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Terrain

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 / cushion / high arch

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

Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

Price
$100
Weight
Men: 7.8oz
Women: 5.3oz
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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 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 the flexibility of the Skechers GOrun 4.
  • Some runners mentioned that the 4th version has 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 mid foot striking, which is much more balanced.
  • The GOrun 4 has a very light weight.

3 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.
  • A few noted that it was half-a-size larger than their usual choice.

Bottom line

The GOrun 4 from Skechers is a popular update and it’s welcomed by many runners. The improvements done for this shoe make it more robust for neutral runners during their daily running and athletic activities.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 603 ratings

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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84 / 100 based on 30 expert reviews

  • 84 / 100 by Get Out There Gear • Craig • Level 2 expert

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

  • 92 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas • Level 5 expert

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

  • 90 / 100 by Runblogger • Peter Larson • Level 5 expert

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

  • 85 / 100 by Running Competitor • Brian Metzler • 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 by Runner's World • 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.

  • 80 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    One thing which bothers us is the $100 retail, considering the Gorun’s price history.

  • 70 / 100 by Fellrnr • Fellrnr • Level 5 expert

    The GORun 4 makes it seem like Skechers are making random changes to their designs in the hope that something good happens by accident.

  • 88 / 100 by Salt Marsh Running • Jason Saltmarsh • Level 4 expert

    I noticed that within the first fifty meters of my run I had shortened my stride and started landing mid-foot. I also adopted a much quicker turnover rate on the downhill sections to avoid pounding on my heels.

  • 88 / 100 by Running Without Injuries • Brian Goldman • Level 4 expert

    The Skechers Performance GOrun 4 - 2016 is so light weight and comfortable that you could use this shoe for any distance or speed. 

  • 86 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Meaghan • Level 4 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.

  • 86 / 100 by Runner's World • Jonathan Beverly • Level 4 expert

    While Skechers considered the updates too minor to merit a new model number, this is a significantly better-fitting, better-riding shoe than last year’s GOrun 4. T

  • 84 / 100 by Klein Runs • Matt Klein • Level 4 expert

    The ride is extremely smooth if you heel strike and equally smooth with a forefoot strike or in terminal stance/toe off due to the awesome flexibility in the forefoot.

  • 83 / 100 by Runblogger • David Henry • Level 4 expert

    Also of note, the toebox has more volume and the shoe fits more true to the rest of the Skechers lineup, where as the original GOrun 4 seemed to run short due to a shallow toebox.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Sean Felty • Level 4 expert

    I enjoyed running in the shoe but didn’t really like it passed 10 miles. There’s just not enough cushion for me for runs much longer than that

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Sean Felty • Level 4 expert

    The GoRun4 - 2016 similar to its predecessor is an ultra comfortable lightweight shoe that provides a firm but smooth ride

  • 92 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Jenny • Level 3 expert

    Altho, my all-time faves are still Kinvaras, these are a ridiculously close second.

  • 90 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Stein • Level 3 expert

    I have the GoRun in my shoe rotation now and would feel confident racing them at any distance.

  • 88 / 100 by Running Shoes And Advice • Scott Steven • Level 3 expert

    You have some sacrifices such as a non-plush tongue, some durability concerns, and an exposed outsole, but the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.

  • 87 / 100 by Run Bulldog Run • Steve Speirs • Level 3 expert

    The synthetic mesh one-piece upper is breathable, lightweight and just stretchy enough to allow a little bit of toe splay.

  • 84 / 100 by 9 Run • Stan • Level 3 expert

    Well, I am happy to report that from the first step to the last, my feet were blister and pain-free.

  • 83 / 100 by Impact Magazine • Impact Magazine • Level 3 expert

    If you were looking to change up your go-to brand, GoRun 4 would be a strong shoe to put in the mix.

  • 79 / 100 by Run Haven • Adam Chase • Level 3 expert

    The upper really hugs the foot so those with high-volume feet should try on the GOrun before they purchase to make sure it isn’t too snug. 

  • 71 / 100 by Gear Institute • flyersfan1088 • Level 3 expert

    The Go Run 4 is a great shoe for those that need a more minimalist type of shoe but still needing the cushioning and ride of a regular training shoe.

  • 84 / 100 by Lolo Runs • Lolo Runs • Level 2 expert

    They are perfect for giving you a little pop while still supporting your feet with enough padding.

  • 83 / 100 by Relentless Forward Commotion • Relentless Forward Commotion • Level 2 expert

    In summary, I think this is a fantastic shoe for someone with a regular to narrow foot, looking for a lightweight, barely-there shoe, that still provides some support and cushion.

  • 79 / 100 by The 5K Runner • The 5K Runner • Level 2 expert

    As a ‘training’ shoe I wait to be convinced – then again, having said that, rotating with other pairs will be good as the fit is different.

  • 90 / 100 by Training a Runner • Rob Murray • Level 1 expert

    Perfect for training and racing with surprisingly good grip. watch out for stones stuck in sole though...

  • 89 / 100 by Achive It All • Animesh • Level 1 expert

    It ticks nearly all of my boxes: moderate drop, softish sole, near-perfect fit (on me), decent flexibility, etc.

  • 82 / 100 by Hampton Runner • Eric Hunley • Level 1 expert

    It feels very comfortable with a moderately firm ride.

  • 79 / 100 by The Rendezvoo Point • Patrick Voo • Level 1 expert

    it felt flat (what happened to my beloved M-Strike midfoot rocker?!?), a bit clunky and well-removed from the speedy feel of the GORun 3 to which i've shown much love on the roads.

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Updates to Skechers GOrun 4

  • 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.

Skechers GOrun 4 size and fit

The Skechers GOrun 4 has a standard running shoe length. It comes in sizes that follow the regular measurements in terms of length. 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.


Outsole

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.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.