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Provision 3
Provision 3 Posted:
Reviewer: from OR
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Finally, a shoe with a toe box shaped like my foot! Excellent arch support though, in my opinion, they could benefit from a bit more cushioning (this is likely due to the "zero-drop" forefoot/rearfoot differential and I can see the benefit; I'm trying to adapt my running style, but as a lifelong heel striker, the change is difficult). Aside from that, this is a really well thought out shoe... I can't say enough positive things about the shape of this shoe in the forefoot. Also, a word to zappos customer service: I took a lot of back and forth to get the right pair of shoes and you guys rocked it every step of the way, so to speak...

One Jr (Big Kids)
One Jr (Big Kids) Posted:
Reviewer: from Pacific Northwest
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

My 9 year old has always chosen his shoes to fit a few sizes too big (and wide) to have enough room in the toe box, with these shoes that is not necessary. He loved these shoes out of the box and has worn them out after nearly continuous wear for 5-6 months. He started lacrosse a month ago and in the past month the uppper has nearly separated from the sole. It is a tradeoff, the upper is not very thick, so the shoes are not as sweaty as others, but the durability is not as high as say his old New Balance XWs. My 11 year old daughter also loves these shoes, they have been highly supportive during the school day for healing her Sievers issues with her heels. So we love the shoes, but would definitely like to love them longer before needing to replace them!

Intuition Everyday
Intuition Everyday Posted:
Reviewer: from Illinois
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The Altra Intuition is an extremely comfortable shoe. If you are on your feet all day, I highly recommend them! Unfortunately, they are not stylish at all. Luckily, I work at a place where no one cares about my shoes. :D

Provision 3
Provision 3 Posted:
Reviewer: from Chicago
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love the wide toe box on Altra shoes. These feel slightly shorter than my Torin 2.5's, but not so much that I felt I needed to size up.

Instinct Everyday
Instinct Everyday Posted:
Reviewer: from North Carolina
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

They look better in person that they do on the website. I've been running in low drop (4mm) shoes for years and was super glad to be able to wear low drop shoes for day to day/work also. Overall I like them and would recommend them. Having said that, I have 2 nits against the shoes: 1) One of the tongues had a rough seam. I gave it a couple of days to soften up but it was still causing a rub spot on the top of my foot. I made some "adjustments" with a pair of manicuring scissors and was able to resolve the problem. It bugs me that for $130, these didn't have better QC checks on them. 2) If you don't get the lacing tight, the wide toebox allows your foot to slide forward and bump your toes at the end. Once they break in, this is less of an issue. But if you like to wear your laces loose, be warned.

Lone Peak 3 Mid Neoshell
Lone Peak 3 Mid Neoshell Posted:
Reviewer: from California Central Coast
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I wanted these boots. I own the Lone Peak shoes and was thrilled to find these. But, no. First, I ordered both an 11 and a 10.5 based on some comments that the sizing was funny. Indeed it is. The 10.5 was larger than the 11. Really. Both shoes have a funny seam the runs down the middle of the shoe inside on the outer part of the foot. In both pairs, that seam rubbed against the bump (metatarsal) in the middle of the side of my foot. Perhaps a good pair of insoles would raise my foot high enough to clear that seam, but for $160/pr, I wasn't willing to fiddle with the shoe. So sad.

One 2.5
One 2.5 Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Very comfortable and light weight. This model is not waterproof. A little hard to slip on without loosening the top laces.

Olympus 2
Olympus 2 Posted:
Reviewer: from Denver
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

If Herman Munster or Frankenstein or a robot invader from a 1950's sci-fi movie were runners, this would be their shoe. It's a block with an opening in the top to put your foot in. This shoe is just odd. I do love the Altra Torin and the Lone Peak. They are amazing shoes. The Olympus feels loose at the heel/ankle, and it also feels like my foot is sliding forward in the shoe. I like the charcoal/green color combo, but that's about all. I'm neutral with slight overpronation, low arch. Street shoe size is 8M, and almost all running shoes I'm 9M. 9M was right in this shoe. Yes, it's max cushioned without causing instability, but something about the structure and design just feels off.

Olympus 2
Olympus 2 Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

I ordered these after reading a review that said how wide these run. They are in fact narrower than normal and I tried with very thin socks They look nice and the insole seemed marvelous. If they made these in a wide or extra wide width they might be fantastic I can't run but have various foot miseries so just wanted something Comfortable and supportive in which to walk. These could fit the bill if they were made wider

Instinct Everyday
Instinct Everyday Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This was my first pair of Altra shoes. I was looking for something to accommodate my squashed toes and relieve the numbness caused by a neuroma. I found it! I must admit these are the first shoes that make my feet feel good after walking for any length of time. Very comfortable. I did send the first pair back because they felt about a half size tight on my left foot but the reorder fit fine. The only complaint I have is that they look "different". I'm not used to the wider toe box style but hope I get used to it. The more I wear them the happier I am.

Tokala
Tokala Posted:
Reviewer: from San Diego
Overall: Rated: 2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

Just like the other reviewers said, your foot moves forward in the shoe and your toes get jammed up against the end. This happens with either the back of the shoe down or up. There's nothing to hold your foot back, so I don't see how this shoe works for anyone.

