Altra One

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Altra One Review Facts

Altra might not be the most broadly known shoe company, but it’s clear with the simply-titled One that they’re planning on becoming a fixture in the industry, and fast. It all starts at the top with the Altra One, with its Quick Dry Air Mesh that provides a breathable element to the shoe, allowing your feet to stay cool and dry while simultaneously keeping out the elements. Its outsole is made out of blown rubber, which allows it to provide a high degree of durability and traction for your run. It comes in several stylish color options, so you won’t just be stuck with a couple of generic options. The shoe is quite affordable, and it’s got a responsive midsole that gives you plenty of cushioning and flexibility.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Breathable Quick Dry Air Mesh
  • Improved durability
  • Blown rubber for better traction
  • Plenty of color options
  • Affordable
  • Midsole is cushioned and flexible
Cons
  • Less cushioning and arch support than predecessors
  • Toe box is tight
  • Narrow heel area
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We have spent 4 hours analyzing a total of 900 reviews.

These reviews are then categoried into "Positive" and "Negative" feedback.

Below you will read a summary of them:

Positive
  • I am so happy with these shoes. They have great wide toe boxes. I am able to wear these all day at the hospital with no pain. This is the first shoe that I have found that helps me all over. I say it is because the zero drop. .
  • This model runs a bit large and they are a bit over spongy. I love the room in the toes and they are so good with the zero drop. I am so pain free no matter what I am doing in these r how long I wear them. I love these shoes.
  • These are the best Altras, hands down. Thy are so much lighter and way flexible. They are so good with the epic toe splay and the extra cushioning is heaven. These have a neutral arch and are great for all things neutral runner. I also ordered a half size up, perfect.
  • I am a Torin fan and these are way better. The sole is much more flexible. The front does pres in a bit too much and they do not feel like other zero drop shoes because of this. They will work though.
  • UGLY! BUT, great shoe. They are a great pure minimalist shoe. They work great on longer runs and have a great toe box, nice and roomy. They support my arches well and have prevented my heel spurs from activating!
  • Large toe box and super light, these are so good. They are very similar to the Invo-8 that I loved. They are flat too and keep water out really well. The Invos suked up water. Super happy over all with these shoes.
  • Super bouncy and wide toed shoe. Sole is thin and the zero drop is great. They do not have a great arch support but I bought these for that. I do not need it. I hate when shoes press too much on my arches.
  • These are a bit less cushioned than my last pair f Altras. They feel less bulky while still offering stellar support. They also have a great shock absorption!
  • Best and most comfortable shoe I have ever worn. Super flexible and wide sole They are so roomy without sliding all over the place. This style should be a standard in runners. I was happy with them right out of the box.
  • These have not given me any numbness due t the super spacy toe box. They are a great zero drop design with a very lightweight build. These really have been beneficial for my running and highly recommend anyone trying these.
  • A lot of toe space in these. I have had no cramps or pain while running in these. THis model in particular are super light and are very minimal without losing support.
  • Light, roomy toes, and the zero drop is so good for my back. I will be keeping Atras around for as long as they make them. Best shoe on the market.
  • These have a minimal amount of cushion without compromising comfort. They are so nice to walk and run in. The zero drop is dreamy and are a nice revolver for my Torins. They are ale to really keep me stable on many different terrains. They are a bit bulky but nothing major, just not built for epic speed. They are light though.
  • Zero drop shoes are so magical and carry me so well through my runs. These have helped my plantars fasciitis tremendously and I cannot say enough about the comfort. I ended up buying 6 ore of these all at once so I wouldn’t have to worry about them discontinuing. They are very durable and feel like I am wearing a super comfy running slipper. They last forever as well, super durable. Best shoe Altra has ever made, or anyone for that matter.
  • These run true to size and are extremely comfy. They aren't as wide in the toes as the Torins but they are wide. The sole is thicker and need a bit of breaking in. I am a big dude and these are holding up nice to my 30 miles a week.
  • These have a low profile and a huge toe box, I was a bit worried. However, I a loving them. I have almost dropped a hole minute off my run. They are not fashionable but they are freaking mad comfortable. They are not sloppy at all and really light. They are a very natural feeling shoe.
  • Zero drop = Perfect feeling shoe. The larger toe box was sent fo the shoe gods themselves. The sole is super soft without compromising stability. Great, Great shoe and I highly recommend them.
  • I have skinny heels and wide toes, these accommodate this perfect and keep my feet nice and secure. I also have really deep high arches, which usually cause me pain but not with these shoes. I am so very happy with these and highly recommend them to runners with weird feet.
  • I have been getting used to the zero drop design and these have been so forgiving. They have perfect cushioning and help with my forefoot striking pattern. These are great for long distance and are really light. I feel like I am getting ready for flight in these shoes.
  • They have decent traction and they are super light. They have a great price on them too. They run a half size smaller than other Altras but great nonetheless.
  • Super light and roomy but a bit shorter than expected. They are some of the most comfortable shoes ever and I highly recommend these shoes. I ended up getting a half size larger.
  • I have a super long second toe, which makes getting shoes difficult. I mean it is LONG! These are very comfortable and fit great all over except that damn toe. These are te only shoes I can wear that do not bother my arthritis and bad ankles. They are are wide in the toe box, just not for the lengthy toe problem. I still rock them though.
Negative
  • A half size larger was still too small. The lacing does not allow for a secure fit. They did not help with my overpronation at all and had zer arch support. The color was not black either, it was gray. Not happy with these at all.
  • After a month of wear these shoes just aren't great at all. Zero arch support has caused some pain and I now have bunions forming. They also come off my heels when I run, which is so annoying.
  • I ordered a half size up like the reviews were suggesting and they are so sloppy. They looked like clown hoes. The sole grabs a lot of debris and was going me pressure points on the bottom of my feet.
  • The cushioning and support was lacking big time. They had really poor arch support and that is not something that I need a lot of. I really am disappointed with the cushioning mostly though. They are just a horribly designed running shoe in my opinion.
  • NOPE! They caused some serious arch pain. They did nothing for my Neuroma and although the toe box was nice they had very little support. I did not like this shoe at all.
  • If you are a Torin or Lone peak fan, do not get these. These are a totally different shoe and were way too wide. The lacing system is horrible and does not help of add any support, my foot was swimming.
  • The sole in these is so poor and thin. THese fit way too small and yet too wide, strange feeling. They are too expensive to be so uncomfortable. And absolutely no arches.
  • Too small unfortunately. This made them fit too wrong. I got a larger pair and everything was way off and not positioned right, which caused a lot of pain. The maid got these shoes. I hated them.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Altra One is helped greatly by the proprietary FootPod technology that follows the natural flow and form of the foot to allow it to move naturally. This will provide for maximum responsiveness and flexibility during your run. That isn't all when it comes to the outsole. It also features a blown rubber construction that makes this shoe especially durable and tough. You should keep in mind, though, that the flex grooves of this shoe might have a tendency to accumulate mud and muck while you're running, so you should probably avoid muddy trails. This might not be the best shoe for a mud run.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The Altra One's midsole is fairly advanced, in that it takes advantage of the Dual Layer EVA in order to provide an appropriate level of cushioning. It also uses A-bound technology to provide an efficient level of energy return as well as underfoot cushioning. It reduces the ground impact you're going to feel, meaning that this running shoe is excellent for most any road surface. It also has InnerFlex technology that allows your feet to flex naturally in the shoe, making it so that your feet react naturally to the rigors of the run.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The Altra One has an upper that's quite a bit more advanced than the uppers of its predecessors. One of these updates is the Quick Dry Air Mesh that offers breathability as well as support. It keeps your feet cool and dry, and it also does a good job of wicking the water away, meaning that you can run in the rain and not have to worry about your feet getting wet and cold. The upper also features asymmetrical lacing, following the natural contours of the foot instead of trying to force a shape that isn't natural. It also has a 5mm removable insole to provide more traditional support while leaving open the option to get rid of it if needed.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The Altra One features a running shoe weight that while it isn't the absolute lightest that we've seen, is really close to reaching that. The men's version of the shoe weighs in at a paltry 6.3 oz. while the women's version is only an astounding 5.2 oz. This extreme lightweight design is going to be quite noticeable while you're out on the road or the trail, as you won't be fighting against the shoe but instead working with it. Every aspect of the shoe works together, delivering quality features to you while also keeping to a light weight and form function.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

