Comment from: chris [Visitor]
chris

Nice review. These shoes have been getting some good press lately among bloggers. I think they'd be perfect for me ("Nike Free with a wide toe-box" sold me!). Is the sizing true? If I normally wear a US13 in other shoes, will that work for the Go Bionic too?

08/08/12 @ 16:10
Comment from: Benry [Visitor]
Benry

With such a great price point, these shoes look like a great zero drop alternative to the nike frees! My only problem is the increased midsole thickness, not sure how that would feel.

08/08/12 @ 23:32
Comment from: mooney [Visitor]
mooney

that wallpaper is awesome!

08/09/12 @ 11:26
Comment from: Ken [Visitor]
Ken

awesome review Rob, thanks. definitely got my eye on these shoes but currently rotating 5 pairs of Free 3.0 v1 and v3s. i did have a shoesmith reduce the heel to provide a near zero drop shoe which improved the minimalist ride but toebox still tight. also, very interested in the Sketchers GoRace shoe which Meb will be wearing for the Olympic marathon this Sunday.

08/09/12 @ 17:19
Comment from: Sam [Visitor]
Sam

So no better ventilation than the GoRunRide then? Hot feet here, couldn't take the heat of the GRR.

08/09/12 @ 17:36
Comment from: Ken [Visitor]
Ken

Why fit orthotics in such shoes? Wouldn't that make the shoe much less flexible, defeating the purpose of this type of shoe? Don't we want our arches to do our arch supporting?

08/14/12 @ 14:20
Comment from: rob [Member]  

@Ken:

Point #1: The reason a shoe should be able to accommodate orthotics, however you feel about them, is that people WILL try to fit orthotics in them. If you can't fit them in a shoe then they're not going to buy your shoe and it doesn't really matter what kind of shoe it is; if it's a minimal or maximal shoe or something in between.

Point #2 is that the arch supports I wear are very flexible from the midfoot forward, it's only under the arch and heel where they are rigid. Therefore there is no "defeating the purpose of this type of shoe" since most of the flexibility you'll get from the shoe is from the midfoot forward anyhow.

Point #3 I'm not going to re-hash my personal stance on arch supports, you can read about here:
http://birthdayshoes.com/interview-with-robert-youngren

08/14/12 @ 14:46
Comment from: Ed [Visitor]
Ed

I just bought a pair of Skecher GoRun's bc I've been hearing all this stuff about mid-strike. So what's the deal? Should I have gotten the GoBionic which does not force you to mid-strike? Also, I'm a marathon newbie and it will be in 8 weeks and I know you're not supposed to try new shoes so close to the marathon but I'm convinced I'll have less ankle pain w a shoe that promotes mid-strike. Or am I just really stupid?

08/14/12 @ 18:59
Comment from: rob [Member]  

@Ed: 8 weeks out is still PLENTY of time to still experiment with different shoes, gels, fluids etc... It's changing things up on RACE DAY that should be avoided. Remember that trying these different things is as much part of training as all the miles you're logging in preparation for your race. So trying new shoes is still quite okay.

BTW, the entire Skechers "GO" line have the slightly concave shaped midsole/outsole which does promote mid foot strike. So the GO Runs will "feel" similar to the GO Run Rides and GO Bionics with respect to mid foot striking. It's really just about which models you feel most comfortable in.

I personally favor the GO Bionics right now because they are so relatively minimal with respect to stack height but still have a lot of toe room and are extremely flexible and are very, very light.

However since you are a marathon newbie you might be better off with a bit more shoe for your first marathon. The GO Runs would still be a good choice or perhaps the GO Run Rides. The GO Bionic feels to me much more like a racing flat though I've done plenty of very long runs in them.

Good luck!

08/15/12 @ 09:24
Comment from: Ritchie [Visitor]
Ritchie

Rob

Thanks for the great review. Just like others I've heard a lot of buzz surrounding these shoes and thanks to your review to validate it, I just purchased them. I tried the Nike Frees 3 v4 and felt it too narrow for me. However it seems that the Bionics sizing fit on the bigger side. Did you have the same experience? How much room should I have from the top of my big toe to the front of the shoe? I am thinking of getting a 1/2 size smaller but I am afraid that it might be too small. I bought them online and dont want to go through the hassle of returning them, but I also dont want to own a shoe that is too big. Otherwise the shoe is as advertised. I do worry about durability but good to hear from your comment that they seam to hold up well. Good first pass Skechers.

08/23/12 @ 09:36
Comment from: rob [Member]  

@Ritchie: I think the amount of toe room you like it largely personal preference. The GO Bionics I reviewed were actually a sample size M9 which is a half size larger than I normally wear. These felt a bit too big definitely but really only noticeable when I was running down steep hills or side sloping. However, recently I acquired a pair in my size M8.5 and I like the way these fit much better. I can't say how consistent the full range is sizes are compared to what you normally wear but for me they fit true to size. I think part of it is that we typically aren't used to having a shoe with a lot of toe room so when we finally get it, it seems weird at first! Good luck!

