The NEW Altra Escalante is incredibly cushioned and plush for shoe this light. The best known feature of an Altra running shoe is the foot shaped toe-box. The Escalante has this feature and has been styled using an engineered mesh design which also fits snug in all the right places. A new innovation introduced into the Escalante is EGO cushioned midsole material. EGO is a rubber based material that feels mega cushy and lively at the same time. EGO is also extremely durable and does not compress at the same rate as traditional EVA foam midsole. This adds longevity to the cushioned feel of the Altra Escalante and also provides a longer lasting level of cushioning for long runs. Lastly, the outsole design is perfectly designed for such a smooth running shoe. Rubber protects the areas that need protecting and does not inhibit the sections of the shoe that need to flex.