The Skechers GoRun Ride 2 (Orange-Gray) have been my primary running shoes since I bought them on 9/25/13. No, these were not a free media sample, the money came out of my pocket and I bought them at a local shoe store.
Since that day I have only run in one other pair of running shoes (on a trail run), one time and you know something, I haven’t had ANY desire to run in anything else!
They are my second pair of this model and style, just a different color and have been used primarily for running.
I had just over 200 miles on my first pair of GoRun Ride 2′s, but found that I was wearing them for everything and everywhere, because they were so comfortable. I wanted to see how a pair of Ride 2′s would do durability-wise just for running, otherwise I have a feeling I would still be running in the blue ones.
The GR Ride2′s do something that no other running shoe has done in a long, long time – they simply let me run.
They are comfortable, don’t cause my Tailor’s Bunionette any pain and the most important thing is during all my different runs (speed work down to a 6:00 minute pace, long runs 13+ and everything in between), I forget they are there and focus on other things – which is what a good, no a great pair of running shoes are supposed to do.
They still look fantastic. Usually I am fairly tough on the uppers of my shoes and they typically they look a lot worse for wear. Except for the wear on the bottoms, I don’t really see that much difference from when they were new.
Below is a photo of them after my first run in them.
Yes, the GR Ride2′s do feel more cushioned than some other shoes I have run in and you know something, I like the feeling. They are still very flexible, light and most importantly to me and as I said before they are extremely comfortable to me.
The biggest concern that I had about these shoes was how long the outsole would last.
I was very pleasantly surprised, the outsole has lasted better than I ever would have expected. Yes, there is some wear on the soles, but I expect that from ANY running shoe.
The biggest problem that I have with the GoRun Ride2′s – both pair that I own is their tendency to pickup rocks in the heel unit. It is not a major problem, more of an annoyance and inconvenience than anything. They are easy to quickly pop out during or after a run, but it is something that I don’t like about the shoe.
The other thing that I have an issue with is their availability, there is only one store that carries them locally and I prefer to look at the shoes and try them on before I buy them, instead of buying over the internet. That way I can see if a shoe has imperfections or how more importantly that it fits the way it is supposed to, which reduces the number of returns that I have to do.
One thing that I did learn about using these shoes just for running is the different wear patterns that I have when I walk versus when I run and how that affects my running shoes.
The reality is that the Skechers GoRun Ride 2′s have been the best running shoe I have run in over the past 2 years and might be the best shoe I have ever run in. We will see if they make my magical 500 mile mark or not. Even if they do not, the price point and level of comfort that I experienced in both pair of the GoRun Ride 2′s that I have worn to this point will still place them very high on my list of all-time great (for me) running shoes.
Some people might not like the “softer” feeling and might have different experiences with the wear on both the upper and outsole, but for me and how I run, these are the running shoes that will be on my feet for a while and when they do finally wear out, will be what I put on my Christmas list as replacements.
To put it more bluntly – I like the Skechers GoRun Ride 2 running shoe more than I do any other I have run for way too many years and will be buying another pair within the next couple of months.
All I can say is I hope that Skechers doesn’t screw around with these shoes too much, when they update them to version 3. These shoes work too well to mess with them too much. At least that is my not so humble opinion on this matter. :-)
The one thing that I would like to see on them is a little reflective trim for when I run low light conditions as part of my overall reflective safety clothing.