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Escalante 2.5 Running Shoe - Men's

4.004504504504505 out of 5 stars
222 Reviews

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Why We Like The Escalante 2.5 Running Shoe

Ready when we are, the Escalante 2.5 Running Shoe from Altra is just as adept as tackling miles on the trail as it is running errands around downtown. From active adventures to casual days around the house, this favorite runner of ours tags along with versatile performance and all-day comfort.

The sock-like upper provides a design that fits like a dream without any pressure points, and the added perforations increase breathability for cool comfort when temps rise or you pick up the pace. As in its previous models, the Escalante has the Altra Ego midsole that delivers a responsive and soft ride to keep you going, and is fashioned with the FootShape toe box and Zero Drop Platform to assure ample room for your toes to splay and move.


  • Altra favorite updated for comfort during your everyday road runs
  • 0mm drop encourages a proper, low-impact form throughout your runs
  • FootShape toe box allows toes to splay for a natural foot position
  • Breathable, sleek knit mesh upper wraps your foot in sock-like fit
  • Altra Ego midsole provides you with energy return and a soft ride
  • Altra focuses on eliminating common injuries with smart designs
  • Item #ATRQ013
Upper Material
sock-like, mesh
Innerflex, Altra Ego
Support Type
Heel / Forefoot Height
24 / 24mm
Claimed Weight
Manufacturer Warranty
300-500 miles
trail running

Overall Rating

4 based on 222 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 21 reviews
2 Stars - 18 reviews
3 Stars - 21 reviews
4 Stars - 41 reviews
5 Stars - 121 reviews

Fits True To Size

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5 out of 5 stars

April 10, 2024

Please don't lose the opportunity

This is the most recognizable shoe that I ever wore. It truly delivers a differentiated running experience in terms of lightness, comfort, flexibility. A very narrow excellence that was definitely achieved with the 2.5 and miserably lost with the 3. We need to go back. Please don't make us buy used shoes!!!


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5 out of 5 stars

September 26, 2023

I wish the 3's were more like this

The .5 editions of the Escalante's are always the best. This is the best shoes I've had in a while. I wish the 3's were more like this. The sole lasts longer, the tongue is more comfortable and cooler, and is an overall better shoe. I don't like that they change so much from the 2.5 to the 3's. I wish they would release this shoe again, I'd buy 3 pairs.


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5 out of 5 stars

March 1, 2023

Durable, Comfortable, and a Tragic Loss

Why'd they have to change this shoe? I've logged over a 1,000 miles on multiple pairs of escalante 2's and 2.5's, but won't spring for any of the new road shoes when I try them on. I wish Altra had never sold out. VF Corp seems to be more about cheap production and breaking into non-runner markets, while the milk the origin story of the brand for as long as they can.


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5 out of 5 stars

December 8, 2022

Favourite ever road shoe

This (the 2.5) is hands down the most comfortable shoe I've ever run in. The upper is minimal, breathable and sock-like. The toe box fits my wide, hard to please feet. The newer Esc. 3 feels no way near as good on my feet with its more conventional thick tongue and padding. Since buying the 3 I've bought three additional pairs of the 2.5 which are now waiting patiently in their boxes. Long live the 2.5.

Canberra Man

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5 out of 5 stars

November 30, 2022

I will buy again

I started wearing Altra shoes when I developed achilles and knee problems. My 1st few pairs were the Solstice. When they were discontinued I switched to the Escalante.Tongue like solstice would make it better


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5 out of 5 stars

November 23, 2022

This is easily the best everyday Altra SADLY!

This is easily the best overall Altra I've owned. Fitnent, color, durability. Then the new version went narrower and now this isnt available. What's the replacement? Ugh. . . So sad.

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5 out of 5 stars

November 4, 2022

This is my new shoe

This shoe is perfect. I have others that I am rotating through, but both of my other brands are too tight in the toe area. The Altra Escalante fits perfect in the back and has enough room from the ball of the foot forward that my foot isn't constricted. The shoe is built well enough to protect my feet, but is not overbuilt, so my foot can do what it naturally wants to do. I am adjusting to zero drop, so rotating through my shoes is okay, but I expect to be all Escalante in the next month or two.


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2 out of 5 stars

November 2, 2022

Short Length, Narrow Midfoot

I have a wide foot so I gave the Escalante 2.5 a try. Length is cut a bit short-toes rubbing. Instep/Midfoot not enough volume. Upper could use more air circulation. Color, feel, zero drop, lacing were all great. Altra really needs to make a road shoe in a wide width !!


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5 out of 5 stars

October 26, 2022

I would buy this shoe again!

The best shoe on the market for general running and walking!The shoe allows the foot to strengthen and function as it was naturally intended.


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5 out of 5 stars

September 26, 2022

Transitioning from Brooks

I've been running in brooks for years. I've been hiking in Altra lone peaks for several years and loved them. I thought I'd try out the running line. Brooks makes a good running shoe. I've logged many miles in them. I've take the escalantes out for probably 50 miles so far and absolutely love them. Will definitely buy again.

Jake the jogger

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