Runner’s Tech: Skechers GOrun Review
Written by Kevin, Runner’s Tech: The GOrun is Skechers’ flagship performance shoe marketed as a “minimalist” alternative. Recently this shoe has generated quite a bit of curiosity from my readers and friends in the running community. Upon request, I finally approached Skechers and received a pair of the GOrun as test sample. In the past month, I was able to log 9 runs in these shoes totaling 120 miles – 2 long runs (20 miles and 26 miles), 4 speedworks, and 3 easy runs. The running surfaces included pavement (a slight majority) and track. To my surprise, I actually enjoyed running in the GOrun much more so than I initially anticipated.
- Light weight: 6.9 oz for Men’s size 9 and 4.9 oz for Women’s size 6.
- Responsive flexibility: the midsole flexes and twists with the foot allowing natural movement.
- Roomy forefoot area: spacious toebox for your toes to splay, grip, and push off.
- 4 mm heel drop: lowered and tapered heel design to mimic a more natural running experience.
- Propriety midsole compound: made Resalyte™ – a lightweight, injection-molded material with memory retention.
- Curved bottom: to minimize heel strike and promote a “natural” midfoot strike.
- Independent circular sensors: offers flexibility and sensory feedback for a more responsive ride.
- OrthoLite™ sockliner: anti-bacterial sockliner to eliminate odor and offer sockless running.
The GOrun is light. In fact, the GOrun is the lightest running shoe I currently own – even lighter than some racing flats. Although the design of its midsole of the GOrun makes it seem a tad bulky or heavy, I must reiterate that this shoe is much lighter than it appears.
The upper is soft, stretchy, yet sturdy. In addition, the lack of a hard heel counter enables the entire upper to be flatten onto its sole.
The most distinguishable feature of the GOrun is its midsole. As advertised, the difference in heights of the midsole, between the forefoot and the heel (heel-drop), is 4 mm. The profile of the shoe exhibits the “rocker” design strongly resembling Skechers’ own Shape-Ups shoes. The bottom of the shoe is made up of mostly circular pods or small columns – with 9 of them reinforced with high-abrasion rubber in strategic areas.
One immediate reaction when i tried to lace up this shoe was that the interior felt very roomy, compared to most of my running shoes in the same size. There is no arch support, which I prefer. In addition, the first time I put on these shoes I felt as if I was about to tip over backwards, due to the tapered heel design. However, this sensation subsided once I stepped out and picked up my pace.
I am a midfoot striker – but I must note that it rather difficult to heel strike in the GOrun even when I try. The design of the curved sole doesn’t necessarily rock the foot foreword; but it feels like I’m missing something when I land on my heel. Moreover, the midsole is noticeably stiffer and lower than most conventional trainers. Because of this, running hard on pavement for about 3 hours in the GOrun made my arch area a bit sore. I suspect this is largely caused by the pronounced midfoot design.
Although the GOrun is intended to be worn sockless, I have not done so – I wear socks with all my shoes. While I enjoy the roomy toebox of this shoe, I have noticed irritations in certain spots of the upper a few times. These irritations aren’t really a big deal as they don’t seem to be there each time I wear in the GOrun.
The emphasize of Skechers GOrun is to promote midfoot strike, and therefore allowing a more natural running technique or enhancing performance. While this claim and its efficacy still remain debatable, the GOrun does its job at altering the landing position of the foot. Priced at $80 MSRP, The GOrun offers exceptional value for runners looking for a lightweight and flexible running shoe. However, I strongly recommend using this shoe with some caution because it is not for everyone. If you aren’t experienced with running in shoes with a thin sole and low heel-drop, it is probably best to slowly transition into the GOrun.
Have you seen or tried the Skechers GOrun? What are your thoughts about these shoes? How does the GOrun change your view on Skechers? What other lightweight shoes are you interested in?
(Kevin Lu is an engineer, currently working in the field of orthopedic devices. He received his B.S. and M.S. in biomedical engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Science, technology, and running are Kevin’s passions. In his spare time, Kevin trains for and participates in races of various distances. His recent personal records include 20:58/5K and 5:48:22/50K. Follow him on Twitter (@SweatEngine) and check out his blog Beyond Distance.)