I know the Skechers Go Run 4 aren’t new releases but I have been excited in giving these a try for quite a while now. On a budget, I simply had to wait to find a really good price. My first pair of Skechers running shoes in quite some time, I must admit, I am extremely happy with what I received.
Quick Pros vs Cons
Possible Durability concerns
Not available in wide sizes. Runs slightly narrow in the toe-region.
Opening out of the box
There seems to be this misconception with the Skechers brand. They appear in a lot of kid commercials, and are not quite as known compared to brands like Nike and Adidas. I’m sure there is more to this but most people honestly do not believe Skechers can produce a quality running shoe. Well, I’m here to say right now, don’t diss it until you try it
I knew a lot about the shoe going into the purchase, so it’s not like a lot should have surprised me opening the box, but at the very least, certain things grabbed my attention immediately. First off, being such a light shoe, I knew it was likely going to feel on the flimsier side, and it did. I didn’t expect the design of the entire outer shoe to feel as cheap as it did. The designs of the shoe, including the logo, and outer ridge near the toes, feel extremely weak, almost paper like(They are made out of some sort of very thin rubber, according to texture experiences). This didn’t bother me much though once I started flexing the shoe to test how well it would bend. The results put a huge smile on my face. The flexibility is practically flawless and that is when I quickly went on to try the Skechers Go Run 4 on.
Shoe Sizing of Skechers Go Run 4
First things runners, lookers, and buyers should know about any shoe, is how it fits. If it likely won’t fit, there’s not a huge need to read the rest of the review. Trying on the Skechers Go Run 4 shoes for the first time left me with almost a perfect expression except for one minor thing. The toe box was slightly narrow. It is my normal size (9 Men’s). I’ve worn many other shoes more comfortably and also a lot more shoes that were a lot tighter. I only say ever so slightly narrow, because I hardly noticed and the squeezed feeling went away after the first couple days of breaking them in.
Bottom Line: I consider my feet’s width fairly average and found the shoe slightly narrow without upsizing. If you have extremely wide feet, these shoes do not offer wider sizes. To put it simply, the Skechers Go Run 4 probably won’t fare as well for wider feet.
Construction of the Skechers Go Run 4’s
The upper is made of one lightweight piece constructed of seamless mesh. Recall the small little rubber/paper material that edged parts of the shoe. Well this is actually called Thermoplastic urethane overlays, or (TPU) for short. Their designed to be a very lightweight way to support the structure of the shoe. I’ve run over 100 miles in these shoes on top of wearing them to work which is labor intensive (for roughly a month). The results were better than expected. There has been a small splitting near the toe region but the glue hasn’t come undone. I’m not sure how far it’ll go before a possible split but I’ll keep the review updated. I wanted to bring this up because upon reading on the shoe, that really seems to be the problem spot when it comes to durability. I think most are satisfied with it though.
There’s a physical hole near the “loop hole” spot which is right on the heel. In this spot, instead of there being a small loop or often, nothing being there, there is actually a small physical hole shaped like a triangle. This feature is called the “Quick-Fit.” Fairly unique in design, I think it does its job of helping a runner slip on their shoes. I have heard of some runners who run without socks having irritation at the “Quick-Fit” spot. Feeling around the area, it is hard to see why but I imagine you have to hit it just right. I prefer to run with socks though, so I never ventured to find out myself.
The one portion of the upper that I don’t necessarily love about the Skechers Go Run 4 is the tongue. I prefer to have shoes with padded tongues for the added comfort, even if the shoes end up weighing a tad bit more (even in my races) so I will admit it is a little disappointing that the tongue, while fitting properly, simply wasn’t of a plush material.
The laces are traditional shoe laces. Lace them up at your comfort zone. I haven’t had any issues with the laces being too short or too long, so that has been a plus. I recently tried a pair of New Balance shoes with laces much too long. They untied themselves so often that I had to find replacements. While it’s not a huge deal, it’s something you shouldn’t have to deal with.
