11 Best Newton Running Shoes Tested & Compared

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Newton may not be the first company that comes to mind when shopping for running shoes, but it is a brand deserving of your attention. While they certainly make a high quality running shoe, Newton is dedicated to spreading the ideology of running through education and philanthropy. They work hard to be a company about running and not just the shoes. Newton is dedicated to progress, striving to make their running shoe technology stand out from the crowd; always working towards not just being something different but being something better.

Compiled below is a what we believe to be the best of the large variety of running shoe styles that Newton has to offer. Additionally we have our metric for judging as well as helpful information to aid in making a decision and a FAQ section for the common questions we hear from runners during the shoe selection process.

Last Updated: December 19, 2017
By Brian Price:

Newton is consistenly working to improve and innovate their shoe and Runnerclick works hard to keep their readers up to date. The Gravity 6, Motion 6, Distance 6, and the Energy NR have been added to the list to reflect that.

Lady Isaac
  • Lady Isaac
  • 5 out of 5
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  • Unique Beveled Heel & Toe Design
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Distance VI
  • Distance VI
  • 4.8 out of 5
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  • Improved ventilation
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Motion VI
  • Motion VI
  • 4.5 out of 5
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  • Solid stability & support
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11 Best Newton Running Shoes

 

1. Newton Lady Isaac

One of Newton’s flagship shoes, the Lady Isaac is intended for walking or running.
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Comfort/Stability:
Newton states that this is their most structured and supportive shoe. With a toe drop of 4.5 mm, this highly stable, yet cushioned shoe is highly responsive to impact. It has midfoot support to help combat pronation.

Durability/Quality:
A highly durable shoe because of carbon rubber, it is also breathable because of a mesh upper.

Value:
One of the most expensive, but most highly rated, Newton shoes.
Pros
  • Appropriate for all levels of running;
  • designed to help prevent common running injuries;
  • Users report roomy toe box
Cons
  • None reported by running and walking users alike!

2. Newton Distance VI

Newton brings a heavy competitor to the running shoe market with the responsive Distance 6.
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Comfort/Stability:
The cushioned and comfortable Distance 6 is constructed of flexible mesh for a snug fit that is properly ventilated. The Distance 6 comes equipped with Newton’s innovative lugs for a more controlled stride.

Durability/Quality:
The Newton’s Distance 6 is a hardworking and durable shoe.

Value:
These running shoes are a valuable edition to any runners rotation, even at a slightly higher than average price.
Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Responsive cushioning
  • Mesh construction for better ventilation 
  • Designed with lugs for a more responsive shoe
Cons
  • Pretty pricey

3. Newton Motion VI

The Newton Motion 6 are a light and easy shoe that will have you feeling ready to run from the moment you put them on.
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Comfort/Stability:
The Newtons Motion 6 are lightweight and flexible, with little to no break in time.

Durability/Quality:
Newton is a reliable brand with few complaints involving quality and durability.

Value:
The Motion 6, similar to other shoes from Newton, are slightly pricy. While these shoes are a wise investment for any discerning runner, make sure if shopping online to use discretion since they have been know to be of a smaller fit.
Pros
Cons
  • Some users report this shoe seems smaller than other Newton shoes of the same size

4. Newton MV3

This light shoe is made for short and mid-distance running, as well as speed workouts.
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Comfort/Stability:
The MV3 has a zero-drop platform with light inner padding, making it ideal for short distances. Most users report having great runs up to 10 miles in the MV3.

Durability/Quality:
Breathable and quick-drying mesh enables runners to tackle any terrain during their workout. Plus, the insole is made of a removable, anti-bacterial fabric to help combat germs and odor.

Value:
Higher end of the price spectrum, but durability and the return policy more than make up for this.
Pros
  • Lightweight;
  • quick-drying;
  • anti-bacterial;
  • users report decreased lumbar pain
Cons
  • Specialized for short distances

5. Newton Gravity VI

The Gravity VI is another iteration in long line of impressively performing shoes and is reflective of Newtons persistent innovations in running technology.
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Comfort/Stability:
The Gravity VI are well padded and constructed of flexible mesh for a snug customized fit.

