Summary

We spent 6.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Many people loved the design and colorways of the Skechers GOrun Forza 3.
  • The mild rocker shape of the platform enabled fast takeoffs, some users commented.
  • According to overpronators, the stable midsole helped in the prevention of discomfort and injury.
  • The lightweight nature of this running shoe worked well for many testers.
  • Most of those who have tested this product liked the durability of its components.
  • The toe box was roomy enough to accommodate the natural spreading of the toes, some consumers remarked.
  • Runners perceived the Forza 3 to be a reliable companion during marathons.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few testers complained of blistering on the instep.
  • A consumer considered the insole to be hard.

Bottom line

The Skechers GOrun Forza 3 received many positive remarks, particularly with regards to its appealing design, its efficient underfoot platform, and its durability. They also welcomed the stability mechanisms featured in the midsole. Inversely, some people complained of blistering and hardness to the insole.

Facts

Terrain: Road
Arch support: Stability
Weight: Men: 9.2oz | Women: 7.3oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 6mm | Women: 6mm
Pronation: Overpronation
Arch type: Medium arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 26mm | Women: 26mm
Forefoot height: Men: 20mm | Women: 20mm
Release date: Jan 2018
Brand: Skechers
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Narrow, Normal
Price: $115
Colorways: Black, Blue, Grey, Pink, Purple, Red, White
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A popular pick
It has never been more popular than this January

Expert Reviews

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93 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 93 / 100 | Nate Melster

    The comfort and speed with Skechers GOrun Forza 3

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    There are many running shoes out there, and each can serve a purpose. These particular running shoes are meant for the road.

    They do not look like they have much traction needed for trails, but the shoes probably will not be destroyed if they are used on trails. Here is a well-worn shoe.

     

    Start

    I received no box with these shoes, but I tried them on, and they fit comfortably. There is plenty of room to move your toes, yet they fit snug. The shoes feel pretty light and good enough for racing.

    There is a nice comfort wearing the Forza 3. These are shoes I could wear all day and not have any foot pain. I do not notice any big arch support. There are no pressure points to give you any issue.

    Bottom

    The bottom of the shoe, the sole, is smooth. It is all pretty, even throughout. The bottom thread can last a long time, and mine has. You can see in a picture below, the bottom thread of the shoes after running over 500 miles. This part of the shoe still looks okay.

     

     

    The Forza 3 cushion feels great. The shoes feel like you can just bounce in them. These shoes gave me a comfortable run for many miles.

    After many miles, the cushion starts to gradually go away. The cushion does wear down over time, but then again, I have put on over 500 miles in these shoes.

    These are stability shoes. I usually run with a neutral shoe because I do not need the stability. However, I had no issues with this. I am sure these shoes still will help someone who over-pronates.

    The shoes do have traction. The shoes are for the road, and they do grip well. Rain can make it more slippery, though. The Forza 3 shoes work for some dirt trail running also.

    Upper

    The upper part of the shoe is comfortable and gives you room to move your toes. The material is soft and just forms to your feet. It is also very breathable and can help to cool on hot days.

     

     

    The Forza 3 shoes are great for insole inserts. If you have a custom insole or your own desired insole, these shoes will work even better.

    After many miles, I took out the Skechers insert, and I put in my own insoles I got from a foot doctor. The shoes were even more comfortable with plenty of room.

    The top is soft, it stretches, and it is comfortable, but it is not quite durable. After a time, a hole developed in my shoe. This was just through wear and tear, and not some particular incident.

    I have gone through many different running shoes, and I have never developed a hole at this spot through normal wear. You can see the hole pictured below.

     

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Long lasting support
    • Affordable

    Cons

    • Top not durable

    Conclusion

    The Forza 3 is a great shoe for marathons and half marathons. I have run a very good marathon wearing these shoes.

    They are not the lightest shoes, but they are light for the excellent cushion the shoes give. For me, they are a little heavy for a 5k race, but they will work for many runners on shorter distances. The men’s are listed at only 9.2 ounces.

    They are great road shoes, and not designed for trails. The upper material can rip on things like rocks or branches, so it may be wise not to run with these shoes on certain trails. Different shoes provide different purposes.

    Overall, these shoes give you the support for long runs. The shoe is made to last. The top of the shoe can wear faster than the bottom.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 98 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    The Forza with its tri density midsole moulding without sharp transitions in feel is the least "stability" feeling shoe I have ever run. Forza 3 is for me the "performance" daily trainer in the 2018 Skechers line up.

  • 98 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    Outstanding job by the team at Skechers Performance. Still think Skechers shouldn't be in the run game? Well you were late to the party and you’re now very very late. Get a pair and see for yourself.

  • 95 / 100 | Doctors of Running | | Level 5 expert

    This has been my primary training shoe for the last several months. I have not had any issues running in it and the only thing I am disappointed in is that I have to wait a month for another pair (will be released in January 2018).

  • 90 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    For me it lacks the magic of the Ride 7, but it’s a totally solid choice. I think it will be great for heavier runners and for runners who want to feel a little more shoe under their feet.

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  • The Skechers GOrun Forza 3 is a running shoe that’s designed for the overpronator. It employs several components that are noticeably different from its predecessor, the Forza 2. A 3D structural mesh heightens foot support, flexibility, and ventilation. The design is minimal, a trait that is trending.
  • FLIGHT GEN™ is the material used for the midsole unit. But instead of a separate post for stability, this shoe employs foams of three varying densities. These three layers aim to improve durability, traction and foot stability. A rubber compound shields the platform from wear and tear.

The Skechers GOrun Forza 3 has a standard running shoe length. The available width for the women’s version is B – Medium. For men, the option is D – Medium. Its upper features a set of supportive components that hug the foot, maintain its shape and encourage its natural movement capacity.

A rubber compound engulfs the platform of the Skechers GOrun Forza 3, protecting it from the abrasive nature of the asphalt. A bevy of lines acts as traction centers for surface control.

Thin flex grooves allow the foot to move naturally throughout the running session. These shallow trenches cause the sole unit to flex in conjunction with the foot as it transitions from the heel to the toe.

FLIGHT GEN™ is a lightweight compound that offers reactive cushioning for the foot of the runner. It is also capable of protecting the foot against the impact forces generated during the landing phase. This midsole technology is also used in the GOmeb Speed 5 and other popular shoes from Skechers.

Triple density foams make the midsole more durable and intact. These compounds also correct overpronation because they stabilize the position of the foot and prevent the arch from collapsing.

The M-Strike is a midsole configuration that lets the wearer perceive the midfoot part of the full-length foam as the point of contact, thus enabling a faster and more efficient biomechanical performance. Heel striking traditionally puts more strain on the bones and muscles.

The upper unit of the Skechers GOrun Forza 3 makes use of a 3D structural mesh which is made up of a cloth-like weave that hugs the foot securely. A wraparound pattern helps the lacing system in giving a fit that adheres to preference. The heel has a tightly woven construction to ensure steadiness and prevent accidental shoe removals.

A supportive strap is added to the posterior section of the midfoot. It contributes to a lockdown coverage.

The back of the foot gets support from a padded collar and a molded heel counter. Both of these components stave off in-shoe wobbling and slipping.

A pull tab assists the runner when it comes to wearing and removing the shoe.

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