Originally posted on: August 16, 2013
This is my first review on A Runnah's Story and I am going to do a few things differently, than I have on my other blogs.
Most importantly - I don't care about what the manufacturer's marketing propaganda says, what other reviewers write or even what the shoe's stats are. Those things might mean something when I first buy a pair of shoes, but by the time I run 50 miles in them, the shoes are:
- given away,
- thrown in the back of the closet or
- a part of my regular running shoe rotation.
Another thing that worked well this time was not doing an initial running shoe review, they really don't mean diddly and you are parroting what the manufacturer's marketing information is, so that is going to be my standard ops from now on - no initial review.
Skechers GoRun Ride2's (GRR2)
I asked for and got these running shoes for my birthday a few weeks ago, because of my positive experiences with the Skechers GoRun2's. Since then I have done a trail run (shhhh still not supposed to), dirt roads, tar, a couple of 8.0 milers and have 52.3 miles on them.
What I like
Fit and feel:
The GRR2's are VERY comfortable, wide in the right places, doesn't have a heel counter and just feels comfortable to wear, whether I am running or walking in them.
My right foot, yes that one with the Tailor's Bunionette that has given me so many problems last spring hasn't bothered on any of my runs so far, which means that on longer training runs, I won't be compensating for the right foot pain and causing a host of other issues.
The GRR2 feels like it is much more cushioned than it is. It is not a sloppy marshmallow cushion feel, but more of knowing that yes, I feel the cushion and know that it is enough to protect my feet from whatever conditions are under my feet, without being too much.
The GRR2's are quiet: I don't slap or hammer my heels in them, which in my experience means that I am running more efficiently, plus I sneak up on people easier ;-).
For me to really like a running shoe, it must become an extension of my foot, to the point that I don't notice that I am wearing them, unless I think about it. So far the Skechers GoRun Ride2's have met this requirement with flying colors.
The reality is that
I have tried much more expensive running shoes from just about every brand out there, after all more expensive is supposed to mean a better running shoe - right? Luckily TheWife agrees that I need to get the running shoes that works best for me, even if we have to pay more for them. Yes, I am very lucky to have such an understanding wife, however, that doesn't mean that I can go out and buy $150 running shoes every couple of months - there is still a budget that I need to stay within.
Thankfully, Skechers are proving the Cost-More is Better theory wrong for me. They are the cheapest running shoes (list price) that I have bought in the last 2 years and they are the running shoes that I choose to run in almost exclusively now. The other 10 pair of running shoes I have lying around go unused. In fact I have put 6 pair into the give-away pile, made another pair into my lawn shoes and put into storage 2 other pair that are damn near brand new, just because I can't part with them yet after paying over $100 for them.
I try not to get too excited at the 50 mile mark for running shoes anymore, but so far I like so much to like about the GoRun Ride2's, that when it comes down to choosing which shoes to go for a run in, I have chosen the GRR2's almost exclusively since I got them and enjoying running in them.
I guess that statement more than any other sums up how I feel about the Skechers GoRun Ride2's - "I enjoy running in them."