Newton Distance Elite

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The Newton Distance Elite is a neutral running shoe. The minimalist shoe can be used as a race day option or daily trainer. The shoe was actually designed for elites and has been tested by various top level runners. The shoe was then introduced to the wider public. Many runners, including elites, have lauded the Newton Distance Elite because it’s light, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing. The shoe is perfect for those who need a reliable daily trainer for short or long distance training.

Pros
  • The shoe is extremely lightweight and provides great energy return
  • The low to the ground design provides stability
  • It's perfect for road running
  • Can handle long runs and go fast
Cons
  • Requires a breaking in period
  • Not as supportive as other high-end shoes
  • Lack of cushioning
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Newton Distance Elite is composed of high-density rubber, concentrated in the midfoot area. The rearfoot is composed of lightweight EVA. The Action / Reaction lugs underfoot provide excellent energy return and protection for the wearer. The outsole design also ensures the runners is close to the ground and provides a close connection with running surfaces. The design of the Newton Distance Elite is novel and provides a greater rebound effect. The outsole's rubber compound provides good grip while allowing for a smooth, fast ride. The carbon rubber heel enhances durability and ensures the wearer's foot stays put.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The Newton Distance Elite's midsole is fairly thin to help reduce the overall weight of the shoe. Even with minimal cushioning, the shoe is comfortable. The lugs underfoot help attenuate shock and provide energy return. The foot is able to flex naturally thanks to the Meta-flex groves featured in the shoe's forefoot.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper of the Newton Distance Elite is made of very breathable open mesh. The open mesh design is meant to keep feet cool and dry. The asymmetrical laces are slip-proof and feature a double eyelet design to ensure the shoe's fit is snug. The upper also features support straps that provide an added layer of support. The toe cap, featured in the forefoot, is nice and thick in order to protect from impact with debris and rocks.

Weight
Weight

Weight

The Newton Distance Elite is a very lightweight shoe. It's light enough to be considered an option for race day. The reduced weight of the shoe means it's capable of running fast and long. The low weight comes thanks to the minimal midsole cushioning and reduction in material used to construct the shoe.

Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The Newton Distance Elite features a breathable upper. The upper is constructed of open mesh that helps to ventilate and keep feet dry. The shoe does a good job at wicking away moisture and helps to minimize the chances of blister formation. Rainy conditions or hot weather shouldn't be a problem when running in the Newton Distance Elite

Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Newton Distance Elite fits like a glove. When worn, it almost feels like you've got nothing on. The wider toe box provides room to breathe and wiggle your toes. It's perfect for runners with wide feet.

Most will find that the maximum level of comfort is achieved by running on pavement. The minimal cushioning provides a decent layer of protection. Most of the padding can be found in the front of the foot but you'll also find cushion in the midfoot and a bit of padding in the heel.

The shoe is supportive and provides good traction but when making quick movements it's possible that some runners may experience some slippage inside the shoe. This effect may be uncomfortable for some. Ensuring the asymmetrical laces are done up securely may reduce potential slippage.

The lugs underfoot also seem to reduce the efficiency in toeing off.
Style
Style

Style

The Newton Distance Elite is available in several bright and colorful shades. All of them are attractive. The shoe is not so flashy as to be bothersome. Instead, it looks bright and cheerful as many Newton brand shoes do.

Durability
Durability

Durability

Durability is often dependent on how a person uses their shoes. The Newton Distance Elite lacks a layer of rubber in the heel section of the outsole. For those who tend to heel strike, this may mean the shoe's outsole will wear out significantly faster. The lightweight construction means that Newton sacrificed some elements, mostly to the detriment of the shoe's lifespan. If used on technical terrain, the shoes are likely to last a short period of time.


Protection
Protection

Protection

The Newton Distance Elite features a lower heel to toe drop. For those who are used to a higher drop shoe, the Distance Elite may take some getting used to. When a shoe is closer to the ground, you work different muscles in your leg. You may find yourself getting sore in new places after a run in minimal shoes. If you're transitioning from a traditional shoe, it's probably a good idea to ease into the Distance Elite. Start slowly. Don't jump into a long run wearing this shoe.

Newton also suggests an adjustment period for those who are not used to more minimal footwear. First, walk in the shoes then take them on short runs.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Newton Distance Elite features a Action / Reaction lugs underfoot. These lugs provide excellent energy return and provide great grip on a variety of surfaces. Runners are able to go fast and get a smooth ride.

Those who are not used to minimal cushioning need to take caution. Even with a good amount of rebound, the lower cushion level takes some time to get used to.

Support
Support

Support

The Newton Distance Elite is a neutral shoe. It's also best used on the road. It's a shoe made for runners who do not have issues with overpronation. The shoe is still supportive enough but it's not a good choice for runners who require extra stability.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Newton Distance Elite is meant to perform on race day. It's perfect for running on a variety of surfaces. You can take on runs in an urban setting. You can do repeats at the track and you can enjoy gravel trails. The shoe is not made to handle technical terrain, though. The shoe does not have enough protection underfoot to handle rough trails. Use the shoe for road running and you should feel comfortable and protected.
Price
Price

Price

The Newton Distance Elite is a fairly expensive shoe. It's not the priciest Newton brand shoe, though. The price seems worth it when taking into account the benefits the shoe provides. The shoe provides a comfortable, fast ride that's also responsive. For those dedicated to the sport of running, the Newton Distance Elite is a value purchase.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The Newton Distance Elite is meant to be a racing shoe. It's perfect for road racing. It's not great when it comes to off-road running, though.

Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Newton Distance Elite features unique lugs underfoot. The lugs are placed in the forefoot area of the shoe. Because of this placement, the forefoot of the shoe lacks flexibility. The midfoot, free of lugs, provides flexibility for the wearer.

Stability
Stability

Stability

The Newton Distance Elite can handle smooth surfaces quite well. The low heel to toe drop means that the wearer will have good ground feel. In harsher terrain, this can be a problem. When the ground underfoot is unstable, the Distance Elite tends to suffer in terms of stability.

Drop
Drop

Drop

The Newton Distance Elite features a 2mm drop. The drop is the same for other similar Newton models. As the company has managed to create a lighter shoe, the ground feel has become more pronounced. The low-drop does take some getting used to especially for those who have been wearing traditional shoes. It's a good idea to transition to this type of shoe slowly. Add in more runs with this shoe, but make sure you're not doing all your training in the Distance Elite to start.
Key features
Key features

Key features

• Breathable open mesh upper
• Asymmetrical lacing system provides secure fit;
• Midfoot support straps provide additional support;
• Heel counter locks in the rearfoot;
• High-density rubber in outsole provides good grip;
• Heel composed of EVA adds a layer of comfort;
• Action/Reaction lugs featured in the forefoot;
• Midsole EVA cushioning provides good energy-return;
Bottom line
Bottom line

Bottom line

The Newton Distance Elite is a good option for both short and long distance runner. It's perfect for road runs on even terrain. The shoe is meant for neutral runners who want to go fast.

The low heel to toe drop provides excellent ground feel. On tough trails, this can definitely be a problem. Runners used to a low drop shoe who want a fast ride will enjoy running in the Newton Distance Elite. Despite it's higher price tag, the positives outweigh the negatives. The shoe is worth the price.