Sir Issac Newton’s third law of motion states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This law is the basis of design in the Newton Running shoe. Usually it would seem one-sided to single out a running shoe without comparing it to another, but Newton shoes are, in many ways, in a league of their own.
First off, the Newton running shoe tends to be lighter than most running shoes on the market. The Newton has shaved off a few ounces without sacrificing support and cushioning. “The shoes are very lightweight. I usually run in the Asic Kayanos which are about 11.5 ounces and I believe the Newtons are in the 9 ounce range,” says Newton tester Kevin Hewitt who logs in 80-100 miles a week and is currently striving to break the 3-hr marathon barrier. “I have noticed a big difference and it is not a bad thing. So far I am pleased with performance. They have a nice feel and they feel as if you do not have a shoe on.”
It is encouraged to transition into a pair Newtons especially if you are a heel striker. They are not designed like other running shoes. For one thing, the heel is lower than most shoes. Newtons are meant to train a runner to become a midfoot to forefoot striker, which is a more natural foot strike (watch video below). If you are a heel striker, you need to gradually build up your mileage to adjust to a Newton.
The unique feature on a Newton, and what makes it stand out from the rest, is the four external actuator lugs. (see slideshow) These bumps are like having four mini springs in your midfoot. (The video below shows the anatomy of this design). But are they all hype or do they really work? “I don’t think the four external actuator lugs are gimmicky. They are effective. They seem to push you forward from the midsole. When I run in them I feel a little more spring to my stride”, says Hewitt.
Newtons tend to run on the higher end of cost compared to other shoes. A pair of Newtons can run from $139-$175 depending on the model, but with this shoe, you get what you pay for. If you are looking for something different that can potentially make you a better runner, a Newton may be worth a try. Most running stores sell this cutting-edge shoe. To learn more or to purchase a pair visit www.newtonrunning.com
Note: Newton tester Kevin Hewitt prefers to use his Newtons as a part of his training versus his primary shoe. “I like them for track workouts though I am considering wearing them for a half marathon in Hershey Oct 3rd.”
Newton’s Sir Issac Neutral Trainer (MSRP $149) provided by Backbone Media–Thank you!
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