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Escalante 3 Running Shoe - Men's

3.230769230769231 out of 5 stars
247 Reviews


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Why We Like The Escalante 3 Running Shoe

With a new low-profile look but the same roomy toe box we love, Altra's Escalante 3 takes us beyond our daily miles. The stretchy knit upper gives our feet a soft hug that lets them move and breathe with ease on our morning run and looks streamlined with slacks for our workday commute. However we're striding, the grooved midsole and FootPod tech enhance flexibility for smooth rolling transitions.


  • Light and quick shoe for your road miles and weekday commutes
  • Updated knit upper provides a sock-like fit
  • 0mm drop encourages a natural gait and midfoot strike
  • Plush, responsive foam offers a soft, energetic ride
  • Texturized rubber zones boost traction and durability
  • Item #ATRQ03H
Upper Material
engineered knit
Innerflex tech, Altra EGO foam
FootPod tech, rubber
Support Type
Heel / Forefoot Height
24 / 24mm
Claimed Weight
Manufacturer Warranty
300 - 500 miles
road running

Overall Rating

3 based on 247 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 59 reviews
2 Stars - 38 reviews
3 Stars - 27 reviews
4 Stars - 33 reviews
5 Stars - 90 reviews

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4 out of 5 stars

February 19, 2024

My second favorite Escalante

I have these for all my runs right now. For me, the 2& 2.5 versions were a bit narrow. Nice room in the 3.0. Downside: the stack height is getting a bit think. Can't beat the originals!


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2 out of 5 stars

February 17, 2024

First Pair of Altras. Disappointed

Had these for a little over two months. Only taken on 5 runs. Good toe-box, cushion, & heel/toe drop. But tread has already started peeling off. As my first pair of Altras, I wanted to like these.


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5 out of 5 stars

February 14, 2024

Best shoe experience ever!

I can't express how much I've enjoyed these shoes. I've put 974 miles on my first pair and I'm back to get another. I run 40-60 miles a week in these. My feet never hurt and they have held up in the wet Eugene, OR weather. The tread has almost worn out but not bad at all after this many miles. I'm stoked to get a fresh pair to wear in my next thousand miles! Thanks Altra.

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5 out of 5 stars

February 12, 2024

I would buy this product again

Great shoe. Use it for running, walking and everyday around town. My feet need a wide toe box and this fits the bill.


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5 out of 5 stars

February 12, 2024

Just Love It

I'm not in the normal demographic for this brand of shoe. Read the great Wirecutter review on this model last fall, bought a pair, fell in love, and I just bought pair #7. As I work from home they are my everyday shoe. Sorry to hear the 3 is being phased out. The color combos on most of them are awesome. Just love these things. Zero drop FTW!


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1 out of 5 stars

February 11, 2024

Thumbs down. Refer to my "deal breaker" comment.

I've been wearing Escalante's from the beginning but not any more. All versions were great until the 2.5's and even worse with the 3.0's. The toe-box is not as wide and my toes felt cramped as most have stated. Of course the standard Altra reply is, "we'll send your comments to our technical department". Since there are so many complaints since the 2.0's, I don't think their technical department cares at all. But the deal breaker for me was the addition of holes in the outsole. My very first run in them was on wet roads after a light rain, maybe 35 degrees out. After 5 minutes, I notice the bottom of my feet were getting cold, or so I thought. After a mile I realized my feet weren't cold but they were getting wet. A mile later, I realized my socks were actually getting wet. At mile 3, the bottom of my socks were very wet and I could feel them squishing inside. At the end of my 4 mile run, my feet were soaked. I removed my socks and wrung the water out of them. Then I removed the innersole and everything was saturated. Then I examined the soles and noted tiny holes all over the bottom which were part of the design. I'm not sure the reason for the holes but maybe to shave weight? When you look at the photos of these shoes, you do not see these holes. These holes are not mentioned on the Altra site. With it being winter in the Northeast where I live, I often have to run on snowy or wet roads. These shoes are not compatible. Of course Altra will forward my comment to the appropriate department. So glad they had a 30 day "tryout" policy.


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5 out of 5 stars

February 10, 2024


As I was considering buying these, I read quite a few negative reviews so after using them 10+ times and LOVING them, I thought I better write a review. I have been runner for 35 years and have done many endurance, ultra-endurance events including multiple Bostons. These shoes are AMAZING. After 10 runs in them and I'm blown away. Why? - the amount of foam/stack is about perfect for good road feel but still providing comfort (did 20k this morning, they were great) - very light - roomy toe box (I've never owned a shoe like this before) and the forefoot, toe splay comfort is exceptional I've seriously been missing the boat on these, wish I would have discovered decades ago. I also bought a pair of Altra Lone Peak 7s for trail and same feedback, I'm blown away. Can't recommend highly enough.


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2 out of 5 stars

February 6, 2024

Another disappointed, long time escalante customer

Like others whom have commented here, I've been running in these since version 1 but the love affair is over and it's left me bitter. These are no longer the shoe that made Altra great. They've become too narrow in the toe box and too stiff, especially in the upper. Version 3 has finalized its transition into a walking shoe more than a running shoe. I don't understand why Altra only offers two designs in the original foot shape now. Neglecting the design they built their reputation on feels like the best indicator that they've lost their way.


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3 out of 5 stars

January 31, 2024

The decline is real!

I had been using Escalantes since the beginning, but the shoe has slowly drifted away from the original offerings. Maybe it's VF Corp, but who knows? The Escalante 3 looks snazzier than ever, but the shoes is tighter than it's predecessors. No Altra running enthusiast wants a "standard foot shape" or we'd be buying Hokas! The 3 feels small and my toes are crowded even with my thinnest socks. The shoe has a funny crease near my big toe, which has never happened in the past. The midsole has held up and durability has not been an issue (though I've only seen tears in my Lone Peaks after much abuse). Overall, I haven't been enthusiastic about running in these and I switched to a unnamed competitor brand, T___ A_______ and I have been much happier. I still love my Lone Peaks, but I'm sure Altra will be acquiesce to investor pressures and put those on the "standard foot shape" platform in time too. If Altra offers a daily runner in the "original foot shape" platform, I'll be back, but it seems like they're phasing it out year to year.


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1 out of 5 stars

January 29, 2024


Long time Racer user but decided to give these a try because the Racers are always sold out everywhere. My arch was in pain after 400m...........I had to take a few days off the pain was so bad. FYI I have been an active runner for over 3 decades. I've never had such arch pain before


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