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FOOTWEAR FOCUS ROAD TEST


Emma Cookeputs the boot into Skechers GOwalk Shoes


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n the words of Nancy Sinatra, these boots are made for walking. And by boots, I mean these Skechers GOwalk shoes. Because as sassy as Ms. Sinatra’s boots may have been, there’s no chance they made walking as easy as Skechers do. It’s not their fault; after all, technology like this just


didn’t exist back in the sixties. Technology I hear you say? Oh yes, technology. Oodles and oodles of it.


GOwalks are designed to ‘elevate the natural walking experience’ and allow you to interact and respond to any surface, while still keeping your feet protected. On the soles are Goimpulse sensors, moving together and independently to promote a natural stride. Integrated OrthoLite™ anti- microbial sockliners keep feet fresh and non-slippy, so you can walk without socks. Room in the forefoot gives extra space for toes and reduces friction, whilst Resalyte midsoles provide impact absorption. They even have something called 360 Degree Responsive Flexibility that flexes and twists to allow your foot to move naturally. I think the future may have arrived in shoe form. Better still is that these shoes don’t feel like shoes on your feet. They feel


like, well, nothing at all. They’re incredibly lightweight, with not a scrap of extra material in sight. You don’t even have the weight of laces holding you down, as these slip on and off with ease. I weighed mine - 206g. I kid you not, when I wear these I’m basically doing an excellent impression of a leaping gazelle. And, as far as walking shoes go, they aren’t too shabby in the looks


department either. In fact, these are rather radical. Coming in a range of bright colours, they’re smooth, they’re streamlined, from a distance they could pass for loafers; in short they make regular walking boots look like the Quasimodo of the shoe world. As alternative to bulky walking boots? Sign me up. The problem is these


are so very comfy, the temptation is to throw vanity to the wind and wear them everywhere, not just on secluded hikes and early morning power walks. Of course, once you start treading down that slippery slope, it’s only a matter of time until you run into someone you’d hoped meeting again would involve you looking like you’d stepped off the pages of a glossy magazine. Not in work clothes with your high heels swapped for GOwalks. It’s all too easy to do - trust me, boy were my feet comfy. There’s no doubt about it, Skechers have managed to get into the


mindset of women and give them exactly what they want, something mere mortals have been trying to do for centuries. A walking shoe that is as light to wear as it is quick to put on, and that is a far cry from the cumbersome walking shoes of the past. My conclusion? Walking all over the countryside in these - a must.


Innovative placement allows the GOimpulse sensors to move


together and independently as they provide sensory feedback to the brain. Dynamic interaction promotes a natural stride for a more efficient and responsive walk. Radically lightweight - No extra material, no extra weight, nothing to slow you down. 360 Degree Responsive Flexibility - SKECHERS GOwalk flexes and twists allowing your foot to move naturally. Sockless Walking - Integrated OrthoLite™ anti-microbial sockliner helps inhibit odor and prevent slippage. Roomier Forefoot - Extra space to reduce friction and allow your toes to spread, grip and push off. Resalyte™ Midsole - Proprietary lightweight midsole compound provides just the right impact absorption


Trade: £24.00 - RRP: £49.00


Contact: Skechers Tel: 01707 655 955 E-mail: ukinfo@eu.skechers.com Web: www.skechers.co.uk


Details: Women's SKECHERS GOwalk Walking Shoes SKECHERS GOwalk elevates the natural walking experience, allowing


you to interact with and respond to practically any surface, while offering the additional benefit of real world protection.


14 • FOOTWEAR TODAY


• OCTOBER 2013


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