Arch support
Daily running
M: 258g | W: 213g
Heel to toe drop
M: 0.0mm | W: 0.0mm
Heel height
M: 28mm | W: 28mm
Forefoot height
M: 28mm | W: 28mm
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 8.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

10 reasons to buy

  • The Torin 2.5 secures the shoe in the right places and includes a roomy toe box for fantastic wiggle room to provide runners with a very comfortable run, as observed by most reviewers.

  • Several runners mentioned the bang for the buck value of this shoe.

  • The max cushioning does not compromise the stability or responsiveness, according to a handful of reviews.

  • The glossier upper greatly enhances the aesthetic appeal of the Torin 2.5, as noted by a good number of runners.

  • Some runners noticed how smooth the transition was from landing to take-off.

  • Quite a number appreciate the lightness of the run despite the max cushioning.

  • Many of the comments valued the shoe’s versatility as a high-mileage trainer or as an up-tempo option.

  • Moderate to long runs on varied surfaces is where this beast shines, according to several testers.

  • More than a handful of heavy-framed runners welcomed the midsole’s ability to take a pounding without losing the cushioning or responsiveness.

  • Gender specific variations of the Altra Torin 2.5 for better fit, performance, and style.

5 reasons not to buy

  • A large part of the midsole is exposed underneath, which lessens the Torin 2.5’s durability.

  • Some needed a break-in period to get their most comfortable runs.

  • It is ½ smaller than standard.

  • The breathability is not as good as before, as noticed by some of those who have tried the earlier version of the Torin.

  • Some runners still find the shape as funny and they often get strange looks from other runners.

Bottom line

Only a few shoes can approach the claim to have maximum cushioning, but light enough to be squarely in the sights of those looking for a lightweight trainer. The Altra Torin 2.5 is one such shoe and more. It has very nice arch support, smooth and effortless transitions, and delivers enough ground feedback despite the significant amount of rubber and cushioning.

World wide, Torin 2.5 is in the top 20% most popular running shoes. The brand, Altra, is the 14th most popular.

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Expert reviews

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85 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews

  • 80
    SofruitaLevel 1 expert
    by Sofruita
    It has a less narrow toe box.
  • 97
    Sam WinebaumLevel 5 expert
    by Road Trail Run
    The Torin 2.5 was a big and pleasant surprise for me, as was the Impulse last year, absolutely one of the top trainers I have run this year if not the best as I keep reaching for it
  • 83
    Donald BuraglioLevel 5 expert
    by Gear Institute
    The Altra Torin 2.5 is a tweak rather than a revision of the 2.0, so this model will continue to satisfy the legions of Altra fans who love the combination of zero drop and high cushioning.
  • 85
    Jeremy KrallLevel 4 expert
    by Running Northwest
    The cushioning level hits me at exactly the right spot, the heel cup holds me really well, and that coupled with the roomy toe box really just make for a solid experience. My only callout is how well the EVA on the outsole will hold up over time.
  • 81
    New England Running CompanyLevel 4 expert
    by New England Running Company
    Some felt that the Torin 2.0's upper wasn't stable enough, so we see a change in materials to something a bit lighter and more of a soft hug than a gappy build.
  • 88
    Cathy KernsLevel 3 expert
    by Holabird Sports
    For my overall rating, I think the comfort in the toe box paired with the well-cushioned, lively ride makes this shoe one of my favorites to come along.
  • 87
    Adam ChaseLevel 3 expert
    by Running Competitor
    On one hand, it’s all about pillowy comfort, but the high cushioning doesn’t entirely mute the foot-to-ground proprioceptive feel like it does in some maximalist models.
  • 82
    Northern RunnerLevel 3 expert
    by Northern Runner
    The upper of the Torin 2.5 also feels a little stiffer, so it won’t feel quite as soft when you first put it on. However, it has a much firmer and more supportive feel when the shoe is laced up.
  • 80
    Nicholas PangLevel 3 expert
    by Wear Tested
    I even did some speed work on the track in them – definitely a fast and responsive shoe. 
  • 80
    Pete StoughtonLevel 2 expert
    by Trail and Ultra Running
    The major strength of the shoe would be the overall comfort of the shoe during the runs.  This is one of our favorite shoes because of how comfortable it was throughout our runs. The colors are fun. It has a cushiony sole. Thanks to the wide toe box we did not suffer pain with toenails.
  • 76
    Seven Hills Running ShopLevel 1 expert
    by Seven Hills
    Not many changes here…but the style and color are not our favorite.
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  • Richard Shop Zappos
    It has a wide contruction for toe splay.
  • The Runner's Flat
    They tried to increase the durability of the upper.

Updates to Torin 2.5

Torin fans will notice that the new engineered mesh easily jumps out as a very nice upgrade of the 2.5. It gives the shoe a more sophisticated look and delivers just the right amount of support in the right places. The new mesh is not as loose as before, which greatly enhances the foothold, particularly in the heel and midfoot.

Another improvement in the upper is more support in the eyelets. There is a welded material in the eyelet for better durability. Part of this welded material extends to connect to the substantial toe bumper for durability and upper support.

The laces are new as well. This version uses the same flat laces, but with more texture to ensure that the cinching stays from the first to the last step. Finally, the mesh used in the tongue has larger holes to at least make breathability as good as before.

Torin 2.5 size and fit

Altra largely brings back the fit of the earlier versions in the Torin 2.5, but for a snugger fit courtesy of the more structured and slightly thicker mesh. There is a much better locked down feel in the heel and the midfoot with this enhancement. The forefoot continues to provide full space for the toes to splay because of the Foot-Shaped Toe Box. Sizing runs a bit smaller in this shoe than standard.


The outsole is fairly standard with deep flex grooves for flexibility and mostly carbon rubber for durability. What is most significant in the outsole is a large part of the midsole is exposed on the lateral side of the outsole. While this may not lessen traction, durability could be an issue, particularly those who tend to slightly overpronate. Altra still emphasizes the Foot Pod Technology in the outsole or the rubber configuration that helps with the responsiveness and smooth transitions.


The soft cushioning of the Torin 2.5 is mainly because of the A-bound foam that sits on top of a dual-layered EVA. Altra uses a series of midsole Inner Flex panels in the midsole to give the shoe much needed flexibility as it is thickly-cushioned.


A new one-piece mesh takes up a good portion of the upper. It offers more structure for better support and locked down feel without letting go of excellent breathability. A 3D printing of dots all over the upper helps with the structure and support. Inside the shoe is a well-cushioned 6mm of removable insole for those who are not yet comfortable with the zero drop platform of Altra shoes. The new textured laces adds convenience as they hold the fit from all the way to the end of a run.


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