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Torin 1.5
Torin 1.5 Posted: 11/21/14
Reviewer: from Seattle, WA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love these shoes. I'm a newer runner. My first pair of running shoes were Merrell Gloves, but they were a little tight on my fatty toes and too flexible. I wanted a little support and cushion, while not having big clunkers so that I could start off my running habit with good mid foot strikes. Anyways, love 'em.

Superior 1.5
Superior 1.5 Posted: 11/20/14
Reviewer: Kathleen Murphy from Louisville KY
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

My husband loves these shoes!! He also has the Altra Instinct Everyday shoe. If you have bunions, these are the shoes for you. And anyone old enough to have bunions needs this slightly hipster profile!!

Olympus
Olympus Posted: 11/19/14
Reviewer: from los angeles
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Mom broke her foot couple yrs ago. She loves shoes with a lot of cushion and light weight. She used to wear the easy spirit anti-gravity shoes, but they stopped making those and these are the closest thing.

One 2
One 2 Posted: 11/18/14
Reviewer: Paul Heron from Montreal
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Awesome, comfortable, and fast. Plenty of room for toes to splay. Feels like running on springs - very responsive. Make sure you get half a size to a full size up from your usual. Altra is inconsistent in making shoes true to size - these are definitely not true to size. Go on altrarunning.com and use the shoe for to calculate your size. Not convinced by the quality of the exterior fabric. I slid against a rock which produced a small tear in the fabric - this shouldn't happen so easily. I'm hoping the tear won't grow because otherwise I absolutely love these shoes. Probably won't get as much mileage out of these as previously owned shoes but I'm ok with that given the price.

One 2
One 2 Posted: 11/17/14
Reviewer: Josh McVey from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I can't edit my previous review so I am posting a new one. This has become my favorite shoe I have ever run in. I wear it on a cross country course and the sidewalk for 4/6 runs per week. My pair is going strong at 200 miles. I expect another 100 miles and another 100 walking. I love these shoes.

Torin 1.5
Torin 1.5 Posted: 11/17/14
Reviewer: Mike from Baton Rouge, LA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I got my Torin 1.5s as a requested birthday present from my wife. They fit better than I thought they would with me having a high arch and narrow, flat foot. While they are wide in the toe box, the rest of they fit my narrow foot well. I'm a neutral runner who is just now realizing the benefits of zero drop shoes. I'm working my way into them but having put up 13 miles in them, and I'm thrilled. They aren't as light as the Altra One2 but are made to be more substantial for longer distances from what I can tell. My feet absolutely LOVE these shoes! My toes have room to spread out but they don't move round. The cushioning is slightly firm but perfect for longer distances. As for performance, this is a great high mileage trainer or marathon+ distance shoe. As for the zero drop design, do yourself a favor and make sure your cadence is high. (The faster your steps, the less impact they have on your body and the more efficiently you run.) I would also advise that people moving to zero drop shoes do it gradually. For me it's a better, faster, more efficient way to run but you can't switch from 8+mm shoes to zero drop instantly. Altra has some great suggestions on form, cadence and transition on their website. Overall they make quality shoes and the Torin 1.5 is no different.

Provision 1.5
Provision 1.5 Posted: 11/17/14
Reviewer: Jon from Honolulu
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I've had these for about a month, my first Altras, and so far I'm very pleased. They are very light weight for the height of the footbed, and my feet are pleased with the wide toe box. I do mostly walking in these and little bit of jogging. I've only tried them with the sole insert, so I can't say how they feel without them. I did a lot of research to find shoes that would improve my foot condition and though I think the price is still a bit high, I'm very satisfied. I just hope they will last a while. I also recommend getting a half-size larger than your usual shoe, this helps to really feel the advantage of the wide toe box. I originally got 9.5's and exchanged for 10's.

Instinct 2
Instinct 2 Posted: 11/16/14
Reviewer: Kris getting from Kalamazoo, Michigan
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

My son loves these shoes. Recommended by physical therapist. They are wide and true to size. Excellent service from Zappos returning one pair. Highly recommend.

Olympus
Olympus Posted: 11/13/14
Reviewer: Brian Chisholm from North of Boston MA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love these shoes. This is my second pair. Only adjustment I had to make was to sand down the toe guards because they were causing blisters when my toes rubbed up against them inside the shoe.

Instinct 2
Instinct 2 Posted: 11/12/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

These are the worst shoes that I have ever owned. The mesh on my Instinct started tearing off the midsole and in other areas after less than 50 miles of use on a treadmill. Please do not waste you money, these are cheap Wal-Mart shoes at best.

Intuition Everyday
Intuition Everyday Posted: 11/12/14
Reviewer: from Utah
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have had these about three weeks now. I wear them nearly every day as an elementary school teacher. I love them! They are comfortable and my feet don't hurt at the end of the day!

