7 Best Altra Running Shoes For Women in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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7 Best Altra Running Shoes For Women in 2022

Whether you're heading to your favorite local trail, a quick run around the neighborhood, or to the gym, Altra running shoes for women are designed for solid performance, comfort, and for all terrains.

Famously known for its signature Footshape technology, Altra is a great choice for runners who prefer a gender-specific design that features a wide toe box. This means that runners can enjoy a more natural and comfortable stride. This encourages a healthier form when running and keeps you going longer.

We’ve rounded up 50+ of the best women’s Altra running shoes. We put them to the stringiest tests and selected our favorite picks for your browsing convenience. Enjoy exploring our best selections and in-depth reviews.

How we test running shoes

The highlighted models on this list represent the best women’s Altra running shoes for both road and trail. To make the recommendations, we’ve performed tests and gathered feedback from our RunRepeat wear-testers and editors. This is exactly how we approach it:

  • We buy all the Altra running shoes with our own money to ensure a 100% honest review.
  • We perform mechanical tests inside the RunRepeat shoe lab, where we cut the shoes into pieces and analyze over 30 parameters, from the energy return of the platform and outsole traction to upper durability and midsole construction, among others.
  • Our testers clock up 30-50 miles on each model running on paved roads or muddy paths.
  • We collate some more data from other experts in the shoe industry, as well as from regular users of Altra running shoes.

To conclude the selection process, we use the CoreScore system to get the overall ratings of all Altra running shoes in the database. Based on the above data, a final score is given on each shoe that ranges from 0-to 100.

Best women's Altra running shoes overall

Altra Lone Peak 6
Altra Lone Peak 6
£81
£86
£99
£104

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 832 users
93 / 100 from 7 experts

Pros

  • Fits true to size
  • Excellent all-round grip
  • Highly durable
  • Great ground feel
  • Feels like it makes you run better
  • Great pull tab
  • Gaiter compatible
  • Brilliant lacing
  • Roomy toe box
  • Fully gusseted tongue

Cons

  • Stain magnet
  • Not enough cushioning for some

Verdict

Whether you’re a dedicated zero-drop runner, just dipping your toe into it for the first time, or like to spice up your rotation with something new, the Altra Lone Peak 6 is a solid workhorse of a trail running shoe. The Altra Lone Peak 6 is a genuinely excellent all-rounder.
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Best Altra road running shoes for women

Altra Escalante 2.5
Altra Escalante 2.5
£71
£77
£85
£108

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 trail running shoes for women

Altra Olympus 4.0
Altra Olympus 4.0
£121
£126
£140
£150

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 1,759 users
89 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Wide toebox
  • Built for long runs
  • Superb cushion
  • Excellent traction
  • Durable Vibram sole
  • Light for a maximal shoe
  • Gusseted tongue
  • Very comfortable
  • Breathable

Cons

  • Not very responsive
  • Expensive

Verdict

Looking for a versatile trail shoe? Take the Altra Olympus 4.0! From gravel path, dirt single track, beat-up forest roads, and technical rocky climbs, this shoe just made us run with confidence! And since it's billed as a long-distance trail shoe, we had to see for ourselves that it delivers. And deliver it did! It gave our feet all the protection and comfort they could ask for.
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Best Altra stability running shoes for women

Altra Paradigm 5.0
Altra Paradigm 5.0
£81
£81
£113

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

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.
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Best Altra neutral running shoes for women

Altra Mont Blanc
Altra Mont Blanc
£155
£156

Corescore

69
Bad!
3.5 / 5 from 8 users
89 / 100 from 4 experts

Pros

  • Phenomenal very bouncy ride
  • Excellent grip
  • Healthy 0mm drop
  • Looks great
  • Breathable
  • 2 pull tabs
  • Velcro for gaiters 

Cons

  • Painful lacing
  • No heel lock

Verdict

What seems like it might be set to be Altra’s new flagship shoe, definitely by name at least, packs a lot of promise. With a peppy and support midsole, that also provides rigidity and propulsion, is this zero-drop trail shoe going to have what it takes?
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Best value Altra running shoes for women

Altra Superior 5
Altra Superior 5
£95
£121
£86

Corescore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 1,520 users
86 / 100 from 10 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Super light
  • Fast
  • Excellent traction
  • Gusseted tongue
  • Wide toebox
  • Extremely responsive
  • Water-resistant sidewalls

Cons

  • Not for long-distance runs
  • Not for technical terrain

Verdict

If you're looking for a shoe that is built for trails, yet feels like a road racing flat this is for you. The lightweight alone is enough to sell this shoe, but the traction, lockdown, zero-drop, and responsive nature of the Superior 5 make it a shoe to not pass by.
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What are the cheapest women's Altra running shoes in 2022?

  1. Altra Rivera 2 - from £76
  2. Altra Lone Peak 6 - from £81
  3. Altra Superior 5 - from £81
  4. Altra Timp 4 - from £81
  5. Altra Torin 5 - from £82
  6. Altra Provision 6 - from £90
  7. Altra Paradigm 6.0 - from £98
  8. Altra Escalante 3 - from £131
  9. Altra Mont Blanc - from £156
  10. Altra Vanish Carbon - from £221

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Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

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.