Skechers is one of those companies that you are very familiar with, but don’t necessarily seek out to buy technical running shoes from. At least that was my thought before I tried out their GoRun line of shoes (which is technically from Skechers Performance). This line surpassed all my “Skechers shoes” expectations and I could see them rivaling some of the larger companies lines. The GoRun Ride 3 is more of a stability and/or training shoe than the GoRun 3 that was reviewed HERE (for the record, the GoRun 3 is maybe the most comfortable running shoe I have ever tried…). The GoRun Ride 3 is a bit less minimal (but still has a low 4mm heel drop!) and has more cushioning than the GOrun 3.
OUTSOLE and MIDSOLE
The outsole and the midsole are not obviously distinguished from each other, so I’ll summarize them together. The GoRun Ride 3 sole is made up of a rubber/foam mix called Resalyte cushioning. This cushioning is very durable and is supposed to provide lasting support for hundreds of miles (although I can’t exactly confirm this claim, as I haven’t logged over a hundred in these yet). Along the outsole, there are “GoImpulse Pillars” that are placed in strategic locations to give feedback while running. I wouldn’t say I felt more feedback than my other minimalistic-like shoes, but the ground-reaction feedback was nice for this shoe being more of a “trainer” shoe. The four Impulse pillars around the midfoot area are joined in a cross pattern which gives a little extra support to the arch.
Higher up on the sole, it looks like there is additional rubber paneling that runs along the sides of the shoe in the areas that often need the most support: along the inside of the big toe to prevent over pronation and along the outside of the midfoot to prevent supination (that sometimes occurs on initial impact). Even with the added support, the sole of this shoe is still super light and flexible. I really liked this characteristic of the GoRun Ride 3; I felt like I was in a shoe that wasn’t limiting my range of motion or feedback from the ground.
The shape of the sole is a little different with its rockered shape (and initially, slightly off-putting to me). I tend to think of a rocker being just what it sounds like – something that will help you transition smoothly from back to front, think “rocking chair”. Some people have success in running like this, but I prefer to land midfoot and never really roll through the heel at all. But I can happily report that I didn’t notice any trouble running naturally, and after a bit of research, it makes sense why: Skechers rockered MStrike technology promotes landing on the midfoot, not a rocking movement – good news for those who want to get into mid or fore foot running!
It is highly likely that the upper can take full credit for this shoe being so insanely comfortable. The inside of the shoe is lined with microfiber and does not have any dramatic seams or stiches. I typically do not wear shoes without socks as I am very sensitive and finicky with seams. The GoRun line of shoes really excels in the aspect of a barefoot-friendly interior. The first time I put these shoes on was post skiing and I was sockless. I’m sure my feet were happy to get out of tight ski boots, but the shoes felt super plush and comfortable on my feet (I took out the removable insole). The tongue is cushioned and soft, but not gusseted. The inevitable overlapping of materials can sometimes be a cause for concern, but the tongue of the GoRun Ride 3 integrates with the rest of the shoe seamlessly and without any comfort issues.
The exterior of the upper is flexible and breathable. There is a soft mesh membrane around the toe box which gives extra stretch to the already wide toe box. I was happy the width of the toe box; my slightly wide foot didn’t feel cramped or like it was swimming. Overall, the shoe’s upper hugged my whole foot well. I did notice that there is little to no heel counter, so if you like a really stiff heel bed, this might not be the shoe for you.
In terms of sizing, overall, in the heel, and in the toe, this shoe fit beautifully. Like I said earlier, this shoe felt like it was hugging my foot with its soft materials and comfortable fit. While on my longer runs, I got a little rubbing on the side of my big toe, but I have a feeling this is more due to the added stability factor of the shoe rather than the actual fit. Since the GoRun Ride 3 is a stability shoe, I think it provided my foot with too much over pronation support (I don’t typically run in a stability shoe). Besides the rubbing in that specific place, these shoes fit and felt fantastic while running and just wearing around.
Okay, I was a little weary to go running in a “trainer” shoe when I am used to shoes with a little less support and sole. I felt like it might be “too much shoe” and would slow me down. Well, it turns out I was wrong. The shoes felt light on my feet and I had no problem keeping a fast (for me) pace. Striking mid-foot with the 4mm heel drop was effortless and helped me easily keep my cadence high. Sure, there is a little more sole and cushion than I am used to, but instead of feeling cumbersome, it provided a nice base for impact and push off. And, unlike I often see with a trainer or more traditional shoe, I did not feel like any energy was lost due to sole cushioning.
Like I stated in the fit section, on my long runs I ended up feeling some pressure and rub on the inside of my foot around the big toe. Most likely this is due to my running style and the level of support the GoRun Ride3’s give. For my longer runs, I would probably gravitate towards a shoe with a little less stability (maybe the GoRun3’s!) and perhaps wear the GoRun Ride 3’s for my shorter runs.
If you were uncertain of trying out these shoes because they aren’t made from one of the bigger named brands, don’t be! The GoRun Ride 3 holds its own. It is a well designed and constructed shoe that offers a nice amount of stability while staying light and nimble feeling. It weighs in at 6.4oz (a womens 7) and runs at a very affordable price of $80. You are getting an insanely comfortable and technically sound shoe for half the price of other companies. Stability was maybe a bit much for my neutral foot, but feet are like snowflakes: no two are the same. If you are looking for some light-weight stability in a quality shoe, I would recommend lacing up with a pair of the GoRun Ride 3’s.