Skechers GOrun 4

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The Sketchers GORun 4 is a remake of the GR4 Collection. This shoe is totally different from its predecessors and seems to have undergone a top to bottom overhaul which makes it unique, appealing and more comfortable. The shoe is specifically designed for training and racing in half marathons. The new revised design incorporates revised GoKnit and M-Strike technology that makes the shoe more comfortable, versatile, durable, lightweight and appealing. Fans of the previous versions should not be worried that their favorite shoe has been ruined because this is a clear upgrade of its predecessors but it still embodies the characteristics that make Sketchers more appealing.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Has an upper synthetic mesh that creates an extremely breathable shoe that is also lightweight. Has an improved Vari-Lock lacing system that increases security and fit of the shoe. Has stitched overlays that add overall structural support to the shoe. Made from M-Strike Technology that allows the user to do balanced, midfoot striking and create efficiency and smooth transition between strides. A one-piece seamless upper section, made from GoKnit technology, designed to create a more snug fit. The outsole has Goimpulse sensors which are designed to offer feedback and flexibility Reinforced and translucent eyelets for increased durability.

Cons

An extremely firm ride because it is stiffer than the previous versions. Has a narrow design along the toe that makes it more snug and tight during training as compared to its predecessors. The technology used to make it an exact fit makes it half-a-size larger than the normal size.

Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the shoe is designed and incorporated with Resalite foam which makes it a tad bit softer than its predecessors. The foam creates a more flexible and extremely responsive effect that cushions the fit and absorbs the impact of walking or running. There is also an incorporation of rubber lugs at the sides of the shoe to increase the grip and traction of the shoe. However, extra precaution must be taken when maintaining the shoes because the rubber lugs wear out quickly if not maintained correctly.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of this shoe is completely composed of Resalite technology that packs it’s with lightweight foam. This makes the shoe quite firm and responsive when in use. The midsole material is also thin and firm and the user can have a better feeling of the ground which increases its flexibility and responsiveness. The midsole is also designed with the M-strike technology. The M-strike is an acronym for Midfoot-Strike Technology. This design injects firmer EVA foam at the middle of the midsole which provides the user with a landing pad enabling balanced midfoot striking and efficiency in the strides.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper part of this shoe is regarded as the most comfortable part of the shoe. It incorporates the most quality and revised technology found in the market today. It is designed with GoKnit technology that makes the mesh have the right amount of stretch and breathability. This combined with the light weight of the shoe makes the wearing experience more desirable. Most people have likened this experience to wearing your favorite socks. The upper part then hugs the midfoot creating sufficient but narrow toe room. The lacing technique used in this shoe is quite outstanding. The laces are made of stretchy fabric which increases comfortability by stretching when pressure is applied to them.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The standard weight of the Sketchers GORun 4 is 221g for the men’s shoe and 150g for the women’s shoe. Even though this weight is a slight increment as compared to earlier versions of the shoe, the weight of the shoe is unnoticeable and is distributed evenly and in the right areas. The shoe is generally characterized with a proprietary light injection-molded compound which has increased memory retention that is responsible for absorbing impact and also protecting the foot from any retraction impact during the primary heel contact phase and also augments the responsiveness of the shoe.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

This shoe is extremely breathable thanks to the stretchy mesh that is used to create the upper part. It allows for free circulation of air. The breathability of this shoe is compounded the stiff tongue wedged in the middle of the upper part which provides the structure that allows for sufficient aeration during practice.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The comfortability of this shoe cannot be overstated or undermined. The entire upper part is designed to mimic the sock wearing effect which makes it more comfortable. Additionally, the upper mesh is quite porous and enables the wearer to feel more comfortable by increasing the aeration of the shoe will on a run. The technology incorporated into the design creates increased cushioning and responsiveness. It almost as if the shoe is supporting the wearer instead of the other way round.
Style
Style

