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Altra Men's Escalante 1.5 Road Running Shoe
Altra Men's Escalante 1.5 Road Running Shoe
Altra Men's Escalante 1.5 Road Running Shoe
Altra Men's Escalante 1.5 Road Running Shoe
Altra Men's Escalante 1.5 Road Running Shoe

Altra Men's Escalante 1.5 Road Running Shoe

Altra Men's Escalante 1.5 Road Running Shoe
Altra Men's Escalante 1.5 Road Running Shoe
Altra Men's Escalante 1.5 Road Running Shoe
Altra Men's Escalante 1.5 Road Running Shoe
Altra Men's Escalante 1.5 Road Running Shoe
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Features

  • NA
  • Imported
  • Rubber sole
  • Ideal Uses: Road Running, Fitness / Cross-Training, Walking
  • Platform: Fully Cushioned Zero Drop platform and FootShape Toe box
  • Insole: 6 mm Contour Footbed
  • Stack Height: 24 mm; Midsole: Altra EGO

Description

The Escalante was such a hit that it's hard to imagine it getting better, but believe it or not, it did! The 1.5 version features an updated knit with 360 degree reflectivity, increased breathability, tongue stay, new color patterns and sleeker heel cup. This new upper coupled with that same powerfully plush feeling of Altra EGO under foot creates the perfect combo of high performance and comfort. Places your heel and forefoot the same distance from the ground to encourage proper, low-impact form throughout your trail run. Allows your toes to relax and spread out naturally for more comfort and stability in uphill climbs and downhill descents. Grid-like grooves in the midsole allow your foot to flex while being lighter, for more speed and better performance. An outsole technology that actually maps the bones and tendons of your foot to help it bend and move naturally. Dual-Nature midsole compound with a responsive, yet soft feel for increased energy return.


Product Dimensions 15 x 9 x 6 inches


Shipping Weight 1.95 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)


ASIN B07FMC6KRR


Item model number AFM1833G-0-130


Date first listed on Amazon July 16, 2018


Customer Reviews 4.5 out of 5 stars


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Features

  • NA
  • Imported
  • Rubber sole
  • Ideal Uses: Road Running, Fitness / Cross-Training, Walking
  • Platform: Fully Cushioned Zero Drop platform and FootShape Toe box
  • Insole: 6 mm Contour Footbed
  • Stack Height: 24 mm; Midsole: Altra EGO

Description

The Escalante was such a hit that it's hard to imagine it getting better, but believe it or not, it did! The 1.5 version features an updated knit with 360 degree reflectivity, increased breathability, tongue stay, new color patterns and sleeker heel cup. This new upper coupled with that same powerfully plush feeling of Altra EGO under foot creates the perfect combo of high performance and comfort. Places your heel and forefoot the same distance from the ground to encourage proper, low-impact form throughout your trail run. Allows your toes to relax and spread out naturally for more comfort and stability in uphill climbs and downhill descents. Grid-like grooves in the midsole allow your foot to flex while being lighter, for more speed and better performance. An outsole technology that actually maps the bones and tendons of your foot to help it bend and move naturally. Dual-Nature midsole compound with a responsive, yet soft feel for increased energy return.


Product Dimensions 15 x 9 x 6 inches


Shipping Weight 1.95 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)


ASIN B07FMC6KRR


Item model number AFM1833G-0-130


Date first listed on Amazon July 16, 2018


Customer Reviews 4.5 out of 5 stars


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This product includes free shipping to all US addresses.


Delivery

Unless otherwise stated above, most products arrive within 2-3 business days. Larger items may take 6-9 business days. Tracking information will be automatically provided as soon as your order ships.


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Returns

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Features

  • NA
  • Imported
  • Rubber sole
  • Ideal Uses: Road Running, Fitness / Cross-Training, Walking
  • Platform: Fully Cushioned Zero Drop platform and FootShape Toe box
  • Insole: 6 mm Contour Footbed
  • Stack Height: 24 mm; Midsole: Altra EGO

Description

The Escalante was such a hit that it's hard to imagine it getting better, but believe it or not, it did! The 1.5 version features an updated knit with 360 degree reflectivity, increased breathability, tongue stay, new color patterns and sleeker heel cup. This new upper coupled with that same powerfully plush feeling of Altra EGO under foot creates the perfect combo of high performance and comfort. Places your heel and forefoot the same distance from the ground to encourage proper, low-impact form throughout your trail run. Allows your toes to relax and spread out naturally for more comfort and stability in uphill climbs and downhill descents. Grid-like grooves in the midsole allow your foot to flex while being lighter, for more speed and better performance. An outsole technology that actually maps the bones and tendons of your foot to help it bend and move naturally. Dual-Nature midsole compound with a responsive, yet soft feel for increased energy return.


