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Torin 1.5
Torin 1.5 Posted: 2/26/15
Reviewer: Thomas Friedrich from Toronto
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I'm 50, and a moderate runner. I have arthritis in one of my big toes. 'Normal' shoes pull my big toe inward, and cause me to favor the opposite foot and leg. This threw off my gait and I started getting joint strain, which I've never had. I tried lots of shoes, but they were all the same. So these Altra's were the last attempt before I hung up my shoes for good. They have worked for me. The toe box allows your toes to splay out naturally. The shoes also force you into a more 'lean-forward' running position. It's a different way of running, and your forefoot ends up hitting the ground with your knees in a slightly bent position, thus absorbing shock naturally, instead of through the big cushy heel of the normal 'lean-back'-'heel-strike' kind of shoe. You definitely 'toe-off' more with these shoes, and I worried this would bother the arthritis in my big-toe, but it doesn't. All the hype about these zero-drop shoes is true, in my opinion. My toe is not bothering me. I am running with no joint strain. I'm sold on these shoes. And I didn't have any problem adjusting to this new way of running, as some are saying. You get stiff in different areas - more in your calves, and other areas. But I adjusted quickly. It feels right.

Intuition Everyday
Intuition Everyday Posted: 2/23/15
Reviewer: Roz from Colorado
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

The right heel was off-centered, wider and shorter than the left heel. Because it was off-centered, the right shoe's heel dug into my flesh. Since the heel was so short, it also hit at an odd place and felt like it was going to slip off. Add to that, the right heel was also wider (it looked like someone had worn it by walking ON the heel), and that increased the feeling of flopping off. The left shoe felt great, but these are NOT cheap shoes and the quality should be consistent between shoes. It's not. Be aware that these shoes do run at least one-half size smaller than normal.

Repetition
Repetition Posted: 2/23/15
Reviewer: from Los Angeles, CA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Such comfortable shoes! I have problem feet, but have been able to walk in these without my orthotics. Plenty of room for my toes, and good arch support. Since I don't wear them for sports, I am not a fan of the reflective trim, and that is the only reason this shoe does not get 5 stars from me!

Lone Peak 2
Lone Peak 2 Posted: 2/19/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love these shoes! I've been running and backpacking in Altras for years and my go to has always been the iterations of the Lone Peak. The 2.0 has an improved grip and more durable upper than the 1.5. If you're looking for toe room and a neutral platform for your feet this is your shoe!

Provisioness Walk
Provisioness Walk Posted: 2/15/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

The description says these are soft leather, but they are NOT actual leather. They are synthetic (check the Altra site if you want to verify this). They also have a mild-moderate 'stability wedge' for over -pronators. This might be great for some people but I need a neutral shoe. Luckily I discovered both these thing by going to my local running store. Other than these issues, the shoe would have been great comfort-wise, though I needed a half size larger than my usual athletic shoe size (Altras always run small). They were nice & wide in the toes and forefront while narrow in the heel, perfect for my foot. And of course, with the signature Altra foot-shaped toe & zero-drop. Wish they would make this in real leather and without the stability wedge, which rolls the foot slightly to the outside. So unless you need that, it will put pressure on the outside of the foot when walking. Wanted to write this review in case it saves other folks from having to buy & return (though Zappos is of course fantastic with returns). I'm sill trying to find a comfortable walking shoe...

Olympus
Olympus Posted: 2/5/15
Reviewer: Janice from Monett, MO
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Great shoe. I normally wear a size 11 and did size up to a 12, but they are still just a tad bit short. I do like the exceptional comfort and ergonomic design.

Lone Peak 2
Lone Peak 2 Posted: 2/2/15
Reviewer: Wendy Payne from Virden, NM
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I've been wearing these for walking for about a month, and I like them very much. The toe box is narrower than my Ones, but not uncomfortably so. I like the color, fit, and comfort level.

