SKECHERS’ New GOrun Running Shoes: Day 1


Yesterday was like Christmas (again) around my house. FedEx showed up with a new pair of kicks from SKECHERS, the brand new GOrun. First off, I want to say thank you to SKECHERS for sending me a pair to review. To say I get excited about new shoes is an understatement.

I wanted to give an immediate review today, but I’ll continue wearing them and report back periodically to let everyone know my thoughts.

Two things struck me the moment I opened the box. First, the color orange. When I initially saw the orange on, I thought it was kind of cool in an in-your-face sort of way. I like it so much better in person. I personally think my photo above is a better representation of the true color than what’s on SKECHERS’ site. It’s the perfect tropical orange, and it’s the color of Spring 2012 (so says Pantone). Second, the weight totally caught me off guard. They weigh next to nothing. According to the marketing materials, a woman’s size 6 weighs in at 4.9 ounces. My foot is a little–okay, a lot–bigger. My size 10 shoe weighed in at just 6.45 ounces according to my kitchen scale.

Once I put the GOrun shoes on, I immediately noticed the 4mm heel drop. According to SKECHERS, this drop puts your foot 66% closer to the ground to replicate a barefoot running experience. I’ll be honest…it felt really weird. Not bad but weird. Once I wore them around, though, it all started to feel more natural. When I put them to the test with my first run, the drop was actually quite comfortable.

4mm Heel Drop

The GOrun‘s design incorporates a roomier forefoot to allow your toes to spread, grip, and push off. To fully take advantage of this, the shoe is designed for sockless running. Now I am usually not the type to wear any athletic shoe without socks. I felt like I needed to go sockless for the full effect. I’m trusting that the OrthoLite will truly keep them from getting a funky smell. I can say that I didn’t have a single blister after my test mile, and I really did like the feel of free toes in the shoe.

Key features include the 360 flexibility, OrthoLite for sockless running and a roomier forefoot

One of the other major technological advances with the GOrun is the mid-foot strike and high-abrasion strike points, which are supposed to create extra stability and traction control. The first 1/4 of a mile, I began to think I didn’t like the strike points. Literally all of a sudden, though, I adjusted to them. I’m going to have to pay more attention to what this all may be doing for my stride. I can say that I had knee pain yesterday during my run but not today. I’m not prepared to say the GOrun stopped the knee pain but it certainly is plausible that it corrected my stride or alignment, putting less pressure on my knee. This is one area I’ll have to continue watching.

High-abrasion rubber at strike points for traction control and stability

The SKECHERS GOrun comes in 8 colors and retails for $80, which is an absolute bargain. When I realized that I needed new runners last month, I was a bit shell shocked by prices. Sure, you can get a runner for less than $50 but I didn’t find a single one in that price point that felt good and met my needs. To see this one under $100 and then to see how lightweight, comfortable and chock-full of technology it is, I think the price is a great deal.

Like I said, I’ll continue to wear them. If you have questions, feel free to ask.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lacey
    Apr 01, 2012 @ 07:44:43

    I also bought these shoes and have had them for about a month now. I am new to running and these got me out the door and I love them. Last week I went for my longest run ever – 8 miles! It felt great while I was out running and I didn’t want to stop! I have a history of knee injuries and these shoes seem to keep the pain at bay when I run, but I have noticed that after runs my feet are sore. Not sore in the fact that I have injured something, but sore like I just lifted weights sore.. Have you had this result at all?


    • cstrimel
      Apr 01, 2012 @ 08:37:13

      Good for you! 8 miles is amazing! I actually haven’t experienced any foot pain with the GOrun shoes. I suffer from some lingering back issues from my pregnancy and that was a little tender during the first few days but it went away. I’m just shooting into the dark here but maybe visit a running forum or Google “running and foot pain.” It could be something as simple as your gait. I’ve found that perfecting my form has helped with my back.


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