Skechers GoRun Ride 4

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Skechers GoRun Ride 4 Review Facts

The GoRun Ride 4 is a unique type of shoe that combines support and stability while still sticking with true racing aspects. Some of the key highlights are its low drop, flexible upper, and responsive ride. These features provide a comfortable fit that you’re sure to notice as soon as you put the shoes on. Skechers’ support system on this model is quite unconventional and presented in the form of their M-Strike technology. It’s a design that mimics the function of a rocking chair that not enough brands seem to utilize or get right. Its purpose is to provide runners with a more efficient heel to toe transition by enabling a forward rolling motion. This forward roll induces a landing on the midfoot rather than the heel so you keep that consistent motion through each step.

There are three models in Skechers’ running shoe lineup and the GoRun Ride 4 is the least expensive out of the bunch with a price tag well below $100 mark. The Ride 4 has gone through some significant improvements since the GoRun Ride 3. These updates have resulted in a shoe that’s noticeably lighter and much more responsive. Skechers is known (or not known enough) as a brand that’s fairly new to the running industry and just starting to pick up their momentum. Regardless, the GoRun Ride 4 is an example that proves the brand is serious about earning the respect of all runners.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Flexible upper adapts well to the foot
  • Reasonably priced
  • Ultra light-weight construction
  • Combination of low drop and rocker technology provides natural support and stability
  • Responsive Resalyte foam on the midsole
  • The quick Fit feature makes for easy on/off
Cons
  • Poor grip and traction
  • Cushioning is too firm
  • despite the flexible upper, they run small
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Positive
  • These are very stylish without compromising comfort, durability and support. Really great shoe and I would recommend.
  • I need a half size for wearing socks but they didn't offer that. I do love the shoe. Too it for 3 miles right when I received them and they felt great. They are a good relaxed running shoe and I use them as an everyday shoe as well.
  • Sketchers is getting better. The design is great and they are really comfortable. The weight is really good too. Not too heavy on my feet.
  • After doing some research on low drop shoes, this one came in right next to the Hoka for half the cost. I ran a triathlon in these and I am really happy with them. They are light and comfortable with really great absorption. The EVA technology is really soft yet holds, supports and is firm. Due to the softness of the sole, you can feel more rugged terrain. These have a wider toe box, which is nice and seem to be very responsive; these kinda feel like they talk back when you are running. These also encourage me to straighten out my fo. They are true to size as any shoe I have gotten and they really breath well. They are such a great shoe for the cost.
  • These shoes are perfectly fit to me and see to make me go faster. I have tried all the big brands and these just seem to be what I need. I run a lot and am training for a marathon. These are supportive and light and have a wider than average toe box while still holding my foot well in place.
  • I like shoes that let me perfect little flat feet do what they have to do, like I am barefoot. These are perfect. SO much in fact that I bought 2 more pair for back up. They have low arch interference and are so comfortable. These are so much different the the Go Run Ultras, which I dislike a lot. I do everything from errands to running and even agility training with my dogs and these cradle my feet with love.
  • These are way more stable than my Go Walk 3’s. They are wide in the toes and have superb comfort all over. They are right and for the price, they cannot be beat.
  • These are a pure mid strike shoe. They took me a little getting used to. They are improving my run form and speed and are really comfortable and affordable. I like these shoes A LOT and I am really happy the were way below my budget without sacrificing quality.
  • This shoe helped me with stabilizing my pronation without overload. It is very light and has a good heel drop. I am a heel striker and these have a great amount of cushion supporting this. I am enamored by this shoe, to say the least.
  • These have a longer outer sole and a wider toe box. They have a lot of structure to the arches and tons of support. These have a lot of cushion and re a bit heavier than I was expecting but by the end of my run, they did not bother me.
  • Lightweight, roomy, super cushioned shoe here. They do not have a ton of arch support but I fixed that wit an insole and they are great. These are great and I hope they last as long as my old pair of Saucony’s. I am a pleased customer.
  • I wore these for 12+ hours for work right out of the box and man oh man are they great shoes. I had no fatigue or pain. I use them now for my morning jogs. I could not have found a better shoe.
