As a Skechers Performance Brand Ambassador, I have a unique privilege of previewing some of the new footwear when it’s still early into release. I was thrilled to receive a shipment of three new models recently. Here’s my reaction and a brief comparison with previous models.
GOrun Ride 4
The GOrun Ride has been one of my favorite models of the Skechers Performance line for long, easy running and recovery. The shoe combines exceptional cushioning with a comfortable fit that allows plenty of room in the forefoot for toe splaying. The 4th edition of this shoe features an updated upper that is secure while remaining forgiving for comfort.
GOmeb Speed 3
The GOmeb Speed 2 was a remarkable, breakthrough shoe for me. I ran my first marathon in the Saucony Fastwitch 6 and felt really beat up afterward. In the GOmeb 2, I was able to complete several PR races (1600m track, 5k (3 times), 8k, 10k, half marathon (twice)) and feel absolutely no soreness afterward. The third version of Skechers’ shoe for Meb really emphasizes its purpose of being a marathon racer. The midsole is firm, yet absorbs the impact over long distances, and the shoe remains very snappy. The biggest update seems to be a moderate increase in the forefoot width, but the GOmeb Speed 3 is still very locked down throughout a race. I really like this update, and I’ll be racing the 2015 Boston Marathon in the GOmeb 3.
The GOrun was the first model that Skechers introduced, and it remained relatively the same throughout the first three iterations. This fourth model is the most profound of all the updates this year, and it features a completely redesigned shoe. It’s far more structured while continuing to emphasize a midfoot strike. The curvature and midfoot “bump” has been replaced with some higher density foam and just a little bit of rubber on the outsole. This shoe still remains extremely light and very responsive. This is a great shoe to use for road workouts like a tempo run.
Overall, I love the updates that come with these new models and am really excited to log a lot of miles in them. It also seems that Skechers is finally beginning to work its way into many serious runners’ arsenal, as specialty running stores like Rogue Running are carrying them. Get yourself a pair!