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With underfoot protection and customizable support for mild overpronators, the Altra Provision features minimal cushioning and a firm ride.



The Altra Provision is a supportive, low profile shoe that can handle as many miles as you can. The 0mm heel-to-toe drop promotes a more natural forward foot strike, and the moderately thick midsole gives your feet ample protection from the road. Includes a removable stability wedge insole that works to correct over pronation.

Model Number:

Weight: 9.9 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (15mm), Forefoot (15mm), measurement does not include stability wedge insole

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D) 

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium to narrow
  • Midfoot: Medium to full volume
  • Forefoot: Medium to wide
  • Toe-Box Height: Low 
  • Arch Structure: Medium
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Curved


The Provision is a minimum feature, minimum support shoe designed for daily training and high mileage.


  • A-Bound is a recycled, environmentally friendly midsole compound for resilient underfoot protection.


  • EVA midsole foam for durable cushioning.
  • A-Bound is a recycled, environmentally friendly midsole compound for resilient underfoot protection.
  • 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.


  • Air Mesh provides light, breathable coverage.
  • Heel Claw construction uses a snug fit around the heel for added support.
  • A-Wrap design holds feet securely around the midfoot and allows for a roomy toe-box.
  • Removable Stability Wedge Insole are 5mm-thick removable insoles designed for runners needing more traditional support and a molded arch.
  • Asymmetrical Lacing Design follows the shape of the foot for an improved fit and feel.
  • Drilex liner manages moisture for a dry and comfortable foot environment.
  • Strobel Last with the upper stitched to full length fabric for a comfortable underfoot feel.


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

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: The only problem with the altra shoes is that once you get to 100 miles on them you will notice the bottom of the shoes get very worn.  They use a very cheap rubber compound as compared to other shoes.
From: bc, ny usa

Comments: **UPDATE**
Just ran my first half marathon in the Provisions and they were fantastic. My legs felt fresh throughout the race, and I didn't have any soreness or sluggishness afterˆˆhell, I could have kept going. It seems much easier to make and notice subtle tweaks to my form, especially in terms of foot placement. I know these may not give the road feel of some more minimal shoes (Merrell Road glove, etc) but I honestly feel like I get a decent amount of feedback but
still get some cushioning and protection for the longer runs.
From: Matt, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Comments: I have a particularly difficult foot to fit, as it is pretty wide, especially in the middle at my toes, and has very little are to speak of. I pronate some (more in my right foot) but am a fore-to-midfoot runner so don't need a traditional stability shoe (they actually give me knee pain). I am 5'9" and 165 lbs, so can get away with lighter weight shoes. That being said, I have found it almost impossible to find a neutral shoe that is somewhat supportive but not overly heavy/cushioned, is relatively light weight, and doesn't have a structured arch. The only neutral shoe I'd found that worked was the Nike Vomero 6; however, the big heel stack really got in the way of my gait, which was especially noticeable in the last 6 miles of my last marathon (NJ, May 6 2012).

The Altras feel like they are custom made for my feet. They have a nice roomy toe box, the heel feels secure, and the midfootˆoh the midfootˆis a dream. It doesn't feel like my (non-existent) arch is spilling over the side of the shoe like a sausage bursting from its casing. The shoe feels incredible stable, yet very responsive and I find running in them very enjoyable and incredibly freeing. Not having a huge heel stack means I have been able to fine tune my form even more, as I can actually feel what its like to land on my midfoot. It's not a truly minimal shoe, as there is cushioning (and it's not as flexible as something like the Merrel Road glove) but it's not sloppy cushioning. It feels just right: like something I could use for long runs (doing a 1/2 marathon in them this weekend so will update review) and for speed work. My calves were a little tight when I first started using them, but as I was already a forefoot runner my legs and feet felt preppy prepped for using the Provisions. I did a 6 mile run in them this week with a 2-mile speed work section and they felt great, and my calves and Achilles felt totally fine. That being said, if you're a heal striker or not that efficient you should definitely ease into these (they provide great instructions for how to do so).

My only qualms would be, and these are minor: the fit feels like it runs a little small compared to others, as I had to take a 12.5 in the Altra Provisions and I'm a 12 in the Instincts. I feel like I could maybe get away with a 12, but still, they feel between sizes. The laces are also too long and feel a little cheezy compared to the rest of the show. All in all I'm very pleased with these and optimistic they will be good for many distances.
From: Matt, Brooklyn, NY, USA