GO like never before in the Skechers GObionic shoe. This zero-drop, ultra-minimal performance running shoe features a design developed using advanced biomechanic innovations inspired by the human body.
- exoFit construction upper
- Extreme Flexibility
- Zero Drop design
- 18 Bio-Responsive Resalyte cushioning zones
- Decoupled responsive zones linked by ligament-style connectors
- Ultra lightweight synthetic and mesh fabric upper
- Stitching and overlay detail
- Lace-up front
- Smooth comfortable interior for barefoot wear
- Agion scent protection built in to combat odor causing elements
- Custom Fit – run with or without 1.7mm removable insole
- 11.5mm Resalyte shock absorbing midsole
- Water resistant midsole layer
- M-Strike high abrasion rubber traction pads on sole
- Tested size 9
- Weight – 167 g (5.9 oz)
- Forefoot width – 98.1 mm (3.9 in)
- Stack height – 11.5 mm (heel), 13.5 mm (mid), 11.5 mm (toe), zero drop
- Retail – $80
Skechers has really been putting a lot of their efforts into building a solid running brand as of late. It all started just over a year ago with the launch of the GOrun and know has grown into several models based on a similar idea. I have been able to review several of the previous releases. The GObionic is the most original of the group. Made to be able to fully move with your foot. I want to thank Skechers to continually give me the opportunity to test their shoes.
I tested the GObionic on many of my mid-length runs. Mileage varied from 3 to 8 miles on a variety of surfaces. I ran trails, roads, and even a bit of snow in these. Like most of my review, the weather was mainly nice as it tends to be here in Central Oregon. I did get a chance to test them in a variety of temperatures ranging from 20 – 85 degrees. Just not a lot of rain.
The Skechers GObionic shoes are a super flexible zero drop cushioned shoe. The shoes have been designed using advanced biomechanic innovations inspired by the human body. The shoes are truly revolutionary in their design. Different than any other pair of shoes I have tested or worn. The GObionic is ultra lightweight and responsive. In the size 9, I tested the shoes came in at 5.9 ounces. The shoes have even been awarded an ‘Editor’s Choice’ by Runner’s World UK.
The Skechers GObionic has a synthetic and mesh upper. It has exoFit constructed upper that has been designed to move like a second skin. It is a mix of supportive and breathable materials. The lower section of the upper is a thicker and more supportive material while higher up and over the toes is a breathable mesh. The mesh over the toes extends up to complete the attached tongue. This tongue is thin and breathable but still adds protection from the laces. The laces have fabric eyelets that can tighten up well. The laces are a durable cord and there is even have an extra eyelet for heel locking lacing techniques. All the stitches are flat locked and add detail to the outer appearance of the shoes. Like the other Sketchers shoes, they have a different appearance with the thicker midfoot that gives them a different look.
The inside of the shoes have been designed to be comfortable against the skin. As I mentioned before the seams are flat locked for fewer chances of irritation. The GObionic comes with a 1.7 mm insole that is removable. What is cool about that is that the shoes are made to be worn with or without this insole. If you want more cushioning, you can keep the insole or remove it for more feel. The inside of the shoes have been treated with an Agion scent protection treatment. This is built in to combat the buildup of bacteria and therefore, odor-causing elements.
Now we are getting to the interesting part of the GObionic shoes. The shoes are made for extreme flexibility. To do this, there are 18 Bio-Responsive Resalyte cushioning zones. These zones are strategically located in key flex points on the foot to add protection, which not compromising responsiveness. The decoupled responsive zones are linked by ligament-style connectors to permit increased plantar- and dorsiflexion for more natural movement and enhanced feeling. Looking at the sole you can see that there is definitely places with no cushioning. As a barrier between the outside elements and the foot there is a water resistant midsole layer. The outsole is made mostly of the Resalyte cushioning that makes up the midsole. There are several sections that use M-Strike high abrasion rubber for increased durability on the sole. The whole sole uses a simple ribbed design for traction.
One of the drawbacks to the Skechers shoes is that they are not made of renewable or sustainable materials. It is hard to have shoes made from these types of materials so this is often the case. Looking at Skechers corporately I was not able to find any information on any green or sustainable initiatives, so I gave the shoes a zero rating.
