Skechers GOrun Ride is designed to give you a more natural running experience allowing you to interact with and respond to practically any surface, while also offering Resalyte cushioning for impact protection.
- Innovative placement of GOimpulse sensors
- Dynamic interaction
- M-Strike Technology
- 360 Degree Responsive Flexibility
- Integrated OrthoLite anti-microbial removable sockliner
- Roomier Forefoot
- 4mm Heel Drop
- Resalyte Midsole
- Nearly seamless flexible upper with lace up front
- Stay-put tongue
- Soft smooth fabric shoe lining for easy barefoot wear
- Tested size 9
- Weight – 228 g (8.0 oz)
- Forefoot width – 98.5 mm (3.9 in)
- Stack height – 16 mm (heel), 19 mm (mid), 12 mm (toe), 4 mm drop
- Retail – $80
Skechers has come into the running scene with guns full blazing. To help distinguish their brand, they have separated the running category out into Skechers Performance. If you have followed the site, you will remember that I did a review of the Skechers GOrun shoes. Since the original shoes, they have now come out with several others to fill out the lineup. The Skechers GOrun Ride is one of these models, and I am excited to be able to put them to the test. Skechers is really trying to make some great shoes, and they are working with many runners to further refine their shoes. I am excited to see what else they come up with. Thanks to Skechers for sending me this pair to review.
Similar to the GOrun I tested the GOrun Ride on mostly roads with some crushed rock trails thrown into the mix. I would estimate about 80% of my miles were on roads. Throughout the summer, the weather here has been hot and dry, so I was not able to test these in cold or wet conditions.
The Skechers GOrun Ride is built off the original with a couple of changes. It has increased the amount of cushioning in the shoes. The original GOrun was 14-19-10 in thickness where the ride is 16-19-12. You can see that 2 mm of cushioning was added to the heel and toe areas of the shoe while the midfoot stayed the same. What this did was add some overall cushioning to the shoes while reducing the “bump” that many people did not like about the originals. The GOrun ride still has a “bump” but it is much less noticeable. This is what Skechers calls their rocker technology and working with a midfoot strike, it helps you through the gait cycle. The GOrun Ride is built on the same outsole shape and also features the same upper, two things that were highly praised from the GOrun. If you do not have any experience with the GOrun series, I will break the shoes down.
The upper of the GOrun Ride is made of a synthetic mesh which is very lightweight and breathable. This mesh is used over the toes as well as in the heel. To add some support there are overlays in the toes, around the base and sections of the heel. The midfoot uses a firmer overlay on top of a more rigid mesh to provide support and structure to the upper of the shoes. This wrap holds the midfoot tight and connects to the laces to snug to your foot further. The lacing on the GOrun Ride is standard by design and has an extra eyelet at the top. Skechers calls this their Vari-Lock as it allows you to use lacing techniques that lock your heel into place. The tongue is gusseted and therefore, will not move around.
On the inside the shoes has a soft smooth fabric for comfort with or without socks. It is a wicking material that will pull moisture off the foot for increased comfort. Skechers has also worked to make the inside nearly seem free to reduce the chance of irritation. Around the collar, there is a slight bit of cushioning but less than you normally see in most other running shoes. The GOrun Ride’s come with a removable OrthoLite anti-microbial sockliner. It has been treated to prevent bacteria growth, which is a cause of odor. Since the insole is removable the shoes can work with you own insoles, but this may dramatically change the feel of the shoes, especially with the rocker design.
The midsole is where the main changes occurred in the GOrun Ride. It is 2 mm thicker in both the forefoot and heel while staying the same in the midfoot when compared to the GOrun. The shoes still use Skechers’ proprietary Resalyte midsole compound, which is injection molded and has memory retention. The GOrun Ride also uses GOimpulse Sensors like the GOrun did. These sensors are strategically located throughout the outsole. They isolate points of contact to delivery sensory feedback. Many shoes in the market deaden this feedback so Skechers used these sensors to add sensory feedback back into a cushioned shoe. These sensors are firmer and more durable than the Resalyte sole and will add to the durability of the outsole. The largest sensors are located just back from the midfoot with 4 sensors up the sides of the midfoot. The forefoot has two impulse pods and there is one more located at the toe. As far as the traction goes, the outsole is made up of a variety of round pods, both impulse sensors and Resalyte ones. The pods create a very flexible outsole; it can twist and bend in what Skechers calls 360 Degree Responsive Flexibility. The idea is to allow your foot to move more naturally.
The one knock I have on these shoes as well as the GOrun is its sustainability. I know it is difficult to create a shoe using green and sustainable materials. The manufacturers can have sustainable practices and initiatives in place to help mitigate this, but I have not been able to find anything on this nature from Skechers. I, therefore, have given them a zero rating for sustainability. If I hear of anything, I will update this rating. A good thing about Skechers is that they are a large company and with that they are able to keep costs lower but also offer several color options with their shoes. If you are not able to find a color scheme you like I would be surprised. At the time of writing this review there are nine available in men’s and 10 in the women’s.
