Transitioning into Racing Flats & Skechers GOMeb Speed 2 Review & Giveaway

My evolution of running shoes started with Converse and ended in Skechers GOMeb Speed 2 shoes. How did I ever get here? Why was I ever running in Converse?

Well in college, I was still in my teen angst anarchy RAH RAH RAH phase and everyone knows that the only way you can rage against the man is with a pair of Chuck Taylors. Nevermind the fact that you’re raging against the machine in a brand owned by Nike at that time. Let’s ignore that part altogether.

So when a friend asked me to go for a run on the Charles my senior year of college, I put on the only pair of shoes I had at the time. It didn’t get me very far, but I did make it out the door.

I will not get into an argument about minimalist vs. maximalist shoes since I am not an expert on everyone. However, I know that for me personally, I’ve found great benefits in alternating between racing flats and my more cushy shoes. The cushy shoes, I’ve been using for long runs and marathon racing, while for treadmill and shorter races, I’ve been using my lighter Skechers.

I know, Skechers? Who even knew they had running shoes before Meb won the Boston Marathon this year.

Actually, I have to confess I did. I first got introduced to Skechers when I won 2nd place at the Malden 10K in 2013. So for about a year, I’ve been playing around with these guys as people gave me weird looks when I told them they’re Skechers. I don’t know why, but runners can be so judgmental sometimes.

Skechers Go Run 2

So when I saw Meb win the Boston Marathon in almost the same pair of shoes as I was training in, I felt vindicated at last! If a professional elite runner not only wins a race, but also achieves a life time PR, the first thing you look at are his shoes! Suddenly, my running friends had an interest in what I had to say about Skechers.

Okay to be honest, Meb was actually running in a model that won’t be available until Fall 2014, but he used to run in my shoes.

How did Skechers go from the crazy Spice Girl platform shoes, to Meb? Well, from what I heard. A bunch of smart people from some of the other large running shoe brands had some ideas, but change is always hard to push. Skechers Performance Division on the other hand was looking for a way to become more competitive in the running shoe part of the business, so they took these individuals with their new bright ideas and let them go for it!

So when I had the opportunity to test out the Skechers GoSpeed Meb 2, I couldn’t wait!

When you take them out of the box the first thing you notice is that they are incredibly light.

SkechersGoMeb Speed 2 (3)

I thought the bottoms looked super funny, but I think that’s what keeps them so light and bouncey

SkechersGoMeb Speed 2 (1)

The Good

  • Super light at 5.6 oz while still being supportive
  • Independent circular GOimpulse sensors for a more responsive running experience
  • M-Strike Technology™ promotes a midfoot strike
  • New printed nearly seamless mesh fabric upper – A little cold for me in the winter, but feels great in the hot humid summer
  • Resalyte™ Midsole – Proprietary lightweight injection-molded compound with memory retention helps absorb impact
  • Dupont Hytrel™ Stability plate in midfoot for a supportive and secure run
  • Seamless interior with microfiber lining maximizes comfort
  • 4 mm drop

And they’re just so pretty!

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The Bad

  • They run a half size too big. Not completely a bad, but just be aware when trying to figure out your size. I usually run in a size 7, but it ended up being too big. I then tried a size 6. It fit, but would feel tight once my feet swelled in the heat. Finally I tried a size 6.5 and it fit perfectly! Skechers was kind enough to work with me until we found a size that works for me.
  • Shoe laces kept untying until I triple knotted. I didn’t have this issue on my old pair, so maybe it was just a fluke
  • Nothing else, I absolutely love this shoe. I wouldn’t use it on a trail or gravel road, but a paved road or treadmill feels great!

Transitioning to the GoSpeed & Benefits

The first time I put on minimal shoes, I ran 2 miles before my legs felt awful and my calves wanted to die. Yes, the girl who runs 20 miles on a whim, felt drained by 2 miles.

I actually put the shoes away for about 2 weeks before I tried to give them a second chance. The second time around, it didn’t feel as bad. I got through 2 miles. The next time 3 miles. Since I run both outside and on the treadmill, I kept these for treadmill runs. Eventually, I was running my hour long runs without any problems. I can’t even imagine doing tempo runs in my heavier shoes anymore.

  • Start out slow – My speed was about 30 seconds slower per mile
  • Start out less time – You can do mileage or time. I started with 20 minutes, moved to 30 minutes and now I’m up to two hours with these shoes
  • Alternate shoes – I found that running in flats puts a little more impact on my skeletal mass, so I use other shoes for recovery and trail runs.
  • Racing flats initiate quicker turnover and studies demonstrate that lighter shoes reduce energy costs up to 3 percent! So a marathon that typically takes me 3:30 to do can be cut to 3:24! When seconds mean a PR, I’ll take a few minutes
  • Closer connection to the ground and form. If my running form starts to fall apart, I feel it right away and make sure I correct my running posture.

Overall, as it’s getting hotter and hotter each day in Boston, I’m falling more in love with the shoes.

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And because they’re so awesome, I get to give a pair to one of my readers! Entry will be open until Saturday. Sorry, US residents only.

