In the broader Skechers lineup, the Forza platform tends to be forgotten as you look at models like the GOrun. It is a stability shoe with some support elements, but given its weight and level of features under the hood, this feels remiss. The Forza has become a strong platform that has been improving and this is more than clear with the new GOrun Forza 3.
The upper is fully seamless and is a mix of a breathable engineered mesh as well as 3D printed synthetic structural elements. The mesh itself is thick and by in large also adds some support by itself. The tongue is offset, as many brands are doing, and the idea is this provides a better fit overall. It also features a molded heel counter to hold you in place and an interior support strap for side to side stability.
Just like the GOrun models, the Forza 3 also uses Skechers’ FLIGHT GEN cushioning system (everyone has their own name for their mid now) which is designed to provide ample cushioning while remaining very light. On the Forza 3, the mid is composed of three different layers all at different densities which should help with heel to toe transition, but also increase durability over time.
The outsole is fully covered in high abrasion rubber so while more performance oriented shoes go for a mix of rubber and exposed EVA, primarily to reduce weight, Skechers is giving you maximum traction and this functions quite well.
Style & Aesthetics
The GOrun Forza 3 comes in 5 color variations and it feels like Skechers is constantly iterating on their palette. The model we tested was a love/hate for many as the lateral and medial sides were patterned separately. The darker mid and outsole are also different from tradition, so very much a personal preference here, but the majority here did not love the look.
Run Test Commentary
Out of the box, the look of the Forza really struck us all visually. I actually didn’t mind it all that much as I felt it was just “different” and felt more style forward than anything Skechers had done prior. However, that was definitely not the consensus.
In run, the Forza rose to the challenge. The responsiveness of the midsole was apparent and I felt it was well cushioned. I also really felt the support and stability elements functioning especially at distance. While not incredibly performant compared to something like the GOrun, the Forza was light and it did exactly what I expected it to. The outsole tracked well even in wet weather, so overall quite enjoyed it.
The Skechers GOrun Forza 3 is a very strong shoe, especially if you think of it only as a support shoe. It weighs less than many neutral road shoes yet has a lot more going for it. It does up the price tag a little from typical Skechers models, so it starts competing with the bigger brands and gets away from the “value” promise, but is worth a look.
Technical Stats, Pricing & Availability
- Weight: 9.2oz (size 9)
- Drop: 6mm heel/toe
- Type: Support Road
- MSRP: $115.00
- Available: Now