After signing Olympic silver medalist and New York City Marathon champ Meb Keflezighi, Skechers made an impressive entrance into the running shoe market with the GOrun.
The new GOrun 2 is Skechers latest minimalist performance shoe. Weighing in at only 5.2 ounces in a women’s size seven, the GOrun 2 is light, flexible and fast.
I tested the shoe on a number of speed workouts and tempo runs, and found it to be one of my new favorites for fast paced training.
The original Skechers GOrun had a rocker shaped sole that some runners found too pronounced. The GOrun 2 still has a slightly curved sole, but it’s not nearly as noticeable as it was on the original. The new outsole is curved just enough to promote a midfoot landing and help with a smooth transition through toe off.
The shoe is so flexible that you can easily bend of the toe into the heel with your hands. The mesh upper stretches with your foot. Combined with a wider toebox, the GOrun 2 allows your toes to splay, grip and help with push off.
Like many "natural running" or barefoot style shoes, the GOrun 2 has very little heel to toe drop, measuring in at only 4mm. While it doesn't have a lot of cushioning, it does offer a responsive ride. But unless you’re used to running in minimalist shoes, you might want to save it for shorter runs.
If you really like to go minimal, the insole is removable. With a nearly seamless upper and flatlock stitching, the GOrun 2 is comfortable enough to be worn barefoot.
The GOrun 2 is priced reasonably at $80, comes in a number of wild color combinations and is available online from Skechers.
Disclosure: Skechers provided the GOrun 2 for testing, but in no way influenced the content or opinions of this review.