Lone Peak 3
Lone Peak 3 Posted:
Reviewer: from Idaho
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Well I am not really a trail runner. I'm not even really a runner. I might run 3-5 miles twice a week. I got these shoes because I love the tread, I love the toe box room, and I love that they are zero drop. I can do lifting workouts in these shoes and be in proper elevation for deadlifts and squats which is flat. Super comfortable and stylish to wear anywhere. Even your sisters wedding. Kidding! This is my second pair. First was the lone peak 1.5. Loved those also. These shoes have trended to add more cushion underfoot but have beefed up the upper where it is needed. I will be purchasing another pair of these once mine wear out.

Tokala
Tokala Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

Needed a full size larger than my regular size as well as they are really unwearable. The heel slants drastically forward and digs in very uncomfortably.

Intuition 4
Intuition 4 Posted:
Reviewer: from Cincinnati, OH
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I really, really wanted to like this shoe. My husband loves them. My doctor recommends them for my knee. But they just don't fit me. My first pair(purchased from our local running store) was so long that I tripped over the toe and my heel would slide out. My second pair (these) fit much better...then I wore them. The ball of my foot, big toe side, would slide over the sole. When I did reverse lunges my toes would be crushed. They still felt too long, however at least I wasn't scuffing the toe anymore. I went to my local run shop, the fit was good, they're just not for me. I wish they were!! It felt great on my knee, I loved the extra room in the toe box, but the rest of the issues didn't compensate for the fit. I would recommend trying them, again, my husband loves them.

Instinct Everyday
Instinct Everyday Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

So roomy, every shoe should be like this. The's shoe's not only wide but tall meaning, your feet have room to splay and expand throughout the day. The sizing and comfort level is similar to other Altra Shoes, so there's no surprise there.

Intuition Everyday
Intuition Everyday Posted:
Reviewer: from UT
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Like my other Altra shoes I ordered a 1/2 size larger than my normal shoe size. These fit well but in my opinion they aren't super cute but I needed some flats as I was healing from a broken ankle so these fit the bill. I also don't think they are as comfortable as some of my other Altra's.

Torin 2.5
Torin 2.5 Posted:
Reviewer: from Denver
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Best of the best. I also wrote a review today of the Lone Peak if you're interested to compare. This shoe sets the standard for what a well designed shoe can be. Super lightweight, amazing cushion, real toe room. Somehow they found the perfect balance of cushion and zero drop....this is NO minimalist shoe. I tried chi running a while ago, and although my head grasped it, my body couldn't bring it to life. The first time I wore these shoes, chi running was automatic. So comfortable, so humane, so kind to my aging body. I really didn't think such a shoe existed, after trying perhaps hundreds (or so it seems?) in the last few years. I had zero trouble getting used to the zero drop....as a matter of fact, it did seem completely natural, and seems to help my plantar fasciitis, which is the opposite of commonly prescribed PF therapy. This shoe is a game changer for me....I have the confidence and comfort to keep going. I wear an 8M street shoe and a 9M in athletic shoes. A 9M is just right in this shoe. It really does feel like a supportive hug for my feet. The toe room is just perfection, not too much and not too little. Just perfect. I love giving my money to a company that really does seem innovative and geared for the end user. As always, love Zappos service. Not much in the way of tread on the Torin, but that's why I have the Lone Peak for other surfaces.

Lone Peak 3
Lone Peak 3 Posted:
Reviewer: from Denver
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Quality shoe, well thought out design. Not a cheaped out version of a good idea, like so many shoes seem to be. I wish I had tried these sooner, but avoided the zero drop because I know a couple people who screwed their knees up with zero drop shoes, plus, I tried the original Hoka Clifton a few years ago, and they were overly cushioned, clunky, and caused me knee problems. I think what's different about this shoe is....although it is zero drop, it is NOT minimalist in any way. The cushioning is awesome! Also, the structure of the shoe is perfect for a neutral, slight overpronator.(even though the description does say neutral/underpronator) It isn't overly structured where it will cause mechanics issues. It's just....perfect. It feels like a supportive hug, not a hard structure to screw with my feet. And, the wide toebox...aaahhh....what a dream. Due to a previous foot surgery, the interior part of my big toe often touches the inner side of the toebox, and it's just not good. This is a non-issue with the Lone Peak. I wear a size 8M street shoe, and 9M in running shoes usually. 9M in this shoe is perfect. Another thing, I've got a big plantar fasciitis flareup right now, and usually some heel elevation is all that's recommended, and I've gone along with it. But, I started thinking about how the calf needs to be stretched, and decided to try these. No problem at all, and actually a comfortable help. I had tried the Paradigm previously and didn't like them at all, returned them. But these, and the Torin are amazing shoes. The company clearly knows and cares about what they're providing. I love the "purple" color, which is mostly charcoal. Really nice.

Provision 3
Provision 3 Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Great shoe. It does control my flat foot despite being a lightweight shoe. I only modify them by adding an A5512 diabetic arch support. Altras are the best if you have a severely splayed fore foot like me. Altras keep getting better and I will continue to use them.

Lone Peak 3
Lone Peak 3 Posted:
Reviewer: from WA
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Finally found a comfy pair of shoes after months of buying and trying...and failing. After 3 pregnancies my feet grew and widened each time, then I also needed extra toe room and ball cushioning. This shoe finally fit that bill. Not the cutest shoe, but it'll do.

Lone Peak 3 Neoshell
Lone Peak 3 Neoshell Posted:
Reviewer: from Washington, DC
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Unfortunately these felt a little narrower than previous altras I've purchased (I have a very wide foot, but the wide toe box typically helps with this). I think it's actually the material making up the sides is stiffer and less forgiving. Great shoe if you don't have a wide foot - I'm disappointed it won't work for me.

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