Altra Torin 2.0 and 2.5 Review/Comparison

Altra Torin 2.5 and Altra Torin 2.0

A Quick Review / Comparison

The Altra Torin 2.0 was Altra’s best selling shoe, in our opinion partly due to the soft upper and the soft midsole, which makes the shoe feel highly cushioned straight out of the box. The Torin 2.5 is an updated version and supports the fact that Altra are very responsive to customer feedback,  as each incarnation of their shoes, including the latest Torin, shows it. However, we’ve decided to compare versions because we are all different and the improvements might not suit everybody.

“we’re writing this because we are all different and the improvements might not suit everybody.”

As with the 2.0, the Torin 2.5 is a well cushioned everyday road training shoe. All Altra shoes are zero drop, in other words ‘flat’ from heel to toe, which promotes a more mid-foot landing, better posture and form. A highly cushioned shoe like the Torin or Paradigm is easier to get used to but you should take the transition slowly.

The other main difference between Altra shoes and the majority or running shoes on the market is that they have a broad, rounded Foot Shaped Toe Box. Most people’s feet have been trapped in shoes that are too tight and their feet/toes don’t spread and do their job to absorb and stabilise. In essence this is because all the joints have got stuck together and the muscles have weakened. All is not lost though, over time your foot function comes back and this will help reduce the chances of getting; planta fascia pain, shin splints, knee, hip and back pain.

“…the Torin 2.5 feels a little firmer and a bit more responsive.”

The Torin 2.5 has a midsole thickness of 28mm, meaning it has plenty of cushioning! It’s the same thickness as the Torin 2.0 but they do feel a little different. Neither shoe is soft and mushy by any means, but the Torin 2.5 feels a little firmer and a bit more responsive, which we think is an improvement (it is a common error to think that the softer the midsole of the shoe the better cushioned it is). When you run you’ll be putting 3-5 times your body weight through the shoe and quite often a shoe that feels hard when you first put it on feels just right when you are out running on the road (or similar hard surface). This manifests itself when customers are trying shoes on in the shop. They walk around on the carpet and comment that the shoe feels hard and then when they run on the corridor at the back of the shop which is concrete they find it feels good.

The upper of the Torin 2.5 also feels a little stiffer, so it won’t feel quite as soft when you first put it on. However, it has a much firmer and more supportive feel when the shoe is laced up. Whether this feels better for you is subjective and depends what you’re used to running in. Considering switching to Altra Zero Drop? Contact us for advice any time here.

The biggest difference we feel is the toe shape. The toe of the Torin 2.5 is visibly less rounded than the Torin 2.0, so if you’re a newcomer to Altra and are wearing a narrower shoe at the moment (which almost all are) it might make the transition a little easier. For Altra fans you’ll either be keen to try it or not willing to give up your plentiful wiggle room. We think when you first put the Torin 2.5 on it is noticeably narrower but Altra claim this isn’t the case. The narrower feel could be due to the feel of a firmer toe bumper that comes round the outside of the shoe and goes as far back as the little toe.

“We think when you first put the Torin 2.5 on it is noticeably narrower but Altra claim this isn’t the case.”


I (Morag from NR) have broad feet and the Altra Torin 2.0 was the best shaped shoe I ever had, so personally I haven’t taken to the change in the toe shape. I have done a few hundred miles in the Torin 2.5’s now and although my toes haven’t felt free to wriggle as they do in the Altra Torin 2.0 I certainly haven’t had any problems. I also feel that the firmness of the midsole is definitely an improvement. Version 2.5 has held its more responsive ride and hasn’t gone softer as the 2.0 did. This means that you could use the shoe for long steady runs and love it. At the 200 mile point the Torin 2.0 started to become less responsive and felt like more of a soft, easy run shoe.

-If you have broad feet you’re best in the Torin 2.0 (whilst stock lasts)

-If you prefer a softer feel from the upper and sole it’s the Torin 2.0.

-If your size is out of stock, grab a pair of Paradigm 2.0.

 -If you have narrower feet then the Torin 2.5 is for you.

-If width is less of an issue (and it’s not like they’re tight!) and you’re into high mileage, consider the upgraded Torin 2.5.

-If you prefer a firmer, responsive feel go for the Torin 2.5.

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