In 2009, Golden Harper made his first zero-drop running shoes by cooking them in a conventional toaster oven, cutting out the midsoles and leveling the cushioning platform. Now that his running company, Altra, is in its seventh year, the process is definitely more refined, and so are the results.
The Escalante is Altra’s take on an athleisure running shoe. It’s made with an engineered knit upper that provides a spiffy look and a sock-like fit, and employs an Altra Ego midsole that’s responsive and soft. Like all of Altra’s shoes, the Escalante has a zero-drop, level running platform, which means that there’s no difference in height between your heel and toes. It also has a wider toe box than other shoes, and these two design technologies together are meant to allow for a more natural running experience.
You can pick up the Escalante right now on Massdrop for 46 percent off its full retail value, which is a solid deal for a high-quality running shoe.
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