Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 Review

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The Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 is based on a shoe designed for the top marathon runner, Meb Keflezighi. I was expecting a remarkable shoe, especially as Skechers can be quite innovative. However, the GOmeb is rather heavy for the cushioning it provides, with midsole foam that's firm, verging on hard. The GOmeb has enough cushioning to improve your Running Economy, but only just. I've rated it as "worth considering." (I use The Science of Running Shoes as the basis of how I test running shoes and what you should look for in a running shoe.)

Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 top
Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 bottom
Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 outside
Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 inside

1 Characteristics

  • Why you’d buy it. I'm not sure who the GOmeb would suit. You'd have to be looking for a shoe that is fairly light but offers little cushioning.
  • Cushioning . The GOmeb has a respectable thickness midsole for its weight, but the form is quite hard. This provides only a minimal level of cushioning that is just enough to provide the full improvement in Running Economy.
  • Drop. The GOmeb has 4mm of drop, which is not ideal, but not enough to annoy me.
  • Structure. There's only a single density of foam, so there's nothing to interfere with natural biomechanics. (The white foam on the pictures is just paint, not a different density of foam.)
  • Flexibility. The GOmeb is quite flexible; more than I'd expect from such firm foam. There is also a hard plastic plate just under the insole that covers the middle part of the shoe, from just in front of the heel to just behind the forefoot. You can see part of this plate in the pictures of the bottom of the shoe as a black area. This reduces the flexibility of the middle of the shoe, but the human foot doesn't bend much in that area so it shouldn't cause a problem.
  • Outsole. There are small round patches of outsole (blue on the picture of the bottom). The placement of these is a little odd; why put them under the arch where there's little or no wear, but not on the heel which is a common wear point for most runners. If Skechers expected the GOmeb to only be purchased by forefoot runners, why not move the outsole from the middle of the shoe to the forefoot? It seems the placement of the outsole has more to do with creating a pretty marketing picture than a practical running shoe.
  • Shape. The GOmeb is not designed to fit a human foot, so I cut open the toe box to allow my toes room and my foot to move naturally. The GOmeb is also a little narrower than some shoes (version 3 is not as narrow as version 2 was.) (I recommend cutting open the toe box of virtually all running shoes, with the exception of a few shoes like some Altra shoes. When you have some worn out shoes, you should try cutting open the toe box. I've found that it's a big improvement, allowing my toes to move naturally and engage for toe off, as well as reducing the possibility of blisters.)
  • Upper. The upper is a little thicker than I'd like and inflexible, but mostly seamless. There is a little padding around the ankle opening, but nothing else. Strangely the rear of the shoe has an extra lining where most shoes would have extra padding, but in the GOmeb it just adds thickness. The upper doesn't breath much due to the thickness.
  • Tongue. The GOmeb has a thin, unpadded tongue that's the traditional design with a tab to hold it in place by the laces.
  • Lacing. The thin flat laces worked well, and I had no problems with the laces coming undone while running.
  • Heel Counter. The Heel Counter is a little stiffer than I'd like, but not enough to cause a problem.
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2 Comparisons

Here are some direct comparisons with its potential competition.

2.1 Sketchers GOmeb 3 and GOmeb 2

The GOmeb 3 is a little better cushioned than the GOmeb 2 was, but it's also about an ounce heavier. The net of these changes means the GOmeb 3 should be a little faster than the GOmeb 2 was. The ankle padding is a little softer than the GOmeb 2, which I found slightly uncomfortable. Overall the update is positive, but the GOmeb needs to be either a lot lighter or a lot better cushioned to be up with the top shoes.

Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 top
Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 bottom
Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 outside
Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 inside
Sketchers GoMeb Speed 2 top
Sketchers GoMeb Speed 2 bottom
Sketchers GoMeb Speed 2 inside
Sketchers GoMeb Speed 2 outside

2.2 Sketchers GOmeb 3 and Asics Gel Hyper Speed

The Asics Gel Hyper Speed is far better than the GOmeb nearly every way. It's lighter, better cushioned, and it has a more comfortable upper. The only advantage the GOmeb has is a slightly lower drop, but I doubt if many runners would notice the 1mm difference.

Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 top
Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 bottom
Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 outside
Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 inside
Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6 top
Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6 bottom
Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6 inside
Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6 outside
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2.3 Sketchers GOmeb 3 and New Balance RC5000

While the GOmeb is lighter than many shoes, the New Balance RC5000 takes lightness to a fanatical level. The RC5000 is about half the weight of the GOmeb, and while not quite as well cushioned, it does the job. If you want to run faster, and you're okay with the cushioning of the RC5000, then it's by far the better shoe.

Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 top
Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 bottom
Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 outside
Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 inside
New Balance MRC 5000 top
New Balance MRC 5000 bottom
New Balance MRC 5000 inside
New Balance MRC 5000 outside
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3 Cushioning and Shoes

It's intuitively obvious that the cushioning in a shoe will reduce the impact on your body when running. However, The Science of Running Shoes indicates that the reality is rather more complex. While slight cushioning may reduce the effort needed to run by improving your Running Economy, most scientific research indicates that more cushioning does further improve Running Economy. In addition, cushioning does not generally reduce impact and may actually increase it. This is counterintuitive, but is likely to be due to the way a runners mind and body adapts to softer cushioning. Unfortunately, the scientific evidence is far from complete and it's hard to give clear recommendations. I believe that some runners will prefer more cushioning, while others prefer less, and typically those running further have a fondness for greater cushioning. I also believe that a shoe should be as light as possible, and a shoe should justify its weight with the cushioning it provides. My advice is to decide what level of cushioning you're looking for, and then find the lightest shoes that also fit well and are comfortable.

4 Visualizing the Attributes of the Skechers GOmeb Speed

How Skechers GOmeb Speed compares showing rearfoot cushioning against the performance penalty of its weight. Upper right is better.
How Skechers GOmeb Speed compares showing forefoot cushioning against the performance penalty of its weight. Upper right is better.
How Skechers GOmeb Speed compares showing the price against the benefit (cushioning/performance penalty). Upper left is better.
How Skechers GOmeb Speed compares showing the loaded drop against the benefit (cushioning/performance penalty). Upper left is better.

5 A Comparison with other Recommended Shoes

For a more detailed comparison of these shoes see the Recommendations for Best Running Shoes. This table lists the key attributes of What to Look for in Running Shoes. For more detailed information, on the shoes see detailed shoe comparison.

