Notable Features

-The Grafton is a hiking shoe built by Altra to give lightweight performance for hikes and approach trips. Its upper is made of premium suede leather to resist abrasive elements.

-The footgear’s ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) midsole is equipped with a Balanced Cushioning feature for a proper, low-impact form while hiking. Its Vibram Megagrip outsole delivers traction on virtually all types of terrain.

Size and fit

The Altra Grafton is a low-top hiking shoe for men and women. Its traditional lace-up closure allows the wearer to gain a secure and customized lockdown. This Altra offering uses a Footshape Toe Box, which allows the toes to relax in a more natural position. Moreover, the Grafton’s padded tongue and collar promotes a comfortable fit.


This hike-centric shoe from Altra uses a Vibram Megagrip outsole to keep wearers stable on uneven ground. Its profile is filled with circular lugs which bite down on wet and dry terrain. It is made of a high-performance sticky rubber compound to render grip for approach climbs. The outsole’s construction is also engineered with durability in mind.


The Altra Grafton absorbs shock and supplies moderate cushioning, thanks to its EVA midsole. It features the brand’s Balanced Cushioning technology, which positions the user’s heel and forefoot at the same distance from the ground. This component helps reduce impact with every stride. The shoe also employs a 5mm contoured footbed for added comfort underfoot.


The Altra Grafton is equipped with a premium suede leather and canvas upper to make it robust. Its front end contains a Footshape Toe Box, which allows the toes to relax inside the shoe. This feature adds comfort and stability when tackling uphill and downhill conditions. It also acts as a rubber rand which protects the foot from accidental bumps.

Additional Info

  • Buyers who are planning to spend multiple days on the trail may want to consider a sturdy pair of backpacking boots. Among the options that may be checked out is the Lowa Camino GTX.
  • Those who are expecting adverse weather conditions may do well with waterproof hiking boots. One example that may be considered is the Keen Targhee III Waterproof Mid.
  • The Altra Grafton is named after the Grafton Mesa, a popular destination for canyoneering in Southern Utah.

Altra Grafton care guide

Altra recommends cleaning the Grafton after being exposed to dirt and grime during a trip. The brand suggests handwashing this pair using a piece of damp cloth and mild detergent. Moreover, Altra does not endorse machine washing or drying these hiking shoes to prevent any damage from occurring to them. Lastly, stuffing a towel inside the Grafton helps speed the drying process.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 11oz / Women 9.2oz
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Zero drop / Removable insole
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Altra
Construction: Lace-to-toe

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