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Woozy Wednesday: Stacey Does Skechers

I have exciting news! Just recently, I became an ambassador for Skechers. They sent me two pairs of shoes to try out, and OMG I LOVE THEM. Allison was freaking out about the Go Run 4s, so naturally, I tried them out first.

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I’ve run in Asics Nimbus for years. Years and years and years. And those bad boys hold a 12mm heel drop (which is pretty much like running in high heels) so for me to go from those to the Skechers Go Run 4s, which are a 4mm heel drop, would be a big change and would probably put a high stress on my achilles tendons. So before I left the house, I slid two blue gel heel pads into my shoes underneath the insoles, just to ease the tension on my calves.

The run was glorious. Andrew and I took off for a 5 miler in the dusk, 5 days out from the BMO Vancouver Marathon. I can best compare the Skechers Go Run 4s to the Saucony Kinvaras I used to race in. Low profile, extremely light, easy glide.

But don’t let me be the one to convince you to try them. Stacey gave them a test drive, and she has a lot to say about it.

Have you guys ever ran in Skechers? Did you know that they sponsor Kara Goucher and Meb Keflezighi?!

All kinds of awesome. This is the first time I’ve tried them as running shoes (I have a pair of casual ones) and I am solidly impressed.

Which running shoes do you wear? TELL ME.

Would you rather eat a tablespoon of butter or soy sauce?

Can I eat both at the same time? TWSS.

 

{ 29 comments… add one }
  • Jen April 26, 2016, 9:16 pm

    Butter.
    I’ve run in kinvaras for years now, but just switched to new balance. Which is a surprise to me because before now I’d never met a pair of new balance shoes that I liked. But I have the Vazee Prism and I love them. Had to move to more of a stability shoe and this is a good one.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 26, 2016, 9:49 pm

      I thought you were Nike? Or was that a super long time ago and we’ve actually known each other for that long? WOW. Okay I’ve heard a lot of great things about the Vazee. And I’m also thinking that as I get older, I’m needing a little more arch support, especially on my right side. And a wheelbarrow ride.

  • Cathy Empey April 26, 2016, 9:23 pm

    I have run in so many different runners. My latest shoes would be my Saucony Powergrid 10 Triumph. LOVE them. They are my go-to shoe.

    I miss running long runs and kind of wish I was 5 days out from the Vancouver Marathon again. What a life-altering experience for me.

    I would only eat the butter…It’s the German in me. 🙂

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 26, 2016, 9:48 pm

      Triumphs are the bomb. They’ve got an 8mm heel drop though, which is just a little too much calf strain for me. I’d have to wear heel pads for sure, so I may as well just wear the Nimbus as they’re about the same price.

      Those long runs are cathartic!

  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine April 27, 2016, 1:53 am

    I have seen Meb and Kara in the Sketchers commercial which was the first time realized Sketchers made running shoes! I am still loyal to my Brooks, but I am thinking about trying to Kinvaras at some point.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 27, 2016, 7:19 am

      I used to race in Kinvaras. The Skechers Go Run 4s are quite similar.

  • Tami Griffiths April 27, 2016, 2:51 am

    I am a Brooks Glycerin girl, years of them now… Love them….but sometimes wonder if I shouldn’t try something different since I’ve had some of those nasty leg issues?….As far as butter or soy… Love them both! But would prob go butter….

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 27, 2016, 7:19 am

      I’m kinda wondering if my body is changing to more of a pronator (on my right foot, especially) as the years go by. Maybe that’s why my knee has been bugging me? Not sure, but something is up.

      How about butter drizzled with soy sauce?

  • Allie April 27, 2016, 2:56 am

    I remember being shocked when I found out that Meb was going to run for Sktechers and then, when Kara joined him I was really blown away. I always thought they were somewhat of a joke or more of a “fun” shoe but, obviously to have those two running in them (and now YOU!) they need to be taken seriously. I have yet to try them but you’re convincing me…

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 27, 2016, 7:18 am

      The Go Run 4s are great. They slip on like a comfy sock, seriously.

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run April 27, 2016, 3:04 am

    Congrats on becoming an ambassador for Skechers!

    I’ve worn Mizuno wave riders ever since I bought my first big girl pair of running shoes… probably like 10 years ago? I get made every time they change them ever so slightly. If I ever hear they are discontinuing them I will spend my life savings on buying like 100 pairs!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 27, 2016, 7:17 am

      I went through a Mizuno phase once too. They’re a lot lighter, and very streamlined.

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe April 27, 2016, 3:40 am

    SO YOU ARE KARA/MEB/SUZY so I will now call you Suzkameb. Congrats on being an ambassador!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 27, 2016, 7:16 am

      Thanks. I love my new nickname! And it’s not even offensive!

