The Utah-based Altra helped popularize the zero heel-to-toe drop movement. As it's evolved, Altra has become one of the most popular and best reviewed running brands on the planet. Now making everything from minimal to maximal running shoes, racing to walking shoes, Altra continues its drive toward the upper echelon of the running shoe world.
Many runners know the dangers of IT Band Syndrome; it can linger for months if not years, rearing its ugly head right before a race. IT band syndrome, or Iliotibial Band Syndrome, is caused when the ligament that runs outside the leg becomes tight, inflamed, and just downright painful to move. This problem can arise from weaknesses in certain muscles or running's repetitive motions. Luckily, the right shoe can make a difference, both in terms of preventing and treating IT band issues.
Altra Torin 2.0
Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:
Zero drop rate
Wide toe box and cushion
Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and runner's knee/patellar tendinitis.