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Altra Escalante 2.5 Review



Despite its name, the Altra Escalante 2.5 is actually the 4th version of this running shoe. As our Altra Escalante 2.5 Review will indicate, the latest version of this comfortable running shoe is an excellent option for runners.

The original version established the Escalante as a versatile shoe ideal for any sort of terrain. Version 1.5 was similarly well-received. However, the 2.0 generated some controversy in user reviews. The 2.5 is an update that attempts to rectify some of the complaints generated by the previous version.

Read this Escalante 2.5 review to find out if these comfortable shoes are the right choice for you.


The Escalante 2.5 retains some of the most popular features of previous versions and makes improvements in others.

Heel-to-Toe Drop

The Escalante 2.5 features Zero Drop™ platforms.  This design ensures that the forefoot and heel are equally distanced from the ground, which lowers landing impact and assists with natural foot movement.


Innerflex™ grooves on the Escalante 2.5’s rubber outsoles provide a great deal of room for the foot to flex, increasing the shoe’s efficiency and comfort.


The Escalante 2.5 features an updated sock-like upper constructed of a breathable perforated mesh knit, supplying plenty of flexibility and comfort.

Toe Box

A wide, gently rounded FootShape™ toe box provides room for toes to spread and assume a natural foot shape for increased comfort and stability.


The Escalante 2.5 features a flexible midsole constructed with Altra Ego™, a durable material that enhances quick response, stimulates correct running form, and softens landing. In addition, a midfoot strap also increases foot stability.


Users identify the Escalante 2.5’s level 4 Balanced Cushioning™ as “plush” and “springy.” This responsive cushioning significantly increases the shoe’s comfort and support, making for a better run on smooth or rocky terrain.

Escalante 2.5 Compared to the 2.0

The 2.5 improves some of the aspects that brought user wrath down on the 2.0.

For instance, the unresponsive midsole of the 2.0 was not popular. The 2.5 replaces this firmer midsole with a soft midsole without degenerating into a squishy midsole.

Other complaints about the 2.0 involved its stiff upper. While the 2.5 does not feature an elastic upper, it is softer and more comfortable than the 2.0 upper.

The 2.0 also faced criticism for its toe box. The 2.5 toe box is wider and slightly taller, providing more room and comfort.

The 2.5 also offers extra cushioning materials to achieve the perfect blend of cushioning and support.

The 2.5 also features a more narrow heel cut designed to support the heel for added stability.

Perhaps the most significant improvement in the 2.5 is its weight reduction. The 2.5 is 0.8 ounces lighter than the 2.0; paired with the shoe’s added flexibility, this lighter weight contributes to the Escalante 2.5’s springy nature without sacrificing cushioning.

What Can I Do In the Escalante 2.5?

The beauty of the Altra Escalante 2.5 is its versatility. It is designed for both long runs and sprints. These all-stars can function as trail shoes or road shoes, equally efficient on smooth surfaces and dicey terrain.

The Escalante 2.5 also provides excellent grip and support for gym use and is even ideal for relaxed walks.

With this all-purpose running shoe, there aren’t many activities you can’t blast through or landscapes you can’t leave in the dust.

Who is the Escalante 2.5 Best For?

Because of its impressive versatility, the Altra Escalante 2.5 is suited for all sprinters, distance runners, power walkers, weight lifters, and casual strollers.

The Zero Drop™ design of the 2.5 is especially beneficial for runners with flat feet. The shoe’s lack of heel elevation and wide toe box provide ideal support for those who lack an arch.

Only one group of wearers might find the Escalante 2.5 unsatisfactory: those with High arches. The features that make the 2.5 perfect for flat feet work against those with a drastically curved instep.

Otherwise, most runners should find the Altra Escalante 2.5 to be a wise choice in footwear.

The Verdict

As this Escalante 2.5 review has illustrated, the 2.5 manages to preserve the characteristics that made the original model famous while resolving some of the issues users raised regarding the 2.0. With its Zero Drop™ platforms, Innerflex™ grooved outsoles, and  Altra Ego™ midsole, the Escalante 2.5 offers multiple features other brands will find difficult to challenge.

Most impressively, the Altra Escalante 2.5 is a highly versatile piece of footwear. Whether you’re competing in the 100-yard dash or setting off on a cross-country run, hitting the weights at the gym or hiking through the countryside, this fun shoe provides the support, flexibility, cushioning, and comfort you need to make it from Point A to Point B in style.


A comfortable upper that is flexible, breathable, and comfortable for all foot shapes
An appropriate amount of cushioning identified as “plush” and “springy”
A balanced blend of support and cushioning
Lightweight construction
A roomy toe box
The outsole provides excellent grip
A flexible and responsive midsole
True versatility in use – suitable for sprinting, distance running, and weight lifting
A breathable and sock-like upper


Some runners claim the upper feels squishy when running at high speed
The toe box may be too spacious for narrow feet
The material in the upper may retain dampness
The shoe’s construction may not be ideal for high arches
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