Touted as the Boston Marathon champion’s recovery shod, the GOmeb KRS (GKRS) is quite an unusual shoe, design-wise. I even asked if the model came out from the company’s Performance Division mainly because it seemed like a detraction from the simple and effective design which the Division (that sounded like some covert ops unit haha!) has been turning out. Well, the GKRS, for better or worse, is indeed an output from the prolific Performance Division.
Cosmetics-wise, you’re either for or against it. It looks entirely unconventional from any of the offerings in the GOrun series which stands for simplicity, accommodating, lightweight performance. At 10.05 oz, my US10 (yes I’ve had to upsize recently) isn’t really a sack of rice but it’s noticeably heavier than the flyweight GR3, GRR3 or even the GRU. If you’re a follower of this blog, you’ll know that I meant the GOrun3, GOrun Ride 3 and the GOrun Ultra. Hit this link to get to the review page.
Flashy 3D printed breathable synthetic upper with mesh underlay presents a visually striking appearance. The tongue is integrated to the upper which means no more slipping sideways. The gap in the Resalyte midsole is essentially what the meat of the GKRS is about – the Kinetic Return System (KRS). Made from Dupont Hytrel for “high energy return” according to the website, the stiff plastic insert works a little like a trampoline in propelling you forward. On the outsole, there’s a complete absence of solid rubber plugs, possibly to keep the weight down.
With the marketing talk done, how does the shoe feel? Impression that it’s clunky, not breathable, stiff were quickly put away. Despite boot-like appearances the GKRS has a soft and smooth ride. The all-foam outsole definitely the main contributor here. No ground slapping feel to be had, and as far as giving the wearer a smooth ride is concerned, I’d give the shoe a thumbs up. The lack of mesh use also didn’t mess up the breathability factor. I’m not sure how that can be, given the large coverage of the synthetic material but the shoes breathes well. Weather in KL the last few weeks have been wet and the outsole still manages to maintain admirable grip on the slick surface. The foam looks and feels like those used on the GObionic S, which is amazingly grippy as well.
There are some downsides, however. The non-stretchable upper accorded little, if at all any, room for stretch. Even for a US10, my toes have very little room to wiggle which means it fails my “toe curl” test. Additionally, the KRS feels narrow and snug throughout, just like the GOmeb Speed. I reckon that’s how the Boston winner’s feet are shaped – narrow.
Frankly I don’t know what to make of the GKRS. Some parts of the design works and some don’t. Impression counts in shoe design and the GKRS comes across as a mixed bag. For sure it’ll appeal more towards recreational runners and fitness enthusiasts instead of running purists. At RM419, my recommendation would be for the GR3 or GRR3 instead.
- 4mm drop
- Casual runners with low volume feet
- Smooth and a little springy ride
- Surprisingly breathable
- Design elements are subjective and will be a hard-sell to some segment of serious runners
- Upper design doesn’t convey good breathability (which isn’t the case)
- Possible durability issue with an all-foam outsole
Disclosure: The Skechers GOmeb KRS is a media sample provided by Skechers Malaysia. It is already available in Skechers stores in the country and retails for RM419.