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 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 a 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 it 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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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. Simple 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 about 2 weeks now and no issues. True to size, with great support and excellent comfort.

Women’s Altra Torin Plush 4.5
Posted by Vivien 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.

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!