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76 thoughts on “Transitioning into Racing Flats & Skechers GOMeb Speed 2 Review & Giveaway”

  1. Interesting Liana! I have been looking for an honest review of them, especially since sketchers took off since Boston. This was a great read, and I am glad you enjoy them. I am loyal to Saucony while they are sponsoring me, but it is wonderful to see that the smaller companies are coming through and competing amongst the giants!

  2. I’ve been reading good things about the Skechers line recently and have actually been thinking of trying a pair of the Go Run Rides I believe! I am trying to transition to minimal shoes to see if they will alleviate my constant shin splints. Great review!

  3. I am looking for a new pair of lightweight trainers and my old faithful brand Mizuno has decided to end my favorite shoe. From what I hear their replacement shoes aren’t very durable so I am trying to find a new go to. So I’d love to give these a try!

  4. Nice looking shoes!

    I run in Saucony Kinvara’s right now – which are on the lighter side of things, but not quite racing flats. I do enjoy the lighter feel compared to the Asics I was wearing for years before switching.

  5. I’d love to give them a try. I had a pair of the original Go Run and thought they were weird to walk in. I do the Galloway run/walk thing. Do these also feel weird to walk in?

  6. I’ve been running in nikes for the last few years (trainers, flats, and spikes) but am looking at switching after I graduate from my Nike sponsored college due to injuries

  7. I was actually running in racing flats when I got hurt, so I’m going to replace them (and would love to replace them with these). My cushier shoes are the Mizuno Wave Inspire which I use for long runs.

  8. I run in Asics GT-2000 and I have for a while. I wore Nike racing flats in high school and college, but I’ve yet to run a road race in anything other than my training sneakers. These look awesome, though!

  9. Very interesting ! I am intrigued. I have been using saucony mirage which is a 4MM shoe as well. I’ve been curious about Skechers though…hmmm…And I love the color! Perhaps I’ll have to look into it 😉

  10. I typically run in Mizunos, but I do have a pair of the old Skechers Go Run shoes! You can definitely notice a difference in their lightness!

  11. These sound very promising! I love that Skechers, with the help of Meb, has been able to transition themselves to being a serious running brand.

  12. I run in New Balance but I’ve been interested in trying the Sketchers running shoes.

    I like that they’re not completely minimalist. (I tried running in Topo’s for 2 weeks – they’re in the barefoot running style – but my legs were not used to them and the pain was not worth it to me.)

  13. I run in Merrell Bare Access Arc’s 2, and New Balance 730’s. I’m not sure if either of those would be considered racing flats.

  14. I am very much on the verge of trying the GoMeb’s out as well, and really loved the review! I have run marathons in Brooks racers and the Saucony Kinvara- liked both, but looking for something new for the longer distances. We shall see!

  15. I remember when Meb first got picked up by Skechers! Exciting times. I run in Saucony Guide 7s. Honestly, I’ve never tried racing flats and am not sure they’d be great for me, but hoping I can win some for my hubby! Haha.

  16. I used to go between Asics and Saucony. The last few years I’ve been mainly in Brooks. (PureFlow, PureFlow 2, Adrenaline)

  17. I never know what kind of shoes I need so I rub in whatever I have, which happen to be an old pair of Sketchers. I definitely need to work on this and find the right shoes because they’re starting to hurt just a bit.

  18. I’ve been eyeing these and would love to try them out! I’ve worn sketchers in the past but never for an athletic shoe! I really love the look!

  19. I have three pair of shoes I’m using right now: Saucony, New Balance and On Running. I’ve never used flats or minimalist shoes, but I have a pair of skoras I’m going to try out once I’m not training for a marathon. I’d love to try a pair of the GOMeb Speed 2.

  20. I would love to try these, I’m used to just using Mizuno’s. I’d be interested in how they work with previous injuries.

  21. I run in brooks. To be honest I didn’t give sketchers any credit until Meb. I guess they are legit. Whodathunkit?

  22. I have New Balances. I haven’t tried racing flats but I’m interested. The pair of shoes I have now is more minimalist than the last pair I had and I seem to like them more.

  23. As a newbie I have been wearing my k swiss tubes. I really need to get me some running shoes.

  24. I’ve never run in flats. I currently run in a pair of asics but after getting PF pain this spring, I’m looking for a new shoe.

  25. I believe what I run in you consider “flats”. I can’t run in any kind of heel. Right now, I’m using Skora running shoes. They have a natural fit, with no raised heel. I’ve used Vibram 5 fingers, and Altra in the past as well, which are both flat as you say.

  26. I was running in nike pegasus but the new ones don’t fit my foot like they used to. So I am looking for new ones…

  27. I’ve heard great things about Skechers and all the great new running shoes coming out of their performance running division, would love to win a pair and give them a try and see what they positive hype is all about!

  28. Thanks for the review. I wasn’t aware that Skechers had a minimalist shoe. I’ve been toying with the idea of trying them, but too many nagging injuries have scared me away so far. Are they pretty durable? I try to replace shoes around 350 miles; any guidelines about that with the speed 2’s?

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