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.
- Very flexible
- Extremely lightweight, feels like you're wearing nothing on your feet
- Amazing responsiveness
- Excellent airflow
- Thin outsole looks prone to wearing quickly
- A bit snug, more comfortable without socks
- Reflective material seemed to be 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.
Key Features of the Skechers GoMeb Speed 4
5Gen super energy-efficient midsole cushion
Goknit upper fits snugly and ventilates exceptionally well
Dupont Delrin plate positioned in midsole
Dupont Hytrel heel counter
Midfoot strike zone helps encourages natural footstrike
Parametric outsole construction