Skechers, as a brand, got its start making skating shoes. It might not seem like an obvious pivot to running shoes. But skating shoes are no joke. They have to be durable, comfortable, and allow for a great deal of movement and athleticism. So maybe it really is no surprise that a company that can make great skate shoes could also create great running shoes. And they have. Their latest running shoes are surprisingly effective. They have even entered the carbon-plate battle, going head-to-head with Nike, Hoka and others at the forefront of running innovation.
If you’re a fan of the brand, why not get yourself a pair of the best Skechers running shoes? They have something for everyone, and are well-priced in comparison to many others.
The top choice is the GOrun 7+ shoes. The knit upper is breathable and comfortable, and a lockdown lacing system adds extra support and structure.
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1. GOrun 7+
The GOrun 7+ has a new knit upper that allows for more breathability and offers a sock-like fit. The unusual lockdown webbing lacing system helps to keep the shoe’s structure more intact while providing optimal support.
They’ve changed the tongue on the shoe with this version, and have gone back to the conventional tongue that we loved on original Skechers.
The GOrun 7+ has molded heel counters that prevent foot slippage and offer more stability. If you have customized inner soles, you’ll be able to remove the insole and replace them with your own.
The midsole features a Hyper Burst cushioned midsole that’s very responsive and provides a springy but firm platform. The rubber traction outsole is designed to provide better grip and is quite durable.
The rounded toe has a long-lasting outer reinforcement section. If you have wide feet, you’d need to get a size bigger. This is because the shoe also runs a bit narrower in the toe.
- Hyper Burst cushioned midsole.
- Knit fabric upper for sock-like fit.
- Removable insole.
- Lockdown webbing lacing system.
- The shoes run narrow, so if you have wide feet you’ll need to go up a size.
2. GOrun MaxRoad 4 Hyper
If you’re looking for a shoe that you can use as an everyday trainer, the GOrun MaxRoad 4 Hyper is comfortable all day every day, especially for long runs. It has plenty of cushioning in all the right places and is very lightweight.
The upper is made from mesh and polyester, which allows the air to circulate well, making this shoe very breathable. It has a soft knit collar and a unique tongue-free design to provide a more comfortable fit.
With the Hyper Burst cushioned midsole you’ll even find running on hard surfaces a pleasure. You’ll find the shoe to be highly responsive, even after a long run. The rubber sole absorbs impact and the rubber pillars on the sole provide extra cushioning.
The flex grooves in the forefoot allow for better flexibility and allow your toes to actively engage through propulsion. While this is a neutral running shoe, you may find that it’s still a comfortable fit even if you underpronate.
When ordering these shoes, make sure to check the sizes, as this shoe isn’t available in widths. This may mean that you’ll have to get a pair of shoes that’s one size bigger.
- Forefoot flex grooves.
- Tongue-free design.
- Hyper Burst foam cushioning.
- No option for wide feet.
Top Lightweight Shoe
3. GOrun Pure 2
If you’re looking for a short to mid-distance running shoe that will provide plenty of cushioning, then the GOrun Pure 2 will be a great option.
The virtually seamless upper is made from mesh fabric that will give you a soft, breathable fit. The tongue and collar are padded and the shoe has a soft fabric lining for added comfort.
The midsole features ULTRA GO cushioning, which makes the shoe responsive. This shoe is also thicker in the heel, which helps with impact force. This is great for runners who are heel strikers. The cushion provides enough support that you won’t get that sinking heel feeling.
The parametric rubber outsole will provide stability and multi-surface grip while you run. It has flex grooves on the forefoot that ensure a flexible toe-off.
When you first get these shoes, you may find them to be a snug fit, especially in the toe box. It would be advisable to go a half size bigger for a comfortable fit.
- Parametric web outsole for multi-surface grip.
- Padded tongue and collar.
- Responsive ULTRA GO cushioning.
- Lightweight at 7oz for women’s and 8.3oz for men’s.
- They may run a little tight, so going half a size up would be a good idea.
