Summary

We spent 9.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Synthetic mesh offers lightweight and breathable wrap that’s made from environmentally friendly materials.
  • Most runners appreciated the Quick-Fit Portal heel tab for easier foot insertion, the Vari-lock lacing system for better security, and the stitched overlays for added overall support.
  • A few took note of the flexibility of the Skechers GOrun 4.
  • Some runners mentioned that the 4th version has a great fit just like the previous version.
  • Runners get the Resalite mid-sole compound, which is flexible and has memory retention qualities for better underfoot cushioning.
  • The M-Strike Technology allows runners to do more midfoot striking, which is much more balanced.
  • The GOrun 4 has a very small weight.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners felt that it is stiffer than the previous version.
  • Others thought that it was narrower along the toe area.

Bottom line

The Skechers GOrun 4 is a popular update and it is welcomed by many runners. The improvements done for this shoe make it more robust for neutral runners during their daily running and athletic activities. Though a few had issues with the fit and sizing, overall, the GOrun 4 is still a winning update.

Facts

Rankings

Among the better Road running shoes
It has never been more popular than this May

Expert Reviews

87 / 100 based on 28 expert reviews

  • 84 / 100 | Get Out There Gear | | Level 2 expert

    These shoes are incredibly minimal, despite their looks, that they can be compared to a Nike Free.

  • 92 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 5 expert

    This is a great shoe. If you aren’t over the “Skechers” thing yet, you are missing out. 

  • 90 / 100 | Runblogger | | Level 5 expert

    It ticks nearly all of my boxes: moderate drop, softish sole, near-perfect fit

  • 86 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 5 expert

    This shoe will definitely be in my rotation all winter. Who knows, maybe I’ll even take them back to Charleston with me in January.

  • 85 / 100 | Running Competitor | | Level 5 expert

    This is the shoe for you if … You’re looking for a versatile, softly cushioned training shoe for short to medium-length runs that’s versatile for some faster-paced workouts like tempo runs and fartlek workouts.

  • 85 / 100 | Runner's World | Level 5 expert

    The sole retains last year’s support pillars for a fast-rolling bridge from the heel to the flexible toe, but a new foam feels springier than the previous version.

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  • The award-winning 4th version of the Skechers GOrun offers high quality performance with a soft yet robust upper, a mid-sole unit that carries the foot well through the gait cycle, and an outsole that promotes natural foot mechanics & and ground feedback.
  • Moving away from the traditional mesh upper of the GOrun 3, this version uses a soft fabric that resembles cloth. It follows the natural motion of the foot and gives it a well-ventilated running experience.
  • The Resalyte® is a full-length mid-sole foam that delivers flexible cushioning to the runner. It’s one of the most robust and high-quality compounds on the market and it’s reliable in doling out its purpose. The foot stands on a comfortable platform because of this material.
  • The outsole unit features pods that deliver additional cushioning. Sensors on specific sections of this unit protects the sole unit from wear and abrasion, as well as traction.

The Skechers GOrun 4 has a standard running shoe length. It comes in sizes that follow the regular measurements in terms of length, just like the GOrun 6. It’s heel, mid-foot and forefoot sections have a medium width, thus allowing it to accommodate many foot types. The semi-curved shape of this shoe also allows the natural shape of the foot to fit well when wearing it.


The GOimpulse Sensors are circular pods on the outsole that add a layer of protection for the shoe. It also maintains ground contact and gives feedback to the runner. These outsole pods give traction and added support when it comes to the performance.

The external sole unit isn’t rigid or unwieldy. It can flex and move along with the foot. Spaces in between the circular pods of this layer allow the sole unit to bend and go back into place like flex grooves would.


The Resalyte® full-length foam is an injection-molded mid-sole unit that delivers natural flexibility and responsible cushioning. It also protects the foot from the potential discomforts brought about by impact shock. Its memory retention capability lets it mold itself to the shape of the foot pad, making the platform individually unique for each user.

The Resalyte® Power Pillar cushioning gives responsiveness to the platform. The underside of the foot is able to feel a soft support system that carries the foot well even during long-distance races. Comfort and responsible cushioning are the specialties of this mid-sole technology.

The M-Strike is a mid-sole unit that adds a bit more volume to the mid-foot section of the platform. Having such a unit encourages runners to strike on the mid-foot, thus ushering the foot towards better gait mechanics. Impact absorption and transitions become easier and less tasking.


The Go Knit is a cloth-like material that’s used in the upper of the GOrun 4. It delivers a sock-like fit that’s comfortable, breathable and non-irritating to the skin. It constantly lets air into the shoe to maintain a dry and cool environment for the foot at all times.

A finger loop at the back of the heel helps the runner wear or remove the shoe easily. This Quick Fit Portal makes it easier to pull on the heel and get the foot in the shoe.

The Vari-lock lacing system adds an additional lace eyelet to add more security to the heel. When the shoelaces are looped in the second eyelet, the shoelaces are given the capability to pull the collar forward and secure the foot even more.

The Ortholite Sock Liner is a foot bed that has anti-microbial and anti-moisture features. It adds a bit of cushioning and keeps the interior of the Skechers GOrun 4 clean and healthy at all times.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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