If there's one thing that the Altra One does well, it's being breathable. It all starts (and mostly ends) with the Quick Dry Air Mesh system. This system staves off moisture while at the same time providing you with breathable coverage. When you add to this the fact that it has the ability to naturally wick water away from the shoe, it becomes a no-brainer to choose this particular running shoe, especially if you plan on running in poor weather conditions. Again, though, you should know that this shoe won't necessarily fare well on muddy trails, so run wisely.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

It's a mixed bag when it comes to comfort on the Altra One. On one hand, you have the upper and the midsole which are very well-cushioned, allowing you to get a smooth ride no matter how difficult the terrain might be. On the other hand, you have issues where some runners have stated that the toe box and even the heel itself have been a little too tight and narrow, allowing for crowding to occur. With that said, you might want to order a half size larger to account for both crowding and foot swelling.
Style
Style

Style

Style is where the Altra One really shines. Just as the name of the shoe itself implies a certain level of class and minimalism, the shoe offers a variety of color options and styles that will suit just about anyone's tastes. Altra might be relatively new to the game, but they're pulling out all of the stops to provide a shoe that isn't just loaded with features, isn't just extremely lightweight, but also a shoe that will be sure to turn a few heads while you're out on the road or the trails.
Durability
Durability

Durability

To be sure, the durability of the Altra One has been drastically improved from its predecessors. This is largely due to the blown rubber construction of the outsole, but it's just as crucial that it has a midsole that provides protection on both the outside and the inside. The last thing you want is a running shoe that will only last a couple of years, the outsole blown out and the cushioning worn down. You won't have to worry about this with the Altra One, as it was designed to last long.
Protection
Protection

