Shoe Review: Skechers GoRun Ride 7

An everyday trainer with improved cushion, support and agility and at a bargain price

Skechers Performance GoRun Ride 7

Price: $90

Specs: 6mm heel-toe offset; 30mm (heel), 24mm (forefoot)

Weight: 9.3 oz. (men’s size 9); 7.3 o.z. (women’s size 7)

The Scoop: This is an exquisitely cushioned high-mileage training shoe with a snug fit, a plush step-in feel and a pillowy soft ride. Skechers completely overhauled the previous edition of the GoRun Ride with a new flat-knit upper, slightly higher heel-toe drop and wider toe box that allows a bit more wiggle room. The new FLIGHT GEN midsole foam offers amazing shock absorption and a bit of energy return, although it wasn’t as energetic as the Skechers GoRun 6 shoe with a similar midsole.

Who’s It Best For: Long-distance runners who are training for longer races (10K and longer) and regularly doing once-a-week long runs. Our wear-testers generally thought this shoe feels as good in the latter miles of a run as it does early on in a run.

Plus: The shoe was designed with a noticeably “rockered” profile, which allows a runner’s foot to quickly pass from heel strike to toe-off.

Minus: Outside of built-up sidewalls and a small heel cup that offers a bit of structure in the rear foot, this shoe doesn’t offer much in the way of support or stability. For some wear-testers, the high stack height (30mm in the heel), soft foam and lack of structure led to some instability issues.

Adam W. Chase

Adam W. Chase has run more than 150 marathons and ultra-distance races. At this point in life, he writes faster than he runs and also serves as President of the American Trail Running Association and works as a lawyer in Boulder, Colo.