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Skechers running shoe review

Part 2 – Skechers Prospeed Resistance Runner – Run test.

I have to admit that after pottering around in these for a while I was hesitant to get out and run in them.  They are very cushioned, spongy and raised off the ground.  I tend to wear a more responsive running shoe preferring to have a better feel for the ground under my feet because I turn my ankles easily.

However it’s unfair to criticise without having tried anything properly so this evening I put them on and went out for a short test run. Running in them opened my mind and made me conclude that whilst they may not suit me, they do have some good features to recommend them.

They are very cushioned and springy and when I got used to this and made sure the bounce was sending me forwards, not up and down, it was good.  The shoe is highest in the middle and this does make you strike the ground with the mid foot not heel.  I tend to do this naturally when I pick up the pace and liked the feeling, running at a decent pace without much effort this evening.

The general fit is roomy, feeling long, not wide. (Not quite enough toe wiggling space for me, even with them being a little big). The shoes are quite straight and a little inflexible and the upper comes quite high up and fits snugly round your ankle.   There is a neat velcro patch on the side of the shoe to fasten to the shoe tongue which keeps it straight and not twisting round your foot.

I agree with the marketing claims that the shoe encourages mid foot strike and “returns energy through the mid-foot (spring) energy return system”.  I would not consider them any more lightweight than an average running shoe and whilst they do encourage a natural mid foot style of running I would argue that it is not a barefoot experience as the shoe is too inflexible and thickly cushioned.

My feet ached towards the end of the run because I was not running in my orthotics as normal,  but didn’t feel any rubs from the shoes.  I don’t love them but will not be chucking them to the bottom of the pile straight away.  I’ll give them another try with different orthotics and maybe take them for spin on the treadmill.

Read part 1 here…  https://fairweatherrunner.co.uk/2011/10/04/skechers-prospeed-running-shoe-review/

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Skechers Prospeed Running Shoe Review

Part 1 – First Impressions.

Like a few of my fellow bloggers, Skechers have sent me a pair of their new running shoes to try.   I am waiting until after my Half Marathon this weekend before I take them out on a proper test run but have used them to potter about and wear in to gain a first impression.

I’ll certainly be noticed in these! I like the bright colours and think they are fairly good-looking as far as running shoes go.  They are a roomy, generous fit.  I sized up, as I do with other makes, but maybe should have had my normal size in these. They are not heavy,  but I wouldn’t consider them ‘lightweight’ as promoted, certainly not in the same class as Saucony Kinvaras (which I love), they weigh about the same as my Mizuno Wave Creation 12s. Inital feel is of lots of cushioning with a spongy springy feeling.  For the limited wear so far they have been comfortable, however they don’t fit well with my orthotics. Without orthotics they give reasonable support under my arches. The shape of the sole to promote mid foot strike makes you think that they are going to feel wobbly like shape-up trainers but after walking around for a short while they feel like a normal trainer.  Will have to see how they run…

Read part 2 here….  https://fairweatherrunner.co.uk/2011/10/13/skechers-running-shoe-review/