Full Review Name Rating Recommended
price
Benefit Weight
(oz)
Penalty
(sec/mile)
Forefoot
Thickness
Heel
Thickness
Loaded Drop
mm
Cushioning Flexibility
Asics 33-DFA Review 33-DFA Worth considering $90 5.7 10.6 16.5 27 27 0 6.1 6
Saucony Type A6 Review A6 Highly Recommended $100 8.2 6.1 9.5 17 21 4 5.0 8
Adidas Adios Boost 2 Review Adios Worth considering $140 4.7 8.6 13.4 17 27 11 4.0 7
Hoka Bondi Review Bondi Highly Recommended $150 8.0 10.9 17.0 41 45 5 8.8 0
Hoka Bondi 5 Review Bondi Review Pending $150 6.1 11.6 18.1 38 42 5 7.1 4
Hoka Clayton Review Clayton Best of the Best $150 8.8 8.3 12.9 26 30 3 7.3 5
Hoka Clifton 3 Review Clifton3 Best of the Best $130 9.1 9.8 15.3 34 38 3 8.9 6
On Cloudracer Review Cloudracer Worth considering $130 5.7 8.2 12.8 19 27 5 4.7 8
Hoka Conquest Review Conquest Worth considering $170 5.0 11.9 18.5 28 34 5 6.0 3
Saucony Cortana 4 Review Cortana Worth considering $150 4.4 9.9 18.7 22 28 5 4.3 5
Mizuno Wave Cruise Review Cruise Worth considering $120 6.6 5.9 12.5 17 20 7 3.9 7
Newton Distance IV Review Distance Worth considering $155 7.5 9.1 14.2 26 31 3 6.8 6
Asics Gel DS Racer 10 Review DS Racer Worth considering $110 8.2 7.0 10.9 21 26 6 5.8 6
Mizuno Wave Ekiden 8 Review Ekiden Worth considering $115 5.7 5.7 14.6 13 18 6 3.2 8
Saucony Endorphin Review Endorphin Highly Recommended $125 11.1 4.1 6.4 14 13 -1 4.5 9
Adidas Energy Boost Review Energy Worth considering $160 7.2 10.0 15.6 20 30 7 7.2 6
Altra Escalante Review Escalante Highly Recommended $130 9.1 8.7 13.5 28 25 -1 7.9 7
Puma Faas 100 R Review Faas 100 Highly Recommended $90 8.4 6.1 9.4 15 20 1 5.1 9
Saucony Fastwitch Review Fastwitch Highly Recommended $90 9.5 7.1 11.1 20 22 4 6.8 8
Topo Fli-Lyte Review Fli-Lyte Highly Recommended $100 6.0 9.4 14.6 23 24 4 5.6 6
Nike Free 4.0 Review Free Recommended $120 5.3 8.2 13.6 24 30 6 4.4 6
Saucony Freedom Review Freedom Recommended $160 5.4 10.7 16.6 25 29 3 5.8 7
Asics Gel Lyte 33 3 Review Gel Lyte Not recommended $90 8.0 7.3 11.4 17 24 4 5.8 9
Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 Review GOmeb 3 Worth considering $120 6.9 8.1 12.6 20 24 4 5.5 8
Skechers GORun 4 Review GORun Not recommended $100 6.1 7.5 11.7 15 23 3 4.5 7
Skechers GOrun Ultra 2 Review GRU Worth considering $90 7.5 10.0 15.6 28 34 8 7.5 5
Skechers GOrun Ultra Road Review GRU-R Worth considering $105 6.5 11.3 17.6 30 40 6 7.4 7
Asics GT 2000 Review GT 2000 Not recommended $120 4.8 11.2 17.4 28 35 5 5.4 4
Hoka Hupana Review Hupana Recommended $115 6.1 8.9 13.9 31 36 7 5.4 5
Asics Gel Hyper Speed 7 Review Hyper Speed Highly Recommended $75 10.9 6.3 9.8 22 26 5 6.8 7
Altra Instinct 3.5 3.5 Review Instinct 3.5 Recommended $115 4.9 9.3 15.2 24 23 0 4.5 6
Altra Instinct 4.0 Review Instinct 4.0 Review Pending $120 6.0 9.8 15.3 29 25 -1 5.9 6
Asics Tarther Kainos 3 Review Kainos Worth considering $130 10.0 6.9 10.7 17 27 9 6.8 7
Saucony Kinvara 7 Review Kinvara Best of the Best $110 7.4 8.2 12.8 23 27 3 6.1 6
Nike LunaRacer 4 Review LunaRacer Recommended $90 9.9 7.0 10.9 22 30 7 6.9 6
Nike LunarSpider R5 Review LunarSpider Recommended $125 6.9 6.7 10.4 17 21 3 4.6 7
Hoka Mafate Speed Review Mafate Best of the Best $170 7.6 11.9 18.5 39 40 4 9.0 3
Pearl Izumi EM Road N0 v2 Review N0 Highly Recommended $100 7.9 6.5 10.1 14 20 4 5.2 8
Saucony Nomad Review Nomad Review Pending $110 4.3 10.5 17.2 25 27 2 4.5 5
Hoka Odyssey Review Odyssey Highly Recommended $130 8.5 9.4 14.6 37 45 5 8.0 4
Altra Olympus Review Olympus Highly Recommended $130 5.4 11.8 18.4 27 27 3 6.4 4
Altra One 2.5 Review One Highly Recommended $100 8.5 7.1 11.1 22 25 2 6.0 8
Altra Paradigm Review Paradigm Highly Recommended $130 6.4 9.9 15.4 25 25 1 6.4 4
Asics Piranha SP 5 Review Piranha Recommended $100 10.1 4.2 6.5 11 15 3 4.2 9
Brooks PureFlow 5 Review PureFlow Worth considering $110 6.0 9.7 15.1 26 29 5 5.8 8
Salming Race Review Race Worth considering $130 6.9 6.5 10.1 16 19 4 4.5 7
New Balance RC1600 v2 Review RC1600 Highly Recommended $110 8.8 5.6 8.7 15 21 5 4.9 8
New Balance RC5000 Review RC5000 Best of the Best $125 12.2 3.4 5.3 13 17 3 4.2 8
New Balance RC5000v2 Review RC5000v2 Best of the Best $125 14.2 4.0 6.2 13 21 6 5.7 8
Skechers GoRun Ride 3 Review Ride Worth considering $85 5.9 8.5 13.2 18 28 6 5.0 9
Inov-8 RoadXTreme 220 Review RXT-220 Worth considering $120 5.2 8.0 18.2 14 17 3 4.2 9
Topo ST-2 Review ST-2 Highly Recommended $90 8.2 7.3 11.4 20 18 0 6.0 8
Hoka Stinson Lite Review Stinson Highly Recommended $160 7.3 11.6 18.1 35 40 6 8.5 2
Nike Zoom Streak LT 3 Review Streak LT Best of the Best $80 8.8 5.4 8.4 16 21 4 4.8 6
Adidas Takumi Sen 3 Review Takumi Sen 3 Highly Recommended $160 7.7 6.6 10.2 17 21 4 5.1 6
Altra Torin 2.0 Review Torin Worth considering $125 5.8 9.6 14.9 28 25 -1 5.5 5
Hoka Tracer Review Tracer Recommended $130 7.2 7.4 11.5 21 24 2 5.3 6
Merrell Trail Glove 3 Review Trail Glove Best of the Best $100 2.9 6.9 24.7 11 11 0 2.0 9
Topo Tribute Review Tribute Recommended $100 5.9 7.3 11.4 20 18 -1 4.3 7
Mizuno Wave Universe 5 Review Universe Highly Recommended $125 10.7 3.1 10.6 9 12 1 3.3 9
Merrell Vapor Glove 2 Review Vapor Glove Highly Recommended $85 2.1 6.1 27.6 6 5 0 1.3 10
New Balance Vazee Pace Review Vazee Pace Worth considering $110 6.0 8.6 13.4 18 24 6 5.2 6
Asics TartherZeal 3 Review Zeal Worth considering $140 10.9 6.3 9.8 17 27 9 6.8 7

It's not a running shoe, but I love the Hoka Tor Ultra hiking boot and I've tested the Altra Lone Peak Boot.
Older shoe reviews: Saucony Hattori Review, Mizuno Cursoris Review, Skechers GO Bionic 2 Review, Hoka Clifton Review, Saucony Virrata 2 Review, Brooks PureCadence 3 Review, Brooks PureConnect 3 Review, Brooks PureFlow 3 Review, Skechers GO Bionic 2 Review, New Balance 980 Review, Brooks Transcend 2 Review.
Reviews of shoes that are not worth including on the table: Hoka Huaka Review, Patagonia EVERlong Review.