I’ve had my eyes on this Skechers race flat for a while now. Of course, I had my eyes on the Skechers Performance running shoes for a long time before I actually mustered the courage to pull the trigger. The suggestion that Skechers is a serious running company seemed unlikely. But it’s true, and they’re great. Looking back at old blog posts, I see that I cited the Skechers GoRun 2 as my favorite shoe in my collection. Granted, my running shoe collection had only 3 pairs at the time, but the ranking hasn’t changed with more shoes. I was very excited when I received an opportunity to review shoes for Skechers, and they were generous enough to send me the GoMeb Speed 2 as a review sample, free-of-charge. (Full disclosure: I have since accepted a Brand Ambassador position with Skechers Performance.)
The GoMeb Speed 2 is the second iteration of long distance race flat that was designed for elite marathoner Meb Keflezighi.
When I first opened the box to find these flats, I was immediately captivated by the appearance. These things look amazing! The profile is sleek and the colorway is beautiful, almost changing in different light. The shoes themselves are very light, at 6.8 ounces. Upon slipping the shoes on, the term “no-nonsense” kept popping into my head. These shoes just really felt like they were stripped down to the bare essentials, with no unnecessary materials used. The upper is breathable and seamless. The GoMeb 2 fits much as a race flat does, which I generally refer to as a “performance fit,” meaning they’re typically a bit snugger than a daily trainer. When you’re trying to crank out miles at top speed, you really don’t want a lot of room for your foot to play.
The mix of GOimpulse sensors (rubber lugs) on the foam outsole allows the GoMeb Speed 2 to give a responsive ride whilst still maintaining a level of cushion. There is also a minimal amount of midfoot torsiflexion, allowing the foot to twist just a bit so you can run naturally.
To date, I have used these shoes for easy running, 2k hill repeats, a 15 mile tempo run, 800m repeats, 2×3 mile workout, 1k hill workout, and a 1600m track race. The GoMeb 2 performed well in all of these, but I would say that they absolutely blew me away on the 15 mile run and 2×3 mile workouts. I almost always feel pretty beat up after these efforts, but I was shocked to have felt no soreness during or after the workouts. I would definitely classify these as a long distance flat, as they totally hit the sweet spot between maintaining moderate cushioning and a responsive ride. I would recommend these flats for any race or workout 5k and longer, but believe you’ll unlock their true potential if you wear them from 15k to the marathon.
Weight: 6.8 ounces (Men’s size 9)
Stack heights: 18mm (heel), 14mm (toe)
Heel-to-toe drop: 4mm