The Skechers GOrun 7+ is the updated version of their GoRun. Sketchers has fallen off the map for a few years with their running shoes. This year, they are bringing back some of their favorite models. I haven’t run in Sketchers since 2014 or so, and that was before I had worked for years in run specialty, so this review feels like a blast from the past.
Since it’s been about 6 years since I’ve run in Sketchers, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve tried on various models of the Sketchers GoRun but haven’t put substantial miles in them. I heard and saw the GoRun 7. I’ve heard it had one of the worst uppers of any shoe, but the midsole was good. It didn’t fit me well, which is why I never purchased it.
Skechers GOrun 7+ Quick Stats:
Heel to Toe Drop: 4 mm drop
Skechers GOrun 7+ Fit:
The fit of the GOrun 7+ is what everyone’s eyes are on. You’ll be happy to know that Sketchers has completely redone their entire upper and fit. It sounds like Sketchres took the time to listen to customer feedback.
The upper of the GORun 7+ is a lightweight, breathable knit fabric. There is structure, but it doesn’t feel like it’s too secure or inhibiting. It fits like a glove and is how I like my running shoe uppers, simple and gets the job done. Knit uppers are great to reduce rubbing and friction, especially if you have bunions.
Fit-wise, the Skechers GOrun 7+ fits true to size. I typically wear a women’s size 10-11 wide, and the women’s size 10.5 fits well. I would probably choose a 10.5 wide if I had the option.
Skechers GOrun 7+ Ride:
Since this is my first time using the Skechers GOrun for substantial mileage, I wasn’t sure what to expect. It has a lot of cushion but also a nice energetic ride.
Sketchers uses a “pod design.” It uses 6 channels of varying depths along with the shoe. This allows the GOrun 7+ to be flexible but not as flexible as a minimalist shoe like the Nike Free. If you are looking for a flexible yet cushioned shoe, the Skechers GOrun 7+ might be one of the first choices.
The traction of the Skechers GOrun 7+ is one of the best because Skechers using Goodyear rubber. It’s a shoe I feel comfortable running in inclement conditions. With the Goodyear rubber, it’s also durable. I’ve run nearly 100 miles in the Skechers GOrun 7+, and I believe I’ll get the standard 300.
The midsole of the GOrun 7+ uses “Hyperburst.” It’s light, bouncy, and responsive. Running in the Skechers GOrun, 7+ feels fast and fun. I’ve done several types of runs in it, including long runs, easy runs, tempos, and workouts. It fits well into a daily trainer or something I would want to go faster in. I am shocked by how much I like the Skechers GOrun 7+. I was expecting it to be a fast or nondurable shoe, but it proved me wrong. I think it could even be a marathon racing shoe.
Skechers GOrun 7+ Conclusion:
I think Skechers has done a great job with the GOrun 7+. It’s clear that previous versions weren’t great, but they took in the feedback and made the shoe better. As someone who hasn’t run in Skechers for years, I can tell you this is just a great shoe. If you are looking for a cushioned, responsive, and lightweight shoe, you might want to try Skechers GOrun 7+. They aren’t just for fashion anymore.
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