Product Dimensions 15 x 9 x 6 inches


Shipping Weight 1.95 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)


ASIN B07FMC6KRR


Item model number AFM1833G-0-130


Date first listed on Amazon July 16, 2018


Customer Reviews 4.5 out of 5 stars


abunda_amazon_reviews I’m over a hundred miles in these so far. Fourth pair of Altras. Got well over 1000 miles out of each of 2 versions of the Instinct, and these sounded worth trying. Conclusions: These pull on and fit as comfy as a pair of heavy socks. Typical of Altra shoes, unbeatable toe box and zero drop ride. Shockingly light. Definitely lighter, with more flexible lower/mid, and far softer upper compared to the Instinct. Only limitation appears with any lateral force (turns, ANY degree of sidehilling) - the soft upper makes them immediately, annoyingly sloppy. I’d never wear them anywhere I expected much non-flat terrain.;;Reviewed in the United States on October 6, 2018;;4.0 out of 5 stars;;Soooo close to perfection.;;Triggerfish;;/gp/customer-reviews/R1CJS72YVRLAJQ/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B07FMC6KRR;;;My background: I began casually jogging after quitting smoking about thirteen years ago, being a heel-striker that ran very casual 12:00/miles a few times a week, but about five years ago I was forced to begin training for the extreme physical requirements of a certain three-letter government agency. I dropped 40lbs, transitioned to a mid/front-foot striker and began mixing it up with track sprinting, interval runs, tempo runs and slow recovery or LSD runs. I still run 6-7 days per week and bought this shoe specifically for slower runs. The Shoe: I opened the box, a tore out the paper wad inserts and slipped both shoes on. I stood up from my chair. Immediately, I was excited to take these things out. I have never experienced that sensation before, in the 13 years I've been running. These were unlike any shoe I have ever tried on. Knowing that I wasn't going to return these, I installed my Lok Laces, did a couple hundred sit-ups to get my blood going and hit the road. I believe this is my new, all-time favorite shoe. I was a little apprehensive about purchasing after reading some comments here, with people comparing them to Vibrams or some true minimalist shoe. The Escalate is NOT a minimalist shoe. First, the upper is plush and knit and your feet glide in like it's a sock. I felt no pinching, no rubbing, nothing but comfort. And I have moderately wide feet and also a bunion on my right foot, and this toe box is phenomenal. Truly no shoe has ever accommodated my entire foot before. Size is spot-on and the fit is perfect. But the lower/sole is where this shoe truly shines. The cushioning is absolutely wonderful--neither too low to the ground, too stiff nor too soft. It feels like there is extra cushion perfectly placed right under the balls of my feet, and it almost feels as though there are air cushions in the sole. I feel like I could run all day in these things and never get sore. There is not a lot of road feel, but again, I don't need or want that for a slow shoe. That said, I wouldn't use this for trail running. While the cushion is considerable, running on rocks still might hurt because the sole isn't particularly thick. Also, there's a noticeable "spring" to this shoe. Other have mentioned it and they were correct: The design of this shoe encourages a quicker turnover and there's noticeable energy return. I used this for a slow recovery run where my pace averages around 9:45/mile, and I found myself inadvertently going down to the 9:15 - 9:30 range throughout the run. I didn't notice this shoe altering my mechanics, but I'm already a pretty efficient runner (although I'm definitely getting older). During my intensive training five years ago, by chance, I ended up running at the local track with a retired collegiate track coach and a physical therapist who's also an avid marathoner and they tweaked my running form until it was ALMOST perfect to them. One thing I did notice was that these shoes, for me, tend to slap the curb a little more solidly, and my footstrike is a little more audible. I'm coming from two pairs of Saucony Freedo ISOs, which I had named the ultimate in cushioning comfort for long/slow runs until I discovered the Altra, and while the Saucony "Everun" material they use in their ISO soles is comfortable and absorbs impact well and is a little quieter, the Altra's sole is superior in feel and performance. Obviously, I can't speak to the durability of this shoe but judging by the supremely comfortable cushion, I'm guessing I'll probably get six months max before retiring them, which I do with every shoe regardless of how it feels. Granted, I'm a heavier runner (175lbs) and while I'm no longer doing any hard training, I use my "slow" shoes 3-4 days per week and log about 20 miles if the job/weather permits and I usually get about 5-6 months per pair. During my hard training I only got about 8 weeks out of my race shoes before having to retire them. Time will tell. I cannot find a single negative about this shoe, but I can definitely tell you who should NOT buy the Altra: Heel Strikers. This is NOT designed as a heel-striking shoe and while there is some cushion in the back, landing on your heels in this shoe will feel awkward and basically defeats the entire purpose of this wonderful design. This shoe is for front-strikes or midfoot-strikers, or those trying to transition to such types. In fact, I didn't even particularly enjoy walking in the Altra--the mechanics of this shoe aren't meant for it. Also, I saw a few reviews saying these are great "fast" shoes, and I did notice the extra spring that increased speed just a tad. However, PERSONALLY, I would not use these for racing and definitely not for the track. I did take them down to the 7:00/mile range when passing some obese tourists waddling along or the occasional vagrant tottering around drunk or high on the boulevard, and it still felt great, I prefer lower, flatter stiffer and lighter shoes for speedier runs. I currently use Saucony Type A9s for my 5:30/mile interval runs or 7:30/mile tempo on the street, and then true Saucony/Asics track shoes for running on the track, just to give you an example, but your mileage may vary. Also, because the uppers are stretchy, I wouldn't want to use this for activities where you may be quickly shifting direction (like getting into a brawl, for example). Definitely not a Crossfit shoe. What I do think is that assuming the Altra is durable, this is probably the perfect marathon shoe for those whose marathon pace is only a minute or two faster than their slow run pace. If you're trying to finish your 26.2 in less than three hours you should probably look into more of a racing shoe, but if your goal is 4 hours or more then you'll probably not find a shoe more