Verdict from +100 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • A lot of reviewers love the Skechers Energy Afterburn for its nostalgic chunky design that gives it a 90s vibe. 
  • Numerous users claim that the shoe is extremely comfortable and stays comfortable all throughout the day. 
  • Many reviewers say that it’s a great all-around shoe you can use for casual day outs, working shifts, and hitting the gym for training.
  • A number of users say it’s well-built and of great quality making it very durable.
  • Quite a lot of reviewers love the leather upper that provides protection in any condition when walking off-road. 
  • Some reviewers say that the sneakers are lightweight despite looking bulky. 
  • Many customers like that it doesn’t get stained easily with its leather upper and is easy to clean as well.
  • Some reviewers can attest to the superior grip of the sneakers that perform well even in smooth wet surfaces.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A reviewer mentions that the sneaker feels stiff and needs breaking in. 
  • Some reviewers say it lacks arch support.

Bottom line

The Energy Afterburn from Skechers is an extremely comfortable and durable sneaker. It’s an all-in-one lightweight lifestyle sneaker you can wear for daily activities, work, and training. With all its love-its, not to mention its affordable price tag, users (as well as onlookers) can't help but give this shoe a two thumbs up.

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Good to know

The Skechers Energy Afterburn is available in men’s sizing. Women can size down to 1 ½ size. It has a lace-up closure that allows a custom fit and keeps the feet secure. Padded tongue and collar and a cushioned insole give it a great in-shoe feel and keep it snug.

The Skechers Energy Afterburn is a lifestyle shoe that doubles as a fitness shoe with the ability to effortlessly adapt to the modern fast-paced lifestyle. It has an EVA midsole that’s shock-absorbing cushioning every stride. A cushioned insole and padded collar and tongue keep the foot well-supported and comfortable. The flexible traction outsole gives a superb grip. 

It has a sporty look with its smooth leather upper with athletic pattern stitching accents. It’s a great pair for everyday use and will keep the feet cool and comfortable switching from daily activities to working out at the gym. Its versatile design makes it easy to wear with any casual and sporty outfit.

The Skechers Energy Afterburn is a lifestyle sneaker that doubles as a fitness shoe. It has a thick sole made of a cushioned insole and shock-absorbing EVA midsole giving it a super comfortable fit and lots of support. The durable non-slip flexible rubber outsole delivers superb traction. 

Its comfortable upper is made of smooth leather and leather overlays with stitching accents in various patterns that make it durable and give it a sporty athletic design. It has perforations on the toe box to allow ventilation. Skechers Sport branding appears on the tongue and a signature S logo on the lateral side. Soft fabric shoe lining and padded collar and tongue give it a great in-shoe feel.

The California-based company Skechers was founded by Robert Greenberg in 1992. The brand was originally intended to distribute Dr. Martens but after a year and a lawsuit, Greenberg has a change of direction. He decided to turn Skechers into his own brand of designing and marketing footwear. He found a niche market in cleats and skate shoes which started the brand.  

They moved on to designing and releasing trendy and casual sneakers targeting primarily 19-40-year-old men and women. With Greenberg’s marketing and sales executive experience working for L.A. Gear, he was able to replicate that into his own brand Skechers and left a shoemaking legacy for his son. For more than 25 years, the brand has been at the forefront of design and innovation in the footwear industry diversifying by providing shoes for golf, casual, working, training, and more. 

Now, Skechers' portfolio resulted in the creation of two divisions: performance shoes and lifestyle shoes. As part of the lifestyle sneakers division, the Skechers Energy line consists of lifestyle sneakers that double as a fitness shoe to adapt to the modern and fast-paced way of life.

  • The Skechers Energy Afterburn comes in two colorways: black and white/navy.

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.