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Rivera 2 Running Shoe - Women's

3.9166666666666665 out of 5 stars
60 Reviews
Current price: $51.98 - $77.97 Original price: $129.95
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Why We Like The Rivera 2 Running Shoe

The Rivera 2 has an insatiable appetite for road, carrying us through our daily miles and weekly long runs. The slimmer build gives our narrow feet a secure fit yet still lets our toes splay naturally, while the grooved foam and bio-mapped sole roll us into smooth, distraction-free transitions.


  • Lightweight road shoe for daily miles and long runs
  • Mesh upper gives our stride flexibility and breathability
  • 0mm drop encourages a natural gait and midfoot strike
  • Plush yet lively foam absorbs shock and returns energy
  • Rubber sole boosts durability and traction
  • Item #ATRQ038
Upper Material
engineered mesh
Altra EGO
Support Type
Heel / Forefoot Height
26mm / 26mm
Claimed Weight
Manufacturer Warranty
300 - 500 miles
road running

Overall Rating

4 based on 60 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 5 reviews
2 Stars - 7 reviews
3 Stars - 6 reviews
4 Stars - 12 reviews
5 Stars - 30 reviews

Fits True To Size

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5 out of 5 stars

June 1, 2023

Love these shoes, but please improve laces a bit

I own several pairs of the Rivera 2 (black, light blue, white, white/yellow and orange). My favorite ones are the light blue and white ones because the shoe laces are flat and easier to marathon tie. However, a small increase in lace length would be super appreciated. I keep two shoes in rotation for running and retire them at about 350 miles. They still feel okay, but I'm old and don't want to risk it, so they become walking shoes for a few months. For my feet, the width is perfect. I have a couple of toes that have been broken repeatedly and never healed to their original state. So the extra width at the toes is wonderful and I'm able to use my whole foot especially when doing balance exercises.


Originally reviewed on altrafootwear.com

1 out of 5 stars

May 28, 2023

Not for me

I was excited to try Altra's for the wider toe box but I now have shin splints for the first time ever after wearing these. And yes, I did acclimate my feet to the zero drop.


Originally reviewed on altrafootwear.com

5 out of 5 stars

May 7, 2023

Amazing responsive running shoe

When the escalante changed for the worse and I was unable to run in it I found the Rivera 2 and I am loving them. They are responsive and flexible with just the right cushioning. I was able to run and love it again. Unfortunately, version 3 is out and the shoe is going the way of the escalante, heavier, stiffer, thicker bottom. Altra please leave one shoe that is more minimal and flexible because that is what makes your company unique. Also please keep the larger toebed for toes to naturally splay when running. I sized up a half size in these.


Originally reviewed on altrafootwear.com

4 out of 5 stars

April 14, 2023

Lightweight cushion

I've used it several times
Size Bought:
5' 9"

I find these to be very similar to the original Altra Riveras, which I was hoping for. This is the only Altra shoe that fits my narrow foot. I’m usually a size 9.5-10, and took these in a 10. I like these for short distance runs, there is nice cushioning through the footbed. I would describe the support level as minimalist.

Julie Z
3 out of 5 stars

April 3, 2023

My Favorite Shoes but Disappointed

These are my favorite shoes for running, walking and every day comfort. I got my first pair over a year ago and loved them so much I ordered four more, but three of my new ones are coming unglued on the bottom after very little wear. I have already returned one, but would really like to find a glue to fix the others. I'm so disappointed in the quality of these shoes.

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Originally reviewed on altrafootwear.com

4 out of 5 stars

April 1, 2023

So far so good, but runs smalls

Just got them so I can't comment on their performance or durability, but they're very comfortable. I did end up going up a full size from my usual size - I think a half size up *might* have been sufficient, but it wasn't available. So I'd say it runs a half to full size small.


Originally reviewed on altrafootwear.com

5 out of 5 stars

March 2, 2023

My favorite

Absolutely my favorite shoe. My orange was discontinued so I went with the next best color.

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Originally reviewed on altrafootwear.com

1 out of 5 stars

February 7, 2023

Disappointed. The original was awesome

The Original Rivera was the perfect fit. My favorite shoe. I purchased the next Rivera 2 and it's completely different. There is not structure in the foot bed so lateral movement is not supported. It seems cheaper too. Bring back the original Rivera. Don't mess with a good thing. I wish I could return them but it's too late.

Jen the active girl

Originally reviewed on altrafootwear.com

5 out of 5 stars

February 6, 2023

Love these

So sad this color was discontinued. Love these and the color. I would buy them all over. Not a fan of the new release colors...darker than I prefer. But great shoes! So I bought the dusty teal in the discontinued rivera2.


Originally reviewed on altrafootwear.com

2 out of 5 stars

January 13, 2023

Another disappointment

Wore the Torin until you came out with the 5. It just wasn't comfortable. Tried the Rivera and am very disappointed. The tops and almost transparent and stain easily. They always look a mess and the bottom treads wore out in a few months and all I use them for is walking. The concept is flawless for planter fasciitis and ball of foot pain but these sneakers are made with cheap materials and no longer eoeth the price. I' m changing brands.


Originally reviewed on altrafootwear.com