comfortable than this. What I also haven't had a chance to gauge is the Altra's wet weather performance. One of the biggest flaws of the Saucony ISO sole is that it is absolutely horrible in the rain and slides all over the place. But stepping through a puddle I did notice that the Altra grip seems pretty good, but the forecast for tomorrow is morning rain so I guess I'll find out. When the federal government forced me to become the athlete I was definitely not born to be, along with that abuse came the inevitable injuries and daily pains. I've pulled hamstrings, fractured a metatarsal, have recurring plantar fasciitis in both feet, a recurring cyst in my left big toe, recent tendonitis in my left foot that cost me a few days and a bunion and lingering neuroma in my right foot. Even after a short, slow run of a few miles, my feet hurt when I get home. All I know is, after that test run yesterday in my new Altra Escalante 1.5, I felt no pain at all. This is simply an amazing shoe and I recommend everyone try it. ***UPDATE 2/22/2020*** FIrst off, a big WARNING: Dozens of angry online reviews of the new Escalante 2 confirm that it SUCKS, and most people are stocking up on the remaining 1.5 when available. I already ordered two more pairs. Evidently, the 2 is heavier, stiffer and uncomfortable and the vast majority of people who ran in the 1 and 1.5 are outraged by this version. So...get the 1.5 while you can, and here on Amazon it's only $89.99 for my size. Next, an update about the durability and reliability of this shoe. I got almost exactly six months before the structural integrity of the sole finally failed and the instant foot pain that any runner knows set in about 2 miles into a nice slow run. Also, from what I can ascertain, the integrity of the sole, as far as this shoe's infamous and pleasant "bounce" and energy return, seemed to fade away about three months in. I thought perhaps I was imagining it until I put on my new pair last week and was instantly rewarded by that wonderful response from the 1.5. Granted, I run almost every day and use my Escalante four days per week for about 20-25 miles total, so I'm putting decent mileage on them. This shoe is OK, in my book--not a powerhouse shoe but still better than the racing flats that used to last me 7-8 weeks before failing. This concludes my review of the Escalante 1.5. I still absolutely love the feel of these things (for the first few months, anyway) and now that the 2 is confirmed to be absolute crap I'll probably buy another pair here just in case Altra doesn't heed the feedback from their loyal customers and the 2.5/3 also sucks. I should be fine all the way until Spring 2021.;;Reviewed in the United States on July 31, 2019;;5.0 out of 5 stars;;Probably the best jogging shoe I've ever tried...;;JTK808;;/gp/customer-reviews/RAT5IXO9EM586/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B07FMC6KRR;;;Update, Feb 1st 2019: just got my 3rd pair today. 9.5 didn't work for me anymore for some reason so I returned and got a size 10. Within minutes of getting the shoes I was out running. I found my shoe mate. This is probably the best shoe I have ever owned. I bought the previous escalante a couple of years ago, ran a marathon and did all my marathon training in them and countless miles. And still haven't destroyed them. Even tried another brand in between and learned the hard way that Altra is where it's at for me. Just got this pair today and all my worries about a bad "sequel" dissolved quickly. The shoe is just as good as the previous model but somehow feels even better. I'm going to run this year's marathon in these babies.;;Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2018;;5.0 out of 5 stars;;Phenomenal shoes;;Arik;;/gp/customer-reviews/R10XPTXPSWYVNM/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B07FMC6KRR;;;I was a proud owner of two sets of Escalante. This update is not so great. Some of the things that were great about the original shoe have been changed and some of the things that were horrible were not addressed. The good: 1. The original shoe was pretty loose, which made it comfortable as a lounging/walking shoe. However, this led to the foot not being anchored to the footbed and sometimes sliding off the sole. They addressed this by making the topper tighter throughout and adding a structural liner to the heal. This was a good fix and did not greatly affect the comfort of the shoe. The bad: 1. They made the tongue longer, which makes it stick out now and looks stupid. 2. The loop accents on the tongue look gaudy. This could've been more in line with the color scheme rather than bright white. 3. The made the sole firmer. I imagine this was to help with the structural issue above but it also made the whole sole less flexible which was one of the things I loved about the original. I want the old sole back. The ugly: 1. Anyone who has owned this shoe knows that the worst part of the design is the tread pattern that comes to a small point on the bottom. This will pull off the bottom of the shoe literally within days of owning it. I have tried to glue it back on before. Once was successful, the second time I had to cut half that center tread off. This was a totally obvious problem and one that gets mentioned frequently in reviews and they ignored it. Such a missed opportunity. 2. The upper around the ankle was lowered to uncomfortable levels. Not sure why they did this since the original was so comfortable. This completely changed how the shoe fits my foot and increase the probability of my ankle rubbing in the back, particularly with the stiffer sole. The sole and lower ankle upper issues made this shoe a no go even though I loved the original and would've bought it again if it were available. I went with the new Torin instead.;;Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2019;;2.0 out of 5 stars;;Poor Revision of a Good Shoe;;Anon;;/gp/customer-reviews/R3OL7Q4EI5BC3F/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B07FMC6KRR;;;I am a nurse- standing on my feet 12 + hours a day is my bread and butter. A fellow coworker raved about these shoes so I decided to give them a try. All I can say is, wow. Most sneakers contain an incline from toe to heel. These shoes on the other hand tout their zero drop design. It’s a game changer for those that work on their feet all day or dabble in long hiking trails. It evenly distributes the weight of your feet which eases the pressure off the balls of your feet or the heel if you compensate while walking/standing. Unbelievably comfortable!! I will update this review when I hit the 6 month mark, but so far so good;;Reviewed in the United States on March 18, 2019;;5.0 out of 5 stars;;Sleek design, good fit, AMAZING comfort;;pradathon;;/gp/customer-reviews/R272A3GZAP64W2/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B07FMC6KRR

