Altra Olympus 5

Altra Olympus 5 best walking shoes for men

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  • Altra’s maximum cushioning trail running shoe 
  • Vibram outsole 
  • Features Altra’s signature FootShape
  • 14 colorways: 7 for men and 7 for women
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Pros & Cons

What we like ...
  • Vibram outsole
  • Trailclaw lugs
  • Customers like cushioned feel
What needs improvement ...
  • Customers complain shoe runs small
  • Fit is narrower than previous Olympus shoes
  • Multiple customers had issues with lugs falling off outsole
  • Relatively expensive
  • Heavier than most counterparts

Product Summary

Altra’s Olympus 5 is the newest version of their plushest trail running shoe. This is a zero-drop shoe designed for all-day comfort on the trail. 

This shoe uses Altra’s signature FootShape, which they claim gives your foot more space to sit naturally and addresses biological differences in men’s and women’s feet. The outsole on this shoe uses Vibram Megagrip rubber, which Altra shares provides good grip on both wet and dry surfaces. They combine this withTrailclaw lugs that are strategically placed for maximum grip. This shoe has the most cushioning of any Altra trail running shoe and features a breathable mesh upper. 

The Olympus 5 has mixed reviews, with long-time Olympus users generally preferring previous versions of the shoe. Positive reviews loved the level of cushioning and shared that they were able to stay on the trails all day without thinking about their feet. They also shared that the outsole was very grippy. Negative reviews complained that the shoe ran small, with people ordering a half or even full size larger than their usual shoe size. They also thought the shoe was narrower and stiffer than other iterations. Multiple customers reported lugs falling off the outsole. Altra was aware of this issue and shared that it has been addressed. 



12.3 oz (men), 10.4 oz (women)


0 mm




7-15 (men), 5.5-12 (women)


7 (men), 7 (women)

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      The Altra Olympus 5 is a trail running shoe that emphasizes cushion and comfort. Long-time users may find they prefer the fit of older models of the Olympus.