Hi, Guys hope you all are doing ok! This week I am reviewing the Altra Torin Plush 4.5 which is set to release at the end of May 2020.

The plush 4.5 is 1.1oz lighter than its predecessor, which means the standard Torin & the plush are now the same weight which is great because you still get the comfort of the plush at a decent weight. The plush has a softer stack height and is now 28mm compared to the standard torin which is 26mm.

The Torin Plush 4.5 is great for long-distance runs but can be used in the gym. If you find yourself spending your time doing about 75% running & doing about 25% Gym stuff we think this is a great shoe for you. That being said, the plush is a max-cushion shoe, while you can wear it for shorter runs such as a 5k or a quick loop around the block, this kind of shoe protects you for the long haul and we would pull it for a half or full marathon runner (especially if it would be your first marathon!).

Altra has removed some of the bulky padding on the tongue of the shoe, but it still has a toe box soft. While this version is lighter than the plush 4, it is still is as soft and comfortable as ever, which makes me wonder where did they cut all of this weight?
This version has a much better heel cup grip, but I don’t think it is as strong as the altra provision. The shoe stays true to the Altra brand and has a rounded feel, and I would even say that this feels a bit wider than other Altras that have been recently released. Altra used a new knit upper which I find a bit more forgiving and creates more wiggle room where you need it -an improvement from the Torin plush 4.
With this space and a large toe box, I would pull this shoe for people who suffer from Morton’s neuroma. The Torin plush 4.5 is classified as a neutral shoe, and it also had the classic Altra zero-drop platform so I would also recommend it if you suffer from plantar fasciitis.
Overall, there are some significant improvements, and Altra seems to be doing a better job of sticking to size, we are excited for this shoe to launch at the end of May!
*Update, we compare the Altra Torin Plush 4.5 to the New Escalante 2.5 in this blog 
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Customer Reviews about the Altra Torin Plush 4.5

It’s the shoes! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Posted by Corey on Dec 4th 2020

I’ve heard it said that it’s not the shoes but the talent that’s filing them. Well, I don’t have any talent and these shoes make me run faster with better form. My toes have NEVER known such freedom! They were everything the review said and more. Thanks RunMoore.

These are the road runners you’ve been looking for… ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Posted by Dylan R on Sep 12th 2020

At least, the one’s I’ve been looking for. Tried and true Altra design, though as is often mentioned not as extravagantly different from other manufacturers as they used to be, but unless you’re stuck in the past, that definitely isn’t a problem. I’ve done a handful of long distance road runs in them and they perform quite well. Weight is fine for the stack height, outsole is all rubber and excellent (looking at you Superiors!), and upper is extremely comfortable. I only run in these, but I imagine as a walking shoe they’d be more than excellent.

Favorite Altra yet. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Posted by Matt on Aug 13th 2020

150 miles in and I can honestly say these are my favorite Altra’ yet. I originally was drawn to Altra by the Escalantes, and still love them, but after heavy mileage weeks on largely roads, my feet and legs felt tired. These Torins are what I wanted the Escalate to be. Beefier with out the weight, the same springy step. The knit uppers are super comfortable, and the toe cap that was in previous versions of the Torin is less pronounced (which I like much better), while still maintaining a roomy toe box. I find them to be no slimmer than previous versions and I have pretty wide feet – like, I could never wear a pair of Nikes, even casually. Also really big improvement in the outsole material. They really nailed the rubber – it’s very durable without feeling hard. I found previous road Altras wore quickly along my pronation pattern. All in all a GREAT shoe, hope they stick with this design for a while. The red looks great too.

Torin Plush 4.5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Posted by Myles O on Jul 18th 2020

Bye-Bye Nike, Asics, Mizuno, ON and Salomon! I bought my first pair of Altra’s in February this year, and by June my wife and I have become the proud owners of seven pairs of Altra’s. Combined we do over 100miles a week hiking and running, and these shoes are simply lighter and more comfortable than all our previous shoes. We literally threw all the others away! Purchased online from RunMoore, which offered very quick delivery and good service – the YouTube review of the Torin Plush before the release was extremely helpful, and helped us make the decision to buy The shoes fit true to size, are super light, and the quality of construction is good. Absolutely would buy again, 10/10.

Love it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Posted by Junior on Jul 13th 2020

This is my first Altra shoe and I couldn’t be happier. I do have issues with shoes being a bit too snug for my feet but these shoes fit perfect. The first 2 or 3 runs they felt snug but opened up and now fit perfectly.

Feels awesome ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Posted by Sonia on Sep 20th 2020

I bought these to replace my Torin 4’s which have served me well. These came and fit exactly the same but lighter and much more cush. I have major foot issues and these will keep my feet happy longer at my next ultra. Run Moore had the lowest cost I could find. Will buy from again.

THE BE(A)ST! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Posted by Jennifer on Sep 4th 2020

This shoe is the best. It is also a beast, because it has that AWESOME stack height that makes me feel like I can run forever without grinding my joints. WELL DONE, Altra! As a woman who has shifted entirely to zero-drop running shoes, I could not think of one way to make this shoe better! The Footshape Toebox is my FAVORITE feature. (As in, duh! Why have we been forcing our big toes to the side? They should be straight to give us proper ergonomics!) I researched and found the Run Moore videos on youtube. So good.

Women’s Altra Torin Plush 4.5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Posted by Vivien O’Neill on Jun 9th 2020

I really like women’s AltraTorins and now having the plush with that extra cushioning really helps with the feet issues that I have. I love the extra roomy toe box.


TORIN PLUSH 4.5 Best Altra Yet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Posted by Mark S on Jul 1st 2020

This is my 6th pair of Altras, but my first road shoe. Simply put, it’s fantastic! I normally walk/jog/run 50-70 miles a week and with COVID I needed some treadmill shoes, these feel great but are as light as a feather. I’ve worn them for about 2 weeks now and no issues. True to size, with great support and excellent comfort.

Altra Torin 4.5 Plush ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Posted by Jim E. on Jun 16th 2020

Decided to pull the trigger after watching the RunMoore video on YouTube. They are as described…light, cushioned and super comfortable!

Altra Torin Plush 4.5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Posted by Ki on Jun 4th 2020

It’s pretty much as Steve’s video review said it would be, a lighter (and thus more nimble) version of the Plush 4.0. The updated tongue, which makes the shoe lighter, is great — still comfy despite the reduced mass. The ankles also feel more secure thanks to the modification in that area. I was a big fan of the 4.0 Plush and I’m loving the 4.5 even more! I should also note that every aspect of ordering was great, and the shoes even arrived earlier than expected. Thumbs up to everyone at Run Moore!