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Top Amazon Reviews


4.0 out of 5 stars
By Triggerfish - Reviewed in the United States on October 6, 2018
Soooo close to perfection.
I’m over a hundred miles in these so far. Fourth pair of Altras. Got well over 1000 miles out of each of 2 versions of the Instinct, and these sounded worth trying. Conclusions: These pull on and fit as comfy as a pair of heavy socks. Typical of Altra shoes, unbeatable toe box and zero drop ride. Shockingly light. Definitely lighter, with more flexible lower/mid, and far softer upper compared to the Instinct. Only limitation appears with any lateral force (turns, ANY degree of sidehilling) - the soft upper makes them immediately, annoyingly sloppy. I’d never wear them anywhere I expected much non-flat terrain.

5.0 out of 5 stars
By JTK808 - Reviewed in the United States on July 31, 2019
Probably the best jogging shoe I've ever tried...
My background: I began casually jogging after quitting smoking about thirteen years ago, being a heel-striker that ran very casual 12:00/miles a few times a week, but about five years ago I was forced to begin training for the extreme physical requirements of a certain three-letter government agency. I dropped 40lbs, transitioned to a mid/front-foot striker and began mixing it up with track sprinting, interval runs, tempo runs and slow recovery or LSD runs. I still run 6-7 days per week and bought this shoe specifically for slower runs. The Shoe: I opened the box, a tore out the paper wad inserts and slipped both shoes on. I stood up from my chair. Immediately, I was excited to take these things out. I have never experienced that sensation before, in the 13 years I've been running. These were unlike any shoe I have ever tried on. Knowing that I wasn't going to return these, I installed my Lok Laces, did a couple hundred sit-ups to get my blood going and hit the road. I believe this is my new, all-time favorite shoe. I was a little apprehensive about purchasing after reading some comments here, with people comparing them to Vibrams or some true minimalist shoe. The Escalate is NOT a minimalist shoe. First, the upper is plush and knit and your feet glide in like it's a sock. I felt no pinching, no rubbing, nothing but comfort. And I have moderately wide feet and also a bunion on my right foot, and this toe box is phenomenal. Truly no shoe has ever accommodated my entire foot before. Size is spot-on and the fit is perfect. But the lower/sole is where this shoe truly shines. The cushioning is absolutely wonderful--neither too low to the ground, too stiff nor too soft. It feels like there is extra cushion perfectly placed right under the balls of my feet, and it almost feels as though there are air cushions in the sole. I feel like I could run all day in these things and never get sore. There is not a lot of road feel, but again, I don't need or want that for a slow shoe. That said, I wouldn't use this for trail running. While the cushion is considerable, running on rocks still might hurt because the sole isn't particularly thick. Also, there's a noticeable "spring" to this shoe. Other have mentioned it and they were correct: The design of this shoe encourages a quicker turnover and there's noticeable energy return. I used this for a slow recovery run where my pace averages around 9:45/mile, and I found myself inadvertently going down to the 9:15 - 9:30 range throughout the run. I didn't notice this shoe altering my mechanics, but I'm already a pretty efficient runner (although I'm definitely getting older). During my intensive training five years ago, by chance, I ended up running at the local track with a retired collegiate track coach and a physical therapist who's also an avid marathoner and they tweaked my running form until it was ALMOST perfect to them. One thing I did notice was that these shoes, for me, tend to slap the curb a little more solidly, and my footstrike is a little more audible. I'm coming from two pairs of Saucony Freedo ISOs, which I had named the ultimate in cushioning comfort for long/slow runs until I discovered the Altra, and while the Saucony "Everun" material they use in their ISO soles is comfortable and absorbs impact well and is a little quieter, the Altra's sole is superior in feel and performance. Obviously, I can't speak to the durability of this shoe but judging by the supremely comfortable cushion, I'm guessing I'll probably get six months max before retiring them, which I do with every shoe regardless of how it feels. Granted, I'm a heavier runner (175lbs) and while I'm no longer doing any hard training, I use my "slow" shoes 3-4 days per week and log about 20 miles