  • I need a bit more arch support than these offer because I have really flat feet. They are a great shoe though.
  • Skechers sends the shoe with the isole outside of the shoe so you know have the minimalist option. I am a fan of the extra toe room and they have a great flexibility to them. I used them with and without the insoles but I am not really telling the difference. They need some extra lace suport to keep the heels snug, I made my own. They are an OK shoe or what they cost.
  • They get real squishy when they are wet, in case anyone was wondering. They are really durable, lasting me around 400 miles. They fit to size as well and have great support.
  • These are less rigid than most other shoes I have tried. I do not even know why I try to look at anything but Skechers. These are the best shoes ever. They are comfortable and light and have a good price. I get hundreds of mailes out of there shoes and never have an issue. They are all the support I need for my feet.
  • I am glad these are fashionable yet great for running. They respond really well and have a lot of room in the toe box, especially without the insoles.
  • These are so light, I did not have any fatigue or ankle pain after a solid week or running and daily use. They are very comfortable and look great on my feet.
  • These have adjusted my over pronation and helped with me knee pain. And, They are super fly. I love the style and colors.
  • These are my running shoes. I have never had a blister or a pain with these shoes. They could be a bit more breathable but a small price to pay for the comfort and price.
  • Hammer toes + diabetes = problems finding shoes that fit me right. I am able to wear these throughout the day with no pain or pressure from swelling. The toe room is great and they have tons of support. Really great shoe Skechers!
  • These shoes most definitely run true to size. They are light and have a lot of cushion. I am happy with the comfort and design.
  • These are supportive without being heavy and bulky, which is hard to find in a decent priced shoe with good quality. I have bought 3 pairs of this style and never been disappointed. They last solid 400 miles on average, which is good in my opinion if you are running a lot. The 4th pair got here a couple days ago and seems a bit stiffer than my other 3 pair so I hope they work out. I didn't realize that when I ordered them that these pink ones were waterproof. I am using that as the reason for the stiffness. So, pay attention. I like that they have the waterproof option though. Who knew?
  • I use this shoe for my recovery running. This shoe is really soft and light. This is my second purchase of this shoe and I am in love with it. Although I have narrow feet, these seem to be just fine. Wide in the toes but comfortable.
Negative
  • These shoes gave me an injury and sme serious foot pain. The shoe is too soft and has no support to it. The continued to injure my foot when I tried to give them some break in time so I had to retire them within a few days. These are not made for high endurance, more of a speed walker errand shoe I think. The shoe is shaped weird too.
  • One shoe is a different shape and size than the other. I tried another pair and had no luck. These shoes just aren't for me I guess.
  • These are so big and wide in the toes it is awkward for me. The fit snug in the heel and then really open in the front. Not my style.
  • These did not feel secure do to the shallow heel part. They also did not work well with my orthotics so I returned them.
  • I love the Go Runs. These are a miss though. They redesigned the back of the ankle support and they are now cutting into my achilles. The shoe was perfect before so this is annoying. Going to have to switch shoes now.
  • I won’t be buying these again. I had to tape up the inside so the side seems didn't destroy my feet. They are very cheaply made.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

No changes have been implemented on the Ride 4's outsole from the last version. The outsole and midsole are actually one single unit. The underfoot carries what are known as Impulse Sensors. They bear the appearance of neatly patterned dots scattered through the bottom of the surface. They are strategically placed in high usage areas for added durability to prevent premature wear and tear. In addition, the sensors also help with providing smoother heel to toe transitions.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

One of the changes to the Go Ride 4 has been with Skechers’ proprietary Resalyte foam. Resalyte is a mixture of durable rubber and EVA foam. The change in the foam materials has resulted in a more firm and responsive platform. The GoRide 3 had a much more cushioned to it than this one and the extra softness did not work well with every type of runner. This time around, the firmer foam means that the body’s natural biomechanics are enhanced organically rather than having to rely on a padded midsole.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper has seen the most changes. The use of stitched overlays has been reduced in order to lessen the weight of the shoe. Instead, Skechers opted for the use of seamlessly welded overlays which provide a better fit, more flexibility and add durability.

