Facts

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 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.

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.

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

5 reasons to buy

  • According to some purchasers, the footwear was lightweight in structure.
  • A good number of buyers noted that the fit was perfect.
  • Several wearers admired the Altra Vanish-R's flexibility.
  • Many testers agreed that the shoe was responsive.
  • A handful of runners said that the footwear was comfortable.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners observed that the tongue unit was too thin.
  • Several users commented that the shoe runs small.
  • One of the buyers said that the Altra Vanish-R is not durable.

Bottom line

A significant number of runners agreed that the Altra Vanish-R was comfortable and responsive. They were contented with the footwear's lightweight structure and perfect fit. Although several of the users have issues with its thin tongue unit and small size, others still recommend the shoe because of its flexibility. Overall, a lot of the users are satisfied and happy because of the Altra Vanish-R's excellent performance.


Rankings


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 9 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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85 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 by Andy Hooks • Andy Hooks • Level 2 expert

    If you're looking for a race day shoe and you just want all the glitz and glamour gone you want everything bare down to the bones to get you through there because you want that ersonal record this might be the shoe for you.

  • 88 / 100 by King Me • King Me • Level 1 expert

    I think they look great. I've tried them on. I really loved the big toe box feel here.

  • 73 / 100 by Fellrnr • Fellrnr • Level 5 expert

    The Vanish-R has lots of promise, but it has a few significant flaws, so it doesn't quite match up to the best of breed.

  • 96 / 100 by The Emperors New Shoes • Jeff Pyrah • Level 3 expert

    At last, a foot-shaped, zero-drop racing flat. Combines an incredibly thin, stretchy forefoot upper with a secure heel and midfoot fit and a flexible, lightweight midsole. Like running barefoot on grass.

  • 100 / 100 by Salty Running • Cilantro • Level 1 expert

    Even though they won’t work for me, they are an amazing shoe that I would recommend to anyone looking for a zero-drop, light, responsive shoe. Just try them first and make sure the fit works for your feet.

  • 95 / 100 by Wear Tested • Nicholas Chief • Level 1 expert

    This is the perfect shoe for your next 5K or 10K road race if you want a new personal best.

  • 86 / 100 by High Achiever Diet • High Achiever Diet • Level 1 expert

    I think this is easily one of th best shoes this year and last year I had I think I'm also quite excited by Altras right now because they're all zero drop.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Denny Krahe • Level 1 expert

    The Altra Vanish-R is great for what it is: a racing flat. It’s lightweight, flexible, and provides a great ground feel and a very smooth ride.

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Updates to Altra Vanish-R

  • The Altra Vanish-R is a road running shoe that is strategically made for runners who have neutral foot motion. The footwear is intended for those who want to take their running sessions to the next level. The Altra Vanish-R uses the blown rubber outsole which gives added flexibility, durability and traction.
  • Featured in the shoe is the thin EVA midsole foam. The purpose of this midsole material is to provide a cushioning system that is lightweight in structure.
  • The Quick Dry Air Mesh is utilized in the Altra Vanish-R. It delivers a more breathable upper area. The mesh is essential in keeping the foot drier and healthier even after long-distance running activities. Together with the Quick Dry Air Mesh upper is the midfoot A-Strap support system. With the utilization of this material, it provides a more comfortable and snugger fit.

Altra Vanish-R size and fit

With a standard size and length, the Altra Vanish-R is sure to offer a perfect fit to those runners with medium-foot measurements. Available in standard medium D and B widths for the men's and the women's respectively.

Outsole

The Blown Rubber is integrated into the Altra Vanish-R. This material aims to offer lightweight traction on a wide variety of paved surfaces.  The updated coverage results to added flexibility and enhanced durability. As a result, a more responsive ride is sure to be delivered.

Midsole

With the utilization of the thin EVA midsole foam, a more durable and lightweight cushioning are encouraged. This is essential in delivering a comfortable running experience to the user.

The TPU Propel Plate is used in the Altra Vanish-R. This component of the shoe offers firmness to the platform for a bouncier foot transition.

The Inner Flex grooves provide added flexibility while reducing the overall weight of the shoe. Because of the shoe's decreased weight, increased and improved performance and speed are sure to be experienced by the runner.

The Natural Foot Design is utilized in the Altra Vanish-R provide maximum comfort. Its primary focus is to follow the natural shape and curvature of the human foot.

Upper

The Quick Dry Air Mesh is integrated into the footwear. It is centered on eradicating and wicking water away from the foot. The mesh works well and effectively without compromising the lightness and breathability of the upper area. As a result, a fresher and cooler foot environment is acquired by the individual who is using it.

With the use of the Ultra Wide Toe Box, added comfort is experienced by the wearer. The purpose of which is to allow the toes to splay out naturally and comfortably.