Durability/Quality:
The continued changes in the shoe are a sign of Newton’s dedication to innovation. Some runners who are familiar with the gravity line may not be keen on them because of a lack of consistency

Value:
The Newton Gravity VI are definitely on the higher end of cost for the brand.
Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Snug heel
  • Flexible mesh construction for better fit
Cons
  • Runs small
  • Some runners may not like the new style tongue

6. Newton Boco II

Puddles? Blizzards? Mud? None of these stand a chance against the All Weather Boco II.
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Comfort/Stability:
Runners will keep their feet dry in this water-resistant shoe. Toes stay warm while wrapped in the lined upper, and a closed-mesh upper keeps dirt and pebbles out of your shoe.

Durability/Quality:
Extra lining and super-strong construction allow the All Weather Boco II to battle through any terrain.

Value:
Priced in the average range for a pair of Newtons.
Pros

Water-resistant; durable materials; lightweight

Cons

Users report shoes run about half the size small


7. Newton Distance Elite

This shoe was originally only available to elite running teams, but when released to the public, some of the world's fastest runners really took off!
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Comfort/Stability:
The Distance Elite is a minimally neutral running shoe intended for ultra marathons. It's light weight makes it super fast, and mesh construction lets your foot breathe.

Durability/Quality:
Although this shoe is green with it's recycled laces, webbing, insole, outsole, AND box, it's construction can stand up to the challenge of an ultra race.

Value:
Priced at the high end of the Newton spectrum.
Pros

Lightweight; eco-friendly

Cons

Some users report feeling rolling or pronation in these shoes


8. Newton Fate II

The Fate II is intended for all levels of runner that are looking for comfort. This is the shoe that Newton recommends for runners new to their brand, to introduce them to their Action/Reaction technology.
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Comfort/Stability:
Made of stretchy, breathable mesh uppers, this shoe easily conforms to any foot shape. The no-sew overlay prevents foot and skin irritation, and EVA foam sole construction cushions the foot, especially on impact.

Durability/Quality:
Great performance on hard-packed and man-made surfaces. Easily maintains traction on wet surfaces.

Value:
Another higher-priced Newton
Pros
Cons
  • Seen as an “intro” or “newbie” shoe by some users

9. Newton Kismet II

The Kismet II is made for runners that crave stability.
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Comfort/Stability:
This shoe has a wider-than-normal platform to provide stability to non-neutral runners. Stretch panels and extra cushioning keep your feet comfy and secure.

Durability/Quality:
Action/Reaction technology, a key feature of Newton Running shoes, maximizes energy use. A durable rubber sole provides long-lasting traction and wear.

Value:
Priced higher along with the other Newtons
Pros
  • Users report a reduction in knee and foot pain
Cons
  • Users reported a small fit and had to reorder the shoe a half size larger

10. Newton Aha

Designed as a tribute to The Windy City, the Men’s Special Edition Chicago AHA is made for marathon. It has a 6mm toe drop.
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Comfort/Stability:
Super lightweight, the Chicago AHA has a POP3 platform and a foam filled chamber, making runners feel like they are running on air.

Durability/Quality:
The s.h.a.r.c. outsole makes this shoe highly durable, as does the seamless engineered mesh upper.

Value:
Was priced like other Newton shoes, but there are currently discounts on this special edition
Pros
  • Lightweight (users say this is the lightest show they ever wore);
  • Suited for extra-long distances
Cons
  • You have to love Chicago to wear this one

11. Newton Energy NR

11. Newton Energy NR
The Energy NR is a solid shoe from Newton that is not only reliable but affordable.
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Comfort/Stability:
Newton Energy NR are comfortable running shoes with very little break in time. Their design is optimized for regulation of stride. They also have a wide toe box to allow the runner proper spread to push themselves off of each step.

Durability/Quality:
Aside from running a bit on the narrow side, these shoes are of Newton’s same standard of exceptional quality and durability.

Value:
The Energy NR has all of the same amazing features available from Newton with one of the lowest price tags on this list.
Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Little to no break in
  • Wide toe box
  • Regulates proper stride
Cons
  • Fit may be challenging to those with wide feet

So, other than its do-gooder mantra, what makes Newton Running Shoes the ones to buy? Newton Running was named after Sir Isaac Newton and has based its company on Newton’s Third Law, that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Physics is the running force (pun intended) behind every pair of Newton running shoes. Plus, with free shipping and free returns, why not give them a try?


