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12 reasons to buy

  • The GOrun Ultra Road is extremely comfortable, according to a large number of reviews.
  • It is very affordable.
  • A good number of runners noticed that it feels light for a lot of shoe.
  • Several runners noted the responsive ride despite the max cushioning.
  • The woven upper was appreciated by most reviewers as it is very durable and offers excellent support without being restrictive.
  • The FitKnit upper is very breathable as well.
  • It comes with reflective details for low-visibility running.
  • A handful really loved the roomy toe box.
  • It drains and dries quickly, based on the comments of more than a few runners.
  • Some runners who have had knee and back pains loved the way the thick cushioning absorbs impact.
  • It is quite flexible for a thickly-cushioned shoe.
  • Several long-distance runners valued the comfort from the first stride until the last..

3 reasons not to buy

  • A handful mentioned that the arch support is not adequate for long runs.
  • Some runners noted that it is a bit sloppy as it feels a tad bigger than usual.
  • The forefoot is a bit narrow for a small number of reviewers.

Bottom line

The Skechers’ GOrun line becomes deeper with the introduction of the Ultra Road. Based primarily after the hybrid and original Ultra, Skechers adds more forefoot cushioning and responsiveness in this shoe to make it a versatile trainer for almost all types of distances and at different speeds. The heavily cushioned midsole makes an ideal starting point for those who have not tried max-cushioned shoes before. Additionally, the very affordable price should make this a great choice for middle of the pack runners or those looking for a cushy ride that delivers plenty of pop on the road.


Update: Skechers GOrun Ultra Road 2
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 10.3oz | Women: 8.3oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 4mm | Women: 4mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Forefoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 30mm | Women: 30mm
Forefoot height: Men: 26mm | Women: 26mm
Release date: Sep 2015
Brand: Skechers
Type: Low drop | Maximalist
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $79
Colorways: Black, Blue, Grey, Orange, Pink, Purple
Small True to size Large
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79 / 100 based on 21 expert reviews

  • 91 / 100 | Ritesh Sharma

    Skechers GOrun Ultra Road: A well-cushioned shoe with a great value for money

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    Being a runner for so many years, and possibly using shoes of every major brand available, I can safely say that the best pair of running shoes is the one in which the runner feels most comfortable.



    I sincerely believe that each runner has a different running style and a different kind of feet. Thus, it is important to test out the shoes before purchasing them.

    My mantra when asked which shoe is the best: “the one which fits you well and the one in which you feel most comfortable while running.”

    There are also some technical aspects that one must consider when choosing their pair of running shoes. Let us discuss the tech aspects of Skechers GOrun Ultra Road.


    I have been a big fan of Skechers Performance series for one big reason: They make really lightweight shoes. The GOrun Ride 2 was my first Skechers pair, which I bought in 2013.

    It was just about 200 gms/7 oz. In comparison, Ultra Road is about 295 grams/10.5 oz. Thus, it is one of the heavier shoes in the Skechers Performance series.



    Regardless, this one is still amongst the lighter daily trainer running shoes available in the market. Most of its weight is due to the extra cushioning provided, which is really comfortable.

    The weight works well for regular training days. On long run days, I felt that for 75% of my distance, it worked well for me.

    But for the 25% of my run, when the legs are really tired and don't want to pull any additional gram of weight, the extra 100 gm/3 oz becomes a bit of drag. 

    Toe box

    The toe box is wide and suits very well for guys like me who have a wide forefoot. It gives ample room for the toes to spread.



    And with proper lacing, any runner can get a nice grip.

    Arc support

    The arc support is a function of the insole. I have a high arc, and I found the arc support in Ultra Road very comfortable.

    Inside cushioning

    The inside cushioning is actually the reason why this shoe is on the heavier side in the Skechers performance stable. The cushioning is very comfortable.

    Upper mesh and heating

    The shoe has a knitted mesh on the sides and the front side above the toe box. This helps in keeping the feet ventilated during the run.



    But, keep in mind that the shoe still heats up a bit during long runs.


    The Ultra Road is a very flexible shoe.



    You can turn and twist the shoe in any direction. The shoe gives a lot of comfort.


    The sole is where Ultra Road scores really high. It is designed to promote midsole landing. This means it lets your feet land on the midfoot.

    It avoids heel strikes, which can lead to injuries. The sole has a very strong bounce back, so the whole system makes the running efficient.