08/23/12 @ 12:57
Comment from: tony [Visitor]  
tony

Nice review Rob. How would you compare these to the Altra Instinct in terms of comfort and cushioning. I find the Instincts to be adequate, but i would prefer a slightly more cushy ride. What is your opinion?

08/28/12 @ 10:01
Comment from: rob [Member]  

@tony: Overall the Altra Instinct has a better "fit" than the GO Bionic because of the anatomically shaped last, though the GO Bionic still has plenty of toe room in my book. The stack height of the GO Bionic is significantly less than the Altra Instinct so there is indeed less cushioning and a bit more ground feel. Another difference that I've noticed is that, compared to the Skecher "GO" line, the Altras definitely feel quite a bit more "stiff" and lack the amazing flexibility of the "GO" line. What this translates to in my experience is that the "GO" shoes tend to run a lot quieter as the slightly concave shape (front to back) and amazing flexibility make the foot strike to roll off very fluid and soft. At times in the Altras I can literally hear myself slapping my feet, especially near the end of a long race or a hard effort. I haven't noticed this slapping sound with any of the "GO" products. So that is a big difference. Just seems like to me a quiet product is a better product. I still love my Altras overall, I just wish they were a bit more flexible; the full high-abrasion covering on the outsoles seem a bit like over kill. If they could reduce that they'd have a lighter shoe and possibly one that would be more flexible?

08/28/12 @ 11:13
Comment from: Bryce [Visitor]
Bryce

Rob,

I've been running in minimalist shoes over the last few months and absolutely love it. All of my knee and hip pain has disappeared. Currently my shoe of choice for intervals and speed work are a pair of Lemings. I love how light and flexible they are and allow me to run with a bare foot feel. However, for longer distances I feel I need some more cushion so I've been looking at the Go's and Instincts. The one thing I love about the Lemings is the flexibility, which has me leaning towards the Go's. Does the Go Run Ride offer a significant more amount of cushioning feel wise than the Bionics? I ask because it looks like the forefoot stack heights are actually pretty similar. I like the concept of the Bionics, but wonder if the cushioning of the Ride's would be better for my long distance pursuits.

08/29/12 @ 18:07
Comment from: rob [Member]  

@Bryce: Took me a minute to realize "Lemings" used to be "Stem" footwear. Anyhow, the GO Run Ride's definitely have significantly more cushioning than the GO Bionics; much more noticeable but not in a bad way in my opinion. I've run some fairly long single run distances in each on roads, ~30+ miles in the GO Run Ride and ~42 miles in the GO Bionic. The GO Run Rides definitely felt more cushy overall but really I had no complaints with the GO Bionics. I lean slightly in favor of the GO Bionic because of the slightly larger toe box and overall fit, but the GO Run Ride does have a bit more cushioning which you might appreciate more. The overall feel is about the same; both are extremely flexible, light and feel great. I think either choice would be a good one as both will definitely have significantly more cushioning than the Lemings.

08/30/12 @ 09:37
Comment from: Sam [Visitor]
Sam

I'm happy to report that the ventilation in the Bionics is actually much better than the GO Run Ride. I've tried almost all of the minimalist cushioned shoes except for New Balance, they don't fit my feet well, and the Bionics may be my absolute favorite. My foot is not all that anatomical, its rather straight, and the Bionic last is near perfect.

09/02/12 @ 09:21
Comment from: julie [Visitor]
julie

Loved your review. I only have one disagreement with it. I do not want more volume. If they put more volume in the Go Bionic, it will not fit my feet. I have a very low arch and they fit my feet perfectly! It's so hard for me to find a shoe that fits. I have the Nike free 3.0 (love them), went to buy a new pair and I think they changed the toe box because it did not fit properly in the toe. If Scechers does make any changes they should make two versions one to accomadate low arches one for high arches.

10/04/12 @ 22:53
Comment from: Patrick Sweeney [Visitor]
Patrick Sweeney

I pretty much came out with the same conclusions except I prefer the thin tongue and round laces. Here's my review and giveaway
http://therunninglunatic.blogspot.com/2012/12/skechers-go-bionic-review-and-giveaway.html

12/07/12 @ 15:54
Comment from: marc [Visitor]
marc

Good review of the Bionic...would you say that this shoe falls in between the Altra Instinct and the Merrell Road Glove? I have both and the Altra is pretty stiff and the Road GLove does not have a lot of padding. Do you think this would be a good marathon shoe or would the GoRun Ride be better for longer distances?

Thanks for the opinions....