Paradigm
Paradigm Posted: 11/12/14
Reviewer: Th8nkful from Indiana
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Returned these shoes. I bought them for the wide toe box. While they fit well and felt comfortable, the main problem I had w them is that the soles were very thick, almost like rocker-bottom style sneakers, and it just wasn't the feel I was looking for. (That said, I have used mostly minimalist sneakers the past couple of years. It just felt like I was too far from the ground.) True to size in 11 and the sulphur-grape color was just as it appeared on my monitor.

Instinct Everyday
Instinct Everyday Posted: 11/11/14
Reviewer: James Cochrane from Montclair, NJ
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love the comfort.I work on my feet all day. Had been experiencing daily pain in the ball of both feet. Since my first day of wearing them the pain is gone. I also bought Altra Running shoes and love them as well. So happy with my purchase, thank you Altra!

One 2
One 2 Posted: 11/8/14
Reviewer: running g from Atlantic beach
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have long been a fan of Altra. I have previously worn their superiors and the Three Sum Tri shoe. This is by far a killer shoe for road or light trail. It is really light weight, but cushy and responsive. I love them. I had to buy three pairs. I'm logging over fifty miles a week on road in them and I have yet to see wear on the tread. .

Provisioness 1.5
Provisioness 1.5 Posted: 11/7/14
Reviewer: from Salt Lake City, Utah
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love this shoe! It is the best in cushioned, low-profile/zero-drop/minimalist footwear. I teach RIPPED and strength training classes. This shoe is great for the plyometric jumping, lateral movement, interval training and mixed martial arts, and it has great stability for strength training/weight lifting. I wear it walking. I wear it running. I wear it shopping. I wear it for living. This shoe blows all competition out of the water! I will never go back to Nike, Reebok, Mizuno - all of which I have worn in the past. The only negative is the odd placement of a stiff decal across the tip of the toe. It took a little bit to get used to that feature, which I think is meant to keep the wearer from busting out the toe. Odd, but no big deal.

Provisioness 1.5
Provisioness 1.5 Posted: 11/7/14
Reviewer: Ann from Florida
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

I wanted to like this shoe. It fit well, about a half size large. The appearance is nice. I had to return it however because the plastic decorative strip across the front of the toe box is just too uncomfortable. I can't believe they put a plastic strip in such a place on the shoe! My big toenail kept getting caught up on it every time I tried to wear the shoes. I hope the manufacturer will get rid of this in the next version of this shoe, because if they do, I would buy it then. Note that this shoe does provide a fair amount of support, but you can take both insoles out if you like. I normally wear minimalist shoes by Vivo Barefoot or Merrell, but got these because sometimes I like more support, e.g. if I know I will be on my feet for 8-10 hours straight. These are not minimalist overall but they do have zero drop, a nice wide toe box, and very minimal amount of toe-spring.

Olympus
Olympus Posted: 11/7/14
Reviewer: Lisa from Seattle
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love these shoes! They are the lightest shoes I've ever worn, and would honestly rather wear them all day also (I do that with my Torin's). Pay attention to the break in time, you will need some time running shorter distances in these at first, so you get used to the zero drop. I have a bunion, plantar fasciitis, and some weird swelling thingy on the top of my foot, and none of it bothers me while running in these shoes. I had to get a full size larger, I normally am a 7.5 in most shoes, a 8.5 fits great.

Torin 1.5
Torin 1.5 Posted: 11/5/14
Reviewer: from Georgetown, Texas
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These shoes rock! I can't tell you how many pairs I've bought that I can't wear, because my feet hurt when I try and exercise in them. I have had surgery for hallux limitus and rigidus on both feet, and now need a VERY big toe box. Finding shoes to exercise in has been impossible. Not any more! I waited to write this until I had them a few weeks, and they are still as comfortable as can be. Nicely cushioned and almost like being barefoot. Love, love, love them!

One 2
One 2 Posted: 11/5/14
Reviewer: Jeff Rogers from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Fantastic. I was a devotee of the Instinct 1.5, and as many have noted, the Instinct 2.0 is a poor replacement (thought I still wear them). The One 2 is better comparison for the "feel" of the old Instinct. Yes, they are very short (think height) in the forward section of the toe. That has never bothered me when I'm actually running. I'm guessing many or most folks will need to order a half or full size up.

Lone Peak 2
Lone Peak 2 Posted: 11/4/14
Reviewer: from United States
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I love Altra shoes because they combine the cushioning of a sneaker and the natural feel of a barefoot shoe. I have 4 pairs of Altra shoes. These Lone Peak 2 shoes are disappointing because they have excessive built-in arch support. Previous Lone Peaks provided more of a flat to subtle arch, which promotes foot strengthening and a more natural feel. In my opinion, few people actually need arch support.

Lone Peak 2
Lone Peak 2 Posted: 11/4/14
Reviewer: Jeff from Oakland, CA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I'm about 75 miles into these shoes and couldn't be happier. Roomy toe box, comfortable, not heavy feeling. Long runs (20+ miles) used to leave my feet aching, but not in these shoes! I am doing a 50 mile race in December and have zero concerns about how these shoes will perform. I will buy these again when the time comes.

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