Comments: I was skeptical about switching to a zero-drop shoe, but I'm glad I took the risk. I find that this shoe aids in making my stride more efficient and natural. Even standing still in the shoes just feels good and right. For some time I have been having issues with my hamstrings and knees, but I noticed after a few runs that some of the common pains I had been experiencing (knee and hip pain) were not present.
From: Percevial, Greenville, NC, USA
Comments: I am a junior and college and discovered Altra's at the beginning of this past season and the first run I knew they were the real deal. I ran 80 mile weeks all season in the Instinct 1.5 and they got the job done and pushed them to the last mile. Which brings me to the Torin; I just broke them in on a 7.5 mile run (50:30) and they are the best shoe I've ever ran in. They have a perfect toe box for my hobbit feet and cushioning I need. I am looking forward to pushing these to their limit this indoor and outdoor training season. I highly recommend these for a runner looking for a minimalist shoe with enough cushioning to take your high mileage needs.
From: William, Springfield, MO
Comments: Impressive cushioning for a zero-drop shoe, great protection all around. I am using it to transition from 3-5mm drop shoes and found no adjustment/break in period needed. Some negatives....the shoe laces were too short and didn't match in length (one lace was 1'' shorter). This prevents use of eyelets at top of shoe for more secure fit. There is some noticeable heel slippage, tie tightly. Overall it's a great value and well built shoe. Extremely comfortable and eases transition to natural running style.
From: Mario, San Francisco, CA, USA
Comments: These shoes are sized/shaped oddly. I wear size 10.5 D in most running shoes (latest Brooks Pureflow 2), and even though the shoefitr program suggested 10 D in the Turins, I went ahead and ordered 10.5 to be safe so they wouldn't cramp my toes. The way these shoes are built, the toe box was still cramped (low volume with a constricting rubber edge in front), so I returned for a size 11. This is odd to me since the whole idea of the "foot-shaped" toe box would seem to designed to allow your toes to have plenty of room. Hopefully, the 11s will feel better.
From: David, Laurel, MD, USA
Comments: First off, IGNORE SHOEFITR RECOMMENDATIONS for this shoe! It runs very small. I plugged in three shoes into Shoefitr for recommendations: Brooks Pureflow 10.5 -> 10, Brooks Launch 10.5 -> 10.5, KInvara 3 11 -> 10.5. I bought a 10.5 and then after reading reviews an 11. The 11 is still a bit small (it's short, the width is more than sufficient). I'd send them back for an 11.5, but I bought them to help deal with capsulitis and don't have time to wait on them to turn around. Other than sizing, they're very soft and the toe is very inflexible. Normally, I'd not consider either of these optimal, but it's exactly what I need for my capsulitis issue. The feel is pretty dead. I'm comparing these to the three shoes listed above, so your mileage may vary. All that said, I will probably wear them post-injury for at least an occasional long run. The upper is kind of primitive but feels good and works well. Based on the few miles I have on them, the outsole is going to last forever. On that note, they make a pretty loud clopping sound (I'm striking mid foot trying to avoid the pain in my forefoot). Oh, they are ugly, so you'll have to run faster to look cool. :-)
From: Mike, Austin, TX
Comments: I wanted to try these for many months, and after minor to medium injury problems (plantar fasciitis) I gave it a try... Completely satisfied by cushioning and comfort- except for sizing issues (go at least half size up) I can wholly recommend these shoes for those willing to try something unconventional.
From: odin2823, Middletown, PA
Comments: I was hopeful for this shoe. Really hopeful. I love the fit of my Altra Superior trail shoes, and recently picked up a pair of Altra Lone Peaks for longer, rockier runs in the woods. While I had a few issues with my Instincts breaking down far too prematurely, I decided to give the Torin a try. Because I had not tried them on first, I used Shoefitter to determine the proper size. Based upon the recommendations and comments from others, I purchased a pair that was a half size smaller than the Superiors. Overall length is similar. Again, I was hopeful that this shoe would be the answer to some quirky foot pain on longer runs and pretty excited to take them out for a run. My first concern came in trying on the shoe and it was far more snug than any other pair of Altras I had purchased, including the Lone Peak. In full disclosure, it was a half size smaller than both the Instinct and Superior but it was the same size as the Lone Peak. All sizes were recommendations from Shoefitter (based upon an initial comparison using the Kinvara 2 and then subsequently the Superior). Despite the snug fit I took the shoes out on a short run involving hill climbs on a local gravel path. I mentioned the Lone Peak above as they felt tight at first but within the first run, they softened and grew more flexible to the point that the laces needed to be tightened. The Torin did not soften in the first run. It was a short run of about seven total miles so I felt that more distance might be needed. That was an incorrect assumption on my part. The following day, I did a long tempo run of 13 to 14 miles with my running partner. Throughout the run, the shoes did not feel to break in at all and the welded overlays almost felt as if they were stiffening. My running partner also commented that my form seemed to be off as well and that I was 'slapping' the ground more. There was a distinct deadness to the shoe as well. So here's my complaint with Altra. I read the below outstanding commentary on the shoe and felt compelled to give them a try. The consistency in quality control and materials is just not present. My Instincts fell apart, my Superiors were good, the feeling of the Lone Peaks was a little muted but they were outstanding in the woods, and the Torins were just utterly inconsistent in size and performance. Sadly, they are being returned.
