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Fall 2013 Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

  • By Brian Metzler
  • Published Sep. 5, 2013
  • Updated Sep. 27, 2013 at 10:51 AM UTC

Skechers GoRun Ride 2, $80

weights: 7.0 oz. (men’s); 6.6 oz. (women’s)

heights: 26mm (heel), 23mm (forefoot)

Fit: The GoRun Ride 2 is dialed in tight in the heel and midfoot, but the forefoot is noticeably wide with plenty of room for the forefoot to splay and flex on every stride.

Feel: Ultralight and uber-soft. Although it’s not a “barely there” minimalist model, the GoRun Ride 2 has plenty of minimalist-inspired design features and feels crazy light underfoot. But the most striking feature is its uncanny softness.

Ride: The GoRun Ride 2 is the cushiest shoe in our review and one of the cushiest our wear-testers have ever experienced. But that’s a good thing, apparently, as many testers really liked it. The pillowy softness is unique, but it can be supremely smooth once you get into a rhythm. Summed up one tester: “It’s like a cushy slipper that you can run in for hours and hours.”

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Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler is the editor-in-chief of Competitor magazine. He has raced every distance from 50 yards to 100 miles and run in more than 700 pairs of running shoes in the past 25 years. You can reach him at bmetzler@competitorgroup.com.

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