  • Nikki @ will run for pizza April 27, 2016, 4:36 am

    CONGRATS!!!!! I know I used to think the same thing about sketchers – more of just a “fun shoe”, but over the last few years, I’ve seen them on the running trails (and serious runners – Meb/Kara) more and more. Then when the running stores start carrying them, you know there is something there!
    I tried switching from Brooks to Mizuno’s this spring, but it ain’t happenin’! After 8 long runs in the Mizuno wave riders, I had to take them back and go with the same ones I had last year – brooks glycerin 13s. I think I could LIVE in those shoes! (And my knee is thanking me…)
    P.S. I’M SO EXCITED FOR OUR MARATHONS THIS WEEKEND!!!!! GO TEAM SLANE!!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 27, 2016, 7:16 am

      I think there’s a difference between Skechers and Skechers Performance. At least that’s what I was getting when I did some research.

      Glad you found your shoe. It’s SO important to get the right one. And so excited for the marathons this weekend! It looks like it’s going to be a hot one for us. Eeeeep!

  • Gretchen April 27, 2016, 5:23 am

    Congratulations Suzy! I was wondering when a company would snatch you up. I haven’t tried Sketchers but if you like them I’ll give them a try 🙂 You know I’m all about the Brooks! Will you remember us when you’re famous?

    I would have no trouble eating soy sauce. Kind of weird but I love any kind of salty or vinegar based sauce and will drink it straight up. My dirty little secret!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 27, 2016, 7:15 am

      I’m the same way with salty vinegary stuff. YUM. And hey, I like Brooks too. It’s only recently that I’ve been able to expand my shoe collection to include anything other than Nimbus!

  • Allison Fiorini April 27, 2016, 7:31 am

    Thanks for reviewing these FIRRRSSSTTT <3 <3 You look so pretty running. Also, CONGRATS ON BEING AN AMBASSADOR! That is so awesome. I think I would like this shoe. It is very similar to my Pure Flow, but I'm not in LOVE with the Pure Flow so maybe I will give these babies a try.

    I love your videos. Dying over here.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 27, 2016, 10:09 am

      They fit a tiny bit big so you may want to size down.

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes April 27, 2016, 12:48 pm

    Congrats on being an ambassador!! I was so surprised when Meb signed on for Skechers, because I remember them as the awkward uniform-approved non-running shoes from high school. They’ve improved so much over the years! You know I run in the Kinvara and love a light, neutral, low profile shoe, so the Go Mebs would probably make me feet quite happy as well.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 27, 2016, 3:48 pm

      I wish they had them when I was in high school! I had to wear super ugly clunky black shoes. GACK.

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets April 27, 2016, 6:33 pm

    I’d rather eat all the butter.

    Andrew’s got talent…er, I mean Susie.

  • Ange // Cowgirl Runs April 28, 2016, 10:25 am

    Ugh. If it were for my dang injuries, I’d LOVE to try Sketchers – I’ve heard good things for them.
    I’m currently running in shoes with a 10mm (Ravenna) and 12mm (GTS) drop to help take some pressure off my calves and fix my running form.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 28, 2016, 3:09 pm

      I remember having sore calves and my physiotherapist told me to slide those blue gel heel pads into my shoes under the insoles and they were golden! I had to be careful not to get dependent on them though.

  • Steve April 29, 2016, 9:16 am

    Nice…congrats!!!!
    4mm drop, eh…that is right in my wheelhouse. I may give them a try sometime.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 29, 2016, 4:09 pm

      I found out today that they’re actually an 8mm drop with the insoles in. So that made me feel better!

  • Kelly April 29, 2016, 8:23 pm

    I have been running with NB 880 for several years and they have been good for me. I’m obviously not as well versed as you and many of your readers, but what is the heel drop you’re talking about?
    when I think Skechers, I think walking shoes, not running shoes, especially for serious runners like yourself. I guess I’m being proven wrong!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 29, 2016, 10:43 pm

      I didn’t even know what heel drop was until a year or two ago, so don’t feel bad. It pretty much means the distance between the ground and where your heels sit in the shoe. So when I wear my Asics Nimbus, my heel drop is 12mm. Actually, I think it’s some measurement from the heel to the toe or something, but let’s not get too technical. It’s Friday night. So, shoes like the Saucony Kinvara and the Skechers Go Run 4s, where the heel drop is 4mm compared to 12mm, imagine your heel being closer to the ground. So then what happens? Your achilles tendon is lengthened, and your soleus, and all the shit in your calves, so when you run with all that stuff lengthened, those tendons and muscles take a bit of a beating. It’s a lot to get used to, so if you switch from say a 12mm heel drop to a zero drop, or a 4mm drop, you gotta do it gradually or you’re screwed.

      Skechers made a huge move by signing Meb and Kara. If they didn’t do that then yeah, it would be even tougher to let them into the world of serious running but they’re here whether or not we think they belong. I remember Brooks being old man shoes. I think only nurses and doctors wore that shit. But now they’re the world running shoe leaders. Don’t quote me on that, but they’re close. They’re up there.

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