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Lone Peak 2
Lone Peak 2 Posted: 10/17/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great shoe for the PCT. Definitely use arch supports with an cushion insole. My feet felt great in the wide toe box. I had good traction on rocks, mud and sand.

Olympus
Olympus Posted: 10/16/14
Reviewer: from Wilmington, DE
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Pay attention to that break in period. I average 5 miles per day and needed a week of increases to acclimate my calves to the different sole. Also, be careful about toppling over if you have balance issues. I have tiny feet so opted for a half size increase and the shoe fits perfectly. Very comfortable and has significantly decreased my foot pain in both feet though I still have trouble with plantar fasciitis in the right foot. Alternated these with my hiking boots on a hiking trip and will be replacing my boots. These shoes were great on rocky terrain.

Olympus
Olympus Posted: 10/15/14
Reviewer: Tracey Rothenberger from Philadelphia, PA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I purchased the Altra Olympus to replace a pair of Hoka Bondi 3s. The Hoka's had been my favorite running shoe however they had two items that didn't make them perfect. The first is that the upper is stiff and rubbed against my ankle at an odd spot and second; the tread on the shoe wore down at a more rapid pace than other shoes (175 miles vs 300 in a typical shoe for me). The forefoot shape of the Altra intrigued me and the cushioning is similar to the Hoka, so I ordered a pair. I did size up size from the Bondi 3 to the Altra and the fit is perfect. The first thing I noticed was the Olympus upper is much softer than a typical running shoe. It has a slight padding to it in the tongue and in key areas that really makes the shoe feel plush. The toe box is also amazing. The shoes do look a little odd on your feet but the shape is anatomically correct and much more comfortable than I even expected. I also like that the heel fit seemed like it was a perfect match for my foot. When running in the Olympus I noticed that they did not compress as much as the Hoka's. This means the Hoka's offered a bit softer ride; however, I suspect the Altra's are going to hold up for more miles. The second thing that hit me was the need to have a short break in period, especially if you're not running in a zero drop shoe today. It's been a couple of years since I had a true zero drop shoe and I found that I needed to keep my first 3 to 4 runs on the shorter side to ease back into the zero drop and ensure I didn't stress my Achilles. Overall I could not be happier with these shoes. They are extremely comfortable, well constructed and have a toe box that has eliminated all friction points that I've ever experienced in other shoes.

Repetition
Repetition Posted: 10/14/14
Reviewer: Aaron Trovato from Staunton, VA
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

The shoes went south quick. It didn't take long to get used to the different geometry of the shoe, but after a couple weeks, the outer side sole crushed completely, making the shoes lean away from each other. The insoles wore through extremely quick as well. I would expect such an expensive shoe to last longer than 3 months. Bought in June, and they're garbage in October.

Torin 1.5
Torin 1.5 Posted: 10/13/14
Reviewer: from Swampscott, MA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are the most comfortable running shoes I have ever owned. I have put about 40 miles in so far and I am not looking back. I love the zero drop and room for my toes. They help me focus on good form without making me feel like someone is hammering my forefoot like some minimalists I've tried. Awesome shoe.

Repetition
Repetition Posted: 10/13/14
Reviewer: Susan swinny from houston
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Shoe has great fit...snug supported fit from heel to ball of foot with wide roomy toe box. My forefoot doesn't go numb anymore. The laces could really stand improvement. For a shoe in this price range, check salomon shoes. Easy on easy off. I do like the lacing pattern, just not the laces themselves...haven't used this type in years. Giving 4 stars.

Provision 1.5
Provision 1.5 Posted: 10/13/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I purchased these shoes for cross training. They are very comfortable and stable enough for lateral movements. Definitely order 1/2 size up. If you have wide feet like me these shoes may be borderline acceptable.

Olympus
Olympus Posted: 10/12/14
Reviewer: from Pacific Northwest
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Like other Altras i've owned, i LOVE the wide toe-box. I also really enjoy the significant midsole cushioning. At first i thought Altra was selling its "soul," so to speak, when it adapted to a high stack mid-sole. but i took to it wonderfully and was obviously able to retain the nearly-zero-drop design. Altra is clearly still learning design elements and this shoe honestly feels like a prototype. I tend to wear slightly to the outside (supinate). This shoe seems to almost cause me to roll over. When running, because i obviously am a mid-forefoot striker, the roll-over issue is not a big dea. but whenever before or after a run i walk with these shoes on, i feel like they are on the verge of an extreme roll-over, almost like an ankle roll. they actually don't feel safe in that way at times. maybe its the density of the material in the mid-sole? maybe its the unconventional molded side support isn't holding up the way someone designed it? (the side support is kind of an arch shaped rubberized stansion.)

Instinct 2
Instinct 2 Posted: 10/10/14
Reviewer: from Austin TX
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is first pair of Altra's for me and I want to buy another pair. I love big toe box and zero drop (more natural like feel). I can't compare 2s to previous models, so for me Instint 2 is a perfect running shoe.

Olympus
Olympus Posted: 10/8/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Love these shoes! I gave them 4 stars only because they are billed as a super-cushioned shoe comparable to the Hokas. I've had 7 pairs of Hokas and decided to try these for a change, and I was intrigued by the toe box design. The Hokas are hands-down much more cushioned feeling. Running in Hokas is like running on playground foam. Running in these was slightly jarring. I have been running for 30 years so my knees are a little sensitive. The bottom line is cushioning for running is inferior to Hokas but the toe box on the Altras is perfect. If I could give them 5 stars for WALKING I would do it. These feel like they were custom made for my foot. Walking is a pleasure in these shoes. Just can't use them for running OK, recommendations for the manufacturer 1. One model with max cushioning for running. 2. More colors including a plain white version for working in a hospital. 3. Consider a version with a one-handed elastic lacing system!