Foot Length (15%)
Foot Volume (15%)
Heel Width (15%)
Midfoot Width (15%)
Toe Box Width (15%)
The GOrun Ride made some subtle changes, but for the most part, they did not mess with the fit. The upper is one of the most comfortable that I have tested. I had no issues running with or without socks, and my feet are on the soft side. Most of the time I try to run sockless I pay dearly for it but not on these. I really like how comfortable the shoes are on the inside as the last has an anatomical shape that seems to fit my feet great. I am normally a size 9, and that is what I tested in these. All the way through the shoe the fit is snug but not tight. The length of the shoes seemed to be right on. In the 9 I still had just a little room at the end. The heel is really well done, there is some slight structure and with the mesh in the back, it can flex and adjust easily, and I think this is what makes it so comfortable. The midfoot is a bit stiffer, but it hugs the foot well. The lacing is what can really change the way the midfoot fits. In the toebox they have used a wider fit to reduce friction and allow your toes to spread, grip, and push off. When compared to other flexible, low-drop, cushioned shoes like the Kinvara this will be the biggest difference.
One thing that was a common complaint with the original GOrun shoes was the rocker design with the buildup of the midsole. Many people did not like the feel up the arch pressure from this design. For me, I could definitely feel it standing around, and it was different feel than I am accustomed to. In the GOrun Ride, they have lessened this midsole bump by 40% compared to the GOrun. For me, I could still notice it slightly, but then I was feeling for it. It is definitely reduced quite a bit and is not nearly as noticeable as before. Unlike the others, I felt like these were more comfortable to walk around in.
The GOrun Ride is a more cushioned version of the original GOrun. This not only makes for a softer run with the increased cushioning but also limits the ground feel you get along the way. Don’t worry as you can still feel some of the rocks and bumps, but it has been reduced. With the thicker cushioning, there is also a slight loss in flexibility but not too much. I still felt like the shoes have a good flex to them. Since the sole has been designed with mainly foam rather than rubber and the upper is mostly the mesh, the shoes on a whole do have a good amount of flex to them, both front to back as well as tortionally. The forefoot will obviously have more flex than the heel due to less material and cushioning.
Most of my running was on roads and light trails in hot weather. I felt like the upper breathed rather well. The mesh across the toes is similar to what other shoes have so there was not a great difference from what I have worn before. What is different is the use of mesh in the heel. I am not sure if I could feel and airflow back there but the structural difference from it being added was huge. I do think that it probably helped a bit, but it was just hard to quantify. As with all mesh uppers the one drawback is the dust that can get in. This was the case with these as well even though it was not a big thing. Speaking of rocks getting in, one nice thing is the attached tongue, not only does it stay in place, but it also prevents rocks and debris from getting in through the tongue.
The outsole design is an interesting one. I noticed that the forefoot was starting to show some wear after 70 miles, but it is not overly worn, rather about what I expected. I know that running technique will greatly influence this durability, and I imagine that these shoes will have a life of about 400 miles, give or take depending on how hard you are on the shoes. The traction on these is good for both tame trails and road running; however, on trails the pods pick up little rocks. After any run I did on gravel roads or even roads with leftover sand from the winter, I would have to remove the rocks after my run. I was not able to feel them, for the most part, during my run, which is good but still a bit annoying.
The GOrun Ride has been primarily designed for fore to midfoot strikers. It is really hard to heel strike in these due to the rocker design; you will figure this out quickly if you try. Skechers calls their design M-Strike, which promotes a midfoot strike. Not only is the midfoot a little more cushioned but this is also the location of the largest group of GOimpulse sensors. Just like on the GOrun I was able to feel the pressure on the midfoot when walking around, but it was not as pronounced as it was on the original. Just like the original the GOrun Ride is more comfortable when you are running than just walking. I am already a midfoot striker so these fit really well with more normal running gait. The GOrun Ride transition well from the midfoot through the toe off. I do think that the GOrun original is a little smoother to run in. I am not sure why but the GOrun Ride felt a little clunkier for a lack of a better word. They still felt good, but I would prefer the GOrun.
Overall, I still really like what I am seeing from Skechers. The GOrun Ride kept all the things people liked from the original while changing a couple of things that consumers did not like. If the bump in the midfoot was keeping you away from the GOrun, I would suggest giving these a try as it is smaller. However, it is not gone, as that is the foundation of their M-Strike design. The GOrun Ride is best for midfoot strikers or those looking to become a midfoot striker as the shoes shift you towards the middle. The best part of these shoes I would have to say is the upper, it is comfortable, breathable, and just feels good. Couple that with the anatomical foot shape and you are set. On the down side the sole picks up rocks, which is annoying. I also felt like it was not as fluid as the GOrun was, but it was not far off. The Skechers GOrun Ride retails for $80, which is a bargain. You can spend a lot more on shoes that do not feel as comfortable. As always, your mileage may vary.
Pros [field name=iFrame]
- 4 mm Drop
- Reduced midfoot bump
- Super comfortable upper
- Excellent fit
- Available in many colors
- Outsole picks up small rocks
- Felt a little less fluid than original GOrun
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