Skechers Skech Flex 2.0

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Originally a lifestyle brand, Skechers has become a solid, well-rounded company that provides a full range of shoes from light-up kids shoes to a charity-focused brand to an award-winning performance shoe. Since 1992, the evolution of Skechers has been the definition of growth. One of the founders of LA Gear and his son established the company with the intent of distributing Doc Martens but they opted to manufacture and sell their own line instead. Today, they have over 3,000 styles available in over 160 countries around the world. They have captured that successful performance ethic and rolled that into their products. This is evident in the Skechers Skech Flex 2.0.

These highly flexible, shock absorbing shoes are lightweight, true to size, and feature a nearly 1-piece fabric upper. The Skechers Skech Flex 2.0 are incredibly breathable but have a fully supportive feel. The stitching is key in this model as the padded collar and tongue both are reinforced and the accents on the exterior contribute to the support of the upper. The toe has stability weave panels to keep the foot in line and the sides, heel and lace enclosures feature a smooth, synthetic detail for additional durability against the strain of activity on the material. With a midsole of Air Cooled Memory Foam along the full length and an outsole of sturdy rubber with additional traction-focused design, the Skechers Skech Flex 2.0 is beyond comfortable and ready for your next race.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Skech knit mesh fabric upper for a cool, breathable run
  • Air Cooled Memory Foam footbed for a cushioned, comfortable insole
  • Highly flexible shock-absorbing outsole
  • Lightweight materials throughout the shoe for less foot fatigue and extreme comfort
  • Padded collar and tongue
  • Lace up in addition to sock-like fit for the perfect individual fit
Cons
  • Reviewers claim that these shoes are not great in the rain as the additional traction design on the outsole allows water in through the base
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The rubber outsole of the Skechers Skech Flex 2.0 is highly flexible. With articulated, deep grooves fully across the foot from heel to toe, the sole will flex with your foot naturally with each step. The coverage areas also have a triangle pattern with a cutout around the shape of the foot. Each level of traction will enable use in any terrain, allowing maximum flex with the foot as well as any obstacles in the way. Connected to a shock-absorbing EVA foam midsole and an Air Cooled memory foam insole, the base of this shoe feels almost non-existent.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the Skechers Skech Flex 2.0 is an EVA foam construct, articulated from heel to toe. The deep grooves run through both the midsole and the outsole for maximum flex with the natural range of the foot. An Air-Cooled Memory Foam insole also covers the full length of the foot, providing a fully cushioned, comfortable base. The foam design will help to absorb the impact of the activity, protecting knees and legs from high contact fatigue and overuse.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper of the Skechers Skech Flex 2.0 is a lightweight, Skech knit mesh fabric, built in nearly one single piece, encompassing the majority of the foot with a bootie that fits as snugly as a glove. This creates a combination of a comfortable and breathable fit. The engineered mesh fabric panels are designed exclusively for cooling and allowing air to flow through the shoe unencumbered. Skechers also incorporated padding into the tongue and collar. They’ve also added a smooth, synthetic detail at the heel, toe and along the laces for increased durability and to reduce fraying.
Weight
Weight

Weight

This shoe is described as a lightweight shoe. That is supported by the breathable mesh upper, synthetic overlays and articulated midsole/outsole combination. Each attribute reduces potential weight. Weighing just about 10 ounces, depending on sizing, this shoe will feel extremely light on your foot.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The Skechers Skech Flex 2.0 features a lightweight Skech knit upper with mesh fabric panels that encourage fresh air flow into the shoe for a cool, dry feel. The near 1-piece sleeve is a mesh, breathable fabric making for a comfortable fit. The engineered construction of the upper ensured Skechers that they could keep the Flex 2.0 lightweight and comfortable without sacrificing any cushion. Even on a long run in the middle of summer, runners won't be complaining of sweaty feet.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Skechers has created a name in the performance footwear industry, despite their reputation for being a lifestyle shoe manufacturer. With a focus on performance, the designers are also responsible for ensuring a great fit, a durable product, and a comfortable experience. They have done that and more with the Skechers Skech Flex 2.0. With a near 1-piece upper, additional cushioning on the tongue and collar, a soft fabric shoe lining, relaxed fit design for even the widest feet, and an Air Cooled Memory Foam insole along the full length of the foot, they have checked all the boxes.

The lightweight, snug, mesh upper keeps feet cool but adds support at the same time. Additional stitching around the foot, all-around cushioning, and a padded collar and tongue create a soft feel all around the foot. The breathable mesh upper allows air into the shoe while creating an even more comfortable fit.
Style
Style

Style

The design of the Skechers Skech Flex 2.0 is similar to most Skechers but with an updated articulated midsole and outsole design, showing a sleeker, more current appearance. The main is a black or white design with a two-tone midsole/outsole combination. Skech Flex 2.0 is written across the midsole and the familiar S for Skechers is on the outside of the foot. The tongue showcases the Air Cooled Memory Foam feature of the shoe in a contrasting color, encouraging you to try it on.

