So I really worry about this one, I do not want to come across as look at me, I am sponsored, yadda, yadda...but I get quite a few messages on why Skechers, and so I thought I would tell you why I chose Skechers and why I love the brand/company like I do.
1. The blatant obvious one that everyone sees - they sponsor arguably 2 of the best runners in behind Meb and Kara. So their stuff must be good, right? :) It's the classic if X wears/uses it, it must be good. Jordan with Nike, Speith with UA, Messi with Adidas, Manning with Gatorade/Papa John's, and the list goes on. And in all honesty - there is some truth to this. Typically these athletes provide a lot of input into the products, and change the design/features based on their experience. I can tell you for a fact both Kara and Meb have inputted and most of their newest releases are all a result of this feedback/input. Also, I know when I need something in a 'new" arena that I am not comfortable in - I buy what the "experts" use - example, yoga mat type - I saw what the best teachers at my studio used and boom - bought that. BUT, more importantly it's the type of athletes Skechers went after that made me love the brand. Meb and Kara are SALT OF THE EARTH, I have personally met both of them, and they are what you see on TV/social media - real people, down to earth, passionate about the sport, human, genuine, hardworking, awesome. I have so much respect for both of them as runners, but more importantly as people. So the fact that Skechers chose to support them, I think, says volumes about the brand's values.
|Most recently Meb and Kara showcasing the LA Marathon...|
2. Their statement in the running community - - wow! They are committed and you can see it. Just in the past few years they have become the title sponsor for major running events - Houston, LA, Bolder Boulder to name a few. These are not your neighborhood 5k's - this is a HUGE investment and they probably aren't making money on these - it's more a statement that they are here for the long run (no pun intended), legit, and supportive of the biggest, and best running has to offer in terms of events. I love that! (I secretly am hoping they sponsor the Chicago Marathon- my favorite marathon!!)
3. Athlete community - - This is one of those ones, where I think like attracts like. We have a FB group and I follow a majority of their sponsored athletes and I can tell you it is the most humble, down to earth, hardworking group of athletes I have ever seen. Their is no bravado in the posts, it's just stories - and I am so proud to be a part of it. We all support each other and it's so fun to cheer each other on every weekend. Skechers hand picked a bunch of athletes who not only can compete - but have the same values /attitude - it's pretty cool.
|3 of us at one of the three races I ran last year - we all won our respective races - a good showing for Skechers for sure!|
|This is the 2016 racing kit! I love it, I might have already tried on the shorts and singlet - maybe :)|
The GOrun Ride 4/5: This is my main staple, I currently am wearing the 4 (but the 5 is out and I am saving that until I burn through my 4's). It's lightweight which I love in 8.4 oz (size 10 womens), and a 4 MM heel drop. I can feel my foot on the ground, which I prefer, yet it has enough stability for my goofy ankles. I really despise a heavy shoe, my legs feel like they are lifting weights if I wear them. So these allow me to run long and still be lightweight. Net I would say I do about 80% of my miles in these.
|GRR4 - -BCA version, which also I think is wicked cool that they did that|
The GOrun Forza: These are my 'feeling a bit beat up' "just did a harder effort the day before', or 'just want comfort shoe'. They are a heavier, at 10.8 oz, but they are Skechers best (IMO) stability shoe, you just feel good in them, no matter what you did the day before, that morning (if it's a shakeout jog), etc. It's an 8MM drop , which is as FAR as I would go anymore - as more then that and I think it alters my form. I wear these typically after a harder effort day, so for example I did a fartlek effort last Wednesday - as I break myself back into speed work - and the day after I ran in these, felt amazing.
|The Forza, a newer shoe to the line-up, been wearing it since I came back (6 weeks now) - and love it, this is the exact model I wear too.|
The GOrun Meb 3's: These are my special sauce - reserved for only racing and speedwork. Rather minimal, and my feet know when I put these on, we mean business :) These are extremely lightweight - 5.3 oz! Still a 4 MM drop though so enough stability to run a marathon in. The newest version of these have a knit upper and I am wicked excited to test these out (and that day is coming rather soon!!!)
|CB Special Sauce shoe, only for "fast" occasions!|
So Skechers is also just a cool, fun brand. Every pair of shoes comes with an alternate color laces, personalize it baby! Our hashtags are so fun too, #GOlikeneverbefore #Haveafastday (which you can make into HAD, which is fun!) #Getyourmilesin....they spur conversations, and fun journeys vs. blatant product promotion.
Anyways, I hope this answers all the questions. If not as usual send me a message :) I am proud to be a Skechers athlete and humbled they stuck with me, and support my dream, commitment to my team, and me....I am determined to make them proud!