Intuition Everyday
Intuition Everyday Posted: 10/8/14
Reviewer: Sue swafford from United States
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I think these are very cute for the kind of shoe they are. The cushioning is really good. I accidentally went for a walk without the insole in the left foot, and they felt just fine because the cushioning is under the insole as well as in the insole. The first time I wore them they created a blister, which felt like a pin sticking into my heel. I had put in a Birkenstock footbed, and I theorize that the footbed put my foot too high and thus the blister, though the footbed has always been very comfortable in other shoes. I felt the inside of the shoe, and it is covered by a very soft suede cloth, very admirable and well made. I took out the footbed, let the blister heal, and the shoes are fine now. I feel that the arch support is non-existent and for this reason marked them down to 4 stars. I put in a different insole with variable arch support, and I'm still debating whether less cushioning with more arch support is better. Another reviewer mentioned the green top stitching. I hadn't noticed that, but when I did I liked it. I like the color. It's listed as gray, but I would call it dark taupe. In some lights it looks brown, and in others gray. Finally, the shoe fits very well. There is plenty of room in the toe box without being sloppy big.

Olympus
Olympus Posted: 10/8/14
Reviewer: Emily from Novato, California
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love my Altra's! I have really wide feet and these are great. They run small, so I ordered a size larger than I usually do. Super comfy!

Olympus
Olympus Posted: 10/4/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Excellent shoe. I normally wear a 10 4E, and in these shoes I wear a 11.5. This is a very comfortable shoe.

Superior 1.5
Superior 1.5 Posted: 10/4/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are great! My first pair, and I don't think will be my last. They have a very roomy toe box, and surprisingly a lot of cushion and support. So happy with my purchase!

Torin 1.5
Torin 1.5 Posted: 10/4/14
Reviewer: debra from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I'm very happy with these shoes. I have a wide forefoot and bunions and absolutely need a shoe with a very wide toe box, but snug elsewhere. These are perfect, will be buying more of this same brand!

Repetition
Repetition Posted: 10/1/14
Reviewer: from Dundee Illinois
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have narrow feet but wide toes and have been squeezing into narrow shoes with resulting pain problems. These are the first really comfortable shoes I've purchased and although I do not run, just for everyday use these have made a huge difference when I have to be on my feet for a while. They are a great design.

Provision 1.5
Provision 1.5 Posted: 10/1/14
Reviewer: Greg from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I've seen a few negative reviews of the more cushioned Altra offerings (such as the Provision). Clearly, some people are confusing minimal with zero drop. They are not the same thing. Zero drop simply means that the heel and forefoot are at the same height - regardless of the sole's overall thickness. Minimal is a term with no true definition, but it generally refers to a very thin-soled shoe (which doesn't necessarily have to be zero drop). That aside, I love these shoes. They feel quite soft and comfortable, but not in a mushy sort of way. I primarily use them for walking around, but have also used them for running. The wide toe box is a big plus, and is a key reason that I love these shoes so much - it adds greatly to the comfort. I do some running in Hokas, and wish that they would use a wider toe box. The only other brand that I've used with a similar feel is Vivobarefoot, but they are all very thin shoes. If Altra keeps this feature, I will keep coming back. Altra says that these shoes run 1/2 to a full size large, but I find that not to be the case. I'm usually 11 or 11.5 in various brands, and I'm 11.5 in these with enough room for thick socks. My only gripe is style. The colors aren't my favorite (I have the grey and lime green). I prefer neutrals in general, and lime green just doesn't match anything I wear. The other option is bright blue and red - again, not a great match for anything. I'd suggest that they offer at least one understated color choice for each shoe, or they're going to miss some of their potential customers.

Intuition 2
Intuition 2 Posted: 9/29/14
Reviewer: Pat from SF Bay Area
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have the Intuition 1.5...these fit very similar. Color is accurate and these shoes are very comfy...I am on my feet all day and I alternate these and Keen. I size up one size for adequate room in my toe box Also shout out for Zappos...have recommended you to two other people. How does anyone not know about your awesome service?

Torin 1.5
Torin 1.5 Posted: 9/29/14
Reviewer: from Tacoma WA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love, love, love the Torin 1.5. After dealing with a foot injury for the past 10 months, it is the only shoe (running or otherwise) that I can wear comfortably besides flip flops. They have been a lifesaver. Thank you Altra for developing a shoe that is so kind to my feet. I am now a devoted customer.

Lone Peak 2
Lone Peak 2 Posted: 9/27/14
Reviewer: from california
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

This shoe runs small but has a flexible shell which I like so my foot bones don't feel too confined. I have arthritic feet which have boney protrusions here and there. I bought multiple pairs of this style and I found that the comfort zone changed from pair to pair.

Olympus
Olympus Posted: 9/26/14
Reviewer: MATTHEW PETERSON from Salt Lake
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

The Olympus is a confortable and sturdy trail shoe. I bought these to train for and run the Wasatch 100M race this summer. I ordered the first pair in my usual size, and was foolish enough to run a 50 miler the second time I wore them. They seem to run quite a bit small for size compared to other Altra shoes I have had. Since swapping the shoes for half size larger they have worked well. I had previously run on HOKA Mafate's, which I also like. The Olympus is a little less cushioned with better support (ankle and arch.) The ride is not as super soft, but offers better control. I found them plenty forgiving and comfortable for 24+ hours of running. Judging from the large number of runners wearing them at the 100 miler, they seem like a popular tool for the job.

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