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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

Competition

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.

Price
$120
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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.

Competition

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.

Summary

We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Quick-Dry Air Mesh provides breathable support while being able to stave off moisture.
  • The FootShape™ toe box allows the toes to splay naturally, enabling a more natural way to land and lift off the ground.
  • A-Bound™ and EVA foams work together to bring responsible cushioning and responsiveness to every step.
  • The platform is flexible, thanks to the inclusion of the Innerflex™ grooves that’s shaped like a grid.
  • The heel, as well as the medial and lateral sides of the foot are stabilized by the StabiliPod™ tripod design in the outsole.
  • The outsole unit has been designed to accommodate the natural flexing and bending of the foot when running, essentially permitting the foot to move as naturally as it can.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few runners noted that the tripod support units in the outsole started to peel off after a few uses.
  • Some noted that it looked and felt a bit bulky for their tastes.

Bottom line

Stability when going on runs, that’s what the Altra Provision 2.0 is all about. It supports the foot and lets it assume a more natural gait while also encouraging flexibility. It’s a solid option for those who want to experience a shoe that’s created to follow the shape of their feet, while also stabilizing their feet.


Rankings


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 110 ratings

5 star
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4 star
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3 star
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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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83 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    Naturally stable.

  • 97 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Believe in the Run • Level 4 expert

    This shoe is a workhorse. You could definitely wear the Provisions day after day and not see any type of wear.

  • 80 / 100 by Canadian Running • Canadian Running • Level 4 expert

    This new Provision delivers moderate stability with its smart pod system in the mid- and outsole.

  • 84 / 100 by DizRuns • Denny • Level 2 expert

    That said, if you don’t mind a little bit of foam under your feet, the Altra Provision 2.0 definitely provides a smooth ride while still staying true to the Altra selling points: foot shaped toe box and zero heel drop.

  • 92 / 100 by Three Mile Thoughts • Tim M. • Level 1 expert

    As an overpronator myself, I can tell you that these shoes will make a improved difference in your overall comfort level when running.

  • 25 / 100 by Subdue The Sloth • Jason • Level 1 expert

    I hate to say it, but if you’re looking for a good stability road shoe, I think you should pass on the Altra Provision 2.0. Altra has some work to do on the upper before this can be a good shoe.

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Updates to Altra Provision 2.0

  • The Altra Provision 2.0 gives flexible stability to runners who are in need of support. Essentially, the medial and lateral sides of the foot are stabilized, so it’s great for anyone who experience inward or outward rolling of their feet when they run. Flexibility is still given by a mid-sole unit that’s not restrictive. Comfortable coverage and a reliable platform add to this shoe’s efficient service.
  • The upper unit of this running shoe makes use of a mesh material that’s able to accommodate the foot and keep it comfortable. It allows air to circulate in and through the shoe, making the interior environment cool and dry. It is also able to stave off moisture, reducing the risk of odor.
  • The mid-sole unit is comprised of foam technologies that work in order to provide a comfortable underfoot experience to the wearer. While receiving reliable cushioning throughout the running session, the wearer also gets shock attenuation and energy return. The springiness of the mid-sole even gives explosive toe-offs. A stability wedge angles from the medial to the lateral sides, giving additional support and preventing excess rolling of the foot.
  • The FootPod™ Outsole has been created to mimic the natural shape and movement of the runner’s foot. Essentially, it follows the pattern of the foot’s bending and flexing. It gives it the freedom to function without feeling restricted by the sole unit. Stability is afforded by three zones of support in the outsole, which act as a tripod that stabilizes the pronation of the runner.

Altra Provision 2.0 size and fit

The Altra Provision 2.0 has a regular running shoe length. It comes in sizes that follow the regular measurements for length. The width of this shoe is medium, so it accommodates those with medium sized feet. The semi-curved shape of this shoe mimics the natural curve of the human foot.


Outsole

The FootPod™ Outsole is a sole unit pattern that follows the position and the movement scheme of the tendons and joints of the foot. It allows the runner to bend and flex as much as they want, giving natural movement unprecedented freedom.

The StabiliPod™ is a system of three zones that are meant to stabilize the pronation of the wearer’s foot. These zones are in the first metatarsal, fifth metatarsal and lateral heel. The three of them make up a tripod that supports the foot and prevents it from collapsing during the running session.


Midsole

The A-Bound™ is a mid-sole foam technology that’s crafted from recycled materials. This unit is actually capable of reducing ground impact during landing and give springiness to every step. It’s a very responsive part of the platform.

EVA or Ethylene vinyl acetate is a compound that’s used in many running shoes. This industry-standard foam is helpful when it comes to providing additional cushioning, support and long-lasting service to the wearer. It doesn’t break down easily, so it stays efficient even after many uses.

A built-in stability wedge goes from the medial side of the shoe to the lateral side, and it adds more support to the stance of the runner, ensuing a balanced gait throughout the running session.

A 5mm contour foot bed adds a bit more cushioning to the foot, while also giving support to the curves of the foot-pad.


Upper

The Quick-Dry Air Mesh is able to manage moisture responsibly. It prevents the risk of adding weight to the shoe due to water retention. By doing this it also prevents foul odor. It even enables air to circulate in the foot-chamber, keeping the wearer cool and dry at all times.

Natural toe splaying is possible because of the FootShape™ toe box. It’s a helpful addition that gives freedom for the toes to spread out when landing and push off during the toe-off phase.