Altra Running Shoes

Altra running shoes are built for your foot.

The signature FootShape toe box on all Altra shoes allows your foot and toes to relax in their natural positions so you can run more comfortably. Whether you’re clawing up trails or cruising on city streets, you can find the right Altra running shoe for every run.

About Altra Running Shoes

Altra’s first prototypes were created in a toaster oven.

Altra Co-Founder Golden Harper baked existing shoe models in his family’s toaster oven to modify different characteristics, eventually creating the ZeroDrop platform on which Altras are built today. Brian Beckstead, Altra’s other founder, took their first trail shoe prototype out for the Wasatch 100 and marveled at how comfortable is felt.

The first Altra running shoes rolled off the production line in 2011, and the brand has since won awards and gained devoted fans around the world.

Altra Running Shoe Technology

Altra uses its technology to enhance your running experience without getting in your way.

  • FootShape Toe Box. A wider toe box allows your foot to relax and lets your toes spread out naturally. It keeps your big toe straight to help provide a more powerful push off
  • Balanced Cushioning. Altra builds all of its shoes with a 0 mm difference between the heel and forefoot for a more natural stance and lower-impact landing
  • Fit4Her. Women typically have a narrower heel and midfoot, a higher instep and a longer arch than men, Altra running shoes for women create a fit that caters to a woman’s unique foot shape
  • Gaitertrap. A hook-and-loop tab that lets you fix a strapless gaiter attachment to the shoe to ward of debris and buildup
  • Trailclaw. Strategically angled lugs beneath the forefoot of Altra trail running shoes to deliver more traction at toe-off
  • Maxtrac. A grippy, durable outsole that plows through rugged terrain

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