The Mazda Miata is an interesting car. Those who appreciate a finely tuned machine built on racing heritage and years of established British roadster design hold the Miata in high regard. Those who don’t see it at as the hairdresser’s excuse for a sports car. It’s a radical split, and one that has an equivalent in the footwear world with Skechers. To some, Skechers is and forever will be the company behind Shape-Ups. But to serious athletes, Skechers has evolved into a leader in high-performance running gear. Nowhere is this more evident than their 2017 GOmeb Razors. Skechers sent OGR a pair for review and after a little over 60 miles of use, here is what we think:
- Fit: A striking and supple knitted upper helps the Razors fit like a glove. The toebox is definitely on the more narrow side of things, but not to the detriment of the fit, as nothing feels compressed or lacking for room. The heel counter/cup does feel noticeably short, however, underscoring the importance of a tight, snug lace up.
- Tread & Cushioning: The Razor is built with a 4mm heel-to-toe drop, starting with an 18mm stack height at the heel and dropping down to a 14mm up front. Skecher’s Gen5 eva foam cushioning is ample and fits in nicely in what I would call my “daily trainer” category, although I could certainly race in these. The outsole offers a very stable, flat tread pattern, and shows Skechers moving away from their pod-based tread and cushioning systems of years past. This allows for a significant boost to stride stability while running, but the trade off is bound to be a lower lifespan. Best guess is the Razors will see between 280-350 miles before tread wear limits use.
- Weight: A hugely impressive 7.7oz for a size 9. Yes, yes, to anyone keeping a lowest shoe weight scorecard, there are lighter options out there. But Skechers has packed in a fantastic upper and plenty of cushioning to rightly boast about how light these GOmebs are. 7.7oz is borderline unnoticeable, even on longer runs. It’s an impressive accomplishment.
- Performance: The Razors straddle the line between high-performance daily trainers and race day shoes. For the general public, this means they’ll be far more than enough in the performance category. They are extremely fast shoes, and will reward quick mile times to runners with a correct posture and a proper mid-foot strike stride. If you are prone to heel striking even just a little bit, however, these shoes will make you pay a high price. The Razors are a performance shoe built for experienced runners.
- Price: Here’s where Skechers earns top marks. At full retail, a pair of GOmeb Razors will set you back $110, however, Road Runner Sports has them as low as $103.
At $110, Skechers has to consider the cost of many items in this price, not least of which is the high premium they pay to marathon superstar Meb Keflezighi to co-develop and wear his own line of Skechers footwear. The question is, would Meb opt to wear the Razors if a paycheck wasn’t a driving force? With the Razors, I am very hard pressed to find a reason why he wouldn’t.
For me, the biggest takeaway is just how well Skechers managed to put together a shoe that can act as a trainer and a race-day option for the vast majority of runners. If you’re not the 6-minute-mile marathon runner who needs to shave every gram off your shoe to minimize your mile times (I’m definitely not), but a passionate runner who wants to train and race in a shoe that will deliver a fast, solid performance, Skechers GOmeb Razors are your answer.