12/12/12 @ 15:29
Comment from: rob [Member]  

@marc: I definitely would consider the GO Bionic as a good enough shoe to race a marathon. It's a bit more shoe than a pure racing flat but definitely along the lines of what you'd see marathoners wearing; light-weight trainer. Personally I ran over 40 miles at one time in them on roads and had no problems; love them! I'd say they have the flexibility of the Merrel Road Glove but with more of the cushioning of the Altra. These are not stiff shoes! As with any shoe advice, we are all experiments of one; what works for me may not work for you. So beware. Good Luck!

12/12/12 @ 16:54
Comment from: Rich [Visitor]
Rich

Recently bought a pair of Bionics. Love them except that the insole that comes with the show keeps slipping and by the time I've finished a 20+ mile run the insole has slipped back and gives me a blister on the bottom of my foot. any suggestions how to combat this slippage? thanks

12/23/12 @ 16:39
Comment from: rob [Member]  

@Rich: Are you wearing socks in the shoes? One thing that I've done in the past with stubborn sock liners (insoles) is to just glue them in place with a little glue from a hot glue gun. Apply the glue to the bottom of the sock liner, place in the shoe then put the shoe on and walk around to allow the glue to distribute evenly. Don't need a lot of glue, just a few dots should suffice. Be careful to not burn yourself! Good luck!

12/27/12 @ 12:25
Comment from: Peter Heimgartner [Visitor]
Peter Heimgartner

Some aspects of this review are outright dangerous. Please, nobody should consider a lightweight running shoe and think that they could use orthotics for whatever reason. If you need them, there is a reason. And a super flexible running shoe, that was designed for a runner with absolutely no foot problems, is like buying a Ferrari and trying to find a way to put a trailer hitch on it. Also, this type of shoe is not for ultra marathons !

01/07/13 @ 23:17
Comment from: admin [Member]  

@Peter,

Lot of statements here -- one question for all of them: why?

01/08/13 @ 09:30
Comment from: rob [Member]  

@Peter, With all due respect I don't understand what you're trying to imply? I think perhaps you should read my introductory interview on this site (http://birthdayshoes.com/interview-with-robert-youngren) to glean a bit more information about where I'm coming from with these reviews and my own personal running journey. My reviews reflect my honest approach to running, I hide nothing which I thought I made clear in my interview. Is my approach for everyone? Absolutely not. I wish I had "absolutely no foot problems" but I'm honest with myself and understand my capabilities and limitations after 21 years of running and racing.

01/08/13 @ 10:46
Comment from: ugo [Visitor]
ugo

@Peter, i agree with Justin on this one...WHY?

Why you spend your time to critic the reviews of Rob? I saw that you also did the same thing with his Go Run Ride review.

It would be nice if you could just respect that everybody is different.

Who are you to say that the Go Bionic is not for ultra marathon? If someone is comfortable with this shoe and with orthotics in a lightweight flexible shoe for long distance or not, what's the problem?

The Bionic is a great shoe for a company that is relatively new in the performance running shoe market...i like what Skechers is trying to build with their Go line shoes and i think they learned pretty quickly.

Me, for casual wear, i have a preference for barefoot shoes like Vivo Oak or Leming but for running or working, my feet are happier with shoes like the Bionic or the instinct. Are you able to understand that?

That's why i like to have different point of view and read reviews on every kind of shoes...

So keep the good work Rob!

01/08/13 @ 23:21
Comment from: Peter (UK) [Visitor]
Peter (UK)

Hi Rob
Ive read your review and these shoes sound like the ones for me. I suffer from bunions and find it difficult to get shoes to fit properly, without them bursting at the sides after a few months. My feet measure 4.5 inches across at the widest point when under full body weight. Do you think these will accommodate my feet? will the uppers stretch without bursting?. I understand that you won't be able to give me a definite answer but any advice will be appreciated.

Regards

Peter (UK)

01/25/13 @ 09:10
Comment from: rob [Member]  

@Peter: I definitely can't say that these shoes will absolutely work for you with your bunion situation. I will say the vamp of the upper is fairly stretchy so it will possibly work. Have you considered the Altra shoe brand? The anatomical last creates a large amount of toe room and I know would work well with folks with bunions. My wife (also a very avid runner like myself) suffers from a bunion and she loves her Altra shoes, in particular the Intuition and Provisioness (for men it's the Instinct and Provision). She too has to find shoes that either have enough toe room on their own (Altras) or else have fairly stretchy vamps that allow the bunion to fit in the shoe. My best recommendation is to find a retailer that has the GO Bionic (or Altra for that matter) and try them on. If that isn't available find an online retailer that has an excellent return policy and order then and try them. If they don't feel right; send them back. My wife and I end up having to do this quite a bit since the shoes we like aren't available where we live! Good luck!

01/25/13 @ 10:31