Altra’s Solstice XT 2 is a cross-trainer specifically designed to support running, lifting, and high-intensity workouts. Featuring a caged mesh upper and anatomical toe box, these athletic shoes provide lateral support, flexible midsoles with grid-like grooves, and balanced cushioning which keeps the heel and forefoot an equal distance from the ground. Altra claims that this design promotes better alignment.
As a zero-drop athletic shoe, the design allows the foot to fall in a natural position while maintaining some cushioning. As such, podiatrists report it encourages less dependency on shoes and more emphasis on using the muscles of your feet. While this works for many individuals, those who prefer more cushioning and support may not like the Solstice XT 2.
One common complaint among reviews was the durability of the sole. There are many reports of the sole peeling off after a few workouts. Many users appreciated the high-level of comfort and versatility of the shoe but were disappointed in the construction of the sole.