Facts

Terrain
Road

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support
Neutral

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Use
Competition

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$130
Weight
Men: 6.6oz
Women: 5.8oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 4mm
Women: 4mm

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Many users mentioned that the Skechers GOmeb Speed 4 fits true to size.
  • The lightweight construction of the shoe was impressive, based on several reviews.
  • A review noted that the heel felt soft and mild compared to other racing flats. This reviewer recommended this shoe for those who have sensitive Achilles tendons.
  • Testers were glad to see that the shoes can be worn without socks.
  • Several reviewers said that the upper of the shoe was very breathable but still gave enough supportive coverage on the dorsum of the foot.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few users observed that the shoes needed to be broken in; it apparently didn’t feel comfortable upon initial use.
  • Some reviewers commented on how thin the outsole of the shoe was for them.
  • A tester wanted to highlight the absence of an Achilles dip on this shoe.

Bottom line

Light yet still durable, the Skechers GOmeb Speed 4 is an impressive performer when it comes to high mileage races. The updates made on this shoe, mainly on the design of the outsole, also makes this a solid choice for fast tempo runs. Runners should consider the GOmeb Speed 4 when looking for a quick shoe built for training.


Rankings


Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 19 ratings

5 star
58%
4 star
21%
3 star
11%
2 star
5%
1 star
5%

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Expert Reviews

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88 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    Firm and fast, the GOmeb Speed 4 is best suited for tempo runs and road races—if you’re an efficient runner like Meb Keflezighi, you can rock it for marathon racing.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Frank May • Level 4 expert

    The Skechers GOmeb Speed 4 shoes are strong performers in high mileage races and do well for fast tempo runs.

  • 85 / 100 by GetOutThereGear • GetOutThereGear • Level 2 expert

    I've been running in these shoes for the past four weeks and, compared to the previous models, I can definitely notice much less wearing.

  • 85 / 100 by Klein Runs, DPT • Dr. Matthew Klein • Level 1 expert

    Overall the update feels, looks and rides firmer and a bit faster than the previous version.

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Updates to Skechers GOmeb Speed 4

The upper is now made up of Skechers’ GOknit, which is highly breathable, comfortable and secure. This material is also very light and it goes together with the recurring lightweight theme of the shoes.

The heel counter also received a minor update. Instead of a simple wrap around fabric, there is now a crescent plastic in this area to add a little bit of strength and stability in the heel.

Skechers also topped off the upper with a sleek lacing system with eyelets that are made up of a reinforced fabric. This fabric replaced the metal or plastic eyelets present in the shoe’s predecessor.

The 5GEN cushioning system has been introduced into the shoe. This midsole foam is similar to what Skechers has used in the past, but has been developed to improve the smoothness of its ride and its responsiveness.

Also in the midsole is Skechers M-strike technology, which helps runners to focus more on mid-foot striking. This type of technology allows runners to strike on the mid-foot, thus promoting better gait mechanics.

The most obvious update of the Skechers GOmeb Speed 4 is its web-like outsole design, which is made of a durable rubber material. In place of the podular outsole on its predecessor, the current outsole makes full ground contact and has a 2mm-thick web-patterned rubber for better traction. The rubber is found mostly underneath the heel and toe, leaving a small area of exposed foam underneath the midfoot.

Skechers GOmeb Speed 4 size and fit

The Skechers GOmeb Speed 4 has a standard running shoe length. The width also comes in regular measurements. Runners will be able to get the shoes in D and B—medium.

Outsole

On the outsole of the Skechers GOmeb Speed 4 is a smoother design that’s almost full contact. The only part of the outsole that doesn’t come in contact with the ground is the cutout where you can see the Dupont Delrin plate, which a part of the mid-sole. The lightweight material the outsole is made of a durable carbon fiber, which delivers a quick response while keeping the structure of the outsole intact.

The design is now more web-like, with much of the durable rubber material underneath the forefoot and heel. This updated outsole has improved grip and durability. It also gives the shoe a good amount of flexibility as well as moderate traction on different surfaces.

Midsole

The midsole of the Skechers GOmeb Speed 4 has the Skechers 5GEN cushioning system, which was designed to give runners a lightweight and responsive ride. The 5GEN cushion is rubber-based EVA midsole foam and is more resilient compared to Skechers’ other midsole materials. It is a foam material specifically designed to be soft yet highly energetic.

Another piece of Skechers technology in the midsole is the M-strike. It is more of a structure rather than a material. The M-strike structure adds volume to the midfoot to encourage the wearer to focus on the mid-foot when striking on the ground.

Lastly, the Dupont Delrin Stability Plate has been embedded in the midsole of the shoe. This plate is a high-performance acetal resin that provides a responsive and supportive ride. More specifically, this addition was meant to provide some structured support to the midfoot.

Upper

The knitted upper of the Skechers GOmeb Speed 4 is known as the GOknit. It provides wearers a more sock-like feel when wearing the shoes. The GOknit helps give the shoes a more custom fit and comfort, while its breathability aids in reducing hot spots.

The upper has been designed to have different density threads. In some areas of the shoe, the knitted material is denser in order to add structure and retain the shoe’s shape. The lockdown lacing system helps provide additional security. Tightening the system up will ensure a secure fit, locking in the heel into place and preventing the shoe from accidentally coming off.

A Dupont Hytrel External Heel Counter has been added. This structure further locks the heel in place and prevents it from exiting the shoe accidentally.

The seamless interior lining of the Skechers GOmeb Speed 4 is made up of a microfiber material that further enhances the comfort of the shoe from the inside.