    The midsole landing promotes the natural form of running, and the bounce back helps in using less power. The sole has round treads, which helps in flexibility and balance during running.

    However, because of this shape, the treads attracts pebbles which sometimes get stuck in the sole.


    At an MRP of USD 120, this shoe is a great value for money as it can sit with any other high-end shoe. I couldn’t find a similarly well-cushioned shoe in this price range.

    Overall score (1 low- 10 highest)

    Weight: 7.5
    Toe Box: 10
    Arc Support: 9
    Upper Mesh/Heating: 8
    Flexibility: 9.5
    Sole: 9.5
    Price: 10

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    Why reviewer profile: Because all readers are not of the same size and shape that of the reviewer. They should know somethings about the reviewer before the review starts to relate with the reviewer.



    Ritz Rudra Narain (pen name)

    Age: 39
    Height: 5 ft 7 inches
    Weight: 72 kgs
    Weekly mileage:

    40 km (average)

    Runner type:

    Recreational and to keep the body fit and active

    Why did I start running instead of taking other sports to stay fit? This is the easiest sport to pick. It has no fuss around it. In real terms, one can do it with minimalistic gear. In fact, Archimedes ran his “Eureka” run without any gear. ;)

    50k hill ultra: 1

    Full marathons: 8

    25k: 4

    Half Marathons: uncountable

    Years of running:

    for 8 years

    Feet type: High arc, broad forefoot; size UK9

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

  • 75 / 100 | The Ginger Runner | | Level 5 expert

     And all that midsole is soft, absorbant awesomeness. While the added cushioining does contribute to a bit sloppier ride on corners or uneven surfaces, in a straighter, non-technical line, these are awesome.

  • 84 / 100 | Lennysunday | | Level 3 expert

    This shoe is very comfortable. I mean, Skechers has made one of the most comfortable shoes out there. The cushioning's very soft.

  • 92 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 5 expert

    This is a superb shoe for a soft ride. Whether you are running 3 milers or 300 milers the Skechers GOrun Ultra Road will get you there in comfort.

  • 89 / 100 | Running Competitor | | Level 5 expert

    What makes this unique from many maximally cushioned shoes is that it’s both soft and cushy but amazingly responsive too, due to thick layers of absorbent and resilient foam sandwiched together in the midsole. It’s a shoe that can accommodate 2-hour-plus training runs with long-wearing comfort, while also serving as your shoe of choice for long intervals and tempo runs. 

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  • The most obvious change in this shoe relative to the original Ultra is the new woven upper. Skechers uses this upper to mix flexibility and support. It gives the right amount of support in areas where the runner needs it the most. Breathability is exceptional in this FitKnit upper.
  • The two-layered foam of the GOrun Ultra Road is another upgrade. There is a soft midsole for cushioning, but it sits on top of a firm and responsive sole for bounce back features. Moreover, the outsole is spiced with tough rubber in areas prone to wear and tear for enhanced durability.
  • Drainage holes are located in the heel on both sides to shed water quickly. A perforated sockliner also helps in this regard.
  • Skechers offers more room in this shoe all over. For high-mileage runs or those with slightly wider feet, this should be a welcome update.

The Skechers GOrun Ultra Road is quite roomy from the heel to the forefoot. There are enough heel and midfoot hold, though, to inspire confidence during every run. The very spacious toe box should accommodate those who want optimal space in this area. Runners with narrow fit may need to get accustomed to the fitting or vary their lacing to get the most out of the shoe.

The Skechers GOrun Ultra Road outsole forms part of the two-piece Resalyte foam. It is stiffer and more durable than the one found in the midsole. In the outsole, there is also added carbon rubber in high-wear areas and some blown rubber for more traction.

GOimpulse Sensors or rubber pods that are deliberately placed in specific areas for more cushioning, shock dispersal, and responsiveness. This element is also used in the Ultra Road 2 and other running shoes from Skechers.

The drainage holes are also found here to easily remove water.

Skechers’ brand-exclusive Resalyte foam comes in two densities in the GOrun Ultra Road. The soft foam on top of the firmer version is a proven method of blending cushioning and responsiveness, particularly for a heavily-cushioned shoe. It covers the entire midsole for really quick transitions.

The innovative FitKnit technology blankets a large part of the upper. It has an exceptional combination of support and security while breathability is excellent. The different densities in the mesh greatly hugs the foot in comfort as well. It has decent padding in the heel and tongue. The perforated sockliner improves breathability and adds cushioning in this shoe.


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