Skechers GoRun Ride 4
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.
- 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
- Poor grip and traction
- Cushioning is too firm
- despite the flexible upper, they run small
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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
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.