• Terrain


    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.

  • Arch support
    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 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.

    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.

  • Use

    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.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 8.4oz
    Women: 6.5oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 0mm
    Women: 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 height
    Heel height
    Men: 28mm
    Women: 28mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 28mm
    Women: 28mm
  • Release date
    Release date
    May 2017
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We spent 7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The customers believed that the Altra Torin 3.0 provided the ‘right’ kind and amount of cushioning; it was neither too squishy nor insufficient.
  • Many testers confirmed that the shoe stayed in a good condition, even after many miles of running.
  • The majority were happy with how firmly the latest version of the Torin held their feet inside the shoe, thereby preventing wobbling during the running session.
  • A few people decided to get extra pairs of the Torin 3.0 since its cushioning system helped speed up recovery from injuries.
  • A runner was satisfied with how this shoe assisted in maintaining the natural running pattern.
  • A user described the experience in these lightweight shoes as ‘walking on clouds’.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Most testers complained about the blisters they had due to the shoe’s apparently narrow toe box.
  • A few runners mentioned that the shoe’s outsole started to come off after only several miles of running.
  • One user talked about its upper not being breathable enough to allow a cool and dry experience throughout the day.
  • Another individual wasn’t able to feel the much sought-after ‘springiness’ in these shoes.

Bottom line

The Altra Torin 3.0 has certainly acquired many fans worldwide through its remarkable cushioning and firm grip both inside and outside the shoe. It was deemed excellent on inclines and the asphalt; however, based on the users’ experiences, the pair can use an improvement to the design of its forefoot region.


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Updates to Altra Torin 3.0

  • The Altra Torin 3.0 boasts an updated FootPod Outsole with better traction properties and improved flexibility.
  • The midsole design is designed to deliver a smooth transition through the gait-cycle. It also provides the needed flexibility in order to allow natural movement and surface control.
  • The Air Mesh used on the Altra Torin 3’s upper is updated to allow for healthy circulation of air into the foot-chamber. The porous material accommodates airflow well, thereby maintaining a cool and dry environment.

Altra Torin 3.0 size and fit

The Altra Torin 3.0 is a neutral running shoe and fits true to size. It has the standard length. Also, the standard widths of D for men and B for women is applied here. Its semi-curved shape mimics the natural curvature of the human foot.


The Altra Torin 3.0 uses the FootPod Outsole, which is updated to provide more flexibility and traction on the roads.


The environmentally friendly, recycled A-Bound technology delivers an optimal combination of underfoot comfort and resilience to impact shock during the landing phase of the gait cycle.

A two-layered EVA midsole material establishes an underfoot experience that’s comfortable and resilient against the potential adverse effects of continued use.

In addition to the EVA midsole, the shoe boasts the 6-mm Contour Footbed for additional protection and cushioning. It follows the natural curves of the underfoot, therefore delivering some comfort to the arch and the spaces between the foot-pad and toes.

Along with maintaining high levels of comfortability, the shoe features the Inner Flex grooves for an easy transitioning of the foot from toe-off to landing. This smart technology improves the flexibility of the shoe, making it possible for the foot to move as naturally as possible.

The Natural Ride System (NRS) design in the Altra Torin 3 with zero-millimeter heel-to-toe drop allows for natural movement of the foot. This is one of the Altra’s special features, which makes this brand stand out in the market.


The updated Air Mesh ensures instant cooling and drying of the foot, thereby maintaining a healthy environment for the user throughout the run.

The Strobel Last that’s attached to the Torin 3’s upper delivers further cushioning. It also accommodates the natural shape of the foot because of its semi-curved and foot-shaped construction.

The lightly padded tongue and collar give a bit of cushioning to the upper section of the foot. They also help in preventing interior wobbling and accidental shoe-removals.

A breathable fabric lining further improves air circulation.