Summary

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7 reasons to buy

  • The newer DuPont Delrin stability plate provides rigidity to the mid-foot.
  • The construction is kept simple, with no added material, according to many testers.
  • Most testers noted that the forefoot is a little wider than the previous versions, making it great for many types of feet.
  • The foot is pinned closer to the mid-sole, which provide a snappier feel and an enhanced push off.
  • Great for speed works and track sessions.
  • An improved tongue consists of a thin fabric and thin foam for better comfort.
  • Roomier upfront yet snug fit is felt around the middle section, according to testers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners were hesitant to buy it because of its slightly expensive price.
  • Some runners found it a little too stiff.
  • It is more on the minimalist type and may need some transitions before using it for long runs.

Bottom line

The Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 is lightweight and offers a little cushioning, which is good for neutral runners. Some of the materials used are just the same as the previous versions, yet this one was able to provide a better running performance. Although there were downsides like its high price and its stiffness, many testers found the features of this shoe worth the cost.

Facts

Update: Skechers GOmeb Speed 5
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Stability
Weight: Men: 8.2oz | Women: 5.3oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 4mm | Women: 4mm
Pronation: Overpronation
Arch type: Medium arch
Strike Pattern: Forefoot strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 18mm | Women: 18mm
Forefoot height: Men: 14mm | Women: 14mm
Brand: Skechers
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $120
Colorways: Black, Blue, Green, Grey, Multi, Pink, Purple
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe

Expert Reviews

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82 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 | Runner's World | Level 5 expert

    The Speed accomplishes this with a firm-feel foam and a thermoplastic plate embedded in the midsole, which makes the shoe bounce back quickly, improving the turnover while sacrificing some flexibility. 

  • 84 / 100 | Doctors of Running | | Level 5 expert

    The extra cushioning allowed for me to pick up the pace during long runs and still feel protected for those all those miles. 

  • 81 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    I find the plate adds a stiffness to the shoe that makes it just a little too stiff for me over longer runs, but I’m sure it would work for many.

  • 80 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 5 expert

    Although perfect for marathoners, it would do well in races as short as 5ks and could work as a low-mileage daily trainer.

  • 76 / 100 | Fellrnr | Level 5 expert

    However, the GOmeb is rather heavy for the cushioning it provides, with midsole foam that's firm, verging on hard. 

  • 89 / 100 | Running Maven | | Level 3 expert

    Overall I'm extremely pleased with the update and looking forward to running in and reviewing the Go Run 4. If you're looking for a racing flat with a little cushion, the GRS 3 might fit the bill.

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  • An improved DuPont Delrin stability plate adds torsional rigidity to the GOmeb Speed 3. This will provide enough support for slight overpronators during race day or speed training sessions. The shoe’s overall transition and responsiveness are improved with this plate as well.
  • Skechers also enhanced the comfort of the new version. It has more padding in the collar while the inner fabric of the shoe is a lot softer. The new fabric will make running enjoyable, even for those who prefer to run without socks.
  • To give it a racier shoe feel, Skechers made the cushioning slightly more resilient than the past models. It will provide a better platform when going for powerful toe offs.
  • An upper revamp includes wider holes with just a little bit of flexibility. This enhances shoe ventilation and helps provide a more personalized fit.
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The fit and sizing are regular with just a hair more room in the toe box for the new version. As always, this type of fit is great for those with regular foot widths. It will provide a comfortable, snug fit from the heel to the forefoot. Skechers offers D and B for the widths while the sizes, which are standard, are from 6 to 15 for the men’s and 4 to 13 for the women’s.

The outsole features small treads called GOImpulse Sensors. These treads offer a bit of cushioning for a shoe that is designed to be go-to marathon shoe.

The Skechers’ signature midsole technology in the Resalyte foam occupies this area. It is injection-molded, very light, resilient, and has more than adequate responsive features.

The new midsole insert called the DuPont Delrin Stability Plate, which is also used in the Skechers GOmeb Speed 5, gives stability and support that minimal overpronators may get to enjoy this shoe as well.

Excellent breathability and foot-hugging comfort are provided by a monomesh and a seamless upper. The sock-like comfort gets a boost with the anti-microbial properties of an Ortholite Sockliner. Providing support and structure in this area are the very light Hotmelt overlays.

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