Skechers has garnered somewhat of a reputation for consistently churning out some of the most comfortable walking shoes on the market. Specifically, the Go Walk series has featured some of Skechers’ most cozy and deceptively versatile shoes.
The most recent installment in the Go Walk Series is the Go Walk 6, which some people have called the “best shoes from Skechers.” But the series had already reached a pinnacle with the Go Walk 3 installment.
So, for this post, let’s pay tribute to the shoe that started it all: the Skechers Go Walk 3. The review is broken down into seven categories to reach a legitimate verdict.
If there’s one no-exception rule with good walking shoes, it’s that they must be lightweight. Foot fatigue is no joke, especially when it strikes prematurely because of heavy, burly shoes weighing you down.
Clocking in at just under 8 oz, the Go Walk 3 easily classifies as a lightweight shoe. While the shoe profile may look deceptively bulky, lightweight materials, such as Resalyte and memory foam, keep the scale down.
Skechers rarely disappoints regarding their footwear style, but the Go Walk 3 might be an exception. The shoes aren’t particularly bad-looking, but Skechers has already set the bar pretty high for themselves.
The Go Walk 3 comes in two closure types: slip-on and lace-up. Unsurprisingly, the lace-up is much more secure, although the slip-on does look more sleek and refined. However, the slip-on doesn’t have the characteristic reflective “S” Skechers logo, elevating the lace-up version to a new level.
Furthermore, detailing is present throughout the shoe, including the sole, heel, and tongue. It’s subtleties like these that propel Skechers into the footwear world’s big league.
Skechers offers some of the most comfortable walking shoes on the market, and the Go Walk 3 series sits restfully on the top of that list.
Features of comfort are peppered throughout the entire shoe. Starting from the outside-in, the entire upper comprises a lightweight mesh material, as does the interior lining. Luckily, the mesh does wonders for day-long breathability and keeps your feet sweat and odor-free.
The tongue rests comfortably right below ankle-length, as does the heel counter. So, you won’t have to worry about the shoes scraping against the back of your feet on your daily walks. Furthermore, the toe box is nice and roomy— enough to wiggle your toes and keep the blood flowing.
But the real stars of the show are the insole, the outsole, and everything in between. The insoles comprise a 1.5-inch cushioned memory foam for extra support and comfort. Moreover, the GoImpulse and Goga Mat tech makes you feel like you’re walking on cloud nine.
It is important to point out that the Go Walk 3 (and the Go Walk series in general) is designed for people who suffer from ankle, leg, or back pain. This is likely why Skechers spared no expense in making the Go Walk 3 the most comfortable and supportive model to date.
The entire Go Walk series has a unique tread pattern that boosts their overall traction. The Go Walk 3, in particular, has round spongy circles throughout the sole. This tread pattern provides good enough traction for walking and even some light jogging and exercise.
However, the outsole can’t handle super-rugged terrains. Since they are primarily walking shoes, they naturally prioritize comfort over high traction. They do so through the soft, foam-like material that makes up the round treads, which act like cushion pads for your feet.
Overall, the traction is what you’d expect from a walking shoe. Some users have complained about the round cushion pads on the soles popping off after intense physical activity— which is precisely the problem. Keep in mind that these walking shoes aren’t meant for heavy-duty physical activities and sports.
We just talked about how the Go Walk 3 shoes aren’t that great for vigorous sports or training. They’re also not the most ideal for running due to their high cushioning levels. Remember: walking shoes and running shoes can not always be used interchangeably.
Furthermore, the cushion-like tread is extremely vulnerable against highly-rugged surfaces. Hence, hiking and trekking are off the table.
However, these walking shoes hold up pretty well against less intense non-walking activities.
Furthermore, they look great with everyday outfits, so you know you’ll be getting a lot of use out of them.
This particular model of Skechers is not waterproof or water-resistant. You’ll be fine with one or two accidental steps in a puddle. But after that, your feet will start to become uncomfortably wet.
So, if you are thinking of taking a long walk in the pouring rain, these shoes might put a damper on your plans.
With that said, the mesh interior offers a bit of redemption; it allows for consistent ventilation so that, even if your shoes, socks, and feet get wet, they will dry out pretty quickly.
This is a bit of a tricky category because the Go Walk 3 certainly isn’t the most durable shoe in Skechers’ inventory. But it is an extremely durable walking shoe.
The point of difference is that if you use the shoes as they were intended—for lightweight activities— they can last pretty long. It’s when you start taking them to the tracks or hills that they will begin to disintegrate before their time.
Otherwise, you can expect zero frays, pristine-condition memory foam, and intact outsoles for at least a year.
So, here’s the million-dollar question: should you buy the Skechers Performance Go Walk 3 Lace-up edition?
Here’s one way to put it: wearing the Go Walk 3 feels like taking your feet on vacation. So, if your hustle-and-bustle life has got your feet screaming for a break, the Skechers Go Walk 3 shoes are a good way to go.
Just bear in mind that these shoes are designed as walking shoes. They don’t pretend to be anything else, nor should you force them to be. Just wear them on the go, and you should be able to get a long-time use out of them.