Our verdict

With a reputation built around comfort, the famous Skechers GOwalk series continues to amaze us in its 6th iteration. With its stretchy slip-on upper and featherlight construction, the shoe feels more like a sock. It is practically non-existent on the foot and yet keeps us comfortable all day long. We fell in love with this base model from the first step and now look forward to the dozens of its colorful editions to come.

Pros

  • Pillow-like comfort
  • Cushioned for all-day wear
  • Amazingly lightweight
  • Surprisingly durable upper
  • Snug sock-like fit
  • Easy on and off
  • Super flexible
  • Very affordable

Cons

  • Not breathable
  • Outsole lacks durability

Audience verdict

90
Great!

Who should buy

We believe that this walking shoe from Skechers is going to feel right at home if you are looking for the following:

  • a cozy slip-on shoe that could be your daily go-to
  • a very lightweight pair of shoes
  • a comfort-loaded walking sneaker to keep you pain-free

Skechers GOwalk 6 review

Who should NOT buy

People looking for arch support should stay away from the GOwalk 6. This extra soft and flexible shoe is the absolute opposite of structured support. We highly recommend Skechers Arch Fit instead.

The shoe's knit upper also lacks in the breathability department. If you need a well-ventilated summer shoe, have a look at the Allbirds Tree Runners instead.

Skechers GOwalk 6 lab test

Breathability

To our surprise, this Skechers shoe didn't do so well in our breathability test. Having pumped smoke through the shoe's upper, we were underwhelmed by the tiny plume coming out on the other side.

We had to rate the breathability of this Skechers shoe as low as 2 out of 5.

It is also obvious from our transparency test below that the shoe's upper has no substantial ventilation holes for the heat to escape.

Looking at the upper textile up close, it becomes even more clear why this Skechers shoe falls short of breathability.

Skechers GOwalk 6 microscope

Look how tightly woven the threads are!

Skechers GOwalk 6 microscope upper

Test results
GO WALK 6 2
Average 2.7
Compared to 28 walking shoes
Number of shoes
1
Breathability
5

Durability

Toebox durability

For a soft knit shoe, the GOwalk 6 shows phenomenal durability that is comparable to synthetic uppers!

To test its wear resistance, we applied a Dremel for 4 seconds at a speed of 10K RPM. But the tool never went through the material completely. This earned the shoe's toebox durability a solid 4 out of 5.

Skechers sets a great example of how a soft upper can still be durable at a price of only $85! We've seen more than a few $150 On Cloud shoes completely torn apart by the same Dremel test.

Skechers GOwalk 6 vs On Cloud X 3 toebox durability

Skechers GOwalk 6 ($85) vs. On Cloud X 3 ($150) after the same durability test

Test results
GO WALK 6 4
Average 3.1
Compared to 22 walking shoes
Number of shoes
1
Toebox durability
5

Heel padding durability

The heel padding on the other hand showed a less promising level of durability.

Under the exact same conditions, this area got significantly more damaged. But to the shoe's defense, it is a pretty sensitive area for all walking shoes that we've tested.

A low score of 1 out of 5 was to be expected.

Test results
GO WALK 6 1
Average 2.1
Compared to 21 walking shoes
Number of shoes
1
Heel padding durability
5

Outsole hardness

Because there is no rubber outsole per se, we measured the hardness of the foam at the bottom, we got 50.1 HC. Expectedly, this is 51% softer than the average. And soft always means more prone to abrasion.

Skechers GOwalk 6 Outsole hardness
Test results
GO WALK 6 50.1 HC
Average 75.7 HC
We use an average of four tests. The photo shows one of those tests.
Compared to 28 walking shoes
Number of shoes
50.1 HC
Outsole hardness
92.0 HC

Outsole durability

Of course, our Dremel went through the shoe's exposed foam like a knife cuts through butter.

Using a tread gauge to measure the depth of the damage, we found it to be a whopping 3.1 mm deep! For reference, the average ranges from 1 to 1.5 mm.

Skechers GOwalk 6 outsole durability test

For that reason, we don't expect this shoe to last more than one season. If you are okay with renewing your Skechers pair after a few months, that's fine. And if you want to invest in a more durable walking shoe, consider the On Cloud 5.

Skechers GOwalk 6 outsole durability

Test results
GO WALK 6 3.1 mm
Average 1.6 mm
Compared to 21 walking shoes
Number of shoes
0.0 mm
Outsole wear
2.0 mm

Outsole thickness

To keep the weight down, this Skechers shoe was given no rubber outsole for protection (0.0 mm). This leaves us with exposed foam to deal with harsh concrete pavements.

