DiscontinuedUpdate: Altra Provision 3.5
Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.
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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.
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WeightMen: 9.8ozWomen: 8.3oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 0mmWomen: 0mm
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.
Heel heightMen: 25mmWomen: 25mm
Forefoot heightMen: 25mmWomen: 25mm
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard
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84 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews
My foot has bothered me for a few months and I have been looking for a shoe that provides similar cushion to Hokas and a wide toe box. After running in the Altra Provision 2.0, I am a firm believer in Altra and the products they sell. I thought the zero drop would be an issue, but after running in these shoes, they continue to feel great.
This new Provision delivers moderate stability with its smart pod system in the mid- and outsole.
This shoe is a workhorse. You could definitely wear the Provisions day after day and not see any type of wear.
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 stability 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.
The FootPod™ Outsole, which is also present in the Provision 3.5, 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.
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.
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.