Style

Edgy, fun, creative, dynamic and functional are just a few adjectives that can be used to describe the style of this shoe. Most of the colors used in the upper part of this shoe are colorful and dynamic. These colors embody the culture being transmitted by the shoe. From the colorful laces to the dynamic lining, these shoes are here to stay and are a definite fashion statement.
Durability
Durability

Durability

When someone sees fabric mesh on top of a shoe, they are often inclined to question its durability. However, the GoKnit technology used in creating the upper mesh is quite advanced and includes industrial strength fabric coupled with seamless lining software that eliminates the risk of wear and tears from friction. The rubber lugs on the outsole provide structure and protect the midsole from wear and tear. In general, this shoe is quite durable but not as its predecessors. This is because some of its calculated durability was traded in for its lightweight.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The worst injuries that most athletes develop are those from using substandard shoes. This is because their feet spend most of their time enclosed in shoes and there is a need for constant reassurance on the protection offered by the shoe. This shoe incorporates stiff tongues, flexible lacing technique, revised foam technology and advanced equilibrium technology to achieve optimum protection for the foot in each stride.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The shopping experience for the perfect shoe has always been likened to mattress shopping. Both experiences are defined by the protection, responsiveness, and style of the product. This is because just as we are scientifically programmed to spend one-third of our lives in bed just as athletes are programmed to spend two-thirds of their lives in running shoes. As such, one must carefully consider the level of responsiveness offered by this shoe. The responsiveness of this shoe is out of this world. The use of both Resalite and M-strike technology makes the shoe extremely responsive.
Support
Support

Support

The incorporation of both advanced M-strike technology and Resalite, as mentioned before, sets this shoe apart. The compacted EVA foam used in the M-strike technology ensures that the runner is properly supported by creating an equilibrium thus eliminating the need for extra support. On the other hand, the Resalite, an injection-molded compound ensure extreme cushioning and responsiveness creating mechanical support.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

As this shoe is made for extensive training and half marathons its features have been adapted to be used in almost all terrains. The rubber lugs increase the grip on the foundation, the compacted firm in the midsole creates a responsive cushioning that ensure a runner has an elevated feel to the ground.
Price
Price

Price

Depending on the size and color of the shoe, it can run anywhere from $70-$100. This is quite inexpensive as compared to its predecessors and has more to offer.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The best running shoes are ones that offer maximum traction while on the track. These shoes are designed to offer the runner increased traction of the ground by lowering the midsole.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Everybody has different unique strides that characterize their running and physical activity. Flexibility is an important aspect of being able to achieve maximum results per stride. This shoe is extremely flexible and can easily conform to a runner’s stride. At optimum flexibility, the runner will achieve maximum results.
Stability
Stability

Stability

Any runner knows that different terrains have different obstacles which often challenge their stability. To achieve the best stability, the runner must adapt his running style and strives to conform to the terrain. This is often strenuous and challenging. This shoe has a wider base courtesy of the compacted foam and rubber lugs on the outsole which increases the stability of the runner. Also, the outsole is roughened with nodes that obtain maximum traction and grip that contributes to its overall stability.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The heel to toe drop is 5mm for both women and men. This is one of the most balanced drops witnessed in the running industry.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

•Synthetic Sublimated upper mesh that creates extreme breathability and comfortability.

•Side TPU overlays that increase structural support and offer a more exact fit.

•M-Strike technology that promotes midfoot equilibrium and creates a fluid transition between strikes.

•Resalite technology that increases responsiveness and overall cushioning of the foot.

•Advanced lacing technique that offers flexibility when pressure is applied.

•An advanced midsole that increases traction and support.

•Quick Fit Portal heel tab that makes it easy to insert one’s foot.

•Reinforced and translucent eyelets for increased durability.

•Smooth fabric lining that makes the shore comfortable

•Stitched overlays that add overall structural support
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

To sum it up, Sketchers GORun 4, are an advanced, recommended and versatile update to the previous versions. The overhaul improvements on the shoe make it more dynamic and comfortable for runners. The price comparison to its features is at a balanced equilibrium which infers an economical decision.