if the job/weather permits and I usually get about 5-6 months per pair. During my hard training I only got about 8 weeks out of my race shoes before having to retire them. Time will tell. I cannot find a single negative about this shoe, but I can definitely tell you who should NOT buy the Altra: Heel Strikers. This is NOT designed as a heel-striking shoe and while there is some cushion in the back, landing on your heels in this shoe will feel awkward and basically defeats the entire purpose of this wonderful design. This shoe is for front-strikes or midfoot-strikers, or those trying to transition to such types. In fact, I didn't even particularly enjoy walking in the Altra--the mechanics of this shoe aren't meant for it. Also, I saw a few reviews saying these are great "fast" shoes, and I did notice the extra spring that increased speed just a tad. However, PERSONALLY, I would not use these for racing and definitely not for the track. I did take them down to the 7:00/mile range when passing some obese tourists waddling along or the occasional vagrant tottering around drunk or high on the boulevard, and it still felt great, I prefer lower, flatter stiffer and lighter shoes for speedier runs. I currently use Saucony Type A9s for my 5:30/mile interval runs or 7:30/mile tempo on the street, and then true Saucony/Asics track shoes for running on the track, just to give you an example, but your mileage may vary. Also, because the uppers are stretchy, I wouldn't want to use this for activities where you may be quickly shifting direction (like getting into a brawl, for example). Definitely not a Crossfit shoe. What I do think is that assuming the Altra is durable, this is probably the perfect marathon shoe for those whose marathon pace is only a minute or two faster than their slow run pace. If you're trying to finish your 26.2 in less than three hours you should probably look into more of a racing shoe, but if your goal is 4 hours or more then you'll probably not find a shoe more comfortable than this. What I also haven't had a chance to gauge is the Altra's wet weather performance. One of the biggest flaws of the Saucony ISO sole is that it is absolutely horrible in the rain and slides all over the place. But stepping through a puddle I did notice that the Altra grip seems pretty good, but the forecast for tomorrow is morning rain so I guess I'll find out. When the federal government forced me to become the athlete I was definitely not born to be, along with that abuse came the inevitable injuries and daily pains. I've pulled hamstrings, fractured a metatarsal, have recurring plantar fasciitis in both feet, a recurring cyst in my left big toe, recent tendonitis in my left foot that cost me a few days and a bunion and lingering neuroma in my right foot. Even after a short, slow run of a few miles, my feet hurt when I get home. All I know is, after that test run yesterday in my new Altra Escalante 1.5, I felt no pain at all. This is simply an amazing shoe and I recommend everyone try it. ***UPDATE 2/22/2020*** FIrst off, a big WARNING: Dozens of angry online reviews of the new Escalante 2 confirm that it SUCKS, and most people are stocking up on the remaining 1.5 when available. I already ordered two more pairs. Evidently, the 2 is heavier, stiffer and uncomfortable and the vast majority of people who ran in the 1 and 1.5 are outraged by this version. So...get the 1.5 while you can, and here on Amazon it's only $89.99 for my size. Next, an update about the durability and reliability of this shoe. I got almost exactly six months before the structural integrity of the sole finally failed and the instant foot pain that any runner knows set in about 2 miles into a nice slow run. Also, from what I can ascertain, the integrity of the sole, as far as this shoe's infamous and pleasant "bounce" and energy return, seemed to fade away about three months in. I thought perhaps I was imagining it until I put on my new pair last week and was instantly rewarded by that wonderful response from the 1.5. Granted, I run almost every day and use my Escalante four days per week for about 20-25 miles total, so I'm putting decent mileage on them. This shoe is OK, in my book--not a powerhouse shoe but still better than the racing flats that used to last me 7-8 weeks before failing. This concludes my review of the Escalante 1.5. I still absolutely love the feel of these things (for the first few months, anyway) and now that the 2 is confirmed to be absolute crap I'll probably buy another pair here just in case Altra doesn't heed the feedback from their loyal customers and the 2.5/3 also sucks. I should be fine all the way until Spring 2021.

