Skechers GoMeb Speed 2 Review

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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.)

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Skechers GoMeb Speed 2

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The GoMeb Speed 2 is the second iteration of long distance race flat that was designed for elite marathoner Meb Keflezighi.

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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.

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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.

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Conclusion

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.

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Specs

Weight: 6.8 ounces (Men’s size 9)

Stack heights: 18mm (heel), 14mm (toe)

Heel-to-toe drop: 4mm

Skechers GoMeb Speed 2 is available for purchase from Skechers.com.

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2 thoughts on “Skechers GoMeb Speed 2 Review”

  1. Such an awesome win for Meb and for Skechers Performance Division at the Boston Marathon – congrats to everyone on the Skechers team! I’ve been a fan of Skechers running shoes ever since my first pair of Go Run 2’s and the original Go Bionics (my favorite pair so far, although I’m excited to try the Go Bionics 2).

    I love the extra toe room in your running shoes and I’m wondering if the GoMeb line offers the same wiggle room as the Go Run’s? I know you mentioned that this shoe has a “performance fit” but I’m hoping there’s still some room for the toes to move around a little bit. I’ve always wanted to give these a try, thanks for the great review!

    1. Hi Taylor,

      Meb’s win meant so much for everyone. He’s such an example of character and no one deserves it more.

      The GoMeb Speed 2 does a really good job of locking down the foot so there’s not a ton of extra room for slippage and lost energy. In some race flats, I have a tendency to get numb toes from having no wiggle room. I don’t get that in these, so there’s enough room for you to not feel claustrophobic.

      I highly recommend these for your upcoming races!

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