Test results
GO WALK 6 0.0 mm
Average 2.6 mm
Compared to 28 walking shoes
Number of shoes
0.0 mm
Outsole thickness
5.9 mm

Weight

The GOwalk 6 from Skechers is one of the lightest walking shoes in our catalog.

In a men's US size 9, the shoe weighs as little as 8.8 oz (249g). This is lighter than the average by 0.7 oz (21g).

The shoe disappears on the foot!

Skechers GOwalk 6 cushioning

Test results
GO WALK 6 8.78 oz (249g)
Average 9.81 oz (278g)
Compared to 28 walking shoes
Number of shoes
6.17 oz (175g)
Weight
14.25 oz (404g)

Cushioning

Heel stack

Believe it or not, but the GOwalk 6 has more cushioning than the average walking shoe!

Using a caliper to measure its stack height, we got 35.3 mm in the heel! This is 3.5 mm taller than average! All while being lighter than the average too. Very impressive.

No wonder this Skechers shoe felt so supportive for more than 8 hours on our feet.

Skechers GOwalk 6 Heel stack
Test results
GO WALK 6 35.3 mm
Average 32.7 mm
Compared to 28 walking shoes
Number of shoes
11.2 mm
Heel stack
45.7 mm

Forefoot stack

The forefoot stack measures 22 mm which is a pretty average thickness for this part of a walking shoe.

Skechers GOwalk 6 Forefoot stack
Test results
GO WALK 6 22.0 mm
Average 21.9 mm
Compared to 28 walking shoes
Number of shoes
5.5 mm
Forefoot stack
31.2 mm

Drop

Calculating the difference between the heel and the forefoot, we found the drop to be as high as 13.3 mm! This is a good 3 mm taller than average.

Skechers GOwalk 6 Drop

This is great news for people who love extra care for their heels upon landing.

Test results
GO WALK 6 13.3 mm
Average 10.9 mm
Compared to 28 walking shoes
Number of shoes
5.7 mm
Drop
21.4 mm

Midsole softness

Note: a low durometer measurement equals a soft material, whereas a high measurement means it's firm.

The GOwalk 6 has two sources of cushioning, the primary ULTRA GO foam and the slightly firmer Hyper Pillars running through the middle.

Skechers GOwalk 6 outsole

Pressing our durometer against the ULTRA GO foam, we found that it is relatively soft at 24.6 HA.

Skechers GOwalk 6 Midsole softness

It is 15% softer than the average of other foams but not ultra plush. Cutting back on the squishiness helps this already flexible shoe stay supportive.

Test results
GO WALK 6 24.6 HA
Average 24.9 HA
We use an average of four tests. The photo shows one of those tests.
Compared to 28 walking shoes
Number of shoes
7.8 HA
Midsole softness (soft to firm)
32.9 HA

Difference in midsole softness in cold

It was really amazing to find out that the ULTRA GO foam of this Skechers shoe doesn't get much firmer in the cold!

Having kept the shoe in our freezer for 20 minutes and repeating the durometer measurement, we got a reading of 29.6 HA. This is a whole 29% softer compared to other "frozen foams!"

Paired with its warm upper, looks like this walking shoe can remain a nice companion going into the colder autumn months.

Skechers GOwalk 6 Midsole softness in cold
Test results
GO WALK 6 20.3%
Average 32.2%
Compared to 28 walking shoes
Number of shoes
0%
Difference in midsole softness in cold
100%

Secondary foam softness

Note: a low durometer measurement equals a soft material, whereas a high measurement means it's firm.

The rounded Hyper Pillars also work as stabilizers to keep the gait more steady in this shoe. They are notably firmer than the primary foam. Our durometer shows 33.5 HA which is 36% firmer than the ULTRA GO.

Skechers GOwalk 6 Secondary foam softness
Test results
GO WALK 6 33.5 HA
We use an average of four tests. The photo shows one of those tests.

Insole thickness

The Ortholite insole adds a sweet layer of underfoot padding to complement the main cushioning. We measured its thickness at 5.5 mm which is pretty standard for a walking shoe insole.

The insole is also made breathable to compensate for the lack of aeration in the upper. It helps the heat escape through ventilation chinks in the sole.

Skechers GOwalk 6 Insole thickness
Test results
GO WALK 6 5.5 mm
Average 6.2 mm
Compared to 28 walking shoes
Number of shoes
3.5 mm
Insole thickness
16.9 mm

Stability

Lateral stability test

As you can probably tell from our wobbly ankle in the video, the GOwalk 6 is NOT the shoe for fallen arches and overpronation. There is nearly zero support in both the sole and the upper.

This is the type of shoe that's meant to mimic the most natural movement of the foot, so it is most suitable for people with neutral pronation.

Torsional rigidity

The shoe is as flexible as it can possibly get. It is meant to work as an extension of your foot and not interfere in any way.

