The Altra Olympus is a zero-drop, maximal trail running shoe designed for a neutral or supinated foot motion, ideal for trail and road running or ultramarathons.



Go the distance with the cushioned ride of the Altra Olympus. This rugged trail shoe features a padded midsole to keep you running as far as you want to go. A zero-drop geometry encourages your natural stride, while trail ready details such as a versatile outsole and a StoneGuard rock plate keep you running with confidence.

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Weight: 9.2 oz (size 8)

Stack Height: Heel (36mm), Forefoot (36mm)

Available Widths: B=Medium

How It Fits (based on width B) 

  • Sizing: Fits small, purchase 1/2 size larger than standard running shoe size
  • Heel: Medium
  • Midfoot: Medium to high volume
  • Forefoot: Wide
  • Toe-Box Height: Low to Medium
  • Arch Structure: Medium
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-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.
  • Natural Foot Design follows the natural shape of the foot for ultimate comfort.


  • Trail Specific Sticky Rubber Outsole is designed to deliver multidirectional traction on a variety of trail surfaces.


  • Quick Dry Air Mesh wicks water away from your foot while remaining light and breathable.
  • Strengthen Insoles are 5mm-thick removable insoles made of A-bound material, with a flat platform designed to strengthen runners' feet.
  • 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: I found the sizing inconsistent. I normally take a 9.0 medium width woman's running shoe, and a 9.5 was too short. 10.0 was slightly too long. These aren't for everyone as the zero drop can be hard to get used to and the maximal build cause a whole different set of gait issues if you're not biomechanically efficient. These shoes definitely feel much better on dirt trails than on the road.
From: Anonymous. February 17th 2015

Comments: Just reiterating others comments on sizing. I usually wear size 10, went up to 10.5 in hoka stinson, and the 11 in the altra Olympus is too small. Might try the 12 (really the sizing is so off!) but I'm afraid it will be ok in length but too loose otherwise. Also the heel is sort of shallow, doesn't come up very high on the sides and feels a little weird. At least it won't rub your ankle bone.
From: Kim, Chicago, USA. January 29th 2015

Comments: Love these shoes they run a full size smaller than regular shoes. I wear a 9.5 regularly but in these a 10.5 they are a but weird when you first out them on but they absorb the shock way better than Asics and Brooks I've worn but not as high and squishy as Hoka I love these. Have yet to try on trail but as great as they feel on pavement I know they'll be nice on a easy trail too.
From: Anonymous, Spfd, OR, USA. July 30th 2014

Comments: I agree the Olympus runs a half size smaller than my Torin. I have a couple of purple toenails to show for it. I am ordering a bigger shoe now. I gradually worked into the Torin over the winter and loved the wide toe box. When I saw the Olympus, I had to try them. I have battled PF for a couple of years and thought the extra cushion wouldn't hurt. I don't know if it is the zero drop and/or the extra cushion or the stretches and foam rolling, but my PF is almost nonexistent. I do like these shoes.
From: Krystal, OK, USA. June 4th 2014

Comments: Amazing shoe! I run in saucony ride, hoka, and altra. Altra hands down my favorite shoe. Personally, I found this style to run 1/2 size smaller than the torin. Overall, I find altra to run 1/2 size smaller than hoka and saucony. I use this for road running and they are amazing. Equal cushion to hoka Kailua however more flexible. Highly recommend.
From: LJ. May 17th 2014

Comments: I really like these, but I'm going to comment because I want to make a note that if you are looking for a trail shoe that performs well in wet, slick, and muddy conditions these are not going to be it! Otherwise, they are great on trails in general and on the road I wore them for a marathon and they were fantastic.
From: Lori, OR, USA. May 19th 2014

Comments: I LOOOOOOVE these shoes! They are exactly what I have been waiting for. Zero drop with tons of cushion but not those ridiculous trendy Hoka's that I think feel completely weird. I'm a ChiRunning instructor and absolutely love the feel of the contact with the ground when I run, but I was getting sore in my ankles and achilles from the lack of cushioning in most other zero drop shoes. Yes, obviously, you don't get the same grounded feeling as with the thinner soled shoes, but you do get that fabulous Altra last with the deliciously wide toe box so that your feet can relax and spread out naturally, just as they would if you were barefoot. This is reducing the tension in my feet and ankles and the soreness is finally going away. My feet are getting noticeably stronger as a result. The shoe is still light and pleasantly springy and even though I have very narrow feet and these shoes are very roomy, I like to wear my shoes really lose anyway to encourage my feet to relax and be soft, so the wide Altra last is a huge plus for me. Thank you Altra for creating this wonderful shoe and saving me from having to try those Hokas :). Im ordering a second pair now!
From: Serena, Los Angeles, Ca USA. 2/18/14