Altra Escalante Running Shoe
If you have been a fan of the Torin of the Altra line, you're surely going to love the Escalante even more. With some nice features and impressive cushioning, it is a nice addition to the technical running shoe industry. This minimalist running shoe with its ample cushioning is suitable for runners of all ability levels. The unique upper seems comfortable, even though it does not look that protective. The spongy midsole, thanks to the InnerFLEX layer, is impressive, whereas the outsole seems durable. Overall, this lightweight shoe with its fully cushioned zero-drop platform is as suitable for casual wear as it is for daily marathon trainers.
- Stack height of 25mm means you will feel comfortable
- FootPod technology plays a big role in making the shoe a lot more flexible
- Altra EGO foam blend allows for a comfortable stride with a bouncy sensation
- Use of fully knit and seamless upper reduces the overall weight of the shoe and makes you feel as if you're wearing a thick sock instead of a shoe
- Toe-box height is quite low and can cause your toe to get in contact with the upper fabric
- Some people have complained about the wrong sizing
- Possible to experience mild instability when hitting uneven surfaces
- The design promotes a natural gait.
- The upper is breathable and very comfortable.
- There are positive reviews from both experienced and new Altra wearers.
- This is a good option for fans of zero-drop shoes.
- The cushion gives a spring and bounce to each step.
- Reviewers like these for running, work, or just lounging.
- Some runners describe these as fast.
- There are positive reviews from a range of ages.
- While the toe box is spacious, the midfoot and heel cup provide a good hold.
- Forefoot strikers like these shoes.
- The upper and cushion give a slipper-like feel.
- These keep feet cool in warm weather.
- Different runners say these work well on tracks, roads, groomed trails, and for long distance.
- There are no complaints about the grip or outsole.
- The upper does not provide much protection from the elements.
- Sizing is inconsistent with other Altra shoes.
- These have minimal support for lateral movements.
- There is limited availability.
- The material of the upper is susceptible to easy tearing.
- If you are looking for a true minimalist shoe, these may be too cushioned.
- There are mixed reviews from heavier runners.
- These are not recommended for people who pronate.
- The laces are short.
- Some buyers complain that these are overpriced.
The design will appeal to most people and the choice of colors, blue, gray and red, helps create a style statement on the wearer. Everyone will recognize you are sporting a pair of runners from the Altra even if they did miss the clearly displayed logo on the side of each shoe. Overall, the Escalante stands proudly for style and design.
There have been some who have called out an inconsistency in the sizing scheme, but we found it was more an issue of sizing for wider or non-standard shaped feet. But, if you like toe space in your shoes, the Altra Escalante is definitely for you.
That being said, you may find the foot to be a bit tight on the sides when you try it for the first few times. Many people may feel awkward due to its low toe box depth, but you will notice a considerable difference after a couple of short jogs. We believe that the change is mainly because the knit upper relaxes a bit after use.
However, we really think at the end of the day, it is a minimalist running shoe. There is not enough material on the outsole to ensure it can withstand the pounding of serious running. You're likely to experience some heel wear after a few runs, which points to the limitations the sole has.
The use of the AltraEgo cushioning means that the midsole is soft yet extremely durable. From the moment you start your run, you enjoy the springy and highly responsive underfoot experience that is down to the AtraEgo. Some runners liked it and felt the benefit, others not so much.
However, we believe that the peculiarly beefy insole may not work for everyone, especially for people who love Altra for its responsive cushioning and feel underfoot.
The upper, as well as being unique, fits snugly, but it creates a compromise on support and structure for your shoe's upper. Another concern is that the low height of the toe box. The box may have a roomy width but when the top of your toe is likely to rub against the upper fabric, it can uncomfortable at the least and cause blistering at worse.
However, the drainage system of the shoe works impressively, even though the girth may be a hindrance. Combined with the woven upper, the moisture ports on the insole ensures good breathability and keeps your feet dry even on longer treadmill workouts in damp or humid conditions.
The use of the padded collar means that your heel stays in place and ensures that your foot does not come out of the shoe accidentally. A noticeable thing about the heel collar is that it is much plusher as compared to any other shoe from the Altra range. However, you should know that the counter is hardly noticeable that may or may not work for every runner, especially for those looking to manage excessive foot pronation.
Nevertheless, we really like the way the FootShape toe-box spreads out nicely to accommodate your foot comfortably. It means that the shoe stays comfortable even for people with rather wider feet.
The midsole maintains sponginess even after a prolonged use, but you may notice signs of wear on the outsole rather soon. There are gaps in the outsole that allow the overly mushy outsole to touch the ground in the stance phase. With that happening, you may notice wear patterns developing in the midsole, especially at the forefoot area.
If you run on the streets most of the time, the Escalante will feel quite stable. However, most people have complained that it is easy to twist your foot when you hit cracks or uneven surfaces. While you're less likely to injure yourself, as the twisting motion is not severe, it may still feel a bit uncomfortable at times.
It means that if you get your Escalante wet, you're going to feel that on your feet as well. The upside is that the knit construction makes the Escalante extremely breathable, so your feet will get dry in no time at all.
Interestingly, you can also opt for the Escalante when you love tempo runs or go for long runs with intervals. The springiness makes it a perfect shoe for that.