Skechers Performance Shoe Lineup

Since becoming a Skechers Performance Brand Ambassador in February 2014, I’ve spent a lot of time answering questions about the shoes – Are you running in Shape-ups or BOBS? Are they any good? Does Meb actually wear Skechers? Which shoes are which? For the first 3 questions – No. Yes. And yes. For the fourth question, it obviously takes a bit more explanation, so I’m devoting a whole blog post to breaking the ice between you and an incredible line of shoes. I’ll be profiling each shoe that is currently available in the Performance line, beginning with the most minimal to the most maximal.

GoBionic 2

I was a big fan of the original GoBionic, using it on many easy days when I wanted a shoe that would get me close to the ground and just let my foot function without any inhibitions.

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GoBionic 2 Front View
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GoBionic 2 Rear View
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GoBionic 2 Side View
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GoBionic 2 Outsole
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GoBionic 2 Top View

    

Specifications

Weight: 6.5 ounces

Stack height: 11.5mm (heel), 11.5mm(toe)

Heel-to-toe drop: 0mm, 4mm w/ optional insole

Comparable to: Mizuno Evo Cursoris, Skora Fit

GoMeb Speed 2

The GoMeb Speed line is a series of race flats were specifically designed for Olympic silver medalist, NYC and Boston Marathon champion, Meb Keflizighi. Meb asked Skechers to design a shoe that he can lock down onto his foot and not worry about throughout a race, so this shoe will fit a bit more snug than a regular trainer would. These shoes are excellent for speedwork and racing, especially longer distance races like the marathon.

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GoMeb Speed 2 Front View
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GoMeb Speed 2 Rear View
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GoMeb Speed 2 Side View
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GoMeb Speed 2 Outsole
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GoMeb Speed 2 Top View

Specifications

Weight: 6.8 ounces

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

Heel-to-toe drop: 4mm

Comparable to: Adidas Adios Boost, New Balance 1400v2

GoRun 3

The GoRun was Skechers’ first venture into performance running shoes. This shoe is described as being a transitional shoe, as it is very lightweight, moderately cushioned, and very flexible. The GoRun 3 is my workhorse, and I spend most of my workouts and tempo miles in this shoe. It has very good ground feel and is responsive enough to be used in many different settings.

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GoRun 3 Front View
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GoRun 3 Rear View
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GoRun 3 Side View
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GoRun 3 Outsole
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GoRun 3 Top View

 

Specifications

Weight: 7 ounces

Stack Heights: 15mm (heel), 11mm(toe)

Heel-to-toe drop: 4mm, 8mm w/ optional insole

Comparable to: Nike Free, Saucony Kinvara, Brooks PureFlow

GoRun Ride 3

The GoRun Ride 3 is a shoe that I bring along for recovery and long runs. They are more structured than the GoRun in that they more closely hold their shape through the running gait. They have a lot more cushion, but are still responsive enough to not feel like you’re sinking into a marshmallow.

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GoRun Ride 3 Front View
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GoRun Ride 3 Rear View
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GoRun Ride 3 Side View
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GoRun Ride 3 Outsole
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GoRun Ride 3 Top View

Specifications

Weight: 8.4 ounces

Stack Heights: 17.5mm (heel), 13.5mm (toe)

Heel-to-toe drop: 4mm, 8mm w/ optional insole

Comparable to: Saucony Ride, Mizuno Wave Rider

GoRun Ultra

The GoRun Ultra is a new introduction to the Performance line, which is a response to much of the industry calling for maximum amounts of cushioning in shoes. The GoRun Ultra features a very thick Resalyte midsole with Resagrip outsole allow for tons of cushioning, flexibility, and durability. These shoes are great for recovery runs on the road when you want to give your joints a break, and trail runs where you’ll be bombing down some hills, want some traction, and don’t want to smash up your feet on hard rock. Unlike other maximal-esque shoes, the GoRun Ultra is still very light and very flexible.

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GoRun Ultra Front View
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GoRun Ultra Rear View
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GoRun Ultra Side View
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GoRun Ultra Outsole
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GoRun Ultra Top View

 

Specifications

Weight: 8.7 ounces

Stack Heights: 27mm (heel), 23mm (toe)

Heel-to-toe drop: 4mm, 8mm w/ optional insole

Comparable to: Hoka One One Conquest

 

Side-by-side

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Each model of the Skechers Performance line has its own unique role, yet caters to many different types of people and their needs. If you are looking to fill a hole in your shoe collection, consider a pair of Skechers Performance shoes. They are truly excellent, and have become my favorite shoes over the past year of wearing them.

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