From: Andy, West Hartford
Comments: These shoes are fantastic. i have run with knee pain for years. I just thought it was something I was going to have to live with as a result of an old injury from high school (i'm 41, so i DO mean old injury :) after trying several shoes these seem to have pretty much eliminated the "knee" factor i've always have to deal with, or rather, the change in form when running in them has eliminated it. i don't believe in a magic shoe, it takes patience and work to eliminate problems. but, a good shoe is definitely the tool to do the work with. i have been running in them for about a month, and i feel confident and stronger since i have been. They are a heck of a lot of fun to run in to boot. i was acclimated to a zero drop shoe already, so there wasn't much of a transition for me, which if you are not used to, does need to be slipped into slowly. Its worth the patience and calf soreness though, i promise :) Each runner is different as far as form, of course, so obviously one shoe may work better for one person than the other. Altra shoes are great for a higher cadence mid foot-striking form, which in turn should help on the injury front. Great shoe, and i will definitely be purchasing Altras when it's time for another pair.
From: Burl, Austin, Texas
Comments: Very comfortable shoe would recommend to anyone. However, after having the shoe for approximately 6 weeks the shoe seems to wear quickly if running on asphalt. Based on the cost of the shoe it should last much longer.
From: Joe, Arverne, NY
Comments: I had very high hopes for this shoe after being so impressed by the Instinct 1.5. I was looking forward to a similar upper with some additional cushioning. However, despite having the proper length, the overall interior volume of the Torin was just too small for my feet. This was most pronounced over the dorsum. I tried multiple laces and lacing techniques to try to make them work but the shoe just isn't for me. Further, when I tried loosening the laces for a more comfortable fit it resulted in significantly more heel slippage. I am impressed by the overall quality and the cushioning and hope that Altra considers making a more accommodating upper in a future version of this shoe.
From: B, Maryland, USA
Comments: After dancing the 'injury dance' for nearly 8 months, I finally turned to Altra for all of my runs. While the instincts provide exactly what I need for recovery, short, or tempo runs, I needed something for my LSD's. The Torin fits the bill perfectly. Since switching exclusively to Altra, my injuries are gone and I'm performing better than I ever have. I was familiar with lower drop shoes prior, so my adjustment period wasn't prolonged. The Torin provides a good amount of cushion, but is still suitable for those that like to feel the road. My knees and hips feel awesome- I credit it to the improvement in my running form that Altra promotes. I did not have to size any differently from the instincts. Fabulous shoe.
From: Tyson, Beaverton, OR, USA
Comments: Shoe runs small. I recommend sizing up a half size.
From: Michael, Whittier, NC
Comments: I'm 45, six foot, 190. Just finished my first marathon in terrible conditions in 4:01:45 so I've been running most of the time in the 9:15-9:25 area. During my year and a half of base training and shorter races I've gone through many different shoes from Brooks launch-Pure Flow, Saucony Ride5-Triumph 10-Cortana-Kinvara TR, Newton Distance S and MV2. I ran the marathon in the Launch. Once the marathon ended I decided there has to be a better way to do this without the pain and pounding. So I used my Kinvara TR which has a 4m drop exclusively and my nagging left inside knee pain started to subside. I'm a big believer in calf raises and do min 150 every other day so why not look into a zero drop shoe. I stumbled on the Torin and started researching and decided to pull the trigger. First impression was wow its light and not as big as I thought it would be. Once on I was shocked at how I really didn't notice the zero drop. First run was 1.5 miles with a 8:40 pace most likely from just being in a new shoe. The next day I decided to run 8.5 miles at a comfortable pace without looking at Garmin. The run was epic. I was running at a comfy pace for 7 and at mile 8 I picked it up. While running mile 8 I thought wow I could do a half no problem. Average first 7 miles was 8:34 and mile 8 was 7:56. Its been 160 miles since that epic run. Knee pain is gone, didn't have sore calves. I feel like I'm now in tune with my body because my toes can relax, allowing me to feel the road and adjust. I now feel like I'm floating when I run and it's effortless. Get a pair and start floating.
Comments: Genius, simply genius. Perfect shoe and the 2 different inserts, one just flat....perfect!! Keep up the great work!
From: Michael, Cookeville, TN
Comments: By far the most comfortable road shoe I've ever worn! I'm 59 and after running 14 miles today my feet, leg joints and muscles have never felt better at this distance. Time to pick up a trail pair! One more thing, I walk on concrete floors all day at work and wearing these are by far the best comfort ever. So even if you're not a runner, this shoe would likely bring a whole new meaning to happy feet!
From: MF, St. George, Utah, USA