A SPRING IN EV­ERY STEP

When it comes to run­ning, com­fort is key. These Skechers Go Run Ride 7 shoes pro­vide an easy ride with the cush­ion­ing sup­port that you need.

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We are al­ways on the hunt for the per­fect pair of every­day run­ning shoes, es­pe­cially when it comes to train­ing for longer dis­tances to smash our tness goals. For that, com­fort is es­sen­tial, and so is the cush­ion­ing abil­ity and how light they are, so that they don’t weigh us down with ev­ery stride.

Tick­ing all the right boxes are the new per­for­mance run­ning shoes, Skechers GoRun Ride 7. As soon as we slipped our feet in with the aid of pull tabs at the heel, we were in for a smooth ride. The knit up­per gives a friendly hug to the feet, wrap­ping around them com­fort­ably like a sturdy pair of socks, while main­tain­ing a fair amount of ex­i­bil­ity. There was no need to “break in our new shoes” be­cause the prac­ti­cally seam­less de­sign left us with­out a trace of abra­sion af­ter the rst wear. Com­pared to round laces, the at ones that come with these shoes stayed se­cure the whole time, and helped to spread the pres­sure evenly atop the foot.

EF­FEC­TIVE CUSH­ION­ING As we pounded the pave­ments on out­door runs, the shoe’s plush cush­ion­ing did a great job in soft­en­ing the im­pact upon land­ing on hard con­crete and as­phalt roads, pro­tect­ing our knees and joints through­out. The su­per re­spon­sive Flight Gen cush­ion­ing kept its prom­ise on op­ti­mal re­bound, pro­pel­ling us for­ward and re­turn­ing en­ergy back as we moved ahead.

GREAT TRAC­TION One of our great­est fears is fall­ing and in­jur­ing our­selves on slip­pery pave­ments – a highly pos­si­ble oc­cur­rence given our trop­i­cal cli­mate with abun­dant rain­fall. When we en­coun­tered wet paths af­ter a heavy storm twice, the rub­ber out­soles af­forded good grip on both oc­ca­sions, so there was zero fear for a slip-and-fall sit­u­a­tion.

SLEEK FORM The trade- off for well­cush­ioned shoes is of­ten a chunky and heavy body, which af­fects the ef ciency of your strides and ul­ti­mately your run­ning per­for­mance. The GoRun Ride 7, how­ever, main­tains a sleek and ul­tra­lightweight form (207g for a women’s size 7), mak­ing it all the more an at­trac­tive pick.

MID-FOOT STRIKE ZONES With a lighter load at our feet, we were able to open up our strides eas­ily in or­der to run far­ther and faster. Hav­ing a strike zone that en­cour­ages the wearer to land mid-foot also helped us achieve quicker steps. To top it off, the fact that we used no­tice­ably less en­ergy to cover the same dis­tance gave us a great boost in con­fi­dence to keep go­ing.

By the end of a 5km jour­ney, we were drip­ping in sweat but our feet re­mained dry and fresh, thanks to the breatha­bil­ity of the shoe’s knit ma­te­rial. The re­flec­tive de­tails add a layer of safety for night run­ners.

On days when you dread run­ning, these well-rounded shoes will break all in­er­tia and have you hit­ting the ground in no time.

The Skechers GoRun Ride 7 ($139) is avail­able in two colours – black/white and navy/pur­ple – at Skechers con­cept stores. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.skechers.com.sg.

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