Best Stability Shoe
4. GOrun Forza 4
If you’re looking for a running shoe that will provide stability while still being lightweight with a responsive ride, then the GOrun Forza 4 is the shoe for you.
The mesh and polyester upper will give you a hug-like fit while locking the foot down securely. It will also allow for better air circulation that will help to keep your feet cool.
The Forza 4 has a tri-density midsole that uses Hyper Burst foam and Ultra Flight cushioning technology that provides full-length medial support. This helps to make the shoe light and very responsive.
There is a heel counter that will lock your heel in for stability, and this secure fit will also be felt across the midfoot laces. The shoe has a wider forefoot, which will give you a smooth push-off.
Sketchers and Goodyear have co-developed the rubber outsole to make the shoe durable, while ensuring that it remains lightweight. Some may find the stability from the post to be a bit light. However, the overall design of the shoe is very stable.
- Tri-density midsole to counter pronation.
- Heel lock system for stability.
- Breathable mesh upper.
- Goodyear rubber outsoles.
- Heavier runners may not benefit as much from the stability foam technology.
Best For Wide Feet
5. TR Ultra
Runners with wide feet, if you’re looking for a shoe that will provide all-day comfort and still give some wiggle room for your toes, then the TR Ultra is the shoe for you.
With a soft, woven upper mesh that’s very breathable, your feet will be well-ventilated and cocooned in a soft, snug fit. The upper is also water-resistant, which means you can run in almost any weather. Just don’t submerge them completely, because they aren’t fully waterproof.
The insoles are made out of memory foam and will mold to your foot’s shape, creating a custom fit just for your feet. The foam will absorb shock and lessen the impact on your joints, keeping you safer and healthier.
The TR Ultra is available in many different sizes, and all of them come in a wide option, too.
- Memory foam insole
- Available in many sizes, including wide for each
- Water resistant upper
- Shock absorbing midsole
- Not waterproof, so be careful if doing trail runs or going off-road
- Only men’s sizes/colors available
Top Racing Shoe
6. GOrun Razor 3 Hyper
The Razor 3 Hyper’s upper is made from seamless, ripstop mesh that provides support and allows for better airflow. This will keep your feet cool and comfortable while providing a secure fit. This shoe will hold its shape throughout your run.
Razors are built for speed, and you’ll find that the tongue and laces are very minimal. The pressure-reducing speed lacing system means that there’s no rubbing when you’re running. You’re able to insert your own Ortholite innersole, but the shoe itself doesn’t have any innersoles.
In many ways, the Razor 3 Hyper is a surprising shoe, as it weighs just 6.75 oz, but maintains robust cushioning that absorbs shock from daily runs while returning energy. The molded heel counter helps provide a secure and stable fit while the mid-foot strike zone helps with better toe-off.
The rubber outsole allows for better contact and better ground control but also provides traction and durability. The cushioning of the shoe is thinner than some others, and some buyers felt that the cushioning was too soft. There were other buyers who felt that it was a bit too firm. Not surprisingly, many find it just right.
- Ripstop mesh upper.
- Speed lacing system.
- Seamless upper for comfort.
- Very lightweight.
- Some buyers felt the cushioning was too soft, and others felt it was too firm.
Best for Trail
7. GOrun Pure Trail
When you’re trail running, you want a shoe that will keep you sure-footed. That isn’t just a feature of a rugged sole with gripy traction – the whole shoe construction goes into stabilizing your stride over rough terrain. The GOrun Pure Trail has a seamless, mesh fabric upper that allows for better ventilation and will give you a snug but comfy fit. However, you may find that the toe of the shoe runs a bit narrow and you may have to get a half size bigger.
The shoe also has synthetic overlays for added protection by the toe, heel and instep. You’re able to use the shoes all day as they’re lightweight, and the Ultra Flight cushioning in the midsole makes the shoe very responsive.
Sketchers and Goodyear have teamed up to create the rubber sole that has ultra grip pillars to provide extra stability and traction while you’re running. The flex grooves in the forefoot also ensure a bouncy push-off.