Paradigm
Paradigm Posted: 2/2/15
Reviewer: Brian Walsh from Tysons Corner, VA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These shoes are extremely comfortable and running in them is a breeze. I'm not a huge runner (a couple times a week), so I haven't really experienced any of the issues associated with switching to a zero-drop sneaker. The shape is very different than what I'm used to, but that is the point of the shoes. There is plenty of room in the toebox. When I'm done running, my feet do not hurt, nor do they feel compressed. I will continue to buy these. One thing to note: since they are not really tapered like most running shoes, they end up having a fairly flat front. If you are jumping down to a lower surface, stopping short, or running down a steep incline, your toes tend to slam into the front of the shoe pretty hard. Tapered shoes absorb a lot of the shock of these events so you don't notice, but it's a hard stop with these shoes. Not that big of a deal though since I only use them for running on the road.

Olympus
Olympus Posted: 2/2/15
Reviewer: from Miami Beach
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I have terrible arthritis in my feet and bunions (oh the joys of aging). I am also a runner! I have always worn New Balance as they come in 2E. Recently someone recommended Altra. I was skeptical as they don't come in "W." I just came back from a 7 mile run, second day out of the box! I have slight discomfort/burning in one foot but...I am confident they will break in. It is a blessing to have found these as I was worried about not being able to exercise any more! I also have a pair of the Altra Zero Drop Torrin 1.5, which I use for walking. They just came home from 2 weeks in Israel...perfectly comfy! Yes! Colors a bit funky but...they are so strangely fugly anyway that they work.

One 2
One 2 Posted: 1/28/15
Reviewer: from Tulsa, Oklahoma
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I loved these shoes. Ordered another pair. They are so flexible, have reasonable support, wide toe box and they are cute. I workout six days a week, and these are my best companions. Thanks Zappos. What great customer service. Always kind, know their product and ship out fast. This time it took an extra day. A little disappointed in that, but so much better than anyone else. Also like privately entering my credit card. Very proactive Zappos. Thanks!

One 2
One 2 Posted: 1/28/15
Reviewer: iSchneggs from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Featherlight! Comfortable! Wide! Seems like the size 13 should be about 1/4 inch longer, but my guess is that the padding will compress making more room. Will find out in Spring 2015 (if it comes!).

Torin 1.5
Torin 1.5 Posted: 1/22/15
Reviewer: from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are super comfortable running shoes! I've done a few 5-7 mile runs in these and I have had no trouble with sore feet/ankles/shins/etc. They have more cushioning than my Altra Intuition 1.5 and the ride is stiffer than my nike free 3.0. They get pretty good traction on wet and dry pavement but can get slippery in snow/ice. I have narrow heels and wide forefeet and Altra are one of the few brands that fit my feet well. I have really high arches and I find the arch support adequate. I usually wear a 9 or 9.5 in running shoes and an 8.5 fits me perfect. I wish they came in more colors because I would definitely buy more pairs if they did.

Torin 1.5
Torin 1.5 Posted: 1/19/15
Reviewer: L from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I absolutely love these shoes! I went and tried them on in a store when getting fitted for a track running shoe, the only problem with them for me is, my arch collapses when I run and my ankle rolls inward. These shoes need some more stability in my opinion. I bought them for only walking. They are the most comfortable shoes that I have ever had! I have extremely wide feet with a history of purchasing shoes that are 4E wide or a couple sizes too big, with the wide toe box, I got my correct size and it feels amazing. I have had these shoes for a couple of weeks and use them on my multi mile walk multiple times a week. One thing about them that I do not like is that they are not attractive. Most people my age are wearing the newest and coolest shoes and I am stuck in these. They do not have the same appeal as Nike Free Runs (which ruin your knees), Adidas Blade Runner shoes, Under Armor, or any of the cool brands. Otherwise, I love how comfortable they are!

One 2
One 2 Posted: 1/17/15
Reviewer: Karl from Boston
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

The shoe feels great, except that the toe box isn't tall enough. The front of the shoe impinged on the tops of my big toes, so for this reason I had to return the shoe.

Instinct Everyday
Instinct Everyday Posted: 1/16/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I ordered a pair of these in the hopes that they would help me be at least "semi-comfortable" while walking. I have a Morton's neuroma on my right foot. These shoes have changed my life. I tried everything before this, running shoes, waling shoes, cheap shoes, expensive shoes, foam and gel shoe inserts from all the major manufactures, but nothing worked until I got these. My only complaint is that I wish they had a them in black, not just gray. Come on Altara, throw me a bone, and make a black set.