The interior features a mesh lining which helps with breathability. Interior padding has been reduced and the walls in the heel area have been elevated for more structure and support. The rear area contains Quick Fit which is a feature that allows you to stick your finger through a loop and pull the heel toward you for faster fastening of the shoe.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The Go Ride 4 is a very light shoe with the men’s version weighing in at 7.8 ounces and the women’s at 6.2 ounces. The shoe’s light-weight construction is one of its several key highlights. A lot of the changes to the upper have helped with shedding off a few ounces such as the use of non-stitch overlays. By nature, stitched fabrics will always be heavier than their non-stitched counterparts. Furthermore, minor changes such as the removal of the eyelets and the implementation of the Quick Fit hole on the back help to condense weight.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Ventilation is a bit on the warm side. While bonded overlays are great for adding flexibility and reducing weight, the enclosed nature of this system constricts the ability of airflow to target the interior. The Ride 4 does have perforated outer mesh material but it’s limited to the front only. Consequently, there aren’t many areas on the shoe that allow for air to seep in. This is an area that could benefit from further improvements.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Breathability aside, the shoe’s overall comfort levels are substantial. The changes to the upper have resulted in a shoe that provides a comfortable glove-like fit. The top portion wraps around your foot securely and adapts very well to its movements during running. In and around the interior wall areas, padding has been perfected by incorporating just the right amount, not too much and not too little. This reduction has also benefitted with reducing weight and bulk.

As far as cushioning is concerned, Skechers did intend for this shoe to be firmer than the last. This could turn off some runners who relied on the softer platform that its predecessor provided.
Style
Style

Style

Skechers makes this shoe available in 3 colorways, all of which feature some combination of subdued colors with brighter tones. Skechers’ emblematic “S” logo is featured on its side. Also, the bonded overlays provide smoother contours which were a needed improvement for the shoe’s structural appeal. This version looks much cleaner and smoother than the last one which appeared to look too unfocused.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Taking a quick look at the outsole, it’s very obvious that it’s built in a very basic form with only the Impulse Sensors as the single feature that stands out. Other than that, there is no tread pattern, no use of lugs, or any other components that would normally be placed for the protection of the outsole.
Protection
Protection

Protection

A toe cap is located in the front part of the shoe in order to protect against any flying debris. Also, a long strip of leather is placed just above the toe cap — and while this extra piece of a material increases the weight of the shoe, it does serve as greater protection against the entire front of the foot. The raised heel collar also adds a measure of security by keeping the rear portion of the foot locked in place.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Responsiveness has seen the biggest change since the Go Ride 3 by the fact that the dynamics in the Resalyte foam have been altered to create a firmer platform. On top of this difference, Skechers’ rocker technology, M-Strike, adds to the response of the shoe. The heel is scooped up further up giving the shoe the rolling mechanism that gives runners a rocking motion during the gait cycle. Therefore, as runners land on their feet, their foot performs a forward roll that helps to propel more energy into their stride moving forward. The result is a seamless heel to toe transition with a boost of energy.
Support
Support

Support

Support is given through subtleties that promote the body’s own natural mechanics rather than through direct components. We’ve just described the way in which the shoe’s rocking-chair technology functions. On top of generating additional responsiveness, it helps with allowing your body to support itself rather than relying on specific components of the shoe. To be more specific, when your foot strikes the ground, M-Strike allows your foot to roll forward so that the result is a mid-foot strike rather than a heel strike. The shoe’s technology forces your body to use its own dynamics as support.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Go Ride 4 will serve you well over flat terrain like road, track, or for use on the treadmill. However, anything beyond that will not be a suitable match for the simplistic dynamics of the outsole. Other than Impulse Sensor technology, the outsole is not outfitted with any other features. Consequently, usage on rougher terrain will prove to be more detrimental for the shoe’s durability and is not recommended.
Price
Price

