Skechers GoStrike

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Skechers GoStrike Review Facts

The Skechers GoStrike running shoes are a plain and simple looking slip-on running shoe. Customers seem to like the simple look of these as they are able to wear them with just about anything, whether they are at the gym, out for a run, or casual daily wear. Do not let the laces on these shoes fool you, they are just for show, as these are meant to just slip-on. The snug, soft mesh knit material that makes up the upper of this shoes fit you like a glove and feels like a sock when you are wearing them for amazing comfort and exceptional flexibility. The upper allows for great airflow so you will not have to worry about your feet overheating. The shoes are best used if you are running on flat, non-abrasive surfaces or working out in a gym, so if you are looking for a pair of shoes for running trails or dirt roads then you may want to consider something else. Customers stated that these shoes do fit true to size which is something to keep in mind when ordering online. Even though they are true to size, customers have commented that the opening of the shoe is a bit narrow and it can become awkward to put your foot into them. Overall, however, these are a pretty good and comfortable running shoe that customers would recommend.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Customers love the way they fit
  • Comfortable with a cushiony sole
  • Stylish and unique look
  • Supportive
  • Very affordable and budget-friendly 
Cons
  • Foot opening is a bit narrow
  • Does not offer a lot of stability
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Skechers GoStrike is made out of a lightweight durable rubber. These shoes feature a multi-directional pattern on the bottom that will help to improve your traction.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the Skechers GoStrike is super lightweight which is important in any running shoe. The midsole is made out of a high-rebound cushioning for superior comfort and excellent responsiveness. The EVA foam midsole has been used in the midsoles of shoes for as far back the 1970's and we are still using those materials today. EVA foam is made out of two different types of plastic, with about 60% ethylene and about 40% vinyl. The foam also has bubbles, or air pockets introduced to it to provide you with a spongy midsole that will keep you comfortable throughout the day.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper of the Skechers GoStrike is made out of a soft, woven mesh that customers love. These shoes fit like a glove and the material feels like you are wearing a sock. The mesh knit gives you amazing airflow which is important to keep your feet cool and dry, especially when you are out for a long run or you have to be on your feet all day. The upper also allows for impressive flexibility which you will love, as you do not want to have to worry about the movement of your feet being restricted by a stiff and uncomfortable upper. The upper is the best feature about the GoStrike and you will fall in love with them the first time you wear them.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Everything about these shoes is made to be as light as possible. The midsole, with the EVA foam, gives you a light and springy feel which is great for you when you are on the run. The upper is also lightweight, with the mesh sock-like knit fabric that is made to be soft, comfortable, and light. It is important to have a light running shoe, especially if you are running longer distances or running for speed. It is just extra energy you have to use up when you have heavier shoes. When it comes to running, lighter is always better. These shoes weigh in, on average, at only 6.5 ounces for a men's size 9 shoe, which is pretty low compared to some other running shoes.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

It is important to have a pair of running shoes that are going to allow maximum airflow. You need to have some kind of ventilation in your shoes to prevent your feet from overheating and to help keep you dry and comfortable. The Skechers GoStrike is amazingly breathable. The way the upper is designed, with the mesh knit materials, allows for a lot of airflow to your feet. You would be miserable if you had to spend a whole day, whether running or not, in a pair of shoes that you felt like your feet were suffocating in.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

These shoes are exceptionally comfortable and customers love that about these. The Skechers GoStrike running shoes have an extremely comfortable upper, made out of a lightweight mesh fabric that fits you like a glove. Customers say that the upper almost feels like you are wearing a sock. In addition to the upper, the midsole is super comfortable as well. The EVA foam that makes up the midsole provides you with super high rebounding cushioning that makes you feel like you are walking on a cloud, according to some reviewers. It is great that these shoes are so comfortable, as your feet will thank you when you take them out for a nice long run, or if you are on your feet all day.
Style
Style

Style

The Skechers GoStrike running shoes have a very plain and simple look to them which works well for many customers. They like that they are simple and they will go with just about any outfit, whether they are going out for a run or they are wearing them as casual shoes throughout the day. There are a couple color options that you can pick from. You can choose charcoal, white, black and white, navy, or black and gray. Some customers have commented that they wished there was a bigger selection of colors to choose from, but for many, they are happy with the colors they have available to them.