With a near 1-piece engineered mesh structure, the entire upper is a snug, form-fitting piece. The fabric panels are dual purpose for additional cooling and to add to the design. The mesh material blends with the shoe’s overall color, adding to the dramatic design effect. Flat laces stay close to the shoe, minimizing the appearance of anything not in complete order.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The Skechers Skech Flex 2.0 is exactly what you expect from a Skechers product. The rubber outsole is thick and comfortable with an articulated midsole/outsole combination for traction and insane flexibility. The thickness of the rubber is fairly standard with a traditional makeup but appears thicker with the exterior design. These shoes should be expected to last the average number of miles with daily use. If rotating them into a cycle with other shoes, they should last considerably longer. With so much focus on breathability, the Air Cooled Memory Foam insole should also stay in good condition since there will be less heat and sweat to break down the inner padding and lining. As more of a lifestyle shoe, the Skech Flex 2.0 should last for a decent amount of time as there is typically less strain and not as much stress on the construction.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The evolution from lifestyle shoe to performance shoe means Skechers is doing something right. Marathon runners have featured their shoes for good reason. This company is focused on performance, comfort, and protection. The excess flexibility added into the midsole/outsole combination with the articulated design allows the foot to flex wherever it naturally flexes, without resistance from a hard rubber outsole. The more shallow grooves provide additional traction on various surfaces, enabling better traction on rocky surfaces or to compact surfaces with obstacles. The breathable upper enables air to flow through the shoe, reducing sweat and speeding evaporation of any moisture that does accumulate. This reduces slipping, rubbing, chafing and blisters. Extra cushion around the collar holds the foot in place while also reducing any rubbing or blisters. And, even though the design is nearly a single piece upper, Skechers kept the laces so that people can tighten the shoe as needed in order to ensure a more secure fit and to minimize the event that the shoe slips.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Skechers Skech Flex 2.0 is a lightweight, reasonably responsive shoe. With an EVA foam midsole working together with the rubber, high traction outsole; it absorbs shock more than adding a response. Since this model is more about comfort than performance, it still measures fairly well in this department.
Support
Support

Support

The engineered mesh fabric upper on the Skechers Skech Flex 2.0 is lightweight yet remains supportive over the entire foot. The design is such that it hugs the foot securely while still allowing the flexibility necessary with a natural step. A near 1-piece mesh sleeve holds the foot steady for a comfortable fit with the additional stitching acting as scaffolding to the sock-like upper. With the articulated midsole/outsole design and cutouts and triangle pattern for traction, the outsole supports the full movement, providing stability and traction as needed.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Skechers Skech Flex 2.0 is a lifestyle shoe but can also be considered for the road and additional versatile terrain. The shoe will be most effective on roads, clear pathways, compact tracks, and treadmills but should easily handle light to medium trails and gravel roads. The articulated midsole/outsole combination with cutouts and triangle traction pattern increases terrain capabilities for whichever you choose.
Price
Price

Price

As a lifestyle shoe, you’d expect the Skechers Skech Flex 2.0 to be near the higher end, especially given that it has an updated look, an extremely comfortable fit and an outsole that accommodates almost any type of use you’d put to it. But the nice thing is that it isn’t. This shoe has a middle-of-the-road price that is comparable to other lifestyle shoes of its caliber. The quality is more than worth the number you’ll find.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The outsole of the Skechers Skech Flex 2.0 is comprised of a rubber, articulated design that cuts through both the outsole and midsole. An additional cutout line circles around the entire foot and smaller triangle pattern cutouts are located throughout in the remaining coverage areas. The articulation allows the foot to flex anywhere it would naturally without resistance from a rubber base. This reduces foot fatigue and ankle strain when wearing the shoes for prolonged periods of time. It also saves the foot from the potential strain of a forced flex when shoe design dictates it. With the base of the shoe flexing with each footstep, the foot will not get tired so quickly and a longer distance can be reached.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The engineered mesh fabric panels of the upper on the Skechers Skech Flex 2.0 allow for a higher degree of flexibility to the top of the foot than with alternative uppers. The articulated design and cutouts in the midsole/outsole combination emphasize flex and encourage a natural bend throughout the forefoot. The benefit of the EVA foam midsole is that it is incredibly lightweight and allows the foot to flex naturally, reducing foot strain and fatigue.
Stability
Stability

Stability

For a neutral running shoe, the Skechers Skech Flex 2.0 is stable and comfortable. The structure of the Air Cooled Memory Foam insole and the EVA midsole sinks the foot into the base of the shoe, making it feel more secure with little to no movement inside the shoe. Added traction on the outsole with the articulated pattern and cutouts give a better grip on the terrain keeping the run stable and secure while enhancing the heel-to-toe transitions with a better flex of the foot from heel strike to toe off. Cushion around the collar as well as a cushioned tongue and upper with a standard lace-up design help to secure the foot firmly into the base of the shoe for a more stable experience overall.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The measured drop on the Skechers Skech Flex 2.0 is 4mm, comparing heel height to toe height. It is a neutral shoe with an emphasis on comfort for a fairly natural, cushioned experience.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• Air Cooled Memory Foam cushioned insole
• Highly flexible, shock absorbing lightweight outsole
• Nearly 1-piece fabric upper for a snug, sock-like fit
• Heel tab at ankle for ease of wear
• Engineered mesh fabric upper allows for additional breathability and cooling
• Fits true to size with a larger toe box for wider feet
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Skechers Skech Flex 2.0 is an incredibly comfortable, versatile shoe. It can be worn as a lifestyle shoe or used to enhance your running performance. The extensive traction and incredibly breathable upper make this shoe great for just about any workout or run you have planned.