5.0 out of 5 stars
By Arik - Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2018
Phenomenal shoes
Update, Feb 1st 2019: just got my 3rd pair today. 9.5 didn't work for me anymore for some reason so I returned and got a size 10. Within minutes of getting the shoes I was out running. I found my shoe mate. This is probably the best shoe I have ever owned. I bought the previous escalante a couple of years ago, ran a marathon and did all my marathon training in them and countless miles. And still haven't destroyed them. Even tried another brand in between and learned the hard way that Altra is where it's at for me. Just got this pair today and all my worries about a bad "sequel" dissolved quickly. The shoe is just as good as the previous model but somehow feels even better. I'm going to run this year's marathon in these babies.

2.0 out of 5 stars
By Anon - Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2019
Poor Revision of a Good Shoe
I was a proud owner of two sets of Escalante. This update is not so great. Some of the things that were great about the original shoe have been changed and some of the things that were horrible were not addressed. The good: 1. The original shoe was pretty loose, which made it comfortable as a lounging/walking shoe. However, this led to the foot not being anchored to the footbed and sometimes sliding off the sole. They addressed this by making the topper tighter throughout and adding a structural liner to the heal. This was a good fix and did not greatly affect the comfort of the shoe. The bad: 1. They made the tongue longer, which makes it stick out now and looks stupid. 2. The loop accents on the tongue look gaudy. This could've been more in line with the color scheme rather than bright white. 3. The made the sole firmer. I imagine this was to help with the structural issue above but it also made the whole sole less flexible which was one of the things I loved about the original. I want the old sole back. The ugly: 1. Anyone who has owned this shoe knows that the worst part of the design is the tread pattern that comes to a small point on the bottom. This will pull off the bottom of the shoe literally within days of owning it. I have tried to glue it back on before. Once was successful, the second time I had to cut half that center tread off. This was a totally obvious problem and one that gets mentioned frequently in reviews and they ignored it. Such a missed opportunity. 2. The upper around the ankle was lowered to uncomfortable levels. Not sure why they did this since the original was so comfortable. This completely changed how the shoe fits my foot and increase the probability of my ankle rubbing in the back, particularly with the stiffer sole. The sole and lower ankle upper issues made this shoe a no go even though I loved the original and would've bought it again if it were available. I went with the new Torin instead.

5.0 out of 5 stars
By pradathon - Reviewed in the United States on March 18, 2019
Sleek design, good fit, AMAZING comfort
I am a nurse- standing on my feet 12 + hours a day is my bread and butter. A fellow coworker raved about these shoes so I decided to give them a try. All I can say is, wow. Most sneakers contain an incline from toe to heel. These shoes on the other hand tout their zero drop design. It’s a game changer for those that work on their feet all day or dabble in long hiking trails. It evenly distributes the weight of your feet which eases the pressure off the balls of your feet or the heel if you compensate while walking/standing. Unbelievably comfortable!! I will update this review when I hit the 6 month mark, but so far so good

Recent Reviews


4.0 out of 5 stars
By Triggerfish - Reviewed in the United States on October 6, 2018
Soooo close to perfection.
I’m over a hundred miles in these so far. Fourth pair of Altras. Got well over 1000 miles out of each of 2 versions of the Instinct, and these sounded worth trying. Conclusions: These pull on and fit as comfy as a pair of heavy socks. Typical of Altra shoes, unbeatable toe box and zero drop ride. Shockingly light. Definitely lighter, with more flexible lower/mid, and far softer upper compared to the Instinct. Only limitation appears with any lateral force (turns, ANY degree of sidehilling) - the soft upper makes them immediately, annoyingly sloppy. I’d never wear them anywhere I expected much non-flat terrain.

