At first glance, it’s hard to tell what shoe style this pair is. They have the silhouette of a flat, but the outsole of a sneaker and the detailing of a loafer. “Sport casual comfort sneakers” – that’s what Skechers has chosen to call this pair, so we’ll just go with that.
Indeed, the Breathe Easy – Good Influence shoe has all the flexibility of a flat combined with the functionality of a sneaker. They have high-tech cushioning that provides instant, personalizes comfort, and a closure system that’s quick and convenient. They also come in three different colors and have stitching accents to enhance their appearance. With that said, they also have their flaws when it comes to style and sizing. Overall, we think these are great for working or busy women who need all-day walking and standing comfort. To learn about their key features in more detail, scroll on!
Before talking about the specifics of the model, let’s backtrack a bit and talk about the brand behind its design and manufacturing first. Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard of the brand Skechers
. This brand is an American brand that sells lifestyle and performance footwear, such as sporty sandals, water shoes, and sneakers. The brand was first founded in 1992 but has since grown to become the third largest athletic footwear brand in the US. They offer products for men, women, and children.
Three different color options are offered with this model: black, grey, and navy. All three are pretty dark and neutral tones that can be worn with nearly everything. No matter if you’re wearing a brightly-colored and patterned outfit, or an outfit that’s more toned-down and formal, a pair of these can complete the look. However, it’s still a shame that there are no bolder colors offered with this pair. The outsole varies with the color of the upper to provide a more unified look, and the lining is of a checkered pattern that also matches the upper colors.
One of the greatest benefits of this pair is their convenience. Thanks to their low collar and their flat style, they can be slipped right o
n. There are some laces on the vamp, but these are bungee stretch, ‘infinity’ style ones that are elastic and super flexible. They give the toes a bit more flexibility, but don’t come in the way of slipping them on. Their convenience renders them the perfect grab-and-go pair for really busy mornings when you can’t be bothered with laces.
Cushioning’s another key feature in this model. Like some other Skechers footwear, this pair has Air Cooled Memory Foam in the soles. Memory foam
is usually found in mattresses, but now you can have it underfoot at all times during the day. The gel-infused foam contours itself to the shape of your foot, providing immediate comfort. The personalized fit also reduces the risk of support in the wrong places. As well, it’s lightweight and thin so that the shoe doesn’t become too bulky and heavy, but it’s also great for cushioning.
Thanks to the fabric material and the thin outsole, these casual sneakers are incredibly flexible. The feet are not restrained from their natural flexing motions when walking, and this ensures you stay at ease during the day. When you’re walking around a lot, either around the workplace or when running errands outdoors, this also prevents foot strain and fatigue that stiff shoes may cause. As well, the bungee style lacing ensures your toes can wiggle comfortably, and on the sides, there are stretchy fabric cords to ensure comfortable side-to-side motion as well.
The Breathe Easy - Good Influence sneakers are mainly made of fabric. This renders them lightweight and super flexible. It also lowers the price of the pair, because more expensive materials like suede and leather would drive up the price of the overall pair. They have jersey uppers with a soft heathered finish, as well as fabric overlays at the toe and heel panels to enhance their durability. This way, these key areas of the shoe won’t wear out as quickly or as easily. The outsole is made of flexible rubber. As we mentioned already, the insoles are made of gel-infused memory foam for instant personalized comfort and cushioning.
The biggest downside about these sneakers is their inaccurate sizing. Many customers have said that their fit is too wide, making them feeling loose and bulky. One customer said they had to go down as much as a whole size and a half from their usual size. Funny enough, this model is offered in both medium and wide width, but not narrow. As part of Skechers’ Relaxed Fit collection, they are meant to be roomy for comfort, but if it’s to the extent that it’s actually interfering with comfort, then there’s a problem. However, to counterbalance that there are a couple of perks, too. Half sizes are offered with this pair, and to guide you toward the right size, Skechers offers a size guide
on their website that you can consult.
The rubber outsoles feature a subtle but effective traction pattern. As you can see in the bottom view photo, it’s not your typical traction pattern. There are no hexagonal or triangular grooves, the kind you usually see in sneakers. In fact, the pattern seems too subtle to do much. It’s true that because of this, the pattern might wear out quickly and leave the outsoles really slippery. But unless you’re doing a lot of walking outdoors on rough asphalt or other terrains that wear down the outsoles, we don’t think it would be a problem. What’s offered is more than enough for smooth indoor floors in the workplace
Before discussing this topic, we’d first like to remind you that style is subjective. It’s all about personal preferences and taste in fashion, so never follow anyone’s advice (not even ours!) above your own opinion. With that said, here’s what we think. These casual sneakers are pretty good-looking for their functionality and practical benefits, but they’re not what you’d pick for the sake of fashion. Their outsoles have a kind of rugged look that’s unlike those on similar-looking flats, and that’s not so elegant or feminine for women. The Skechers logo at the tongue and heel also make them look kind of rough, because this brand is known for their practicality and not really their style. With that said, for work shoes or go-to comfy shoes, there are worse-looking ones for sure.
Value is also subjective. Depending on how much your budget is, you’ll have a different idea for a “good bargain
” compared to the next person. However, considering their high-tech memory foam insole, their convenience, and their overall comfort and practicality, we think they’re pretty worth their price. It’s true that for the same price, you could get a pair that’s more fashionable - perhaps one made of leather or suede and that looks more feminine and elegant. However, then you lose the breathability and flexibility of the fabric uppers, as well as the handy traction of the outsole. If you plan on wearing this pair every single day for work, they’re definitely a great pick that’ll serve you well.
The main benefit of the Breathe Easy - Good Influence casual sneakers is their cushioning and flexibility. The high-tech memory insole provided by Skechers ensures that the footbed contours to the shape of the foot to provide personalized comfort. Meanwhile, the fabric uppers and flexible outsole ensure that your foot can flex and move naturally when walking, reducing fatigue and strain. On top of that, they are slip-on and have a subtle but effective traction pattern. The downside of these shoes is that they run wide in size, come in only three neutral colors, and are not the most fashionable. These downsides may make your experience with them not so great. However, on the whole these shoes have lots of great features. We recommend them to women who are always on their feet
for their job and who can dress casually when working. Nurses
, and chefs
will find themselves feeling great even after a long day thanks to the cushioning and flexibility of this pair!