The shoes do feature what looks like a lacing panel on the front of the shoes, however, this is strictly for aesthetics. The shoes are meant to slip on your feet and do not tie. The shoes are ankle high, which customers seem to enjoy, rather than other traditional low top shoes. Overall, customers are happy with the look and style of these running shoes.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Durability is important when you are considering investing your hard earned money on anything, including running shoes. You do not want to spend a lot of money on something just for it to fall apart shortly after purchasing it and having to spend more money to replace it. You will not have to worry about that with the Skechers GoStrike running shoes, they are quite durable and customers have not had anything bad to say about how long they last. The mesh knitted fabric that makes up the upper can hold up pretty well and does not wear down as quickly as some other running shoes. The midsole is also strong and can stand up to the repeated beating they take when you are pounding into the pavement with each step you take. You will not have to worry about premature wear and tear with these running shoes.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Skechers GoStrike running shoes provide you with various means of protection. The outsole of the shoes has multi-directional patterns on the bottom to give you good traction so you are safer from slips and falls and therefore preventing any injury that may occur from that. In addition to the traction, the thick and comfortable cushioning of the EVA foam midsole provides excellent shock absorption so you are taking away some of the impact on your knees and ankles when you are running. The snug, sock-like upper hugs your feet and stabilizes them within your shoe offering even more protection to prevent your feet from sliding around in your shoe when you are walking or running.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Skechers GoStrike running shoes are exceptionally responsive. Customers love that little bounce in their step they get when they are running or walking in these shoes. The thick layer of EVA foam that makes up the midsole is infused with little air bubbles that give you a little extra spring while cutting back on some of the weight, giving you the perfect mix of lightweight comfort and responsiveness. Having a pair of running shoes that are responsive are ideal because they will give better energy return with each step. A higher energy return means you do not have to use as much energy to propel yourself into the next step helping you to run harder and faster with slightly less energy.
Support
Support

Support

Support is essential when choosing what kind of running shoe is best for you. The Skechers GoStrike is considered a neutral running shoe and they are intended for those runners and walkers who do not have the tendency to overpronate or supinate (roll your feet either inward or outward). If you are one of the thousands of runners who does have pronation problems then you should consider a different type of shoe to lower your risk of injury to your joints caused by unnecessary pressure. If, however, you have a neutral gait then these shoes will be great for you as they will offer you a decent amount of support.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Skechers GoStrike running shoes are best used when you are running or walking on flat, non-abrasive surfaces such as smooth roads, tracks, or treadmills. These shoes do offer a multi-directional pattern on the outsole for better traction, but it is still recommended that you do not venture off the beaten path with these shoes. If you are looking for something to wear while running on dirt paths, wooded trails, or gravel roads then you may want to consider a different pair of shoes; however, if you are looking for something to wear to the gym, to get some mild road running in, or you want to hit the treadmill then these are going to be the perfect pair of shoes for you.
Price
Price

Price

The MSRP (manufacturer's suggested retail price) of the Skechers GoStrike running shoes comes in at $69.99 which is on the cheap end for other lightweight running shoes. Customers love that they can get an affordable, budget-friendly pair of shoes that are made to last. It is nice to know that you will not have to replace these shoes due to premature wear and tear and you will not have to spend your hard earned money on replacing them.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The Skechers GoStrike running shoes have fairly decent traction when you are wearing them on the recommended flat, non-abrasive surfaces. The shoes feature a multi-directional pattern on the bottom that help to deliver great traction and prevent slips and falls. If you are running off the beaten path be cautious as these shoes may not have the best traction on other surfaces.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The knitted mesh upper of the Skechers GoStrike makes sure that your feet will have the freedom to move as naturally as possible while still offering comfort and support. Customers have commented that these shoes are snug and feel like a sock, but they are not restrictive and they can still move their feet. You will not have to worry about feeling like your feet are in a prison when you are wearing these shoes.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Skechers GoStrike running shoes are not marketed as a stability shoe, so that is definitely something that you should keep in mind when purchasing them. That being said, these shoes do offer a little in the way of stability. The upper fits like a glove and they lock your feet into place to help stabilize you within the shoe. The midsole is cushiony and not as firm as some would like as they may be too soft to offer the kind of stability they are looking for.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The drop of a shoe is simply the measurement of the incline from heel to toe. There is unfortunately not a lot of information on what the drop is of the Skechers GoStrike running shoes actually is. The average drop of running shoes, however, run between 8mm and 12mm with most running shoes having a drop of 10mm.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

-Soft and snug mesh fabric upper
-Rubber outsole with multi-directional traction
-Midsole made out of responsive EVA foam
-Super comfortable and great breathability
-Slip-on shoes
-Plain and simple design
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you are looking for a plain and simple slip-on running shoe then you have come to the right place. The Skechers GoStrike is great for people who are looking for something to wear on runs, working out in a gym, or simply as a casual shoe. Customers love that they are so comfortable and they last a long time. With such an affordable price tag, customers seem to recommend these to their friends, family, and fellow runners.