5.0 out of 5 stars
By JTK808 - Reviewed in the United States on July 31, 2019
Probably the best jogging shoe I've ever tried...
My background: I began casually jogging after quitting smoking about thirteen years ago, being a heel-striker that ran very casual 12:00/miles a few times a week, but about five years ago I was forced to begin training for the extreme physical requirements of a certain three-letter government agency. I dropped 40lbs, transitioned to a mid/front-foot striker and began mixing it up with track sprinting, interval runs, tempo runs and slow recovery or LSD runs. I still run 6-7 days per week and bought this shoe specifically for slower runs. The Shoe: I opened the box, a tore out the paper wad inserts and slipped both shoes on. I stood up from my chair. Immediately, I was excited to take these things out. I have never experienced that sensation before, in the 13 years I've been running. These were unlike any shoe I have ever tried on. Knowing that I wasn't going to return these, I installed my Lok Laces, did a couple hundred sit-ups to get my blood going and hit the road. I believe this is my new, all-time favorite shoe. I was a little apprehensive about purchasing after reading some comments here, with people comparing them to Vibrams or some true minimalist shoe. The Escalate is NOT a minimalist shoe. First, the upper is plush and knit and your feet glide in like it's a sock. I felt no pinching, no rubbing, nothing but comfort. And I have moderately wide feet and also a bunion on my right foot, and this toe box is phenomenal. Truly no shoe has ever accommodated my entire foot before. Size is spot-on and the fit is perfect. But the lower/sole is where this shoe truly shines. The cushioning is absolutely wonderful--neither too low to the ground, too stiff nor too soft. It feels like there is extra cushion perfectly placed right under the balls of my feet, and it almost feels as though there are air cushions in the sole. I feel like I could run all day in these things and never get sore. There is not a lot of road feel, but again, I don't need or want that for a slow shoe. That said, I wouldn't use this for trail running. While the cushion is considerable, running on rocks still might hurt because the sole isn't particularly thick. Also, there's a noticeable "spring" to this shoe. Other have mentioned it and they were correct: The design of this shoe encourages a quicker turnover and there's noticeable energy return. I used this for a slow recovery run where my pace averages around 9:45/mile, and I found myself inadvertently going down to the 9:15 - 9:30 range throughout the run. I didn't notice this shoe altering my mechanics, but I'm already a pretty efficient runner (although I'm definitely getting older). During my intensive training five years ago, by chance, I ended up running at the local track with a retired collegiate track coach and a physical therapist who's also an avid marathoner and they tweaked my running form until it was ALMOST perfect to them. One thing I did notice was that these shoes, for me, tend to slap the curb a little more solidly, and my footstrike is a little more audible. I'm coming from two pairs of Saucony Freedo ISOs, which I had named the ultimate in cushioning comfort for long/slow runs until I discovered the Altra, and while the Saucony "Everun" material they use in their ISO soles is comfortable and absorbs impact well and is a little quieter, the Altra's sole is superior in feel and performance. Obviously, I can't speak to the durability of this shoe but judging by the supremely comfortable cushion, I'm guessing I'll probably get six months max before retiring them, which I do with every shoe regardless of how it feels. Granted, I'm a heavier runner (175lbs) and while I'm no longer doing any hard training, I use my "slow" shoes 3-4 days per week and log about 20 miles if the job/weather permits and I usually get about 5-6 months per pair. During my hard training I only got about 8 weeks out of my race shoes before having to retire them. Time will tell. I cannot find a single negative about this shoe, but I can definitely tell you who should NOT buy the Altra: Heel Strikers. This is NOT designed as a heel-striking shoe and while there is some cushion in the back, landing on your heels in this shoe will feel awkward and basically defeats the entire purpose of this wonderful design. This shoe is for front-strikes or midfoot-strikers, or those trying to transition to such types. In fact, I didn't even particularly enjoy walking in the Altra--the mechanics of this shoe aren't meant for it. Also, I saw a few reviews saying these are great "fast" shoes, and I did notice the extra spring that increased speed just a tad. However, PERSONALLY, I would not use these for racing and definitely not for the track. I did take them down to the 7:00/mile range when passing some obese tourists waddling along or the occasional vagrant tottering around drunk or high on the boulevard, and it still felt great, I prefer lower, flatter stiffer and lighter shoes for speedier runs. I currently use Saucony Type A9s for my 5:30/mile interval runs or 7:30/mile tempo on the street, and then true Saucony/Asics track shoes for running on the track, just to give you an example, but your mileage may vary. Also, because the uppers are stretchy, I wouldn't want to use this for activities where you may be quickly shifting direction (like getting into a brawl, for example). Definitely not a Crossfit shoe. What I do think is that assuming the Altra is durable, this is probably the perfect marathon shoe for those whose marathon pace is only a minute or two faster than their slow run pace. If you're trying to finish your 26.2 in less than three hours you should probably look into more of a racing shoe, but if your goal is 4 hours or more then you'll probably not find a shoe more comfortable than this. What I also haven't had a chance to gauge is the Altra's wet weather performance. One of the biggest flaws of the Saucony ISO sole is that it is absolutely horrible in the rain and slides all over the place. But stepping through a puddle I did notice that the Altra grip seems pretty good, but the forecast for tomorrow is morning rain so I guess I'll find out. When the federal government forced me to become the athlete I was definitely not born to be, along with that abuse came the inevitable injuries and daily pains. I've pulled hamstrings, fractured a metatarsal, have recurring plantar fasciitis in both feet, a recurring cyst in my left big toe, recent tendonitis in my left foot that cost me a few days and a bunion and lingering neuroma in my right foot. Even after a short, slow run of a few miles, my feet hurt when I get home. All I know is, after that test run yesterday in my new Altra Escalante 1.5, I felt no pain at all. This is simply an amazing shoe and I recommend everyone try it. ***UPDATE 2/22/2020*** FIrst off, a big WARNING: Dozens of angry online reviews of the new Escalante 2 confirm that it SUCKS, and most people are stocking up on the remaining 1.5 when available. I already ordered two more pairs. Evidently, the 2 is heavier, stiffer and uncomfortable and the vast majority of people who ran in the 1 and 1.5 are outraged by this version. So...get the 1.5 while you can, and here on Amazon it's only $89.99 for my size. Next, an update about the durability and reliability of this shoe. I got almost exactly six months before the structural integrity of the sole finally failed and the instant foot pain that any runner knows set in about 2 miles into a nice slow run. Also, from what I can ascertain, the integrity of the sole, as far as this shoe's infamous and pleasant "bounce" and energy return, seemed to fade away about three months in. I thought perhaps I was imagining it until I put on my new pair last week and was instantly rewarded by that wonderful response from the 1.5. Granted, I run almost every day and use my Escalante four days per week for about 20-25 miles total, so I'm putting decent mileage on them. This shoe is OK, in my book--not a powerhouse shoe but still better than the racing flats that used to last me 7-8 weeks before failing. This concludes my review of the Escalante 1.5. I still absolutely love the feel of these things (for the first few months, anyway) and now that the 2 is confirmed to be absolute crap I'll probably buy another pair here just in case Altra doesn't heed the feedback from their loyal customers and the 2.5/3 also sucks. I should be fine all the way until Spring 2021.