Overall, I feel the Upper gets a 4.3 out of 5. Docked points from me come from the lack of a plush tongue and possible durability concerns (although they have held up thus far pretty well).
Midsole– Honestly, the midsole of the Skechers Go Run 4 may be my favorite part of the shoe. As a midfoot striker, the Skechers Go Run 4 ride very well for me. To give you a little bit on the scientific side, the midsole is constructed of an injection-molded compound. The compound has quite a bit of memory retention and it does its job of helping absorb contact very well. To put it in simpler terms, it is constructed out of flexible, expandable foam that helps cushion the blow your feet take when you run. This shoe is designed to help promote a midfoot strike, which may be why I feel so comfortable in them already. This is made very apparent with the midsole, which holds a different colored cushion specifically in the midfoot region within the midsole. Through my experience, I feel the running shoe’s extra padding relieves pressure from the middle of the foot.
Outsole-The outsole is primarily constructed with the same material of the midsole, with added GOimpulse™ Sensors. These sensors are there more to add flexibility and responsiveness more so than protecting the midsole, which is what you see in most shoes. What does this really mean? Skechers promote the features of flexibility, ride, and responsiveness at the cost of some durability of the midsole/outsole. Naturally, the material deteriorates and becomes less effective. Depending of what you value in a running shoe, this is a plus or negative, although for most, the benefits will outweigh the drawbacks.
Removable insole– I usually enjoy shoes that have a removable insole. This is for a few reasons. First, if it gets worn out, or is cheaply made, I’m able to replace it without compromising much space in the shoe. Secondly, with some shoes, such as these Skechers Go Run 4, I don’t feel the need to wear them because there is already ample cushion in the shoe.
4mm heel-to-toe drop– I feel the whole drop topic, also known as “pitch” is oh so confusing, especially for those that do not know too much about picking their running shoes. I myself don’t see huge differences or preferences with my drop rates. If a shoe feels right, it feels right. This shoe has a pretty low drop but I also feel great in a lot of 10mm heel-to-toe drops. Bottom line: I wouldn’t pay too much attention to the drop, unless you find yourself liking a certain range more than another.
Performance of Skechers Go Run 4
We’ve talked a lot about the different parts and aspects of the Skechers Go Run 4 but does any of that matter if it doesn’t translate together well? Well, as I’ve left hints and passages throughout this review, I love the performance of the Go Run 4’s. It feels natural. My feet absorb the ground well but flex and bounce back off the ground pretty efficiently. I wouldn’t expect runners to complain about the cushioning of the shoe, especially if they are using the provided insoles. If performance is important to you, the Skechers GoRun 4 is doubtful to disappoint.
I personally believe Skechers used a pretty well balanced system of trying to add in cushion, while keeping the shoe lightweight and flexible. The biggest sacrifice may have come in terms of the shoe’s durability, as a lighter shoe, naturally falls apart at least a little faster. However, I don’t think it was a huge sacrifice. I would personally recommend the Skechers GoRun 4’s for any neutral runners who believe the running shoes would fit. (Not for wide feet).
I’ve had fun in the Skechers Go Run 4’s, so I wanted to end this review on a lighter note. What better way than to discuss some of the visual pleasures of these skechers running shoes. I actually find the color combo’s of the Skechers better than not only most Skechers available but better than most running shoes available. There are some brighter color combinations and darker toned shoes. I personally own the Black/Red ones, although admittedly, that was because those were the cheapest sitting at $45, which is considered over 50% off. I think something that sets these shoes apart might actually be the duo-color laces. I just think they flow well with just about all the color combinations. You can check out more of the color options at Amazon.com.
When looking at the Skechers Go Run 4’s, I think it’s a great buy. You are getting a lightweight, extremely flexible running shoe. You have some sacrifices such as a non-plush tongue, some durability concerns, and an exposed outsole, but the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. My pair has lasted well over 100 miles, and I would be a little shocked if I didn’t get at least another 100 miles in them before any real durability problems occurred. If you are a tighter budget, If you can find these on sale, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy.
Thanks guys and gals. I hope this review helped!