I had a few firsts ending with my run today. All of which have a little story that gets me to this point and thus my Altra shoe review.
A couple of years ago, I like so many others, jumped at the chance to try out the barefoot running phenomenon. I had been running in Asics and Wave Riders, both of which I had several pairs over two years. But while participating in a popular running online community I purchased my first pair of Kinvaras. I loved these shoes, still do even though they mean something different now. I trained many miles with no run being over 6 in length with these pink beauties. These had become my 5K-10K go to shoe. Today I use them mainly on the treadmill as they really are quite comfortable but not substantial enough for me to tackle my daily runs outside.
Unfortunately I ended 2012 with two stress fractures in both knees and shins so decided I may need just a little more cushion for my street runs. I bought a pair of Pure Flow 1 shoes. These to this day are my favorite. Unfortunately the mileage has added up and when I went to buy another pair found there are none anywhere. I tried on the second version and just do not care for them. The change was too drastic between 1 and 2.
I had seen the Altra commercials many times on TV and those folks earned their money as my interested was peaked and I began to ask around about them. I searched for a store which sold them and found none within driving distance. This meant I would have to buy them online.
I had never bought shoes online before. I am one of those runners who will spend hours in a running store trying out shoes because my arch is high enough that it is difficult to find a good match. But when I saw the Torin on sale as well as free shipping and more importantly free return I decided to take a chance.
I had read the many reviews prior to making my final decision. Many users reported being injury prone and the Altra Torin working for them for high distances. As I am looking to do my second marathon (hopefully uninjured this time around) in 2014 I made up my mind and ordered a pair.
Today I laced up for a lunch run and was pleasantly surprised. Walking around the house they did not feel as if they would have the support I need but while hitting the neighborhood streets they felt very adequate. Even quite comfortable. Granted this is my first and only run in them. I have 6 miler this weekend planned with the group so I will definitely know more by then. But after the first trial I am happy with the chance I took with ordering shoes before trying them myself.
Would I recommend these to others? Yes. I am very injury prone as my body cannot absorb calcium like it should, I have high arches, most of my runs are on asphalt and even though I do not have wide feet I am unable to wear regular width shoes. These fit all of the requirements so far and I look forward to my next run.