We spent 10 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The aesthetics of the Skechers GOrun Focus - Athos have received positive feedback from many runners.
  • Some users have stated that the cushioning system is responsive.
  • This Skechers running shoe is lauded for its versatility.
  • Several consumers consider the price of this product to be affordable.
  • Breathability is a trait that can be appreciated from the upper unit of this running shoe, according to a handful of testers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few people have noted that it was difficult to slip the foot into the shoe.
  • A couple of testers have observed the upper unit quickly separating from the midsole.

Bottom line

The overall reaction of people towards the Skechers GOrun Focus - Athos has been positive. The feedback mostly covers the breathable upper unit, the reactive midsole cushioning system, and the versatile looks. The shoe successfully achieves the balance between leisure and performance wear with its efficient features and pleasant design.

Fans of road running shoes for neutral foot pronation can welcome the GOrun Focus - Athos to their rotation.


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.

The Skechers GOrun Focus - Athos is true to size. Runners are urged to get a pair with their usual sizing expectations in mind. Still, it would always be helpful if the shoe is initially tested before purchase or when reviews are observed.

The shoe possesses a semi-curved midsole that follows the natural shape of the foot. The upper provides a contoured fit, thanks to the mesh and supporting overlays.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.