• 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: 7.4oz
    Women: 6.4oz
  • 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: 17mm
    Women: 17mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 17mm
    Women: 17mm
  • Width
    Men: Narrow, Normal
    Women: Narrow, Normal
  • Release date
    Sep 2018
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92 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | The Ultra Running Company

    A very light shoe. A really nice speed race shoe or something you can do some of your tempo runs. This is also a shoe you could run up to a marathon.

  • 86 / 100 | Doctors of Running

    For the moment, this is a great racer that will fill the racing needs of those looking for a long distance zero drop racer.

  • 100 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru

    A responsive midsole and very comfortable upper are delivered in a lightweight package, with just enough cushioning to maintain comfort.

  • 95 / 100 | Fellrnr

    I love the Altra Escalante and consider it a wonderful shoe, and the "Racer" version has many of the same features that made its heavier sibling so great.

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  • The Altra Escalante Racer is the high-performance version of the Escalante model. This race-ready running shoe is designed to lighter and faster. It is packed with the necessary technologies for maximum performance and comfort.
  • The lightweight shoe, with a Natural Foot Design, uses the Altra Ego compound in its midsole. It is designed to deliver durable cushioning that is responsive and bouncy.
  • In the outsole of the Escalante Racer is the FootPod Technology. It aims to help the foot move naturally as possible.
  • The shoe also uses a Static Engineered Knit, which delivers breathability, comfort, and added support.

The Altra Escalante Racer is a running shoe available in men’s sizing. It runs true to size, and the shoe’s Natural Foot Design conforms to the shape of the foot. The shoe is available in standard medium width but with a wide toe-box for toe splay.

The racing version of the Escalante 1.5 features the notable FootPod Technology. The purpose of this technology is to provide flexibility to the foot. It maps out the tendons and bones of the foot, helping the foot to flex and move naturally. It is also made of rubber material, which gives traction and durability to the outsole.

Just like the other running shoes from Altra, the Escalante Racer follows a Zero Drop Platform, which means the forefoot and the heel are placed at the same distance from the ground. This design promotes a low-impact landing, resulting in a more satisfying experience.

In the midsole of the Escalante Racer is the Altra Ego. It is a dual-nature midsole compound that extends from the forefoot to the heel area. It delivers a high level of underfoot cushioning that is soft yet very responsive. This technology also aims to give runners with long-lasting comfort.

For flexibility, Innerflex technology is added to the midsole. It is composed of grid-like grooves designed for the foot to flex efficiently. It encourages faster and better performance.

The removable 5mm contour footbed gives added cushioning and enhances the overall fit.

In the upper of the Altra Escalante Racer is the engineered knit mesh. It provides the foot breathable and comfortable foot wrap. The knit mesh is lightweight and flexible enough to accommodate the foot snugly.

It has a FootShape Toe Box which is designed to give the toes enough room to move.

The shoe has a lace-up closure that secures the foot while running. It also has a lightly padded tongue and collar for enhanced fit and comfort.