Price

The Go Ride 4 has been discontinued and has now been replaced by the Go Ride 5. The Go Ride series has always been the least expensive out of the Skechers running line. Price for the Go Ride 4 falls under $100 and can range as low as $50. On average, it’s priced around the $80 range. Skechers has always been known as a brand that provides good value in their footwear and the Go Ride series is no exception. However, there are other brands like Nike that make comparable shoes to the Go Ride and cost about the same price. Taking that into account, the Go Ride’s price tag may lose some of its appeal when matched against some of the other brands that have been in the running market for much longer.
Traction
Traction

Traction

This shoe has no specific features to provide traction. As we’ve just mentioned, the outsole has a very basic construction and does not include any treading, lugs, or any other features that are intended for grip. The outsole’s soft texture makes it inadequate for surfaces that require greater control. Therefore, running over flat and uncomplicated terrain is your best bet if you want to get the most out of the Go Ride 4.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Despite the use of some printed overlays on the upper, the Go Ride 4 has not lost any of its flexibility. It adapts very well to your foot and its movements throughout transitions. The upper hugs your foot in a comfortable and secure manner without any restrictions. In addition, the combination of the shoe’s physical attributes with the rocker technology results in a winning duo that exceeds the expectations of anyone looking to for a shoe that adapts to their foot’s movement with little to no effort.
Stability
Stability

Stability

Even though the Go Ride 4 falls into the racer category, it provides a generous amount of arch support. This extra boost provides your foot with the right amount of support to keep it stabilized during your runs. It’s also the distinguishing factor that sets it apart from more neutral-type racers that provide little to no stability features whatsoever.
Drop
Drop

Drop

Forefoot height measures 23 mm in the heel and 19 mm on the forefoot. The resulting drop offset is 4mm. The Go Ride 4’s drop measurement makes it another one of its key selling points. A runner can expect midfoot and forefoot landings with a considerably low heel to toe drop differential. Nevertheless, the Go Ride 4 still provides plenty of support and stability through its midsole platform. The benefit in having a low drop ratio is the fact that it promotes a more neutral heel to toe transition and eliminates heavy heel striking. By doing so, runners can enjoy the benefits of smoother landings and reduce their chances of injury.
Key Features of the GoRun Ride 4
Key Features of the GoRun Ride 4

Key Features of the GoRun Ride 4


  • 4 mm drop heel to toe offset


  • Skechers Resalyte foam material


  • Impulse Sensors located on outsole


  • M-Strike rocker technology


  • Seamless non-stitch overlay construction


  • Quick Fit loop for convenient fastening


Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Although they have yet to become an authority in the world of running, Skechers continues to improve and show they can produce running shoes capable of surviving in a competitive industry with giants such as Nike, Asics, or Adidas to name just a few. With every updated release, their running shoes become more refined and it's clear they are no longer held by the limitations of a casual footwear brand.

With shoes like the GoRun Ride 4 and others among its stature, they demonstrate their ability to design performance running shoes effectively. Skechers shows not only the ability to understand the technological concepts that other brands employ when engineering their running shoes. They prove that they can be just as innovative as well. This is reflected in concepts like the M-Strike and Reslyate material — two innovations that prove Skechers is able to put together its talent and creativity by producing two proprietary technologies that perform well enough to keep their running shoes our feet.

While there are areas that can be improved on the Go Ride 4, the shoe is essentially effective at providing what it sets out to do — that is to deliver a piece of running footwear that employs support and stability while still incorporating the essential racer ingredients such as light-weight construction and a low heel to toe offset. With this in mind, we can only anticipate what other great things can come out of Skechers as they start to garner more experience under their belt. It would be no surprise if we start seeing more Skechers footwear among elite marathoners as well.