Sometimes you get a gut feeling about a pair of running shoes before you buy them. Then that feeling leads you to go ahead and get them, even though you question the need versus want aspect.
Though to be honest, I have been having trouble finding a pair of running shoes that didn’t bother my feet on long runs for a quite a while and the GRR7’s seemed to check off all the boxes for me. When you added in that none of the shoes presently in the house had inspired much confidence in their ability to go over the 10K distance marker completely comfortable.
I needed to find a solution for my long runs and it seemed like the GoRun Ride 7’s might be part of the solution.
This is pretty much the why behind my buying the the GRR7’s for $90.00 through Amazon.
The bias about/against Skechers brand name as a “serious” running shoe provider is real and it is still out there even when Skechers has a good or great running shoe, overcoming the Skechers name can be tough to get beyond for some runners.
That being said, I have liked several Skechers Performance line models.
For me initial step-in feel was very good, although I was worried about the pleather strap that laid across where my Tailor’s Bunionette is on my right foot – more on that later. The placement of that strap is usually the primary reason that many of Skechers running shoes did not work for me in the past. That and some narrow toe boxes. 🙂
I have two 10 mile runs, so I know the first one was not a fluke, some faster paced runs on the treadmill and a few runs up and down my hilly test route. Which means that I have a pretty decent idea of how they are working for me.
The weight is right where I like my running shoes to be – under 9.0 ounces. Stock they were 8.7 ounces, without the insole 8.2 ounces and with LockLaces 8.9 ounces. For the convenience and improved appearance, I will deal with .2 ounces that the LockLaces add to the mix.
So far, the Skechers GoRun Ride 7 has done everything I have asked of them.
Could they be that magical shoe that I have been looking for, for so many years? Time will tell, but they are probably at or near the top of list of running shoes that I have done 50 mile reviews on since 2012. They compare very nicely with two of my all-time favorites: Skechers GoRun Ride 2 and Nike Free 4.0.
In a word – Comfortable.
When I am heel-striking (yes, like most runners my stride and where my foot lands varies depending upon pace, stride, cadence, what surface and how tired I am), I have not noticed any problems for me with the smoothness of the stride or the M-Strike sole design getting in the way of my running.
I zero issues with my feet on two different 10 mile runs, which is for me the gold standard on whether a running shoe is comfortable or not. My right foot felt fine during those long runs and if anything, I forgot about how the shoes were doing during the runs. It was a nice change to finally be on a long run to not have foot discomfort during the last part of the run to contend with.
The other test is how they do on the treadmill – where I maintain a much more consistent stride. The GRR7’s only bothered slightly on the last 10K treadmill run, which is a nice change compared to usually getting to 3-4 miles and then dealing with discomfort or worse for the rest of a treadmill run.
It has been a long time since I ran this comfortably in a pair of running shoes from any brand.
I probably would size down to my normal men’s size 8.0 if I was going to run without the insole. However, while the shoes are a tad long, I got them primarily for long runs, so I wanted a little extra room in the toe box, plus the added cushioning feels pretty good to me. Not all running shoes have to have a performance fit, sometimes having enough room in the toe box is more important and the GRR7’s have enough room for me and my Tailor’s Bunionette to be comfortable.
No issues with the upper, it is a knit and like other knit uppers, they kind of form fit around your foot after a few runs. Like I said previously I had been worried about the placement of the pleather strap on the side of the shoes, but it has not bothered once – a very good thing.
The colors are rather boring and I miss the bright, bold color ways that I prefer and that Skechers seems to be moving away from. The blue that I got was as bright as the GRR7’s get at this point.
Also what is with the blue on same blue laces – no contrast at all = boring. Plus I am not a fan of flat laces, for me they don’t tie easily and tend to come untied at the worst possible time, even when double-knotted. So I put in hi-vis yellow LockLaces, which I think improved the overall appearance of the GRR7’s quite a bit.
If I had not put in LockLaces I would have put in either yellow or white laces that I have in my shoe lace box to replace the boring blue-on-blue laces that were stock.
The GRR7’s are not as silent as the GRR2’s (my Ninja running shoes) were for me – there is a lot more rubber on the outsole, but they are still very quiet compared to other shoes I have run in.
I have a feeling that the outsole will wear quicker, it seems like there is a bit more wear at 50 miles than I have seen on other running shoes. However, it has been my experience that Skechers shoe show some initial wear and then it slows down. If I can get 300-400 miles out of the GRR7’s I will be very happy.
Otherwise, it is definitely road shoe and I wouldn’t regularly use the GRR7’s on gnarly trails, mud, snow covered roads or on ice. Then again that is why I have trail shoes.
In the heel slot, they pick up small rocks a little, but I really do not notice them. I have a feeling that if I took a razor to the S in there it might eliminate some of the problem, but then it might invite larger rocks like Mizuno’s do. I will keep it stock for a while longer – after all if it ain’t broke, why fix it.
Flight Gen is the name of the midsole material in the GRR7’s and many of the other 2018 Skechers Performance lines. I like the combination of softness with firmness/stability with a bit of bounce – if that makes any sense at all.
It might just be all in my head, but I do not feel as beat up on my long runs in the GRR7’s as I did other shoes in my rotation, so there is something going on that is good for me.
I would like to see the GoRun Ride 7 lower the ankle well on the sides of the shoes. It is a little higher than I would like if I wanted to run without the optional insole, but since I don’t run without it, as it stands now the sides of the shoes do not rub my ankles, but I can feel them slightly when running in the shoes.
Yeah, the boring color ways and laces, I can live with them, but I found them…well boring, others might like them, I don’t.
The reality is that
The GRR7’s I have a feeling were meant as more of a cross-over to the running shoe/lifestyle market and I am pretty sure that Skechers didn’t plan on them being that “magical” running shoe that some of us have found them to be.
The current GRR7’s have exceeded my and most everyone else’ s expectations of what the GoRun Ride line-up should provide. Let’s just hope that Skechers doesn’t screw-up the next update to 8’s and take away what makes it such a surprising running shoe. I have a feeling I might want to squirrel away a few pair of this surprisingly good running shoe.
What can I say after 50 miles other than the Skechers GoRun Ride 7’s have done everything I have asked of them. It has gotten so that the other shoes in my current rotation that I used to think of as comfortable no longer meet the comfort standard that the GRR7’s have set for me.
50 Mile reviews are often “fool’s gold”, but in this case I am hoping that the way they felt on my last long run is how they will feel on a long run when the Skechers GoRun Ride 7’s have with 300-400 miles on them.
At least that is my hope.