7 Best Altra Running Shoes in 2022

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7 Best Altra Running Shoes in 2022

Whether it’s a trail or road running shoe you’re after, Altra has got you covered. The brand has always been highly regarded for its top-quality, supportive, and comfortable running shoes. 

And if you’re searching for the best of all time, we are here to help you. Having tested almost 60 Altra running shoes, we are more than sure that we can give you the Altra gold mine from different categories.

How we test running shoes

We don’t randomly decide on which shoe makes it to this list. We take our time testing each one of them in our independent shoe testing lab. And to really back our recommendations, we make sure to: 

  • Buy all the Altra shoes with our own money to prevent bias and brand loyalty
  • Rake in at least 30-50 miles in each shoe to see how well they perform and how sturdy they are
  • Cut each of them open to see the details inside and measure them with our calipers, durometers, scale, our custom-made smoke machine, etc. 

For the CoreScore (a rating of 0-100), we collate various user and expert comments to calculate how each shoe ranks against others.

Best Altra running shoes overall

Altra Rivera
Altra Rivera

Corescore

86
Great!
4.2 / 5 from 1,914 users
89 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Responsive
  • Stable
  • Versatile grip
  • More fit than other Altras
  • Durable

Cons

  • Laces become untied
  • Heel slippage

Verdict

After making its way to our best zero-drop running shoes, it’s not a mystery why the Altra Rivera reigns as the best Altra of all time. It’s extremely versatile, it can be your go-to for everything. 

During our easy runs, it gave us more than enough cushion to feel cozy and make the ride enjoyable from the first mile to the last. For the long haul, it gave us ample protection. And when it was time to pace it through, it was crazy responsive! 

Staying true to its Altra roots, the Rivera has a wide space up front. Our toes were wriggling around comfortably, but not in a way that made the fit sloppy. 

As mentioned, this shoe has generous padding, but what wowed us was how much ground feel it provided. The foam didn’t mute out everything underfoot, making it much easier to navigate the surface underneath. 

Even better, it’s not heavy at all! At 8.4 oz, it’s way lighter than all the other shoes we’ve tried (9.4 oz in our lab tests). It’s almost weightless. 

And if it's first-class stability you’re after, this is THE shoe. The outsole mimics the pattern of the foot, even on rugged surfaces, we were surefooted as hell. So much so, this shoe ate up all the quick turns we encountered. 

To cement its place on this list, the Altra Rivera is a darn solid shoe. After hammering it on the road, it still hasn’t shown any signs of wear and tear. With confidence, we are expecting it to last 300-400 miles.

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Best Altra running shoes for flat feet

Altra Paradigm 5.0
Altra Paradigm 5.0

Corescore

88
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 1,326 users
89 / 100 from 6 experts

Pros

  • Max cushioning
  • Right out of the box comfort
  • Versatile for any distance
  • Improved fit
  • Plush ride
  • Stable
  • Supportive
  • Wide toebox
  • Breathable

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Expensive

Verdict

Want an incredible blend of support, comfort, and responsiveness? We’ve got the shoe just for you.

For this alone, the Altra Paradigm 5.0 is already incredibly amazing. But it’s a stability shoe that packs so much, all that we’ve mentioned are just the tip of the iceberg. 

First, support is not obtrusive. Unlike all the support shoes in our arenal, not once did the Paradigm feel rigid and harsh. We were just breezing through our strides with so much comfort. 

Even better, the ride was overall enjoyable. It’s very bouncy underfoot, we felt like we could run a mile further. What’s more is that we didn’t need a recovery period for our legs and feet. 

Stepping comfort up is the shoe’s superbly breathable upper. It’s very porous, even under hot temps, our feet were kept cool and dry. 

Of course, it wouldn’t be a true Altra without the brand’s signature roomy toe space. It doesn’t just highlight comfort, it also makes the ride feel as natural as possible.

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Best Altra running shoes for race

Altra Escalante Racer 19
Altra Escalante Racer 19

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 2,955 users
93 / 100 from 3 experts

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Breathable
  • Flexible
  • Versatile
  • Durable
  • Outsole help control movements
  • Minimalistic design

Cons

  • Open structure mesh upper
  • Thin midsole

Verdict

If there’s one Altra shoe that screams race-ready, the Altra Escalante Racer 19 is THE shoe. At 6.8 oz, it’s so dang light, it felt like air! 

We were taken aback by the shoe’s unbelievably featherlight weight, but little did we know, we were in for more surprise. 

It’s anything but a traditional racer. It’s NOT rigid at all. As a matter of fact, it’s cut out for comfort. It’s plenty flexible, and it doesn’t cut corners on cushion (keep in mind its lightness). If anything, our feet were pampered in every step. 

The Escalante Racer is also a shoe that breathes! When we ran under the scorching heat, our feet were sweat-free, and the in-shoe feel was airy. 

