I got the chance to review the brand new Altra Torin 1.5 – Altra’s follow up to the popular Torin cushioned trainer. I would say it was a small, but needed update with some smart tweaks that made for an overall more pleasant running experience for me.

I like the new upper material. It’s far more flexible and softer to the touch than the previous. The new lacing layout is vastly improved and really allows for some good shoe tightening. The midsole and outsole remain unchanged (unfortunately) and it feels like the heel counter had some stiffening. It also seems like the ankle cuff had some padding added – another negative to me.

As I mentioned, the ride in this zero drop, wide toe-box shoe is better than the previous version and feels at home in the long, slower runs where you’re not focused on speed or the detriment of shoe-weight. What do YOU think? Have you had a chance to run in either the Torin or Torin 1.5? What do you think of these kicks?

I know Altra has a number of new shoes hitting the market soon so I hope to get my feet into those as well! Stay tuned!


  • Wide toe box
  • Zero drop
  • Cushioned
  • Lacing
  • Tongue strap
  • Upper materials


  • Weight (heavier 10+)
  • Same midsole/outsole
  • Heel counter stiffer
  • Padding/thick upper
  • Stiffness

PRICE: 3/5
LOOKS: 4/5

TOTAL: 14/20

These shoes were provided by Altra for review. All opinions are my own.


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