Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 8.8oz | Women: 7.4oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 0mm | Women: 0mm
Fit: Wide toe box, Medium heel
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Material: Knit upper, Rubber sole
Features: Breathable | Cushioned | Comfortable
Strike Pattern: Forefoot strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 19mm | Women: 19mm
Forefoot height: Men: 19mm | Women: 19mm
Release date: Jul 2019
Brand: Altra
Type: Low drop | Zero drop
Width: Men: Normal, X-Wide | Women: Normal, Wide
Price: $130
Colorways: Black, White, Grey, Pink, Blue, Red
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85 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 | Run Moore | | Level 4 expert

    It definitely felt like I was getting that nice bounce but I didn't have the same softness that I had in previous generations.

  • 95 / 100 | Mark Wood | Level 3 expert

    This is a fantastic upgrade because the old Escalante 1 and 1.5, the midsole was a little too soft.

  • 94 / 100 | JackRabbit | | Level 4 expert

    For runners who like minimal cushioning and featherweight shoes, the Escalanate [sic] 2 offers the versatility of being an everyday trainer that’s capable of long runs, recovery runs and speed workouts.

  • 84 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 4 expert

    If you are a runner who only uses one or two shoes at a time... than [sic] the Escalante 2 could be an ideal jack-of-all-trades type of shoe that would be great for all runs that don’t require lots of luxurious squish.

  • 78 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 4 expert

    While I’m not wowed by the Escalante 2... it should please a lot of runners who want a little more shoe underfoot.

  • 70 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 4 expert

    In summary, the Escalante 2 felt stiffer. A stiffer knit upper. A stiffer heel collar. A stiffer ride... Frankly, I’m disappointed that the Escalante 2 will not be in my regular rotation.

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  • Having been designed to improve natural foot positioning, walking form, toe splay and comfort, the Altra Escalante 2 features several technical components and upgrades that complement these promised functionalities. 
  • The Altra Escalante 2 features a decoupled midsole and a decoupled outsole. This helps bring down the weight of the shoe and allows a more natural bend of the foot. It also enables smoother traction on the ground. 
  • The EGO™ midsole of the shoe is tailored to be firmer this time around to enhance the responsiveness of the ride.
  • The shoe now employs a Balanced Cushioning, instead of a Zero Drop midsole, in order to promote equal distance of the forefoot and the heel from the ground. 
  • For added stability, the reinforced knit upper of the Escalante 2, compared the Escalante 1.5: its predecessor is much firmer to keep the foot in place while providing comfort. This upper has been equipped with more perforations to enhance the breathability of the shoe. 
  • The new 6mm polyurethane (PU) insole is established on the shoe for a softer underfoot experience and for superior comfort.

The Altra Escalante 2 is available in standard sizing measurement for both men and women. You can purchase a pair with your usual sizing preference. 

The engineered knit upper provides a sock-like fit. Situated on the shoe’s upper is a padded collar and tongue. These help secure the foot while maximizing the in-shoe comfort. To allow an adjustable fit, traditional lace closure is employed by the Escalante 2. 

FootPod™ outsole is made out of durable rubber that secures long-wearing qualities and added protection to the shoe from abrasive elements. It is modeled after the construction of the human foot, allowing maximum flexibility and promoting the natural movement and bend of the foot.

For a lightweight running experience, the outsole of the Altra Escalante 2 has been decoupled, along with the shoe’s midsole. This allows the foot to flex more freely.

The Altra EGO™ dual-nature midsole basically adapts to your pace- it becomes softer when you’re slowing down, and it becomes more responsive when you start to speed up. It boasts a fast and springy feel while still delivering comfort.

Just like the FootPod™ outsole of the shoe, the Altra EGO™ midsole has been decoupled. It is constructed with InnerFlex, comprised of a flex groove system that provides additional flexibility for a smoother transition. It also encourages the natural bend of the foot and cuts weight for a generally increased performance. 

No longer employing the Zero-Drop midsole, the shoe now features a full-length Balanced Cushioning which basically delivers the same function of the Zero Drop. It places the heel and the forefoot at equal distance from the ground to promote correct, and low-impact form when running. 

The FootShape™ toe box allows more comfort and stability during ascents and descents by enabling the toes to relax and spread naturally.

For increased comfort and long-lasting plushness of the shoe, a 6mm PU contour footbed is supplied to the shoe. 

The reinforced engineered knit upper of the Escalante 2 provides a secure fit; it conforms to the shape of the foot for a sock-like fit. This upgraded upper of the shoe basically gives you more stability while maintaining the shoe’s snug fit. It also features added perforations for added breathability.

The Dri-Lex® Dri-Freeze heel liner has been integrated into the Altra Escalante 2 for heat control. It keeps your feet cool even after a long run, making sure that the moisture building up inside the shoe will quickly dry up. 

For an adjustable fit, a traditional lace-up fastening system is employed by the shoe. 

The shoe features a padded collar and a lightly-padded tongue embellished with multiple lace loops that disables the lace from getting in the way. It is responsible for making sure that the tongue is secured and does not move back and forth.