Skechers GObionic, $90
6.0 oz.; 5.0 oz.
Fit: A snug, form-fitting heel and midfoot gives way to a roomy (but not sloppy) toe box. The upper is thin, conforming and mostly seamless, although it’s not quite as ventilated as some of the open-mesh uppers of other shoes in this review.
Feel: Sparse and light. The GObionic is about as minimalist as a shoe can get while still being considered a neutral cushioned trainer. It has a zero-drop profile, no arch support and a barely-there feeling about it, making it easy to sense and react to the ground. The soft, pliable and completely unstructured midsole offers maximum flexibility (and thus, natural foot movement) but demands a runner possess some inherent strength and agility.
Ride: It’s natural and very smooth, as long as you’re not striking at your heels. The soft, pliable and completely unstructured midsole offers maximum flexibility (and thus, natural foot movement) but works best for an agile runner who has some dynamic strength and can run with a midfoot gait pattern and quick cadence. Several testers remarked that it would be an ideal supplementary strengthening tool for drills, gym workouts and shorter runs.
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