Altra Shoes

Altra wasn't started in some corporate office, but in the back room of a Wasatch Mountain running store. Their founders, —elite athletes and running store managers, —wanted a shoe that let you run the way you were born to. They noticed that the design of most running shoes was hurting runners more than helping them. Elevated heels promote high-impact landing and narrow toe boxes squeeze the toes out of their natural position.

What began as experimental shoe alterations has transformed into the only shoe company to provide a cushioned Zero Drop™ platform and FootShape™ toe box. This innovative combo promotes low-impact technique and allows your feet to remain in a natural, relaxed position across every terrain.


Traditional running shoes feature pointy toe boxes that squeeze the toes out of their natural position—increasing risk of bunions, hammertoes, and plantar fasciitis. Altra's FOOTSHAPE™ TOE BOX allows the toes to relax and spread out naturally and the big toe to remain in a straight position. This enhances stability and creates a powerful toe-off to maximize running performance. We wish we could call it some scientific breakthrough, but we're simply giving your foot the working space it needs.


Years ago, Altra founder Golden Harper began melting off outsoles and removing the excess heel elevation from their traditional running shoes. It was ugly, but it worked! The term " ZERO DROP™" was coined to describe the level cushioning and perfect weight balance from heel to forefoot. This natural balance aligns the feet, back, and body posture for less impact. It also strengthens the Achilles and lower calf muscles that have been weakened over a lifetime of running on elevated heels.
Grid-like flex grooves in the midsole allow your foot to flex where it needs to for more speed and better performance.
Allows your toes to relax and spread out naturally and the big to remain in a straight position for more speed and stability.
Places your heel and forefoot the same distance from the ground to encourage proper, low-impact form throughout your trail run.
Energy-return compound sits directly under the foot to reduce ground impact and add a spring to each step.
Unique outsole and midsole pattern maps the bones and tendons of your foot to let it flex where it naturally wants to.

Men's Altra Instinct 3.0

    Women's Altra Intuition 3.0


      Special Orders

      Didn't find what you were looking for? The full range of Altra shoes are available upon request. Please provide your particular shoe request, along with the style, colour, and size of the shoe and the shipping address. Orders are processed monthly, and a quote will be provided upon receiving an order request.

      View a selection of our most popular special order products here.

      Don't see the shoe you want on our website? Complete the special order form here and we will start processing your order. (We will contact you via phone or email prior to placing your order).

      Altra Shoes Information

      1Sizing Guide
      Men's Sizing Chart

      The Instinct runs slighty short in size. If you are between sizes please go up 1/2 size larger than your regular size.

      USA 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 11 11.5 12 12.5 13 14 15 16
      UK 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 11 11.5 12 12 14 15
      EUR 41 42 42.5 43 44 44.5 45 46 46.5 47 48 49 50 51.5
      CM 26 26.5 27 27.5 28 28.5 29 29.5 30 30.5 31 32 33 24

      Women's Sizing Chart

      USA 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 11 11.5 12 13
      UK 3.5 4 4.5 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 11
      EUR 36 37 37.5 38 38.5 39 40 40.5 41 42 42.5 43 44 44.5 46
      CM 22 22.5 23 23.5 24 24.5 25 25.5 26 26.5 27 27.5 28 28.5 29.5
      2Product Care
      General care and maintenance applies. Altra Shoes can be either hand washed with soap and warm water or machine washed. Remove the insoles before cleaning. Avoid using the dryer as this will damage the shoes.
      Shipping - Products usually ship within 2 business days from the date of order. A confirmation email will be sent upon payment, and an additional email with tracking information will be sent upon shipment.

      At this time we are shipping to Canada only. Shipping fees are listed in the checkout cart.

      An expedited shipping service is available for an additional fee. Shipping fees are listed in the checkout cart.
      4Return Policy
      We understand that an order does not always work out.

      Altra Shoes and Lems Shoes products that are unworn without any visible wear and tear can be returned or exchanged within 30 days of purchase.

      Correct Toes products can be returned or exchanged within 30 days of purchase and come with a 90-day materials warranty for replacement.

      *Note: Return shipping fees are not covered under the return policy and will be the responsibility of the customer. All returns/exchanges require a return authorization number that can be acquired by contacting us at or by calling 250.920.8818.

      Returns Can Be Sent To:

      Vital Feet
      #208, 2186 Oak Bay Ave
      Victoria BC V8R 1G3