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.
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WeightMen: 9.1ozWomen: 7.6oz
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: 26mmWomen: 26mm
Forefoot heightMen: 26mmWomen: 26mm
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard
Release dateMay 2019
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In the world of zero drop, the Torin 4 Regular can do it all. It’s a great trainer on the lighter side that has enough cushion to be used as a long run shoe but also responsive and flexible enough to pick up the pace.
Updates to Altra Torin 4
- The Altra Torin 4 has been configured to have a more responsive midsole than the previous iteration, the Torin 3.0, though the underfoot cushioning unit is also lower to the ground to shave off weight and to heighten natural movement and proprioception.
- This Altra running shoe has a mesh upper that is lighter than what was previously used. A cloth-like structure with stretchy fibers and prominent breathing holes bring a hug that is akin to a sock.
- A thin lasting board is used to connect the upper to the midsole. Such a design aims to bring a lightweight and flexible ride, and it is the distinguishing factor that separates the Torin 4 from its counterpart, the 2-millimeter-Strobel-board-laden Torin 4 Plush.
Altra Torin 4 size and fit
The Altra Torin 4 was designed to be true to size. Those who wish to get a pair are encouraged to use their typical sizing expectations to achieve an agreeable in-shoe feel. It is worth noting that there have been reports of a smaller-than-usual sizing scheme which prompted decisions to go half-a-size up.
When it comes to width, the available options are D – Medium for men and B – Medium for women. This neutral running shoe can accommodate those with low or medium foot dimensions.
A thin lasting board is used for the foundations of the midsole and upper. This sheet is thin yet flexible, and it’s shaped to follow the natural curvature of the human foot.
The FootPod™ technology involves a rubber layer that covers the contact points of the foot and grooves that heighten the natural capacity of the joints and tendons to move. These elements fundamentally transform the exterior of the sole unit, allowing it to act as the actual foot-pad.
A tread pattern that is comprised of shallow cuts and square nodes is responsible for improving the gripping capacity of the outsole.
The midsole unit of the Altra Torin 4 is primarily made up of the Quantic™ foam, a responsive yet luxurious foam that carries the foot throughout the running session. Though this full-length piece is meant to last long, it has a lightweight profile to ease any strain and encourage rapid transitions.
The Inner Flex is a network of grooves inside the midsole unit. These trenches encourage tendon and joint flexibility and the uplifting of the performance.
The Natural Ride System (NRS) is a platform design that bolsters the natural shape, motion, and anatomical position of the foot. A zero-drop midsole and the FootPod™ outsole construction embody this system.
Air can quickly enter the interior compartment via the engineered mesh upper. This cloth-like material has visible breathing holes for airflow. It also stretches with the foot as it moves, allowing the wearer to experience a secure yet unrestrictive wrap.
Printed overlays grace the sides, the front and the back of the Altra Torin 4. These thin prints are meant to push out the aesthetic quality of the façade. But they’re also designed to reinforce the structure of the fabrics and help the lacing system in keeping the foot in place.
A traditional lacing system is used for this product. Flat laces snake through discrete and print-reinforced eyelets, covering the majority of the instep. When the strings are adjusted, the rest of the upper follow their movements. This adjustment method is familiar and trusted by many.
The lightly padded tongue and collar are tasked with cushioning the Achilles tendon, the ankles and the bridge of the foot. These parts of the silhouette also have the job of preventing in-shoe wobbling and unintentional shoe removals.
A pull tab is placed on the back of the collar. This stitched-on fabric loop helps the runner in widening the opening and assisting the foot into or out of the interior chamber.