With the old Altra Torin, you got two differently styled footbeds (insoles) for your shoe:
A) The Contour Footbed, which was around 4-5mm thick and 3D foamed up to support your feet
B) The Strengthened Footbed, which was basically flat and 3mm thick.
I liked the chance to choose between them and found the one, which worked out best for me.
Then the super cushioned Altra Olympus got released. I pre-ordered one and did a few test runs.
As they have been so similar, the consequence was clear: let’s try the flat 3mm Strengthened Footbed of the Torin in the Olympus.
It worked out brilliantly! The Olympus fit like a glove now. The weird position of the big toe was gone and I directly felt in love with the Olympus. I ordered a few more pairs as they got my main shoe for the training runs.
However there was one little problem. I used the flat footbeds of 3 pairs of Altra Torin and another 2 new shoes arrived: The Altra Paradigm (the Altra Olympus for Roads) and the Altra One2.
I also got requests from other Olympus owners of how to solve the footbed thing (Yes, I wasn’t alone with my problem).
I got the hint that Inov-8 does have some nice Footbeds which could fit with a slight modification. I ordered a few pairs of their Footbeds and give it a try:
Inov-8 does have 4 type of footbeds: 3mm + 6mm Precision/Performance and 3mm + 6mm Natural/Anatomic Footbeds.
The Precision/Performance footbeds are too narrow for Altra shoes, so I stick with the Natural/Anatomic ones.
As you can see, I bought US11 (Male). My Altra shoes are US9.5. This ensured me that I will have enough material to cut away.
Altra Torin Strengthened Footbed versus Inov8 Anatomic/Natural Footbed
They are just wide enough (remember Altra US9.5 versus Inov8 US11! ) and fairly long enough, so that I can cut away the toe box section into the Altra shape.
I have smoothed the cuts a bit after this photos, but as you can see, they fix nicely in my Altra Olympus.
Altra Paradigm + Inov-8 Footbed:
Another set of Inov-8 Anatomic/Natural Footbeds as an exchange for the Contour Footbeds in Altra Paradigm:
The 3mm variant of Inov8’s Natural/Anatomic footbed is a perfect exchange for the missing Altra Strengthened Footbed.
For those who are missing a little bit more cushioning, think about getting a pair of 6mm Inov8 Natural/Anatomic footbeds. You just have to invest around 5-8 Euro.