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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

15 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.
  • Some runners use it for daily training and high-mileage runs.
  • It drains and dries quickly, based on the comments of more than a few runners.
  • Skechers provides two laces for runners; a stretchable and non-stretchable version.
  • 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.
  • Drainage holes allow for quick water draining.

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.


Rankings


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4.9 / 5 based on 58 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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78 / 100 based on 21 expert reviews

  • 75 / 100 by TheGingerRunner • Ethan Newberry • 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 by Lennysunday • Lenny • 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.

  • 80 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

    As with all Skechers Performance models, the GOrun Ultra Road still impresses me in the price category coming in at $115 which is one of their priciest models yet (which should tell you something). I think that added value in this shoe is the durability and cushion which will go a long way if that’s what you’re looking for.

  • 78 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    For me, as quite the heel striker,  its only achilles "heel" is the heel, very soft at slower paces with some effort to get forward to toe off, which once one is there, is fantastic for such a massive stack of cushion.  The innovative and highly breathable knit upper looks great and works as intended. Designed for long, hot or wet weather road runs and ultra races at slower paces, the Road Ultra fits that bill.

  • 70 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    Testers found the fit secure and the ride plush; some thought it tight in the forefoot.

  • 60 / 100 by Fellrnr • Fellrnr • Level 5 expert

    This review has taken rather a long time to write to you to my reluctance to put many miles on them. I found the Ultra Road to be rather gimmicky and way too heavy. I'm continually surprised by how heavy the Ultra Road feels when I pick it up; maybe they added a little kryptonite just for me. 

  • 92 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas Neuberger • Level 4 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.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Without Injuries • Brian Goldman • Level 4 expert

    Overall the Skechers GOrun Ultra Road is awesome and continues to be one of the shoes I run in weekly.  I was really impressed with the materials that they used and the feeling that the shoes had.  They are a very stable max cushion shoe that comes at great price (only $115 on Skechers.com).

  • 88 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Meaghan Murray • Level 3 expert

    I personally think the GRUR is one of the best shoes you can own for  both marathon training and race day.

  • 82 / 100 by Jamie Pang • Jamie Pang • Level 3 expert

    The responsiveness is quite apparent. Make no mistake, the GRUR is still a soft shoe, just not as pillowy as the GRU.

  • 60 / 100 by Happy Feet • Nick Phillips • Level 3 expert

    I found it clunky, heavy and being a lot 'taller' than my usual lower drop fare, I had to be a lot more careful when I had to make sudden turns during my runs for fear of twisting my ankles. My feet also tired out a lot faster due to the weight.

  • 88 / 100 by GEARIST • GEARIST • Level 2 expert

    I think that added value in this shoe is the durability and cushion which will go a long way if that’s what you’re looking for.

  • 89 / 100 by Brian Metzler • Brian Metzler • Level 1 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. 

  • 85 / 100 by Lolo Runs • Lolo Runs Fit • Level 1 expert

    Overall, the Gorun Ultra Road is a great trainer if you like/ need more support or cushioning and longer runs. Even though these shoes may have more weight and padding than a typical trainer or lighter shoe, they still give you a nice “pop” off the ground when you run.

  • 85 / 100 by The Run Gear • Paddy Comyn • Level 1 expert

    It's an incredibly comfortable shoe. I'm a fan, and I probably will spend more time in it.

  • 84 / 100 by The Sockless Runner • Chas • Level 1 expert

    The Skechers GoRun Ultra Road is a great choice for a high-mileage, maximalist trainer if you want something different--and more affordable--than your average Hoka.  It provides a small touch of springy response amid the soft, long-run catering shock absorption that has made the maximalist trend so popular

  • 82 / 100 by The Sockless Runner • The Sockless Runner • Level 1 expert

    It provides a small touch of springy response amid the soft, long-run catering shock absorption that has made the maximalist trend so popular. The cushion compound is great for the many road-pounding miles logged while putting in base for your next marathon, or even racing road ultras in the 50-100 mile range (hence the name).

  • 81 / 100 by 2nd Skin Blog • 2nd Skin Blog • Level 1 expert

    It feels big and heavily cushioned, just like most of the cushion shoes in the market. To get this amount of cushion, it has to compensate on the speed and weight.

  • 80 / 100 by Tristupe • Lim Ee-Van • Level 1 expert

    In many ways the cushioning is expected and despite the size and bulk, doesn't hamper your movement or how fast you can run.

  • 73 / 100 by Deo Azrul Hussin • Deo Azrul Hussin • Level 1 expert

    The first two 15km runs I had with the shoes also made my legs getting tired faster due to the bulkiness and weight. But, I reckon it should be a good training shoes over a long, slow distance to condition and strengthen your legs in preparation for shorter and faster races.

  • 70 / 100 by Jim Coulson • Jim Coulson • Level 1 expert

    I would recommend the GoRun Ultra Road to anyone looking to try a max cushion shoe for the first time, but unsure if they want to pay the price tag of many of the other models.

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Updates to Skechers GOrun Ultra Road

  • 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.

Skechers GOrun Ultra Road size and fit

The Skechers GOrun Ultra Road is quite roomy from the heel to the forefoot. There is 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.


Outsole

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


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.