Whatever kind of running shoes I have worn in my life, it always turned out to be a problem to get a new pair. Reason? On average, I have very large and wide feet and every other new model is just too narrow. But that would not be the worst part, I also inherited from my ancestors the genetic predisposition for halluxes. In other words, bunions. And if you know what I am talking about, you should definitely keep reading this review post because Altra Torin 2 is the model that actually helps to get rid of this very annoying problem.
In general, narrower shoes in my opinion is a real disaster. They should barely exist and life would be so much easier :D. When I see models from Nike, such as Nike City Trainer or Puma Speed 500, I can hardly understand that someone is even willing to buy them. Anyway, back to Altra Torin 2! This shoe is in the whole length perfectly wide. And especially in the toe box part. The shoe is so spacey that either smaller or bigger problem that you may have with your halluxes, it will just disappear. I have no idea as for hallux rigidus, but for hallux valgus, I am openly saying it brings a real relief. As the joint of the big toe is in other shoes extremely sensitized by the pressure of the upper, Altra brings for us, poor wide-footed runners true salvation!
On the other hand, they are not the most sexiest shaped running shoes ever, true… I would even say that due to the combination of colors and huge looking shape, you will almost seem as a clown who ran out of the circus. 🙂 What makes the overall shoe even more hilarious is the robust midsole. But thank God, it feels responsive and soft at the same time, so definitely even though the shape is not the best, the functionality is just great!
The last part, and also where I see the weakest point of these Altra Torin 2, is their durability. If I compare them to Asics Gel Kayano 25, that I tried some time before, it drives me nuts how easily they get worn after a few runs. Asics were wide and durable at the same time, unfortunately, here it is not the case. I do not mind spending for these shoes over 100 euros, but I expect some resistance and possibility to enjoy their great shape for a long time. In my case, heel part got worn and rubber outsole started losing slightly its density just after some 50 kilometers.
Otherwise, all in all, it is a great shoe. No doubt. Altra Torin 2 is supposed to help people with wide feet and people gifted with halluxes and it is exactly what the shoe does. If they added some higher quality material, it would never think about trying something else.