Protection

When it comes to protection, the first thing you think about in a running shoe probably isn't the upper. But when it comes to the Altra One, that is the first thing you should think about. That's because this upper is designed to protect you from the elements while simultaneously making sure your feet don't heat up too much or get wet. For sure, you should stay away from running in really muddy conditions, but running on a rainy road will be no problem for you if you're wearing these shoes.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The tricky thing about any running shoe is finding a balance between a tough and durable exterior and a responsive ride. Altra has found this delicate balance in their simply named One shoe. They utilize a tough and durable external shell of an outsole that will stand up to the hard conditions of most any road surface while still remaining responsive and springy. This dynamic outsole is helped by a midsole that is responsive on both the inside and outside. Other running shoes are capable of pulling this off too, of course, but few can do it while also keeping the shoe super light.
Support
Support

Support

Uppers on running shoes aren't exactly seen as the strongest and most supportive element of a shoe. This is all different with the Altra One, however. The shoe's upper cushions your foot, sure, but it also keeps it in place so that you won't be slipping out of the shoe and potentially rolling an ankle or worse. It has contour footbeds that allow you to get more traditional support for your feet, delivering a classic experience that has been adjusted to meet the increasing demands of competitive runners. If this can stand up to marathons, triathlons, and other such rigorous races, you can bet it'll stand up to an ordinary run.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

Simply put, the Altra One was quite obviously designed to handle any and all road terrains. While it would probably do well in more technical trails that incorporate simple gravel or dirt constructions, you probably shouldn't take this running shoe out on muddy terrain. While the outsole would have no problem standing up to the demands of the terrain, there's a good chance that you'll get mud stuck between the flex grooves on the bottom of the shoe. This is similar to how athletes wearing cleats for soccer or football will have to pick out mud and grass from where it accumulates between the cleats.
Price
Price

Price

For how many features and lightness that the Altra One is packing, the price is outrageously low. Keep in mind that it isn't the cheapest running shoe out there, but as of this writing, it was priced at less than $100. As you might expect, Amazon had the cheapest price by far, so you should consider pulling the trigger and going with them for this purchase. They have even better prices than some of the dedicated running shoe supplier sites, which truly boggles the mind. You can do a lot worse for your money than going with this dynamic running shoe.
Traction
Traction

Traction

Traction is where the Altra One really shines. This is completely due to the proprietary technology of the advanced outsole, incorporating subtle flex grooves that will easily grip the road. While this means that the shoe isn't meant for muddy terrain, it also means that you'd be hard-pressed to find a better running shoe for on the road. This is one of the few aspects of the shoe where only a single feature contributes to the cohesive whole.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

With a running shoe as rigid and durable as the Altra One is, you'd expect the shoe to really suffer when it comes to flexibility. However, in this case you'd be wrong. The flex grooves really do a great job at allowing your ride to adapt to the road environment. While you might not need a whole lot of flexibility while running on the road, you'll still have that support if and when you need it. This is further backed up by the midsole that is flexible from both the inside and the outside. Your ride will be improved as a result, allowing you to take on steep inclines, broken up road surfaces, and even packed-in gravel.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The superior stability of the Altra One all starts with the inside of the midsole, which has been designed with the idea of allowing the foot to move in its natural direction instead of being stuck to rigid movements that will impede your natural flow. Usually, when you have this high level of flexibility in a shoe, the stability of it suffers as a result. This simply isn't the case with the Altra One. It somehow accomplishes the task of being extremely flexible and stable, all while weighing in at a minuscule amount, allowing you to get a great toe-off and a smooth ride.
Drop
Drop

Drop

Quite simply, we here at RunnerClick can guarantee that you won't find a better heel to toe drop on any other running shoe other than the Altra One. That's because the heel to toe drop on this running shoe is 0.0mm. That's right. There is no heel to toe drop on this shoe. This means that as soon as you touch the ground, you'll be able to push off with ease, making your stride that much more fluid. When you couple this with the fact that the shoe weighs very little, it's a no-brainer that any serious athlete who cares about every tenth of a second should buy this shoe.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- Quick Dry Air Mesh system provides good ventilation and protection
- Improved durability
- Durable blown rubber outsole allows for greater flexibility
- Midsole is well-cushioned and protects the foot well
- Plenty of colors and styles to choose from
- Extremely affordable
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The bottom line is that the Altra One is a comprehensive running shoe that has all of the features you've come to expect from upstart Altra, at a fraction of the price of a typical running shoe. It has an upper that keeps your foot snug, protected, dry, and cushioned, a midsole that protects from both the interior and the exterior, and an outsole that utilizes proprietary technology to make sure your foot is protected from any road surface while also providing the flexibility that you need to best adapt to any environment. And again, this running shoe is priced so competitively that you can actually get a mediocre gym shoe for the same price. Altra has a real winner in its simply named One shoe.