Verdict from 4 experts and 100+ user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Many agreed that the Skechers GOrun Forza 2 was best for distance running.
  • Runners mentioned that the shoe offered excellent support during long runs.
  • One user who wore the shoe every day reported that he did not see any signs of wear on the sole so far.
  • A majority of testers agreed that the shoe felt sufficiently comfortable.
  • Several users said that the protective nature of the components worked well during their outdoor runs.
  • One runner was glad that the underfoot platform did not aggravate his plantar fasciitis.
  • A lot of reviewers were happy with the performance of the underfoot platform during casual walks.
  • Many runners mentioned that the midsole foam cushioned the impact of their runs nicely.
  • Users appreciated the appealing colorways.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A user mentioned that the shoe did not have enough vertical toe space. This user’s big toe rubbed on the upper.
  • Some female users said that the shoe they received was too big for them.
  • Another tester said that the midfoot of the shoe was too flexible to be a stability shoe.
  • A number of runners expressed that the shoe was a tad heavy.

Bottom line

Built to offer stability, the Skechers GOrun Forza 2 received generally positive feedback from runners. It received a few criticisms but users believed that there is still room for improvement for the Forza 2. This mid-priced road shoe delivers excellent comfort, a responsive ride and enhanced support, making it agreeable for everyday running, walking and general workouts.

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Good to know

  • Starting from the weight difference, the GOrun Forza 2 is slightly lighter. The first version weighed around 10.8 ounces, while the current version weighs 10.6 ounces. The weight difference is not significant, but it does help the runner feel more carefree when running.
  • The Skechers’ proprietary Resalyte midsole compound was exchanged with the 5GEN cushioning which is lightweight and responds to the runner’s every step. One main difference between these materials is their manufacturing process. The 5GEN cushioning underwent compression, while the Resalyte midsole was injection molded. Because of the compression process that the material went through, it is capable of offering more impact protection without sacrificing the amount of cushioning.
  • Lastly, on the upper, the lightweight mesh was replaced with a sublimated air mesh. Even with this change, the upper retains its breathability. However, the difference comes in the durability of this part of the shoe. This new material is still elastic but more durable.

Skechers GOrun Forza 2 was designed using standard shoe measurements. Runners will be able to get a pair in their usual running shoe sizes. As for the width, runners only have a choice of medium width measurements – B- medium and D-medium for women and men, respectively.

A high abrasion rubber boosts the shoe’s durability. This material covers sections on the outsole which are prominent, leaving the indentions and grooves uncovered. It is also used int he Forza 3 and other reliable shoes from Skechers.

The dual durometer external sole unit is a rigid rubber can be found in the medial part of the bottom of the shoe. This stiff material heightens stability and adds to the durability of the shoe’s bottom.

The tread is made up of circular structures, mostly, on the forefoot of the outsole. The rest of the tread mimics arrowheads that face different directions. This type of tread amplifies the transition of the shoe, making it smoother. On top of that, this tread provides the shoe with enough grip to make the traction reliable on most surfaces.

The majority of the midsole is made using Skechers’ 5GEN cushioning which was developed using a compression technique. This gives the shoe the right amount of padding, fit for long-distance running.  It’s 20% more resilient than Resalyte, resulting in a layer that feels soft, protective, and responsive.

Within the midsole is a medial post that offers additional support and stability. The main purpose of this structure is to control excessive pronation while delivering stiffness or rigidity to the midsole foam which is, otherwise, soft and highly flexible.

The M-strike is a midsole unit that adds a bit of volume to the midfoot layer of the platform. Having this feature encourages runners to make use of more efficient running mechanics through midfoot striking. The outcome is a run which is less tasking - the landing impact is lessened, and the transitions become smoother.

The upper is mostly composed of sublimated air mesh. This material enhances the breathability of the shoe without significantly adding to the shoe’s weight. Because it is sublimated, it’s more durable. Despite this, the material still retains its elastic characteristics, adapting to the shape of the runner’s foot.

So that the upper has more structure and support, dual hot melt overlays were added. This is to preserve the shape of the shoe, as well as give minimal protection and strength in key areas. On top of that, the application process ensures that not a lot of bulk is added, keeping the shoe looking minimal and sleek. The reflective finish allows runners to be visible in environments where there is little or low lighting.

The heel counter minimally locks the heel in place, slightly keeping it immobilized when the runner is in motion. It also enhances the fit of the shoe, delivering a snug and steady coverage.

Rankings

How Skechers GOrun Forza 2 ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 17% road running shoes
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Bottom 13% Skechers running shoes
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Bottom 10% stability running shoes
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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.