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Comparing go walk 2 with go walk 3...
on October 14, 2015
Comparing go walk 2 with go walk 3... I got the go walk 3's as a birthday gift, and after reading hundreds of reviews, decided to also buy the go walk 2's here on Amazon. Some of the reviews said gowalk 2's were a better old design than 3's, and other reviews said just the opposite, that the 3's have many improvements. Since you can still get both on Amazon. this is an important issue, although it may also be a preference issue.
First, I walk my shoes literally to death. My Cardiologist (a short sweet young little Chinese doc who got his MD from Hopkins at age 16 and ran one of the US's largest cath labs by 20) has an astonishing presentation on how humans evolved to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. He and I coauthored the Wiki article "Preferred Walking Speed" (check out the exercise section). SO, I try to wear these shoes out with a vengeance.
The comparison. Like many other reviews, BOTH of these shoes are light, comfortable, don't give a lot of arch support, but are like walking on clouds. My sister's pair have lasted 2 years (she walks way more than 15,000 steps a day and is a nurse) and are in great shape. There is a theory of podiatry that says we shouldn't "over-support" our feet (as in, walk bare foot if you can), and these sketchers are pretty natural, SO, if you NEED support, these might be a problem. My doc says to train your feet not to need them.
I wear an 11D US, and here's what I found: The 2's have looser toes, and tighter heels, the 3's have looser heels and tighter toes! So your choice is to put band aids around your toes when you break them in, or a band aid on your heel (if you walk a lot), because EITHER toe rubbing or heel rubbing WILL wear a hole after 10,000 steps a day!
BUT: Toe rubbing (due to tightness) "breaks in" in the go walk 2 after a couple weeks, whereas the loose heel of the 3 is permanent-- it will NEVER stop rubbing. So, my vote, everything else being equal, is to get the 2's (since they are similar in price), but only as a heavy walker. For all day around the house, either are great. You can't go wrong with either, both are made very well and are like walking on a cloud, especially for casual wear.