Skechers Go Run Ultra Review

I was pleasantly surprised with the first pair of Skechers that I tried, so I figured I would give it another go. Unfortunately, I was not nearly as impressed with the Go Run Ultra.


Skechers website states this shoe is best for “long distance runs, recovery runs, or for those looking for maximum cushion.” I cannot imagine running a long distance in this shoe – it felt clunky – very clunky. And that is coming from someone who trains all winter in a 16 oz shoe. I honestly felt like I could trip on my own feet at any moment.


The appearance of the shoe is fine and the length is pretty accurate. This shoe was wider than the Go Meb 2, which I definitely liked.

The size 10.5 weighed in at 9.8 oz.

The shoe has an 8mm drop with an optional insole and a 4mm drop without it.


The tread definitely contributed to the “clunky” feeling. Is this a road shoe? A trail shoe? A gym shoe? I honestly don’t know. The website says that it is for any terrain, but I’m not so sure.


My biggest issue with the shoe was the sloppy manufacturing. It was supposed to have a “soft fabric liner” for barefoot wear. However, some of the shoe was lined and some of it was not – it literally looked like the liner was put together with scraps.


It is possible that the pair I had was defective and this was an isolated incident. I’m going to contact Skechers and see what they have to say. If they respond, I will be sure to post a follow-up.


– very affordable – currently $63.99 on Zappos and $55.99 at 6pm
– wide toebox


– poorly made
– lacking an identity
– very clunky despite only weighing 9.8 oz

These are currently on sale at Zappos for $63.99:

They are also on sale at 6PM for $55.99:

One great pair of Skechers; one terrible pair of Skechers… sounds like a tiebreaker may be in order!

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19 Responses to Skechers Go Run Ultra Review

  1. 262x2 says:

    It’s so refreshing to see an honest review – I’ve seen way too many reviews given by people who just “wanna get free stuff” and then buy something based on the review only to find out that I hate the product. So thnx for being honest!

  2. That’s a very cheap price for a pair of running shoes. It’s too bad the quality is so bad. I don’t think most people think of Sketchers as a running shoe company, and poor quality is not going to help that image.
    An all terrain tread doesn’t sound good either.

    • Jason says:

      Agreed! I think Skechers (and other companies as well) are trying to do too much. They’re trying to create some magical feathery shoe that can do it all – they need to go back to basics!

  3. I have yet to run in the ones I got for free due to the clunky feel just when I’m walking… I have a very narrow foot and they just feel like they are falling off:(… maybe I’ll get around to running in them…

  4. I always love your shoe reviews because I do find them to be honest and helpful. Do you get paid for them or do you purchase them yourself?

    I’m a super clunky shoe runner. I need heavy weights until race day…always.

  5. emmelineruns says:

    So interesting to read reviews of the other models! What is your every day shoe? I’ve read all these reviews you’ve written but I have no idea what you train in daily.

  6. That’s too bad that such an affordable pair of shoes is so cheaply made.

  7. runsaltrun says:

    I love honest reviews of things. At first glance it definitely looks super clunky.
    Enjoy the Kinvara! They are my favorite right now and I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on them. 🙂

  8. piratebobcat says:

    Sorry to hear that. Can’t wait for the tiebreaker.

  9. Shawna says:

    i have honestly never considered Sketchers as serious running shoes and didn’t even know they made models intended for distance running! i remember having a pair when i was a teenager, just because everyone else did. 🙂 appreciate the honesty about the product.

  10. supereli23 says:

    It almost looks like they were trying to go with a design that was like Hokas, but they failed on the execution.

  11. William Johnson says:

    I appreciate the honest review, but could not disagree with you more. I’ve run multiple 5k & 10k’s in this shoe as well as 4 or 5 age group duathlons. I own Asics Kinsei’s and Nimbus, Hoka conquests, Nike Vomeros and Pegasus, and I’ve demoed a dozen other models. The only shoe that compares to the Ultra for my neutral midfoot style are the Altra Paradigm at 50 bucks a pair additional cost. I plan on buying 2 more pair this year alone.

  12. Thanks for the review! I work on the product team here at Skechers Performance Divsion and just came across this blog this morning.

    The Ultra is a true hybrid shoe, with max cushion and a rugged trail outsole. When we say long distances it’s because we actually developed this shoe as we partnered with some elite ultra marathoners… a few while be running Badwater in this model later this month!

    If I can answer any questions please reach out.

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