Torin 1.5
Torin 1.5 Posted: 1/14/15
Reviewer: neil from northern California
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

Mixed Review: I loved these shoes after one month that I ordered another pair (very wide toe, comfortable, zero drop for good feel on trail). I trail run once a week. However, after two months, the rubber on the toe and sides of shoe was peeling away, and worst of all, the structure of the shoe where the inner heel hits the shoe began to chafe. The Atra Zero Drop will not last (my Brooks Pure Cadence 3, bought simultaneously are still going strong). And avoid if you have a narrow heel.

Intuition Everyday
Intuition Everyday Posted: 1/11/15
Reviewer: Sherri Blose from Northeast PA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have extremely bad foot problems, having had failed surgery on one of my feet for a bunion, and the other foot with an untreated bunion. I have what I would call "special needs" for comfortable shoes. I wear custom orthotics in all my shoes and I have a job where I am constantly on my feet. These shoes have met and exceeded my expectations. I am able to function in my job with very little discomfort. I am amazed at how well they fit right from the start. Excellent, excellent shoes! I highly recommend them. They are not for every occasion, but as a work/regular-wear type shoe they are attractive enough.

Intuition Everyday
Intuition Everyday Posted: 1/10/15
Reviewer: Sharon Norris from Blue Ash, OH
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have worn a couple of different Altra styles for running, and have loved the wide toe area and the feeling of the zero drop technology. I bought these shoes to wear to work. (I work as a teacher.) They seemed to run a lot smaller than my other Altra shoes, and I ended up needing to size up a whole size. Once I got the right size, the shoes have been great! My toes, knees and back feel so good when I wear them all day. The shoe color is sort of an olive brown, and it goes with most casual pants and jeans. As with most "comfort type" shoes, they aren't the most stylish shoe on the planet. However, they are cuter than they appear in the picture and they don't look big and clunky on. If you are looking for a comfortable everyday shoe, I would highly recommend these shoes.

Repetition
Repetition Posted: 1/8/15
Reviewer: D Perry from Coloma Michigan
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Very nice shoes I have foot pain and bought these for Disney World and walked average 8 miles a day. Feet felt great so if you are overweight, out of shape, have foot issues but want to start getting for or going to Disney this is your answer. However I recommend keeping your old shoes on hand until your feet get used to the shoes because these shoes strengthen your calves and feet. So the first week or so you muscles and feet will feel tired. But your calves and posture will thank you. And toe box is amazing. I can't believe more shoe companies don't use this idea. And lots of compliments on my space she shoes!

One 2
One 2 Posted: 1/7/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

By far the most comfortable shoe I have ever had on my feet. These shoes are amazing! My feet always seem to hurt no matter what shoes I wear. I recently consulted a orthopedic foot surgeon because my right foot became very sore whenever I walked for any length of time in any shoes. There was nothing visibly wrong, but it sure hurt on the bottom of my foot, just where my second toe meets the rest of my foot. I was told by my doctor to wear a good running shoe with a partial orthotic insert in it. I bought 2 pair and sure enough, they worked and my foot is fine as long as I wear my running shoes whenever I do any amount of walking, like shopping etc. I bought these because I liked the color! I cannot believe the comfort! They blow all my other shoes out of the water. They looked a little strange when I first put them on, but really looked great on my feet. But most important, they feel amazing. They are a little pricey, but worth every penny, and they're cute too!

Torin 1.5
Torin 1.5 Posted: 1/7/15
Reviewer: from miami beach
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I can't believe this shoe! I have been suffering from bunions and burning forefoot for almost a year. I am a runner and have had to go from running 5-8 miles several times a week to walking 3, I couldn't take the pain. After going through at least 12 pairs of shoes (thank goodness for Zappos) I found these! We just came back from 2 weeks in Europe...walking everywhere...no pain! I ran in them today...no pain! I did put in athletic Dr Scholls for added comfort.

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