: 7/12/16
Reviewer: from Corvallis, Oregon
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

I wear a size 9, have high arches & a high instep and wide feet. The shoe did not fit at all. I'm sending it back & sizing up hoping this will help.

Lone Peak 2.5
Lone Peak 2.5 Posted: 7/11/16
Reviewer: from middletown, CT
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The shoe was light and looked just like the picture, but it was just barely too short for my size 12 feet. If it came in a 12.5 it would be fine.

Superior 2
Superior 2 Posted: 7/11/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

One of my favorite running shoes. Fits like a glove with just the right amount of cushioning. I always run with the rock guard insert. It's a shame that the shoes tear on the sides after 100 miles. I'd love to buy another pair and not have to duck tape them after a couple months use. Wouldn't mind if the shoe were slightly heavier, if it improves durability.

Lone Peak 2.5
Lone Peak 2.5 Posted: 7/11/16
Reviewer: Jose Ibarra from Asheville, North Carolina
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Nice toe box. Very comfortable. Best for walking and trail runs.

Impulse
Impulse Posted: 7/11/16
Reviewer: Lynne Zucchi from Rhode Island
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

'super light and by increasign by a 1/2 size was able to fit my orthotics in easily. However I couldnt get pass the heel drop.

Superior 2
Superior 2 Posted: 7/11/16
Reviewer: Ken Young from Slingerlands, NY
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I've been running a bit in minimalist shoes and sandals but was getting some foot pain after running on asphalt. The Altra Superior 2 is a welcome addition to my foot ware arsenal. I usually wear an 11 or an 11.5. The 11.5's fit me perfectly. Compared to my other minmalist shoes, these feel like you are running on clouds. They do have a good amount of cushion but they feel great. The zero drop and large toe box feel great. I prefer to wear toe socks with these and I can even wears my correct toes....there is plenty of room for them. I have used them on asphalt and on the trail and they feel great. My feet are very happy.

Lone Peak 2.5
Lone Peak 2.5 Posted: 7/10/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Im very sad these didn't work out. I had high hopes. I was a long distance runner for several years and then had multiple foot injuries and have never quite bounced back. I walk several miles every day on campus and needed shoes that would support my feet and subsequently knees and back. I tried these on the suggestion of a friend and broke them in according to the manufacturers recommendations. These however increased my foot pain, my knee pain and my back pain. The zero drop is nonsense and caused more problems than it helped. I really suggest you find a solid shoe with as much padding as you need.

Olympus 2
Olympus 2 Posted: 7/5/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I'm writing this to help anyone having issues with heel slip. The first pair of these shoes I ordered was my normal size + 1/2 (10.5). 10 has always been my standard size and 10.5 has always been my running size for extra toe room. The 10.5 arrived and felt a bit snug across the width of my foot, but nothing that I don't expect with new shoes before they break in a bit. And the forefoot was amazing - so much room!!! But my heel was slipping constantly. I tried special lacing for heel slip and nothing worked. I figured Altras just wouldn't work for me so I returned them and ordered 5 more pairs of other brands and sizes, returning them all because they just didn't fit as well as the Altras did in the forefoot. I came back to the reviews here and noticed how many people said they run an entire size small. So on a whim, I decided to try a size 11. MAGIC!!! Because my foot fits down into the entire shoe better, I can lace them tighter and I have no heel slip at all. These shoes are amazing!!! They definitely run small, but when you find the right size they are so worth it!

Intuition Everyday
Intuition Everyday Posted: 7/4/16
Reviewer: from Southeast Alaska
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Just what the doctor ordered: a wide toe box, zero drop and a flexible and cushy sole. This is doing the trick for Morton's neuroma. I've tried lots of shoes with no success. Even other Altra styles aren't quite as perfect as these. And they are cute enough, although I wish they'd make other non-athletic styles.

One 2.5
One 2.5 Posted: 7/2/16
Reviewer: Dan from Oregon
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Profile of reviewer: Fit, mid-50's athlete with declining knees, 190 lbs, 6'1", 15-20 miles per week, wide feet and moderate bunions. Current running shoe rotation: New Balance Fresh Foam Zante, NB 980, and Altra Lone Peak 2. I ordered the Ones hoping for a lighter version of the Altra Lone Peak. The Ones retain the basic Altra characteristics of the Lone Peak. Instantly comfortable under foot, plenty of toe room. They are squishier and far more flexible than the Lone Peaks. The zero-drop claim is real. The Ones are extremely light, even lighter than my NB Fresh Foam Zantes. They are so light they almost feel fragile. Of course, being Altras, they look like clown shoes. I wonder whether Altra designers have competitions for the Ugliest Shoe award. Running in the Ones, my impression is that they are inoffensive. This may sound like damning them with faint praise, but when I find a shoe that doesn't call attention to itself on a run, that is a success. (Besides, I am way past the idea that new shoes make running easier) I do have to alter my stride a bit with the Ones, with my foot strike being more toward the toes. That is the point of Altras, and is a good thing, because at the end of a run (and afterward), I have noticeably less knee pain with these shoes. The shoes are not the fastest, I think because they are so squishy. But I don't care - anything that will extend my running career is a win. Running downhill is a bit of a challenge. The shoes are so insubstantial (thin uppers and bendy sole) that my foot squirms around inside the shoe on a down slope. I would gladly accept another ounce of weight to stiffen them up a little. This is not really a complaint, rather an observation that this is not a trail shoe. I think they would disintegrate the first time they brushed against a rock. I ordered a half size up because of previous experience with Altras. Not sure this was necessary with the Ones. I kept the size I ordered, but they are plenty roomy. In summary, I like this shoe enough to where I am considering buying a second pair.

Olympus 2
Olympus 2 Posted: 7/1/16
Reviewer: Kathleen Brown from San Francisco
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I am looking for good walking shoes with a wide toe box. These are pretty good, but they run large. Following the reviews, I sized up one size to the 12 B, and they are enormous on me. They shoes are also kind of clunky - they have a big platform and are a bit heavy. But the grey and green is nice - not too bright; would work with jeans.

Lone Peak 2.5
Lone Peak 2.5 Posted: 7/1/16
Reviewer: TC from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Before this, I had the Lone Peak 2 and this Lone Peak 2.5 isn't quite as good for me. First, I have a wide foot and always need wide shoes. Because of Altra's toe box design, they are normally wide enough even though they say medium width. However, this 2.5 isn't as wide as the 2, meaning it's a little narrow for my foot. Also, the vertical space in the shoe is reduced so it's a bit tight on the top of my foot, even with the laces loosened. The Lone Peak 2 didn't have this problem. On the plus side, the laces are rough on the edges and stay tied very well. Also, the cushion in this shoe is firmer than the 2, so maybe it will last longer? We'll have to see. Overall, still a good running shoe.

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