• Terrain


    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 7.9oz
    Women: 6.5oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 0mm
    Women: 0mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Men: 24mm
    Women: 24mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 24mm
    Women: 24mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
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We spent 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Some runners who purchased the Altra Escalante 1.5 said that it was comfortable to wear.
  • Several consumers noted that the shoe has excellent cushioning
  • The footwear was true to size, according to some reviews.
  • A few purchasers admired the color combination of the shoe. They said that the color schemes are compatible with most running apparels.
  • A significant number of testers agreed that the Altra Escalante 1.5 was perfect for walking and jogging.

1 reasons not to buy

  • One purchaser said the fabric on the upper part of the shoe was too stretched. As a result, it made the grip on the foot not secured during exercise and running session.

Bottom line

The majority of the testers admired the shoe's performance in jogging and walking activities. They noted how the shoe was comfortable to the foot especially when in motion. Though one of the buyers was not satisfied because of the fitting, others still recommend the footwear because of its design and color combination. Overall, the shoe was accepted by many because of its sizing, style, and performance. The Altra Escalante 1.5 is an excellent option for those who are looking for a comfortable and well-cushioned running shoe.


Expert Reviews

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92 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 | Run Moore

    The type of person we put in the Escalante, somebody who might be looking for a faster road shoe. Somebody is looking for a good training shoe for the track.

  • 90 / 100 | Road Trail Run

    Overall the Escalante is one of the better multipurpose road shoes out there. While it isn’t the best racing/speedwork shoe or one that has the tons of structure for longer days or heavy training it has enough to do most runs pretty well. I think it is one of the best shoes Altra has made so far.

  • 95 / 100 | Road Trail Run

    I think it works well for me, and a little better even than the Duo, which was perhaps a little too wide in the toe box.

  • 93 / 100 | Running Northwest

    Altra didn’t reinvent the wheel with the Escalante 1.5, which is a great thing. They focused on the upper and are trying to make it as perfect as possible, while the mid and outsole were what made it so successful and were left alone. This shoe is better than the original and we truly look forward to see where they take it.

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Updates to Altra Escalante 1.5

  • The Altra Escalante 1.5 is a road running shoe that is meant for those who have neutral foot mechanism. It is strategically made to be sleek for running. The shoe features an updated engineered-knit upper with reflectivity 360º. The goal of which is to provide added flexibility and a sock-like fit.
  • The zero drop platform is maintained that put the forefoot and heel at equal distance with the ground.
  • The Fit4her technology is integrated into the Altra Escalante 1.5. This is essential in customizing every women's shoe to the anatomy of their foot.

Altra Escalante 1.5 size and fit

When it comes to size, the shoe follows the standard measurements. The Altra Escalante 1.5's FootShape toe box is sure to offer a comfortable and secure fit. It will allow the toes to spread out naturally. It makes toes relax inside the shoes. The available widths for the men's version are D - Medium and B - Medium for the women's version.


The FootPodTM technology is integrated into the outsole of the Altra Escalante 1.5.  The main purpose of this technology is to map the bones tendons on the foot. The goal of which is to aid and improve in the bending and moving of the foot in a natural way. The outsole is also meant to be durable. This makes the platform to last a longer period of time.


The Escalante 1.5 utilizes the Altra Ego. This material is described as a dual-nature midsole cushioning. It is focused on providing a more responsive and bouncier underfoot feel.

With the utilization of the InnerFLEX, better flexibility is encouraged. As a result, more efficient movement during short and long distance runs. The technology is essential in enabling the platform to adapt itself to the shape of the foot for better flexibility and

The Altra Escalante 1.5 uses the fully-cushioned Zero Drop midsole. It is described to have the perfect combination of lightweight and soft cushioning. The purpose of which is to ensure the balance of weight from the forefoot to the heel area. As a result, the runner is allowed to perform more efficiently and effectively on the roads.


The Escalante features the FootShape toe-box. The primary focus of this material is to enable the foot to relax throughout the running session. The toes can also spread out comfortably and naturally. As a result, foot positioning and stability are enhanced.

The upper area of the Altra Escalante 1.5 utilizes the Engineered Mesh with 360º reflectivity. The construction of this material is described to be similar to the way a woven cloth is made. Because of its softness and flexibility, an agreeable and sock-like fit is experienced by the runner. With the utilization of this mesh, breathability is also offered.