Twisting the shoe in every direction, we assessed its torsional rigidity as 1 out of 5. Even though 0 would probably be a more accurate rating here.

Test results
GO WALK 6 1
Average 2.8
Compared to 28 walking shoes
Number of shoes
1
Torsional rigidity
5

Heel counter stiffness

The heel counter stiffness is pretty minimal too. As a result, the heel hold is not only non-intrusive but is also barely felt on the foot (in a good way).

On a 1-5 scale, we rated the stiffness of this area as 2 out of 5.

Test results
GO WALK 6 2
Average 2.3
Compared to 28 walking shoes
Number of shoes
1
Heel counter stiffness
5

Midsole width in the forefoot

Thankfully, the shoe doesn't give up on stability completely. It comes with a pretty wide landing surface to balance out the lack of stability in other areas.

In the widest part of the forefoot, we measured the shoe's platform at 114.5 mm. This is 4 mm wider than walking shoes on average.

Skechers GOwalk 6 Midsole width in the forefoot
Test results
GO WALK 6 114.5 mm
Average 111.7 mm
Compared to 28 walking shoes
Number of shoes
98.8 mm
Midsole width in the forefoot
124.1 mm

Midsole width in the heel

We also measured the widest part of the shoe's heel and saw an impressive caliper reading of 93.8 mm. This is 6 mm wider than average.

Having a wider area to land on is a bonus for feeling surefooted.

Skechers GOwalk 6 Midsole width in the heel
Test results
GO WALK 6 93.8 mm
Average 90.2 mm
Compared to 28 walking shoes
Number of shoes
75.6 mm
Midsole width in the heel
104.0 mm

Flexibility

Stiffness

The fact that the GOwalk 6 is one of the most flexible shoes on our list won't be a huge surprise by now.

It took as little as 12.9N of force to bend the shoe to a 90-degree angle. This is 64% less than it takes on average! We must admit that this is one of the things that helps this Skechers shoe feel like it's not even there.

Test results
GO WALK 6 12.9N
Average 20.9N
We use an average of four tests. The video shows one of those tests.
Compared to 28 walking shoes
Number of shoes
1.1N
Stiffness
52.7N

Grip / Traction

This Skechers has enough traction for walking around city streets on a sunny day. We haven't tested the shoe in harsh conditions but given the lack of a rubber outsole, we wouldn't risk it.

Skechers GOwalk 6 side view

Size and fit

Toebox width at the widest part

At first glance, the GOwalk 6 comes in a pretty narrow profile. But let's not forget that it has a super stretchy upper material. Once you slide your foot inside, the knit adapts to the shape of your foot creating a very snug but cozy sock-like experience.

We also measured the widest part of the toebox at 98 mm which is the same as the average of walking shoes.

Skechers GOwalk 6 Toebox width at the widest part
Test results
GO WALK 6 98.0 mm
Average 99.1 mm
Compared to 28 walking shoes
Number of shoes
89.5 mm
Toebox width at the widest part
110.9 mm

Toebox width at the big toe

The shoe's toebox is more tapered than usual. Measuring its width at the big-toe point, we found that it is only 73.3 mm wide. Being 4.3 mm narrower than average, it probably makes it a no-go for wide feet.

Luckily, this model is available in extra wide, where you can get plenty of space for a higher-volume foot.

Skechers GOwalk 6 Toebox width at the big toe
Test results
GO WALK 6 73.7 mm
Average 78.3 mm
Compared to 23 walking shoes
Number of shoes
73.7 mm
Toebox width at the big toe
94.3 mm

Tongue: gusset type

The shoe's upper comes in a one-piece slip-on design.

Skechers GOwalk 6 Tongue: gusset type

Its soft knit textile wraps around comfortably around the floor and ankle. We haven't experienced any hot spots or blistering in this Skechers shoe, even on day one.

Skechers GOwalk 6 slip on

Test results
GO WALK 6 Sock like

Comfort

Tongue padding

The shoe has no tongue as such. But to give you a better understanding of what it feels like inside the GOwalk 6, we measured the thickness of the material at 2 mm. There is also no padding inside the shoe, except for a tiny bit of foam around the heel.

Skechers GOwalk 6 Tongue padding
Test results
GO WALK 6 2.0 mm
Average 5.0 mm
Compared to 28 walking shoes
Number of shoes
0.3 mm
Tongue padding
11.5 mm

Heel tab

The finger loop helps to glide into this slip-on shoe even quicker.

Skechers GOwalk 6 Heel tab
Test results
GO WALK 6 Finger loop

Removable insole

If you need more in-shoe space or would like to wear your own orthotics with the shoe, the insole can be easily removed.

Skechers GOwalk 6 Removable insole
Test results
GO WALK 6 Yes