|I was surprised to see that they kept the "GoMeb" on the heel counter. I like it.|
|Though I thought it looked bullet shaped, I was happy to find the toe box could accomodate|
my toes just fine. This is the women's model, mind you. I am not a woman.
Nope, not a woman.
|The shoe felt light. Definitely racer category light, but not as light as my GoBionics.|
|Though I could bend it to this degree, it took some force. Enough force to leave a permanent|
crease in the sole where it bent (sssshhhh). This being a racer, I didn't mind that it wasn't
|The heel counter was unexpectedly stiff. This is my real effort to make it collapse.|
|Note that the printed name as "GoRun S." The salepeople|
immediately called it the Gorun Speed when I asked for "that work of beauty in the window."
|The insole is NOT removeable. Or well, it is, in that it's glued on but only|
around the middle portions of the insole.
|The front 2 centimeters had a lamination type of thing going on.|
|Inside the box. Looks to be the men's colorway.|
I got to put them on and jog in the store. Jogging 20 meters in a store on hardwood is by no means comprehensive, but I loved them. They felt pretty flat, maybe 4-5mm drop or so. The ride height felt significant along with the cushioning, despite being stiff when I tried to bend it. But it could've just been the hardwood I was jogging on and again, 20 meters isn't much to go on. They felt firmer than my Lunaracers. The M-strike technology felt almost non-existent but I was definitely mid-foot striking, so it at least wasn't making me heel-slam.
My initial impressions made me want to buy them right there and then, as I suspected they wouldn't have it around for long and if it was really only to be released widely in April, oh man....The only reason I didn't is that I can't afford to just keep buying $110US shoes (that was the retail price) as I just purchased a pair of Mizuno Ekidens a few days ago. I felt (and apparently, so does this fellow named Meb) that they would be very appropriate for long races up to a marathon so I considered it for my first half-marathon race the next day, but even I know better than to make such a drastic gamble. But mostly, money.
Again, these were the women's shoes as that is all they had, but I thought the colorway looked fine for a guy, and the toe box fit fine for me.
My friend recently bought me a pair. I have a (very long) unboxing and preview video in this post: http://newbierunnerblog.blogspot.com/2013/02/skechers-gorun-speed-unboxing-preview.html