Disappointed – Frustrated and a Surprise

Huh – What in the world are you talking about Harold?


I had such high hopes for the Skechers GoRun Ride3’s, after having GREAT experiences with both pair of my GR Ride 2’s. Unfortunately, while the Skechers Performance Division made several improvements that I really liked, they also made a couple of changes that made it so I returned them today, even though I only ran in them once.

  • there is now a support strap over where my tailor’s bunionette is on the outside of my right forefoot.
  • it seemed as though the Ride 3′s were slightly narrower than the 2′s
Comparing GR Ride 2 to the GR Ride 3
Comparing GR Ride 2 to the GR Ride 3

The placement of the overlay/support strap went right across my bunionette, which aggravated it even when I was simply walking around the house later Saturday and the next morning.

Another contributing factor was that it seems to me that the GR Ride3’s are not as wide in the forefoot as the Ride2, which exacerbated the problems with the bunionette. Yes, I tried different lacing patterns and put in my solution for many shoes – LockLaces and none of those solutions resolved the discomfort that eventually becomes pain during longer runs.

This really sucks, because I thought that I had finally found the running shoes style/model of my dreams in the Skechers GoRun Ride (series), based upon how great the Ride 2’s worked for me.

Unfortunately, the updated 3’s didn’t make the same impression as the old 2’s, in fact just the opposite, which is definitely not what I wanted.

Sometime improvements are not improvements for everyone and adding the overlay in that area didn’t work for me.

For most people, I have a feeling that the Skecher GoRun Ride 3’s will be a great running shoe and they will not even notice the overlay, but unfortunately, I wasn’t one of those who can say that.

Welcome to reality Harold and now I am going back to looking for that “perfect for me” pair of running shoes.


My current GoRun Ride2’s are both getting very tired one pair has over 400 miles running and the other has over 500 miles combined running/walking (200+ & 300+), so I need to add another pair of running shoes to my running rotation pretty soon. My legs are telling me it is time, I could probably get another 100 miles running out my orange/gray GRR2’s, but thing that might be pushing it.

I wasn’t going to order online again and probably will not for a while. I wanted to try on whatever running shoe, I am going to buy this time to make sure that it does not bother my tailor’s bunionette. Also, I didn’t want to drive down to Portland or up to Bangor, so I was limited to basically 4 stores in Augusta and I had a pretty good idea of what was out there – not much.

I went out with the idea of stocking up on my GoRun Ride 2’s and getting enough of them (not caring about the color) to make it to May 18th.

Store #1

Unfortunately, the store that carries them only had one pair of Skechers GoRun Ride2’s in my size and I figured that those would be what I would end up with and the next time I went to Portland I would find a couple more to get me through May.

Unfortunately, when I tried them on the right shoe felt weird. So I put it on a flat shelf and instead of sitting there flat, it canted over to the outside, with the inside almost a 1/4 off the table. Which meant that I wasn’t going to buy those shoes – they are supposed to sit flat side to side.

They didn’t have anything else in my size that even interested me.

Store #2

Then I went up to store #2 and tried on the Asics Gel Lyte 33 v2, Asics Gel Cumulus 15, Brooks Ghost 6, Nike Wildhorse (just because they looked good, they fit great, but were definitely a trail shoe and one that I am going to look closer at when I get my next trail shoes) and the Nike Free 4 v3. I looked at everything that was on the wall or in the discount bin, but nothing else really interested me.

None of the running shoes that I tried on felt the way that I wanted. The Nike Free’s were the closest, but I am used to the cushy ride of the Skechers and they were just too firm. Besides my experience with them was they will last about 300 miles and then I need to replace them, which at 50+ mile weeks, would be about a month and a half). Plus I hate, hate how they pick up small rocks so much. They would be at best a bridge shoe to get through the next month or so, not the shoe I would be running my marathon in.

Store #3

Just in case they got some new stock in since the last time I was there, I went to store #3, had crappy service, tried on a different pair of Asics Gel Lyte 33 v2 (I almost got them, but something just didn’t feel right, so I passed), the Saucony Kinvara 3 & 4 (both were not wide enough), the Merrell MixMaster – too much of a trail shoe, got fed up with the lack of help and left, without trying on a couple of other shoes that I sort of wanted to look at.

Back to Store #2

I went back to store #2 and re-tried on the Nike Free 4.0 v3 in a size 9, not an 8 or 8.5.


I ended up buying the Nike Free 4.0 v3 – aka my new “rock collectors”. They are a running shoe that I know very well, how they work with how I run, can get locally, the fit and feel are pretty consistent and usually reasonably priced (either with a sale or store coupon).

Nike Free 4.0 v3
Nike Free 4.0 v3

Are they the running shoe of my dreams, no, the mileage I get is usually right around 300 miles +/- a few miles, they gain weight during a run (pick up small rocks in the siping) and are firmer than I prefer, so they are probably not a perfect marathon training shoe for me and not what I really want.

Rocks stuck in the soles
Rocks stuck in the soles

Honestly, they are not all that flashy, the newest or greatest next thing any longer – they have become a solid running shoe for those that like them. The best thing is that I know that I can run and run well in them up to 60 miles a week – I have done it before.

The reality is that this

Was a big surprise, because after my 3 days of hell in the Nike Free 5.0 last May, I promised that I would never run in the Nike Free (series) ever again.

Nike Free 5.0 from May 2013
Nike Free 5.0 from May 2013

I blamed the shoe for poor decision-making on my part, while I was reviewing my training for that period with what I know now, I figured out that it was not the Free’s fault for the problems that I had in them, it was stupid training on my part.

They will be a good bridge shoe for me until I can find, try on and then buy my next pair of running shoes. Who knows maybe I will grow to really like them, now that I am training differently now than I was, it might make a difference and the Free’s will be better than I am thinking they will be.

I will be interested in seeing how they work during the winter with their tread pattern.

Nike Free 4.0 v3 Sole View
Nike Free 4.0 v3 Sole View

Time will tell.

Ahhh the problems that runner have to endure, just to enjoy their sport ;-). Well maybe I am just a crazy runner who expects too much from his running shoes – then again, I don’t think I am alone.

6 thoughts on “Disappointed – Frustrated and a Surprise

  1. The never-ending search for the perfect shoes! I hate it when the new version of a formerly-beloved shoe no longer works for me. It makes me feel lost and cold and scared. Glad you got something that works for you for now anyway!

    1. Thanks, that is always the way it seems, you just find what you are looking for and the brand “improves” it. Oh well, it just give me to be more of a shoe nerd again look to see if I can find a shoe that works as well as the Ride 2’s did for me. I have a feeling I will stock up a few pair of GRR2’s when I find them, but either way, I will have to find something else, after the Free’s wear out I have a feeling.

      1. That is the reason, personally, I would prefer to be able to use the newer version, because after a while, even when a running shoe is in storage, it still looses some of its cushioning and doesn’t wear as well as new shoes do.

  2. Sad that the GRR3 didn’t work out, but really not surprised after the earlier post. It was also interesting that the pair in the store had some type of defect – that likely reinforced your decision not to buy blind online!

    The reality is that after fiddling with New Balance, Merrell and Saucony … I know I am going back to the Nike Free – and if I have to empty the soles into the trash every day, so be it. They are a known quantity and work well for me. The Kinvara 4 is lasting HALF the time as my two Nike Free pairs …

    1. Thank Mike – It definitely reinforced my choice not to buy a pair of running shoes online, which severely restricted my options, but like you I am returning to the Nike Free 4.0 and seeing where it goes from there, they will either be a bridge shoe or more, time will tell.

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