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Escalante 3 Running Shoe - Men's

3.247787610619469 out of 5 stars
226 Reviews
Current price: $91.00 Original price: $130.00
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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 226 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 54 reviews
2 Stars - 34 reviews
3 Stars - 24 reviews
4 Stars - 30 reviews
5 Stars - 84 reviews

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4 out of 5 stars

November 28, 2023

Best model I've had from Altra to date.

I've only put on less than 20km so far. It's surprisingly light and feels durable. My form has improved as well.

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Originally reviewed on altrafootwear.com

1 out of 5 stars

November 27, 2023

Great until the bottom delaminated

I really enjoyed these shoes, however the tread on the bottom (the part that kind of looks like your feet bones) began peeling away. I've tried supergluing it back together, but that only held out until I got the shoe wet again. I've used Altras for 5 years, and I'm considering switching away from them after seeing all the other complaints about the durability, and the company's recent move away from zero drop and wide toe boxes. I loved Altra because of the wide toe boxes, and zero drop, and they're making less and less models with those characteristics now. Sad to see a company go this way.

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Originally reviewed on altrafootwear.com

1 out of 5 stars

November 26, 2023

Eyelet/Eyestay digs into top of my feet

It's too narrow at the top of the shoes, around the sides of the tongue where the eyelets/eyestays are. The hard part of the eyelets digs into the top of my feet. After about an hour of wearing these shoes, I get a burning and numb feeling on the top of my feet. Loosening the shoelaces doesn't help.


Originally reviewed on altrafootwear.com

1 out of 5 stars

November 26, 2023


This shoe should in no way be called an Escelante because it isn't anything like the prior versions. I have had two of the prior models and absolutely loved them. I've had these for a few months hoping they would get better or I would get used to them, but they are just as bad as when I first ran in them. These shoes are much stiffer and the midsole is thicker despite what they say (a third party website supported my conclusion) so you can barely feel the ground anymore. The change in upper did what they were trying to achieve, but I personally didn't have any issue with the upper in the prior shoe and preferred the breathability. I guess we are finally seeing the impact of Altra's acquisition a few years ago, and just hope they bring back the true Escalante


Originally reviewed on altrafootwear.com

4 out of 5 stars

November 26, 2023

Great trainer but they run small

I wear these as my daily shoe and occasionally when I'm doing road runner. Good for short miles. I had too go up a half a size and the front of my third and fourth toe still rub unlike my other Altras.


Originally reviewed on altrafootwear.com

5 out of 5 stars

November 22, 2023

Best iteration of this model

I've run in the 1.5, 2 and 3. The 3 is by far the best. Best fit. Best cushioning. Best feel. The people who dislike want a more casual shoe. This shoe is meant for actual running.

T Allen

Originally reviewed on altrafootwear.com

5 out of 5 stars

November 18, 2023

Best fit EVER!

If you have a low volume foot...Narrow heel and mid foot and wide only in the forefoot, this is your shoe. Love that they are snug through the arch area. Not much of a runner so can't comment on high miles etc. mostly for the gym and office. Please don't no change this shoe, much better than the 2.5. Oh size 11. 6'1" 174

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Originally reviewed on altrafootwear.com

1 out of 5 stars

October 28, 2023

As bad as an update there has been

There are so many issues with this update, it's really tough to know where to begin. They've sew the tongue into the upper, which makes it nearly impossible to widen the fit for those of us who have larger volume feet. They've also made the shoe fit much less volume, which then makes the tongue design terrible. The length is still correct. Which means you either have to use a shoe that's too long, or deal with a narrow and tight fitting upper. This shoe has felt like butter on my feet the last several iterations, but this shoe feels stiff. It's almost like they reduced the stack height and increased the density of the midsole. I've probably used over 15 pairs of escalantes over the years, but there is really no way I can use this shoe. Gonna be a while before I buy another Altra.


Originally reviewed on altrafootwear.com

1 out of 5 stars

October 24, 2023

Horrible fit

Super narrow and uncomfortable. I used a pair of 2.5 as a pair of casual shoes. I couldn't really run a ton in them, but I probably had hundreds of walking miles and the soles were falling apart, but it was still comfortable because of the stretchy upper. It was a great casual and gym shoe. The 3 in comparison fits way tighter. It's unusable. I hope Altra remembers their roots.


Originally reviewed on altrafootwear.com

2 out of 5 stars

October 22, 2023

Learn to leave "well enough" alone

Went through 4 pairs of Escalante 2 and loved them. I've run 3 marathons in this shoe and it feels bulky and very different than the Escalante 2. Why do they think that have to redesign a good thing?


Originally reviewed on altrafootwear.com