The external pad of the Skechers Max Cushioning Elite is primarily made of ground contact foam, so the same material used for the midsole is also a part of what provides traction over the surfaces. A tread-pattern allows this foam to simulate the stickiness of traditional rubber.

Rubber is still a part of the outsole design. This grippy material covers the high-wear areas of the heel and forefoot, shielding these sections from wear-and-tear. Along with protection, it also provides a much-needed grip to permit the runner to be confident with every step they take.

Flex grooves are the elements that make the otherwise high-stack platform of the Max Cushioning Elite bend in conjunction with the foot as it goes through the gait cycle. The forefoot lift benefits the most as it involves foot flexibility the most.

The midfoot strike zone is a slightly convex platform shape that uses the midfoot part as its crest. The aim of this design is to encourage the foot to strike using the midfoot, a technique that supposedly eases the tension of the step and improves the quickness of the gait.


The midsole unit of the Skechers Max Cushioning Elite is made of the ULTRA GO™, a full-length cushioning unit that is meant to carry the foot throughout the running session. The twist with this piece is that it has a generous thickness that absolutely raises the foot far from the ground, ensuring that it is only buttressed by nothing but foam. Its cushioning capacity is also helped by its spring-back mechanics, so responsive steps can be achieved.


Form-welcoming comfort is the name of the game when it comes to the engineered mesh upper of the Skechers Max Cushioning Elite. The cloth-like nature of this material offers a wrap that is similar to a sock. It has a seamless design that prevents hot spots and irritation. Also, it has a stretchy and breathable configuration to permit it to maintain a cool, dry, and unrestricted ride. Engineered mesh is used by many running shoe series, including other max-cushion rosters like the Clifton from Hoka One One.

Lines of printed overlays grace the whole upper unit. These thin prints are tasked with bolstering the structural integrity of the facade, yet they’re not there to cover everything and limit breathability and form-welcoming comfort. Ventilation and stretch mechanics are preserved because of the minimalist implementation of these reinforcements.

The padded collar is a part of the upper unit that has the job of supporting the sides and the heel of the foot. This cushioned wall also prevents the foot from exiting the interior compartment, thereby maintaining anatomical positioning and confidence when increasing the speed and intensity of the motion.

The thin, anatomical tongue is made of a smooth textile that follows the shape of the bridge of the foot. It doesn’t crinkle quickly, so adjusting the shoelaces would not cause the material to bunch up and irritate the skin.

A traditional lacing system is used for the Skechers Max Cushioning Elite. Flat shoelaces snake through print-reinforced eyelets, covering a significant portion of the midfoot. Manipulating these strands would cause the fit to be tight or loose, and all that depends on the preferences of the wearer.


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