A relatively newcomer brand in the world of running shoes, Altra has disrupted the road and trail running scenes with its many game-changing shoes since its inception in 2009.
Since then, Altra’s newest lineup of road running shoes is sure to make their growing fans happier. We have compiled the shoes for our latest great picks of the best Altra road running shoes in different five categories, depending on your specific running needs and budget.
If you are looking for a perfect fit for your training and upcoming races, we are here to provide you with exactly what you look for. We have tested 20+ road running shoes that Altra has to offer and come with our best selections for your browsing convenience.
We don’t pick each pair on the list at random. We use a detailed process to make sure that each shoe that makes the cut really deserves its spot. We take the time to test them all on the road and inside our RunRepeat shoe testing lab. To back up our best recommendations, we make sure to:
Purchase all the Altra road shoes with our own money (to avoid bias and brand loyalty)
Clock in an average of 30 to 50 miles of running in each shoe to see how they actually perform on the road, and other good attributes each shoe has to offer
Cut each shoe into pieces to check the details inside, and measure the parts with our scale, calipers, durometers, a custom-made smoke machine, et cetera
We test the shoes in training sessions and under different racing conditions. We have actual runners to test the race performance, durability, and comfort of a particular model.
We gather useful information from experts and actual users and share them in a summary format to save reading time.
Finally, our CoreScore system gives each Altra model a rating of 0 to 100, reflecting all the information we have aggregated above.
The Torin 5 is an all-around great shoe. Plenty of cushion for the longer efforts or recovery runs, but not too much so as to feel sloppy. If there’s only one shoe you buy this year to serve as your daily runner, the Torin 5 is worth seriously considering.
If you want one shoe for everything - daily runs and occasional races - the Altra Rivera is what we'd suggest. It's cushioned, stable, and responsive enough to get you through the paces! And to test its claims to versatility, we hit both the road and trail (single-tracks), and it did awesome! The only issues we had with this shoe were the heel slips and the laces coming undone.
The Altra Paradigm 5.0 is a max cushioned stability road running shoe perfect for those who are looking for a comfortable and supportive run wherever they go. Weighing in at 11oz/318g, they may not be the lightest shoes on the road, but they are a great option for daily running of all distances, especially for those who are in need of extra structure.
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.
Anyone who’s heard of Altra’s religious commitment to the zero drop running shoe will know a lot of what’s up with the Altra Provision 6. This mid-cushioned, zero-drop stability shoe continues Altra’s core line while continuing to add some unique features that we love to see. If you’re new to the zero-drop scene, we’ve got you covered in this review too.
Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.