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The Altra Instinct 2.0 is a zero-drop, natural daily trainer designed for a neutral foot motion.



Distance yourself from the ground while enjoying a natural run with the Altra Instinct 2.0. Featuring plenty of cushioning in a zero-drop design, this shoe protects your legs from impact with the hard ground without getting in the way of an efficient stride. A wide forefoot fit allows for the splaying of your toes while maintaining comfort, allowing you to rack up those miles.

Model Number:

Weight:  10.2 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (19mm), Forefoot (19mm)  

Widths Available: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D)

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium to narrow
  • Mid-foot: Medium
  • Forefoot: Medium to wide
  • Toe-Box height: Medium
  • Arch Structure: Medium
  • Shoe Shape: Straight


  • A-Bound is a recycled, environmentally friendly midsole compound for resilient underfoot protection.
  • Dual Layer EVA midsole foam for durable cushioning.
  • Natural Ride System (NRS) design includes a more natural, foot-shaped last, zero millimeter heel to toe drop, and metatarsal-specific shapes in the outsole to assist in proper foot mechanics and allow for more natural foot movement.


  • FootPod Outsole follows the natural construction of the human foot for maximum flexibility and a responsive ride.


  • Quick Dry Air Mesh wicks water away from your foot while remaining light and breathable.
  • Heel Claw construction uses a snug fit around the heel for added support.
  • Seamless Upper reduces irritation and provides next-to-foot comfort.
  • Support Insoles are 5mm-thick removable insoles designed for runners needing more traditional support and a molded arch.
  • Strengthen Insoles are 3mm-thick removable insoles made of A-bound material, with a flat platform designed to strengthen runners' feet.
  • Asymmetrical Lacing Design follows the shape of the foot for an improved fit and feel.
  • Drilex Collar Lining manages moisture for a dry and comfortable foot environment.
  • Strobel Last with the upper stitched to full length fabric for a comfortable underfoot feel.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: wondering why and anonymous reviewer gets top billing here. and overall looks to me like this person bought the wrong size. I have 6 pairs of Altras - instinct 1 & 2 to 2 Trail runners - and all fit great and wear better than any brooks, nike or aspics I have worn in the past. Altras are all I wear now.
From: Dean, Omaha, NE, USA. March 26th 2015

Comments: I got my Instinct 2.0 shoes retail, "professionally" fit, and found that while light and cushioned, there are many things that annoy and make me not want to get another pair, nor even use them as often or long as possible. One is the $100 price tag. Next is the shoe lace shortness and quick fraying, not to mention the crease and tearing on both inner front mesh. Most importantly though, is the feel: 1. middle toe rub - blister-callus, 2. insert/Footbed feels like it is cracking under you on long/hard runs, 3. sock bunching or uncomfortable without socks, and 4. achilles rub just a bit. Makes me want to go back to Merrells, or Fila/Vibram Sports.
From: Anonymous. March 12th 2015

Comments: These are the 4th pair of Instincts that I've owned, but the first since the 1.0. The shoes are great, though if you've never worn a zero drop shoe, it make take you a little while to adjust. Don't confuse zero drop with minimal either, as these shoes are fully cushioned (almost a little too cushioned for my liking) but still feel light on your feet. If you've never tried Altra's before, I think this is a great first shoe to take for a test drive!
From: Denny, Lakeland, FL, USA. January 8th 2015

Comments: First off, I have to say that I really like Altra's philosophy and they are pretty much the only brand of shoe that fits my foot. I have feet that are wide at the forefoot area only. The wide version of a shoe, of which there aren't many, fit at the forefoot but are too high volume in other areas. I liked these shoes despite the fact that they feel a little heavy. They have good cushioning yet are still zero drop. I had passed on the 1.5s due to the tearing issue and was excited to finally be able to buy a pair of Instincts when the 2s came out. All was fine until about the 80 mile mark. That's when I noticed that the mesh fabric on the inner forefoot area had started tearing which is similar to what was happening on the 1.5s. I contacted Altra and got no response. That's probably more disappointing than the tearing. I'm usually inclined to support the little guy but the lack of quality (these are the 2nd pair of Altras I've tried - the One 2 being the other) makes me wary to keep trying Altra. (Running Warehouse came to the rescue though. They have the best Customer Service around.)
From: TP, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Comments: Took a chance on these and I have to say I'm very pleased and surprised with these shoes. I'm no zero-drop fanboy or minimalist fanboy, but these shoes are very well designed and work great for me. I'm 5'11, 150 lbs and a forefoot striker. I moved to lower drop shoes in the Spring of 2013 to help me get over the PF I had in my left foot. I literally wore a hole into the forefoot of Hoka Bondis, and while they did help me recover from injury, the shoes are not well designed: uppers are hot, and outsoles have no solid rubber for wear. In addition, the heels are just too big for someone like me who is already a forefoot striker. I have tried and don't really like Saucony's lower drop shoes as I find the cushioning material to feel dead and flat. I tried on a pair of the Altra's and was impressed. Have been training on these now and will definitely buy more when price drops. Here's where I see Instinct 2.0 plusses: + just right cushioning across the whole foot. For forefoot strikers like me, it's perfect + have never run in shoes with the wide forefoot design, but to me they seem to work as advertised. After 10 miles, my toes/feet are comfortable, not hot and stuffy as with other shoes + nice light weight + nicely designed tongue, not too padded and not too thin (like Nike's) Overall, if you're already running in lower drop shoes, I think you'd like the Altras. Hopefully they'll sell enough to keep making them. I'm definitely going to try the new One-squared racing shoe as well.
From: RJ, Washington DC, USA. May 27th 2014