Road shoes, oftentimes, leave something to be desired in the traction arena. But NOT this shoe. It grips so well, running through both wet and dry pavement was an easy feat. 

We always love to abuse our shoes to see if they can withstand the harshness of the ground. And when it was time to wear test the Altra Escalante Racer 19, it was nothing short of a star in strength. 50 miles of harsh pounding on the pavement, the midsole is still not packing out, and the outsole looks brand-new. 

If you want to win competitions and set new PBs, this shoe won’t fail you.

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Best Altra road running shoes

Altra Escalante 2.5
Altra Escalante 2.5

Corescore

89
Great!
4.6 / 5 from 3,094 users
85 / 100 from 6 experts

Pros

  • Aesthetic look
  • Lightweight 
  • Comfortable stretchy upper 
  • Good for all-day wear

Cons

  • Upper lacks support 
  • Poor ventilation
  • Lackluster energy return 
  • Tongue folds over on itself

Verdict

We just can't agree with how the Altra Escalante 2.5 is billed. It's just not for the serious runners. But if you're searching for a cruiser or a recovery shoe, we can confidently recommend this shoe. It's soft and generously cushioned, it's a couch to the feet! Even better, it's a very light shoe that will let you conserve energy.
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Best Altra running shoes for trail

Altra Lone Peak 5.0
Altra Lone Peak 5.0

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.7 / 5 from 6,247 users
89 / 100 from 19 experts

Pros

  • Great for wide feet
  • Superb grip (rocks, mud, ice, snow) 
  • Stiff and durable 
  • Sheds mud easily
  • Great water drainage
  • Balanced and stable ride
  • Removable Ortholite insole
  • Great for road-to-trail transitions
  • Extremely breathable
  • Rock plate for technical terrain
  • Gaiter-friendly
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • No ground feel
  • Too cold for winter days

Verdict

After testing the Altra Lone Peak 5.0 thoroughly, we just couldn’t find anything that’s not to like about it. It’s a solid trail shoe, and it’s one of the best options on the market. 

It’s a trail beast, you can cruise through snow, mud, ice, rocks, and dry trails with ease. And if you don’t want to switch gears from the road to the trail, this shoe is a great option. The outsole clings to the trails excellently, but on pavement, it’s not extremely aggressive. 

Uneven trail surfaces? Don’t worry about that. The outsole already made our run very stable, but the midsole took everything up a notch.

In our lab tests, we’ve gathered that it’s stiffer than the average running shoes (25.5N vs. 23.8N). But what do these numbers indicate? Simply, the Lone Peak is fantastically supportive, but it’s not in a way that’s harsh. It has enough give to keep the run comfortable and springy. 

Want the best protection in your next outdoor adventure? Take the Altra Lone Peak 5.0. Its generous cushioning won’t just cradle your feet with coziness, it also dampens the harshness underneath.

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Best value Altra running shoes

Altra Viho
Altra Viho

Corescore

87
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 952 users
88 / 100 from 7 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Fast
  • Reasonably light
  • Great lockdown
  • Affordable
  • Stylish profile

Cons

  • Narrow

Verdict

For a shoe that costs so little, we were astounded as to how much the Altra Viho has to offer. 

And if there’s one thing that makes the Viho king, it’s the unrivaled comfort. From top to bottom, it screams cozy. 

The upper is not just unbelievably light, it’s also very padded. And the midsole was a couch to our feet. It’s so dang plush, we didn’t want to take it off! 

And what’s more is that despite being so soft, the foam doesn’t pack out easily. In fact, what makes it a great-value shoe is its highly durable construction. After miles of pounding, the midsole remained lively, and the outsole free from scratch. 

If you think the cushy foam makes the ride dull, that’s NOT the case here. The Viho has got some pop, it’s a very fun shoe to run in. 

Who could forget about the toe box, right? Like all the other shoes on this list, it’s mighty roomy. Not once did we feel like our feet were constricted. Even better, it made our strides feel very natural. 

To top it all off, all the benefits the Altra Viho comes with is loaded in a terrifically light package. It might look bulky, but it never weighed us down.

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What are the cheapest Altra running shoes in 2022?

  1. Altra Torin 5 - from $75
  2. Altra Superior 5 - from $99
  3. Altra Provision 6 - from $120
  4. Altra Rivera 2 - from $129
  5. Altra Lone Peak 6 - from $135
  6. Altra Escalante 3 - from $140
  7. Altra Paradigm 6.0 - from $160
  8. Altra Timp 4 - from $160
  9. Altra Mont Blanc - from $180
  10. Altra Vanish Carbon - from $240

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Author
Jovana Subic
Jovana Subic

Whether it's a vertical kilometre or an ultra, climbing in the Alps or exploring local mountains, Jovana uses every opportunity to trade walls and concrete for forests and trails. She logs at least 10h/week on trails, with no off-season, and 4x more on research on running and running shoes. With a background in physics and engineering management, she prefers her running spiced with data.