When you’re looking to get a pair of these shoes, you may have to get a size that’s slightly bigger, as they’re not available in wide sizes.
- Goodyear all-terrain traction rubber outsole.
- Breathable engineered mesh upper.
- Ultra Grip pillars for extra grip.
- Synthetic overlays for extra protection.
- Not available in wide sizes.
Top Running Shoe for Speedwork
8. GOrun Ride 8 Hyper
If you’re looking for a running shoe that would be able to provide constant comfortable cushioning while doing long distances, then the GORun Ride 8 Hyper may be the one for you.
The upper is made from knitted breathable mesh that will keep your feet warm in colder temperatures, but will allow for airflow in warmer temperatures to keep your feet cool. It does have a snug fit from the midfoot, but the material stretches so it’s still comfortable.
The midsole has Sketchers’ Hyper Burst foam for extra cushioning and energy return. You’ll notice the curve in the sole, which helps to promote a midfoot strike over to the toe-off. The tongue is slightly thinner and less padded, and some runners may find this uncomfortable on a long run.
You’re able to insert your own Ortholite innersole, as these shoes come with removable innersoles. With Goodyear rubber outsoles, they’re designed to be long-lasting and to provide a good grip when running on wet surfaces.
- Available in regular and wide sizes.
- Reflective heel pull-tab.
- Insole is removable for a custom fit.
- Reinforced toe.
- The tongue isn’t very padded, which may be uncomfortable for some.
Top Walking Shoe
9. Go Walk 5
If you’re more of a walker than a runner, the Go Walk 5 is a good choice for you. Their slip-on design is made for comfort, and the knit mesh upper is cool and allows for good airflow.
You will feel like you’re walking on clouds with Comfort Pillar technology for stability and support and Ultra Go cushioning with an Air Cooled Goga Mat insole for a springy but soft step every time.
These shoes are machine-washable, which is a big plus and very convenient. Both the men’s and women’s come in wide versions (the men’s comes in extra-wide). So there’s something for everybody.
Just be careful if you walk over wet surfaces, as these shoes aren’t completely non-slip.
- High-rebound Comfort Pillar technology.
- Air Cooled Goga Mat insole.
- Machine washable.
- Soft textured finish for comfort.
- They aren’t non-slip shoes.
When was Skechers founded?
Sketchers was founded in 1992, and is a North American lifestyle and performance footwear company. The product line initially consisted of skate shoes and utility boots, but over the years they’ve created a broader range of products.
The range now caters to men, women and children, and you’ll find that Sketchers has shoes in two categories:
- Lifestyle Division
- Performance Division
The lifestyle division offers Memory Foam, relaxed fit comfort shoes and the charity line BOBS.
You’ll find Sketchers GORun and GOwalk in the performance division. The GOwalk also offers GOga Mat Technology, which is a high-rebound cushioning that’s designed for athletic walking.
When did Skechers start with specific running shoes?
Skechers has an extensive line of running shoes now, but they only started making running-specific shoes in 2011 when they launched the GOrun line. Over the years, they’ve continued to be innovative and introduced some new running shoes, like the GOrun Speed Elite Hyper and the Speed TRL, which features a low-profile build and is extremely lightweight.
Even the classic “old style” running shoes have been updated. The range has an inspired new look, but still has the focus on the runner’s experience. The new Hyperburst has replaced the midsole foam. The GOrun Speed Elite is Skecher’s foray into the carbon-plate midsole designs pioneered by Nike’s Vaporfly.
With their new innovative technologies, there’s a running shoe for every runner in the Skechers range.
What makes Skechers different from other shoe brands?
Even though Sketchers have seen tremendous growth over the years and is now the third largest athletic footwear brand in America, they’ve remained affordable while still producing shoes that are comfortable and offer support and cushioning in all the right places.
They continuously update their shoe ranges. You’ll find that there’s a Sketcher shoe for you to wear to work and a different performance shoe for walking or running. There’s a Sketcher shoe for everyone.