5.0 out of 5 stars
By Arik - Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2018
Phenomenal shoes
Update, Feb 1st 2019: just got my 3rd pair today. 9.5 didn't work for me anymore for some reason so I returned and got a size 10. Within minutes of getting the shoes I was out running. I found my shoe mate. This is probably the best shoe I have ever owned. I bought the previous escalante a couple of years ago, ran a marathon and did all my marathon training in them and countless miles. And still haven't destroyed them. Even tried another brand in between and learned the hard way that Altra is where it's at for me. Just got this pair today and all my worries about a bad "sequel" dissolved quickly. The shoe is just as good as the previous model but somehow feels even better. I'm going to run this year's marathon in these babies.

2.0 out of 5 stars
By Anon - Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2019
Poor Revision of a Good Shoe
I was a proud owner of two sets of Escalante. This update is not so great. Some of the things that were great about the original shoe have been changed and some of the things that were horrible were not addressed. The good: 1. The original shoe was pretty loose, which made it comfortable as a lounging/walking shoe. However, this led to the foot not being anchored to the footbed and sometimes sliding off the sole. They addressed this by making the topper tighter throughout and adding a structural liner to the heal. This was a good fix and did not greatly affect the comfort of the shoe. The bad: 1. They made the tongue longer, which makes it stick out now and looks stupid. 2. The loop accents on the tongue look gaudy. This could've been more in line with the color scheme rather than bright white. 3. The made the sole firmer. I imagine this was to help with the structural issue above but it also made the whole sole less flexible which was one of the things I loved about the original. I want the old sole back. The ugly: 1. Anyone who has owned this shoe knows that the worst part of the design is the tread pattern that comes to a small point on the bottom. This will pull off the bottom of the shoe literally within days of owning it. I have tried to glue it back on before. Once was successful, the second time I had to cut half that center tread off. This was a totally obvious problem and one that gets mentioned frequently in reviews and they ignored it. Such a missed opportunity. 2. The upper around the ankle was lowered to uncomfortable levels. Not sure why they did this since the original was so comfortable. This completely changed how the shoe fits my foot and increase the probability of my ankle rubbing in the back, particularly with the stiffer sole. The sole and lower ankle upper issues made this shoe a no go even though I loved the original and would've bought it again if it were available. I went with the new Torin instead.

5.0 out of 5 stars
By pradathon - Reviewed in the United States on March 18, 2019
Sleek design, good fit, AMAZING comfort
I am a nurse- standing on my feet 12 + hours a day is my bread and butter. A fellow coworker raved about these shoes so I decided to give them a try. All I can say is, wow. Most sneakers contain an incline from toe to heel. These shoes on the other hand tout their zero drop design. It’s a game changer for those that work on their feet all day or dabble in long hiking trails. It evenly distributes the weight of your feet which eases the pressure off the balls of your feet or the heel if you compensate while walking/standing. Unbelievably comfortable!! I will update this review when I hit the 6 month mark, but so far so good