Love Altra too wrote:
The problem with Altra is that they are so completely different from other shoes. I have tried them and I couldn´t run in them. The low drop killed my achilles and the ridiculously wide toebox felt very akward when I was trying to run fast. I guess she must have tried them and liked them. You just don´t switch to Altra for the money.
If the low drop hurts you, you have really been hurt by the high drop for years previously. Ditto with foot shaped toe box. Just need to give it more time and you'll never switch back.
As an Altra fan, I just hope she understands and embraces what makes Altra special and doesn't do it for a while and then go back to high heeled, toe squashing shoes for a bigger buck.
2 out of 3 ain't bad. Too much cushioning in Altra. I haven't tried the Escalante yet though. Whats that like?
Escalante is light and very soft underfoot - I liked both those things. But I wasn't a huge fan overall as the upper was to soft/loose and the last seemed narrower/less stable. Favourite casual sneakers though.
That said the Escalante 1.5 and Escalante Racers both seem better. Might be worth a try.
If you don't want something feeling too cushioned, yet you still want light, definitely get the Solstice. One 2.5 was very light but very cushioned. One 3.0 was heavier and way too firm. Solstice is a happy medium.