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Superior 5 Trail Running Shoe - Women's

3.8828828828828827 out of 5 stars
111 Reviews

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Why We Like The Superior 5 Trail Running Shoe

We find solace and PRs when laced in the Superior 5. The low-profile platform increases our ground feel, while the grooved midsole boosts flexibility, keeping us nimble as we charge up technical steeps and soar across the soul-revitalizing ridgeline. Our toes splay naturally in the roomy toe box for powerful transitions, while the rugged, quarter-panel overlays lock our midfoot down, so the lively foam can help us fly.


  • Featherweight trail eater for pushing your pace
  • Mesh upper provides supple breathability
  • GaiterTrap system accommodates Altra's gaiters (sold separately)
  • 0mm drop encourages a natural gait and midfoot strike
  • Lightweight, springy foam absorbs shock and returns energy
  • Removable stone guard offers protection on rocky terrain
  • Durable, multi-directional lugs deliver biting traction
  • Item #ATRQ023
Upper Material
sandwich mesh
Quantic foam
MaxTrac rubber, TrailClaw (canted lugs under metatarsals)
Support Type
Heel / Forefoot Height
21mm / 21mm
Claimed Weight
Manufacturer Warranty
300-500 miles
trail running

Overall Rating

4 based on 111 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 9 reviews
2 Stars - 15 reviews
3 Stars - 13 reviews
4 Stars - 17 reviews
5 Stars - 57 reviews

Fits True To Size

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1 out of 5 stars

October 11, 2023


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

I have had multiple pairs of Altras over the years and I am so disappointed in these. They were uncomfortable almost immediately and they don’t fit like the old styles used to

Madison C
5 out of 5 stars

July 19, 2023

Awesome Shoe

Excellent shoe! Bought my usual size that I wear. I do not like tight fitting shoes around my toe area. These did not fit tight around my toes. Instant comfy shoes as soon as I put them on. I bought 2 pair they were that comfortable. I have horrible time finding shoes that are comfy as soon as you put them on. Feel like bedroom slippers. Walk in them everyday. Loves them!


Originally reviewed on altrafootwear.com

5 out of 5 stars

July 17, 2023

Fantastic! Toes can finally be comfortable

I'm thrilled to try these on the trail. No more squashed toes. Room for my toes when I run dow hill. So bouncy and comfortable and I love the slate color.


Originally reviewed on altrafootwear.com

5 out of 5 stars

July 13, 2023


I walked the French Camino in these last month. 500 miles in 33 days. A physical and mental challenge for sure but these shoes kept me safe and comfortable. Not a single blister! The wide toe box and well ventilated material allowed my feet to swell and stay dry. It was key. They are super grippy on all kinds of terrain. I love these shoes!! These were my first pair of Altras and I am sold!

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Originally reviewed on altrafootwear.com

3 out of 5 stars

June 23, 2023

Great idea, bad execution/ quality

The superior 5 was my first Altra purchase. I had to return for a half size larger (normally a 10.5 and had to get an 11.) btw, the same size issue is happening with the superior 6. I bought them because my back pain is reduced when wearing zero drop shoes. I'm a professional dog walker and on my feet in a variety of environments all day (driving/ walking/ jogging on both pavement and trails.) I have consistently worn these shoes for a month and the cushion support is virtually gone, and wearing down unevenly. The shoes were pretty great for the first couple weeks (except a bit slippy on wet surfaces, which is a concern.) After just a short duration, these shoes feel uneven beneath my feet. There are raised areas on the inside sole of the shoe which is now causing hip pain on my right hip. The quality is just not what I hoped for. So disappointing because I love the concept that Altra has going. I see what some other reviewers mean about the bulky heal, although that's not a major issue for me. The superior 6 does not have the same heal issue, and the bottom tread is different. Waiting for the bigger size to come before trying those. I'm probably going to regret this, but I've decided to purchase another pair and put a sturdier pair of insoles in the shoe. Hoping that will help them hold up longer, and reduce the uneven feeling on my feet?? In the meantime I'm going to try some other zero or low drop shoe brands that might have better quality. Sorry Altra, I wanted to love you!


Originally reviewed on altrafootwear.com

5 out of 5 stars

June 15, 2023

The cure for everything!

My first pair were the best running/walking shoes ever. I ordered a half size up in my second pair. My body sings walking in these shoes.


Originally reviewed on altrafootwear.com

3 out of 5 stars

May 29, 2023


I am among the several others reviewers who have (or had) and loved the Superior 4, only to find the Superior 5 to be essentially a completely different and unrecognizable shoe. The Superior 4 is the greatest shoe I've ever worn. I'm someone who didn't realize until their 30's that the reason all other sneakers and hiking boots killed me after a few miles is because I am prone to metatarsalgia because I have high arches. Altra is the only brand that I can wear nonstop and never have an issue, because my toes aren't crammed in a tiny toebox. Or, rather, they weren't with the Superior 4. The Superior 5 loses the soft mesh upper, the beautiful toebox, and adds a lot of unnecessary rigidity and a toe box so cramped it makes the shoe feel half a size too small even though it's the same size I always buy from Altra (4 pairs in). PLEASE bring back the Superior 4!


Originally reviewed on altrafootwear.com

2 out of 5 stars

May 8, 2023

too small

I returned these shoes the day after they arrived - a month ago! No word about refund. I've had several pairs of Altra and thought they were great. These were definitely sized differently. I won't order online again. Wonder why Altra doesn't stock the older models.


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5 out of 5 stars

May 5, 2023

My first pair of Altras, I love them!

These are my first pair of Altras ever, and I love them! I am training for races and triathlons that max out at the same distance as a full marathon, and wanted something speedy. As of now, I have put approximately 30 miles on these shoes, and I haven't had the chance to run longer than 5 miles in them yet. They are extremely light weight and minimalistic, while giving me enough support while running down rugged terrain. I live in the Lake Tahoe area, and the traction is fantastic, even when a trail is wet or seemingly slippery, especially as the snow continues to melts. I'm a big fan of the tongue being apart of one side of the shoe, giving me the chance to tighten them as snug as a sock. I am eager to see how they hold up on longer runs!


Originally reviewed on altrafootwear.com

5 out of 5 stars

April 21, 2023

the best so far

So far these are my favorite pair of altra's I have been trying different styles the color is amazing (purple) but the comfort is even better


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