However, I recently had the opportunity to spend a couple days with the Altra running team, including Brian Beckstead (President and Co-Founder of Altra Footwear), and have since put more than a few miles on my new pair of Altra Escalante road running shoes. I’m now a believer.
1. YOU WANT TO BE MORE COMFORTABLE ON YOUR RUN.
Let’s face it – running can be painful. The older I get, the more important taking care of my body before, during, and after a run is. As soon as I stepped into the Altra Escalante, it was like a breath of fresh air…in-between my toes. That’s because Altra uses what they call a FootShapeTM Toe Box. My feet have room to spread out while I’m running, and I could literally feel breeze between my toes. Just looking at the shoe, my first thought is that it would fit wide, but the heel and arch areas are surprisingly snug while still giving my toes some room to move. I can’t claim this with any scientific proof, but I will tell you that my mile times in these shoes have been a bit quicker. Maybe because I’m feeling more comfortable in them?
2. YOU’VE HAD A FOREFOOT INJURY OR ISSUE.
In my early 20s, I was diagnosed with sesamoiditis, which causes pain under the first metatarsal of the foot. One of the first things my doctor recommended was a lower drop shoe, to limit the amount of pressure I was putting on my forefoot during running. Altra and their zero-drop shoe concept wasn’t around back then, so my choices were pretty limited! The Altra Escalante keeps the heel and the forefoot the same distance from the ground, which keeps my weight more balanced across the entire foot. So far, I’ve been able to run pain free in these shoes!
3. YOU CAN RETURN THEM AFTER 30 DAYS IF YOU DON’T LIKE THEM!
That’s right. You can run in these shoes for 30 days and if you don’t like them, you can take them back to our store to get your money back! What do you have to lose? I will say that my calf muscles were a bit sore the first two times I ran in them. That’s completely normal! If you have been running in a higher drop shoe, your body will need time to adjust. I’ve been rotating the Escalantes into my running schedule by using them on my lower mileage/easy run days. Over time, your body will adjust.
4. THEY’RE THE BEST LOOK ALTRA RUNNING SHOE (IN MY OPINION).
Fashion and function are closer than ever before. Whether I’m on my standard running route or at the grocery store, I’ve noticed that runners are upping their shoe style game. I love that the Escalante comes in both bright and neutral colors and has a heathered design that adds some interest.