Skechers must have believed strongly in the Gorun before asking one of America’s best distance runners, Meb Keflezighi to sport their new prototype at The Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon. For one, the shoe actually resembles a running shoe. Secondly, it addresses the issue of mid-foot versus forefoot striking by promoting a mid-foot strike design.
Classification: Lightweight Trainer
Weight: 6.9 oz.
This shoe claims to allow your foot to move naturally and respond to the terrain on which you are travelling. It passed this test with flying colors. I ran a 180K week followed by a 190K week just to make sure they were legit. Side note: I have been running in minimalist footwear for a couple years. I ran technical trails, a 34K Long Run, and a couple workouts in the park with a Cross Country Team.
The heel drop is similar to other minimalist footwear on the market, however, the Gorun is designed to take you from your mid foot to your forefoot as opposed to landing directly on the forefoot. This may be a smoother transition for the ‘weekend warriors’.
This shoe actually feels like a slipper. Perhaps that is because of the “Sockless Running – Integrated OrthoLite™ anti-microbial sockliner”. I also have a bit of wider foot, thus I really enjoyed the wider toe box. The ‘bump’ in the middle of the shoe is very noticeable at first, but dissipates within the first couple kilometres.
Feedback: While the shoe appears to offer a cushioned ride, it leaves a little bit to be desired even for someone who is light on their feet. Furthermore, if I were racing in them, I would prefer a harder sole. Nevertheless, certainly a step in the right direction for Skechers.
Average retail price: $80 USD
About the Author: Brandon Laan is a runner, coach, and entrepreneur. He spent his undergraduate days at The University of Western Ontario where he captained the Cross Country Team before fleeing to Hawaii Pacific University for graduate school. He is a Level II Certified USATF coach and holds personal bests of 1:06 and 2:21 in the Half Marathon and Marathon respectively. He also enjoys running to eat, not eating to run…and always will.