Update: Provision 3.0
Arch support
Daily running
M: 278g | W: 235g
Heel to toe drop
M: 0.0mm | W: 0.0mm
Heel height
M: 25mm | W: 25mm
Forefoot height
M: 25mm | W: 25mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The Provision 2.5 features the Stability Wedge and Stabilipod technologies, which are helpful for runners with falling arches.

  • The Zero Drop provides natural foot stability, comfort and speed.

  • Most runners gave positive impressions to the Heel Claw construction of the Altra Provision 2.5 which is designed for a snug fit and added support.

  • This shoe features a FootPod Outsole for responsive ride and maximum flexibility.

  • The A-Wrap design secures the foot from the mid-foot section and keeps it in place.

3 reasons not to buy

  • There were runners who noted that this shoe needed additional cushioning in order to fully get more underfoot comfort.

  • The heel section of the Provision 2.5 needs more security because some reviewers experienced heel slippage.

  • A few testers experienced the upper get worn easily, making its durability a bit flimsy.

Bottom line

The Altra Provision 2.5 was designed to prevent excessive pronation and help runners with falling arches. It is a stability shoe that offers a responsive ride and flexibility. It is ideal for light trail running, road running and cross training.

World wide, Provision 2.5 is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Altra, is the 14th most popular.

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Expert reviews

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80 / 100 based on 10 expert reviews

  • 88
    The Runner's FlatLevel 3 expert
    by The Runner's Flat
    With plenty of cushion and a Varus Stability Wedge to give ample support for over-pronation, the 2.5 allows you high-mileage training w/ that fast, zero-drop set up.
  • 82
    Outdoor Gear TVLevel 1 expert
    by Outdoor Gear TV
    It's really lightweight. However, I did not feel this shoe is made for speed. It's more for those long runs or just all day comfort.
  • 81
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    The geometry of the sole—higher on the arch side, with wide support pods on both sides and the heel—helps runners whose feet roll too far inward, without interfering with balance.
  • 82
    Running CompetitorLevel 4 expert
    by Running Competitor
    This shoe has a stiffer flex pattern and feels a bit firm in the heel, but it is luxuriously soft in the forefoot.
  • 78
    Running CompetitorLevel 4 expert
    by Running Competitor
    This shoe has a stiffer flex pattern and feels a bit firm in the heel, but it is luxuriously soft in the forefoot.
  • 67
    Mandie33Level 3 expert
    by Gear Institute
    I would definitely recommend this shoe to a runner that enjoys a really soft and squishy shoe but is looking for a Zero drop platform.
  • 85
    Noah SommersLevel 2 expert
    by Running Northwest
    The Provision 2.5 drastically increases the amount of flexibility, but it also seems to have been lightened up quite a bit (now 9.8 oz), but thankfully without the loss of the stability elements.
  • 84
    Running NetworkLevel 2 expert
    by Running Network LLC
    If you’re looking for a zero-drop shoe to add to your rotation, the Provision 2.5’s generous fit, stability, and geometry make it worthy of your consideration.
  • 81
    RPRLevel 1 expert
    by Running Product Reviews
    Great toe room and cushioning. They were protective and durable
  • 80
    ElizabethLevel 1 expert
    by Les Plus Beauxx
    I love the extra space in the toe box and they are really nice looking shoes that can be worn out and about.
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  • Richard Shop Zappos
    It is very lighweight.

Updates to Provision 2.5

One of the two notable updates of the Altra Provision 2.5 is the added stability of the shoe. Due to the shoe’s innovative technology, runners get plenty of support in the heel, medial and lateral part of the foot.

The Altra Provision 2.5 features an added cushioning, allowing runners to feel comfortable and reduce the impact of long distance runs. It also gives additional foot protection while running.

Provision 2.5 size and fit

Just like the older version, the Altra Provision 2.0, the newer version has a standard running shoe sizes. The men’s sizes are from 7 to 15 while the women’s are from 5.5 to 12. The Provision 2.5 is available in standard widths of D for the men’s and B for the women’s. The midfoot and the heel areas have standard measurements. Runners who preferred running shoes with wide forefoot will love this shoe.


The outsole unit features the combining efficiency of the StabiliPod and FootPod Outsole Technologies. It maps the tendons and bones of the foot for maximum flexibility. Helping the foot to flex naturally also allow runners to experience a much responsive ride.


The midsole uses the Ultralight EVA foam that compliments well with the A-Bound Top Layer technology. These provide a lightweight, durable cushioning and flexible underfoot protection.

The StabiliPod Technology provides enough support through the foot’s three stability-enhancing zones. This technology prevents excessive foot pronation all throughout the run and it gives aid to those runners with falling arches.

The Built-in Varus Stability Wedge in the shoe’s midsole provides added support to those overpronators. The full-length wedge that slopes down from the medial to the laterial side gives support to overpronation without pushing up the arch.

The Altra Provision 2.5 features the brand’s unique technology that encourages natural foot movement. The FootShape technology toe box or the natural foot design gives ultimate comfort while running. By following the foot’s natural shape, the toes can relax and spread naturally. It also gives added stability especially on uphill climbs and downhill plunges.


The upper of the shoe features the Quick Dry Air mesh that is highly breathable and durable. It wicks water off the foot, keeping it dry and cool.

The Olympus 2.0 comes with a 5mm removable insole. It is made of A-Bound material and has a flat contour design to strengthen runners' feet.

The Heel Claw element offers a snug fit for an enhanced support. It is perfectly paired with the A-Wrap design that securely holds the feet around the midsole and gives a spacious toe-box.


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