Skechers GoMeb Speed 4
I recently got the chance to try out the Skechers GoMeb 4 and boy was I sad when I had to return them. I’ve been running in the same shoe for years. I simply purchase the new version whenever it seems like it’s time for a change and it’s now come to my attention that I clearly need to branch out. I’ve known for a while that shoe technologies have been getting better and better but I wasn’t quite convinced that it mattered until I slipped my foot into the GoMeb Speed 4.
Before you stop reading and head out to get a pair, I want to make it clear that the shoe was not perfect. A few caveats kept me from going out and buying a pair for myself, but I am most definitely interested in giving Skechers a shot. The brand that made me think of rocker-like shoes and fashion sneakers is clearly giving other performance running shoe companies a run for their money.
Thin outsole looks prone to wearing quickly
A bit snug, more comfortable without socks
The reflective material is coming off after just a few runs
Inside the shoe, there's an Ortholite sock liner. Thankfully, it has antibacterial properties. I found myself preferring to wear the shoe without socks (it's virtually seamless) so I was a bit concerned about my foot sweat stinking up the interior of the shoe. I would have preferred a bit more moisture wicking from the liner, but alas my feet probably sweat way more than a normal person's.
I do worry about the shoe's outsole, though. The Speed 4 is so flexible I could envision the outsole cracking when pushing off hard after months of use. Unfortunately, I couldn't confirm my suspicions since I only wore the shoe for a few weeks of running.
As a neutral runner, I didn't really notice these features so I'm not sure if they're just not very effective or very subtle. All I can say is that I felt stable wearing the Speed 4 and a lot of that secureness came from the fit of the upper.
I really liked the drop in this shoe. It seemed to work well with the responsive cushioning. Each step felt natural and I didn't feel weighed down or annoyed by the rearfoot of the shoe, which is a common occurrence for me with standard drop shoes.
- Goknit upper fits snugly and ventilates exceptionally well
- Ortholite insole
- Dupont Delrin plate positioned in the midsole
- Dupont Hytrel heel counter
- Midfoot strike zone helps encourages natural footstrike
- Parametric outsole construction