Who should buy the Skechers GOrun Focus - Athos

The GOrun Focus - Athos from Skechers offers a flexible and lightweight running companion for the roads. You will love this running shoe if:

  • You want a versatile running shoe that can support moderate to high arches
  • You are looking for a competition shoe that is lightweight yet cushioned

Skechers GOrun Focus - Athos foot

Notable elements of the GOrun Focus - Athos

  • Adventures on the urban landscape are the target activities of the Skechers GOrun Focus - Athos. However, it is not limited to athletic exploits; in fact, this product is also made for a variety of situations that are not as strenuous as running. The overall design is similar to the original GOrun Focus model, save for an upper that is more breathable thanks to the open-weave mesh.

Skechers GOrun Focus - Athos collar

Durable foam against wear-and-tear

The outsole unit of the Skechers GOrun Focus - Athos is made of ground-contact foam. The lack of rubber purposefully maintains a lightweight shoe. Still, the material that serves as the platform is touted to be durable enough to resist wear-and-tear. Patterns of ridges and square-shaped nodes encourage traction over the roads.

Skechers GOrun Focus - Athos outsole

Shallow flex grooves permit the shoe to flex in conjunction with the foot during the transition phase. The toe-off phase benefits the most from these channels because it involves the most foot flexion.

Skechers GOrun Focus - Athos flex grooves

Lightweight and energized transitions  

ULTRA GO serves as the primary cushioning unit of the Skechers GOrun Focus - Athos. This full-length piece mitigates the landing impacts and energizes the forefoot lifts. It doesn’t have a weighty profile, though it also doesn’t skimp on the stack height.

Skechers GOrun Focus - Athos foam

A Skechers Air Cooled Goga Mat is placed right on top of the main foam piece. This technology offers an extra oomph to the softness of the underfoot experience. It even has a breathable aspect to maintain a ventilated underfoot experience.

Heightened ventilation with GOrun Focus - Athos

A soft-woven athletic mesh is used for the upper unit of the Skechers GOrun Focus - Athos. This material offers a snug yet form-fitting hug. It even has visible breathing holes for heightened ventilation throughout the running session.

Skechers GOrun Focus - Athos mesh

Microfiber side panels are stitched onto the sides of the upper unit. These add-ons connect the mesh to the shoelaces, giving the runner the capacity to adjust the snugness or looseness of the in-shoe hug at any time. The thin microfiber doesn’t add any bulk to the product.

Skechers GOrun Focus - Athos panels

Flat shoelaces snake through discreet eyelets near the ends of the side panels, which help in adjusting the fit of the shoe.

Skechers GOrun Focus - Athos laces

A one-piece opening graces the upper to simulate the feeling of a smooth wrap that isn’t marred by a separate tongue unit. The absence of traditional tongue units is prominent in modern series like the New Balance Cypher Run.

A pull tab helps the runner when it comes to widening the shoe’s opening during the on-and-off process.

Skechers GOrun Focus - Athos heel tab

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 6.7oz
Arch support: Neutral
Base model: Skechers GOrun Focus
Collection: Skechers Gorun
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

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