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9 reasons to buy

  • Several users commented that the Memory foam insole makes the shoe extremely comfortable.
  • The smooth faux nubuck and mesh upper material offer ventilation. These help make the inside of the shoe cool and airy all throughout the day, according to many customers.
  • The bungee-style stretch laces and slip-on design make this ideal as a travel footwear.
  • Many buyers find ease in wearing and removing the shoes because of its bungee stretched lace slip-on design, stretchable rope laces and pull tab at front.
  • A considerable number of wearers find the Skechers Gratis - Going Places lightweight.
  • Majority of users find the shoe perfect for running errands and activities needing a quick run or walk.
  • The shock absorbing midsoles help a lot in cushioning every step without the feet feeling tired after hours of walking according to several comments.
  • The Skechers Gratis - Going Places construction remains stable and durable despite its lightweight material.
  • Some customers find the outsole comfortably flexible to a wide range of movements and still maintain high traction on the ground.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some commented that the Skechers Gratis - Going Places could have been perfect except when it is raining as water could seep into the mesh material.
  • A few comments were noted on the mesh material wearing out at the heel affecting the shape of the shoe.
  • The rubber sole easily chips off on hard surfaces and show signs of wearing out after a few months of regular use.
  • The lack of arch support bothers some users with pronation problems.

Bottom line

Every woman wearing the Skechers Gratis – Going Places will undoubtedly go places with the lightweight faux nubuck and mesh material, shock absorbing midsole, and flexible high traction sole.  These features paired with the Air-Cooled Memory Foam insole makes this sneaker extremely comfortable for long runs and walks. The lightweight shoe is also convenient to wear on and off with its slip-on features that are a real value for money as each pair only costs $65.

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Casual
Collection: Skechers Casual Shoes
Price: $65
Colorways: Black, White
Size
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A top rated Skechers sneaker
A popular pick

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The slip-on design and stretchable bungee rope lacing of the Skechers Gratis – Going Places give it a secure fit that is supported by a padded collar and tongue.  The shoe comes in sizes for women in widths for medium and wide feet. The casual sneaker is available in US women’s sizes 5 to 13.

The Skechers Gratis – Going Places is a relaxed, casual sneaker for women that have comfort and mobility in mind since it was conceptualized. The comfy feeling is best experienced from the time an all-around woman quickly slips the feet into the shoe with its slip-on design and a smooth pull tab up front.

Further elevating this design is the balanced combination of mesh and synthetic nubuck and stretchable bungee lace at the front for easy slip-on and off.  A diamond-shaped cutout of the faux nubuck over the mesh also adds to the sporty looks of the sneaker.

The lightweight sneaker comes in an all-black and all-white colorway that is adaptable to various types of the outfit from short to long pants. The two colorways also make it a natural pair of different kinds of clothing since the colors are not too flashy or vibrant. The slip-on design makes this a perfect companion during travels, at work, or for running errands.

Most striking in the Skechers Gratis – Going Places overall slip-on design is its Air-Cooled Memory Foam that gives the wearer the ultimate comfort and stability while walking around town. This feature is supported by the shock absorbing midsole and a flexible rubber outsole that keeps the woman on the go on solid footing and prepared for the road ahead.

Los Angeles-based footwear maker Skechers has been manufacturing lifestyle and performance shoes since 1992. Father and son entrepreneurs Robert and Michael Greenberg established the enterprise in California after finding a niche market in producing casual shoes some 25 years ago.

In recent years, the company employed Hollywood celebrities such as Meghan Trainor, Kim Kardashian, Brooke Burke and Rob Lowe as endorsers to reach out to a younger footwear market.

Their Manhattan Beach headquarters became the ground zero for hip designs that initially were utility cleats and skate shoes for men and women. Skechers would, later on, expand their catalog outfitting children and further branching out into performance shoes and apparel.

This diversification effort of the Skechers’ footwear portfolio resulted in the creation of two divisions:  performance shoes and lifestyle shoes.

Skechers utilized heavily their signature Air-Cooled Memory Foam insoles that help boost comfort levels of their shoes while maintaining breathability and ventilation.The Memory Foam technology’s usage became the norm in most of the lifestyle shoe of Skechers since the early 2000s with the company improving the design with innovation that included Skech Air and flexible outsoles for a sleek air cushioned midsole.

The foam materials for midsoles were also upgraded through the years with the use of gel-infused lightweight material for added shock absorption.Women continue to be among the top buyers of Skechers shoes. In fact, more designs catering to women’s needs helped the brand increase its sales by as much as $3 billion in revenues in 2015. The company also employs more than 9,200 people in more than 503 locations where they are distributing, selling, and manufacturing worldwide.

With the likes of Meghan Trainor, Demi Lovato, Carrie Underwood, Brooke Burke, and Kim Kardashian as endorsers, it is highly evident that the Skechers has bee, through the years, targeting young teens and women to wear their hip and stylish designs. Among the designs recently launched in 2016 by the brand are the Skechers Gratis-Going Places that aims for women to have an on the go and convenient to wear a sneaks that can adapt effortlessly to a modern and fast-paced lifestyle.

The lifestyle footwear features the signature Memory Foam insoles and shock absorbing midsole cushioning to keep women’s feet feeling pampered despite the thousands of steps exerted in running or walking around the metropolis all day.

  • Inside comfort is enhanced by a soft fabric lining and padded collar.
  • A subtle S logo can be found on the side panel while stitching accents and zigzag details add to the aesthetic appeal of the Skechers Gratis – Going Places.
  • A ¾ inch built-in heel is placed on the back for the extra lift.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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