After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.
If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.
Originally posted on: February 15, 2014
I want to do something a little different from most running shoe reviews, which do a quick review of a relatively new pair of shoes (typically around 50 miles) and that is all you hear about them.
You know - how they work when they are new.
I know that most writers who write running shoe reviews have too many running shoes in the pipeline to do extended running shoe reviews and do not get very many miles beyond that initial review on any given pair of shoes. The misfortune of having too many pairs of running shoes ;-)
Unfortunately, my experience with my own 50 mile shoe reviews, is that too many pair of running shoes that I loved at the 50 mile point, turned into shoes that couldn't or wouldn't run anymore by the time I got to 100 or 200 miles.
Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be going through my running shoe collection and if I am no longer regularly running in a pair, do a retirement/get rid of it review.
Well I finally had a pair of running shoes that made it over that magical 400 mile mark.
The Skechers GoRun Ride 2's.
Yes, you are reading that correctly - the Skechers GoRun Ride 2's Gray/Orange that I purchased at Famous Footwear on September 25, 2013, they have 436.07 running miles on them and at least another 150 miles of walking in them, once I retired them as my primary running shoes.
But they are Skechers!
Yep, they sure are and they worked fantastically for me as running shoes before I retired them. There were the second pair of Skechers GoRun Ride 2's that I have bought.
The first pair was so comfortable that I was wearing them around everywhere, in addition to my running, so after 200 miles, I needed another for running.
Here are my other reviews of my Skechers GoRun Ride 2 (Gray/Orange):
What did I like about them?
The fit - the GRR2's are EXTREMELY comfortable for me, zero blisters in 436.07 miles
A wide toe box, that does not affect my Tailor's bunionette, there are no overlays or straps on the upper to irritate that region.
They are cushioned enough for long runs, while they are light and flexible enough to use for faster paced workouts.
They are very, very quiet when running or walking, unlike many running shoe, in which I slap the ground/pavement every time I land. The GRR2's help/allow me to land without that irritating and efficiency robbing slap.
The rockered sole, promotes more of a mid-foot landing and which I believe helps me to run more quietly and efficiently.
No heel counter, to irritate or cause blisters/scars on my heels or below the ankles, many running shoes with a stiff or plastic heel counter cause blisters below my ankle or on my heel. I know your feet will toughen up and develop a callous where the shoes rub, but if I do not have to go through that pain, why should I? With the GRR2's I never had any blisters, even when running in wet or nasty conditions.
Sole Wear - the wear on the sole of the GRR2's is less than I would have expected and what I normally see at the 200 mile point or less for many other running shoes. This is the part that worried me when I first bought them. How long would the foam bottoms last before I couldn't run in them - they did just fine - actually a lot better than fine - they did GREAT!.
There is still plenty of tread left for a lot more miles even after over 400 miles, if I had chosen to keep running in the GRR2's
Uppers - except for a couple of loose pieces of thread, the uppers look practically brand new. No, I certainly haven't babied these shoes, I have run on muddy trails
nasty snow/slush covered roads, and I haven't had any issues with the uppers.
I really like the lack of overlays and straps on the upper.
To me they are a nice looking running shoe, because there is not a lot of stuff added on the upper. It is very functional and understated, but I like it.
What I did not like about them?
Small rocks would get stuck in the sole. They would come out easily (unlike some other brands - Nike Free), but sometimes during the run that tap, tap, tap on the tar would drive me nuts and I would have to stop and clear the rock.
The removable insoles, sock liner/foot bed or whatever you want to call it, wore out completely at around the 350 mile mark and I should have replaced it at that point, well actually at the 300 mile mark, since that is when the wear caused the right shoe to irritate my foot a little.
Availability - there are no local dealers that carry the Skechers Performance Line and the box store where I bought them is hit or miss about whether they have my size in stock. So if you want to actually try these or other Skechers running performance shoes on before buying them, I can't locally and have to rely on generous return policies.
Why did I retire these running shoes?
The wear on the insoles was affecting how they felt on my feet, which I thought meant that the GRR2's were done. Plus I had received another pair of running shoes (different brand) for Christmas that I had wanted to try since last June. So it was less of a retirement and more that I simply stopped using them for running and they turned into my primary walking and daily wear shoes.
Once I replaced the insoles, guess what - the irritation I had felt went away. Now I wouldn't hesitate to take them out on a 10 mile run or any other run that I do.
Does this mean that I am going to put them back in my daily running shoe rotation - no. As much as I liked the GRR2's, my present running shoe rotation is doing quite nicely and adding these back into the mix would not serve any real purpose other than to get a different style of running shoe going.
Hey, isn't that what is in the news now, have a varied running shoe rotation, mmmmm maybe I will use them for my crappy weather running days??? We will see on this one, but in my mind they are pretty much retired.
Would I buy these running shoes again?
In a heart-beat. I really, really liked the plush feel and how comfortable they are for me to run and walk in. They did a great job for me and I bet if I wanted to I could run many more miles in this pair, before they needed to actually be replaced.
The reality is that
The Skechers GoRun Ride 2's are the first running shoes that I have had in many years make it to over 400 miles of running, some have come close, but none have made it for a long time.
If I had changed out the sock liner when it started bothering me at around 300 miles, these would have gone a lot further without any other issues.
I liked the GoRun Ride 2's enough that I have bought two pair of them and tried the GoRun Ride 3's. Although most of the updates to Version 3 were great and made them a better running shoe than the 2's, due to my Tailor's Bunionette, the strap coming down on the outside of the foot bothered me and I decided to go in a different direction (See my GRR3 initial run and Improvements to My Shoes posts).
However, if I get an opportunity to pick up a pair of GoRun Ride 2's on the real cheap, I will.
Remember your experiences and expectations might be different than mine were with these shoes, but they did work very well for me.
Don't let the name Skechers scare you off, their performance line of running shoes, compares very well to ANY other running shoe manufacturer (in my opinion) and I have a feeling that I will be running in Skechers again in the future.