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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
$105
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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 7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

12 reasons to buy

  • Most reviews mentioned the GOtrail’s awesome comfort.
  • Several noted that the price is average for a trail shoe.
  • A handful loved the lightweight ride of the Skechers GOtrail.
  • More than a few were impressed by the shoe’s traction.
  • It is covered with a highly-water resistant upper.
  • The breathability is pretty good for a shoe with substantial overlays and water-resistant upper, according to a few comments.
  • There are 4 color options.
  • The protection on the trail was very good, based on the reports of a handful of reviewers.
  • More than a few took the GOtrail for a ride right out of the box without any fit or performance issues.
  • The quick-drying upper is also very easy to clean, as observed by a few testers.
  • A handful of expert reviewers welcomed the quick and efficient turn over.
  • The ample toe box was welcomed by several runners.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The ride is a bit stiff for a handful.
  • A few were not happy with the shoe’s durability.
  • Some runners had to go up in size to get the best fit.
  • It feels a tad too flexible and plush for technical runs, according to a few expert reviewers.

Bottom line

The GOtrail is a low-level entry shoe based on one of Skechers’ most popular trail shoes. While this may not be as highly-sought like the other Skechers trail shoes, it still offers great comfort, adequate arch support, decent responsiveness, and an upper that can handle slight rains or early morning runs. All in all, this is a shoe that will not break the bank and offers more than average performance outdoor.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 27 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 84 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Jeff Valliere • Level 4 expert

    Overall, the GoTrail is a great pick for somebody looking for a well priced, high quality, door to trail training shoe, or shoe for mostly smooth trails with the ability to handle short sections of moderately technical trail.

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Updates to Skechers GOtrail

  • The GOtrail uses many of Skechers’ most reliable technologies as a no-fuss, versatile, and lightweight trail shoe. As with very simple shoes, the midsole plays a very important factor. Skechers uses its top-notch technology in the 5Gen. It gives the shoe more than adequate cushioning with good responsiveness in a very light design.
  • The outsole is characterized by numerous and moderately-aggressive lugs. It is an underfoot layout that takes the runner from one rugged trail to the next. The rubber compound is quite grippy in this shoe as well.
  • A thin and plush fabric keeps the foot warm and dry as well. For cold weather conditions, the fabric keeps the foot warm and comfortable.

Skechers GOtrail size and fit

The fit and the size of the Skechers GOtrail are pretty standard. It gives sufficient midfoot and heel security that is not constricting. Going forward, the forefoot has enough room for the toes to splay and to accommodate mid-run swelling. Runners with different types of foot measurements can get their most personalized fit in this shoe.


Outsole

The outsole is straightforward and very effective in giving the runners more than enough grip on the trails, even in wet conditions. There are numerous grooves in the forefoot and are well-complemented by the huge perimeter lugs that range from the heel to the forefoot.


Midsole

Skechers’ midsole construction of the 5Gen is the latest in its arsenal. It gives runners with a responsive and lightweight cushioning. As it covers the entire length of the midsole, there is better movement from the heel to the forefoot. Running uphill or downhill are quite easy as the massive lugs on the shoe’s perimeter keeps the runner secure and confident in the Skechers GOtrail.


Upper

For utmost breathability, Skechers uses a mesh with moderate holes. The 3D printed overlays serve as the main support and secures the midfoot from unnecessary movements. An added benefit in the Skechers GOtrail is the water-resistant upper. The shoe is still breathable as the fabric as countless holes that allow air to go through while water is still sealed off. A traditional lace-up closure keeps the fit from start to finish.