Foot Length (15%)
Foot Volume (15%)
Heel Width (15%)
Midfoot Width (15%)
Toe Box Width (15%)
Through all my testing, one thing has stood out with the Skechers shoes, and that has been the comfort. Compared to the GOrun I did feel like the upper on these was not quite as comfortable. Do not get me wrong, they are still good but not great like the others were. Over the toes, the seam between the mesh and supportive lower was noticeable. With thin or no socks I could definitely feel it but with thicker socks it was much more comfortable. The sole was great with the insole in and still felt comfortable when it was removed but there is one interesting thing about having no insole. Without the insole, you could really feel the individual pods that make up the sole. It is an interesting feeling.
The GObionic is sized well. I am normally a size 9, and that is what I tested here. The length ended up being right on where I like it. There was a slight amount of room at the end but not too much. The volume was also pretty much right in the middle. With the removable insole, you do have some control over this as without the insole, there is more room in the shoe. People with higher volume feet will like this option. What is also important about this is the lacing system because it will have to be able to adjust to the adding and removing of the insole. Fortunately, it does adjust the volume well. The GObionic has a nice wide forefoot with a medium width midfoot and heel. I found that it hugged my feet well with the insole and was slightly loose without the insole. I have a medium width and volume foot and the Skechers GObionic worked well for my feet.
Cushioning/Ground Feel (20%)
The Skechers GObionic shoes are an interesting wear. You can definitely see how flexible the shoes are. I took a picture of the shoes all rolled up. With the flexible sections of the shoes, they really can bend in all directions. When running on the road they are flexible, but you will not notice as much as you will when running off-road. On trails and even smooth trails you can feel all the bumps and angles of the trail. Since the shoes are able to flex all over your foot will move as the ground does. What is great about these shoes is that they still are plenty cushioned. So even though you have an excellent amount of flexibility you can still have your feet protected from the ground. I could tell where the rocks were but did not have any poking or pain from them. Rocks did occasionally get stuck in the seams between the pods. Fortunately, they never caused any discomfort and usually fell out and were replaced by others as I ran. Not a fan of the rocks but to have that much flexibility the seams were necessary.
What is really cool about the shoes is the removable insole. The inside of the shoes have been finished so they will be comfortable both with the insole and without it. As I mentioned before, this will change the volume, and it will also change the amount of cushioning. The insole is 1.7 mm thick so it is not much. Essentially the difference I noticed is that without the insole, you can feel the seams and pods under your feet. With the insole in this feeling is gone. Cushioning was not dramatically different either way. What I also like about these shoes is that they are zero drop. The GObionic is made to still have cushioning while providing the flexibility you need to strengthen your feet.
The GObionic is nice and lightweight. One thing about the shoes that I have read from others is that the upper is not breathable enough. I really do not have issues with my feet getting too warm so maybe I am not the best to address it. For me, the shoes felt plenty breathable. I liked the mesh over the toes but do wish they were able to do it without the seam between the materials. So far, the GObionic has been plenty durable. I do worry a bit about the layer between the midsole and the foot and wonder if over time that can break down. I have not noticed anything yet so maybe my fears are unfounded. The outsole uses a mix of Resalyte and rubber and has held up well so far. There is not a lot of traction on the sole but these really are not full-on trail shoes. They are fairly versatile though as they can handle roads, light trails, and other athletic activities as well. Good for strengthening your feet, whether you use them in the gym or on the run.
As with other Skechers shoes, they will feel a bit different with the M-Strike design. There is a bit of a bump under the midfoot that has been designed to help you have a midfoot strike. The bump does feel smaller than it was on the first GOrun shoes, but I could still feel it. It is interesting because when you start running you no longer feel the bump, and the shoes do make it easy to run with a midfoot strike. Of course, this will either work well or not with your own foot strike.
Overall, the Skechers GObionic is a very interesting shoe. The flexibility and innovation in the shoes are excellent. I love how they are still so flexible while being cushioned. The zero drop and flexibility can definitely strengthen your feet while not being nearly as hard on your feet as some closer to the ground options are. The overall fit of the shoes was good and the adjustability of being able to remove the insole is a great option. While Skechers has tried to make the shoes comfortable with flat locked seams, I still could feel the ones over the toe which I did not like. The other negative I had with the shoes was the sole liked to pick up rocks, not a big issue but occasionally annoying. I do, however, like the shoes and think they really are onto something. If you like a shoe with a natural feel but still has some cushioning this may be the shoes for you. The Skechers GObionic retail for $80, which is also a good value. If you have not tried any Skechers shoes yet they are worth a look. As always, your mileage may vary.
Pros [field name=iFrame]
- Super flexible
- Ample cushioning
- Removable insole
- Lacing adjusts well to the volume
- Rocks get stuck in the sole
- Can feel the seam over the toes
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