Skechers Gorun Forza 3 Fully Reviewed
The Skechers Gorun Forza 3 is light stability running shoe that has just about everything. It is a shoe with a natural drop, made for overpronators and people with low and normal arches. The 3D structural mesh upper has some great stability features and provides a comfortable, snug fit, while the triple-density full-length foam midsole makes the shoe responsive, durable and stabilizes the forefoot instead of just ending midfoot – which isn’t that common, even with stability shoes. This is also the main difference compared to Forza 2, its predecessor. Forza 3 is arguably one of the best stability shoes on the market, and it’s worth every penny.
- Extremely durable outsole – up to 450-500 miles
- FLIGHT GEN™ triple-density midsole
- Flexible, provides swift toe-off
- Appealing sporty design
- 6mm natural drop that favors mid-strikers as well as mild heel-strikers
- Great stability features
- Supportive, great for mild overpronation, low and normal arches
- Everyday running shoe that can sustain marathons
- A few runners experienced blistering
- There is a lot of praise for the overall comfort and stability.
- The upper is comfortable yet sturdy.
- The flexibility of the upper won't add pressure to bunions.
- Buyers say this is a good update in the GORun Forza line.
- The materials are lightweight and won't weigh you down.
- The forefoot is roomy while the heel cup has a snug fit to prevent slipping.
- There are good reviews from people who wear these all day at work.
- There are good reviews from casual wearers and avid runners.
- These work well with orthotics.
- According to buyers, these can help people who overpronate.
- The upper dries quickly.
- Laces stay tied during runs.
- These have cushion without being too squishy.
- The cushioning and design helps to take stress off of knees.
- According to one runner, these work well for uphills and downhills.
- There are some sizing inconsistencies with other Skechers running shoes.
- The tongue design is not for everyone. It affects the fit of these shoes.
- There are a few reports of rub and blisters on the instep and ankle.
- These are not ideal for wide feet.
- A few reviewers report squeaking from the soles.
- The insole does not have as much cushion as some other Skechers.
- There are limited sizes.
- From the design of the laces, it is difficult to get a snug fit around the midfoot.
- One reviewer noted issues with the sole separating from the upper within the first 6 months.
- There are limited customer reviews on the long term durability.
- There are limited reviews from runners.
The thin flex grooves located mainly in the midfoot and the center of the forefoot area of the shoe make the sole flexible and able to move with the foot during the running session, providing smooth heel-to-toe transitions.
Additionally, the three layers do a great job of protecting the foot from shock impact during the landing phase of the gait cycle. This innovative midsole features an M-Strike configuration which enables the runner to feel the midfoot part of the foamy midsole as the point of ground contact, which not only provides a more efficient ride but also lessens the strain on the joints and bones that usually occurs with heel-striking.
On the back section of the upper is a supportive strap that adds a layer of stability, and the padded collar and molded heel provide comfort and discreet support. On the back of the heel is a practical pull-tab that makes putting the shoe on and removing it a breeze.
The widths available are B – Medium for the women’s version and D – Medium for the men’s. This isn’t a very wide shoe, but the snug, yet flexible upper will have no problem in adjusting to wider feet. A few runners have complained about blisters and a hard insole, but this isn’t unusual when switching from a cushiony neutral to a sturdier supportive shoe and it will go away after a few wears.
The triple-density midsole will prevent the arches from collapsing, while not being too aggressive with the sometimes overbearing support of stability shoes. Instead of going completely against your natural movements, this shoe is built in a way that ‘nudges’ you in the right direction.
The outsole flex grooves are shaped in a way that promotes the foot’s forward roll and provides a swift toe-off. While stability shoes don’t usually have (almost) any flex to them, the Forza 3 showcases how both can be achieved when the shoe is well thought-out.
Additionally, the sole of the shoe is wider than the shoe box, especially in the lateral forefoot and the lateral heel areas so that your foot always has a secure landing. The triple-density foam plays a crucial role in the category of stability due to the fact that it goes all the way to the forefoot, increasing its stability, instead of just stopping midfoot, as most stability shoes do.
● Lightweight FLIGHT GEN™ midsole with triple-density full-length foams
● Woven 3D structural mesh upper
● Very comfortable
● Good price point
● Extremely durable
● Road, track and treadmill shoe
● Appealing design
● Stability shoe suitable for overpronators
● Moderate flexibility
● Good responsiveness
This is a performance shoe that can be used for daily runs around the block as well as marathons. It provides more than enough energy-return and a bouncy ride. Although most runners agree that it’s a comfortable shoe, there are some who have experienced blistering and who think that the insole is too firm. However, this isn’t that strange for a stability shoe, it’s all part of the game.
Overall, this is a great light stability shoe that doesn’t have any great flaws. If you do require more stability, consider getting the Brooks Adrenaline. However, if you just need some gentle, mild gait correction with appealing design and immense durability, there really isn’t a shoe on the market that fits better into that description than the Skechers GOrun Forza 3.