The Criteria Used When Searching For The Best Running Shoes From Newton

Good running shoes are essential and it’s vitally important you choose the right ones for you. That’s why it’s very important to make sure you have the best running shoes to enjoy your running work out at all times. It’s estimated that when you run 5 miles, the feet strike the ground approximately 7500 times. This in turns means that wearing the wrong type shoes means more pressure will be exerted and absorbed by your joints as you run. Not only that, the wrong type of shoes will also expose you to possible running injuries.

Different people require different running shoes, that’s why it’s important to note that the ideal running shoes for a person might not work for another person. While picking out the best newton running shoes the following factors were considered.

 

Breathability

Breathability is another huge thing to pay attention to. It can sometimes really spoil a run if your feet are so sweaty that they feel like they are swimming in your shoes. It is also important to prevent build up of moisture and bacteria. This could actually cause some problems for you down the road, if you continuously run in damp shoes that don’t breath well.

Gender

Men and Women run differently so remember that shoes are designed specifically for your gender. Choosing the right shoes isn’t always easy; the way you run, your weight, your feet’s shape size, and the surfaces you tend to run on will affect the type of shoe you require.

Weight

Your weight should also be taken into consideration when choosing your shoes, as heavier runners require additional cushioning and/or enhanced motion control features. This applies to men over 85kg and women over 73kg.

Grip / Traction

If you predominantly run on a trail or off road, then you’ll need specialized trail running shoes. These will be made in more durable materials, and will have greater traction on the soles to give you better grip on uneven surfaces.

Materials

The upper of the shoe is a mix of materials: a knitted upper, a high density print made of materials for durability, and neoprene. The knitted upper takes up about three fourths of the upper, stopping just at the heel area of the shoe, where neoprene takes over. The knitted upper is covered with fuse in a high density print; interestingly, the print gets denser in high wear and stress areas. Nylon strands act as part of the lacing system and this comes to one of my only nitpicks about the shoe: the laces.

Fit

The shoes provide an amazing lockdown that is superb. You must get the right size so that you have the best fit, which is a key component to getting quality lockdown. This will reduce the Crazy Hustle will have you covered. The shoes do not have any heel slippage or movement within the shoe during play, just containment. The lacing system and tongue work in tandem by wrapping your foot and keeping it directly on the foot bed. Fit is the most important thing, and that means the heel is snug, you have enough space for the ball of the foot to move a little, and enough room to wiggle your toes

Support 

The shoe provides a ton of support features right from the bottom of the shoes. Moving up, the midsole sits ever so slightly wider than the foot bed. The midsole acts as a cradle for your foot and an outrigger as there is no exaggerated traditional outrigger present. The high density print fuse overlay adds support and durability to the upper. In the heel, there is an internal heel counter. Finally, the nylon straps incorporated into the lacing system go down to the foot bed, securing your foot when the shoe is laced up. All in all, the newton shoes have excellent support.

 

Other Important Metrics or Factors To Consider

 

Types of Trainers or Running Shoes

For every day running on roads or treadmills, there are two main types of trainers or running shoes – cushioned and structured. To choose between them you’ll need to understand the way you run.

Motion Control Trainer

Highly recommended for athletes who suffer from excessive pronation of the feet when running or walking.  They function by controlling and reducing the level of pronation. Because of the additional features meant for shock absorption the shoes will be very rigid.

Cushioned Trainer

Cushioning is crucial. Its one factor that every feet wants. Though feet want different levels of cushioning. Cushioned trainers are made for the under pronators. Though the supinators can also use them because they offer the same advantages offered to the under pronators that the athletes who have supination look for in a good trainer. The cushioning present ion these trainers guarantee maximum shock and impact absorption during running.

Stability Trainer

Just like the cushioned trainer, this trainer has a cushioning effect though with very medial effect. They have amazing durability  and have combined motion control and cushioning effect to get a more stable feel.  Extreme movement has been limited with this trainer but this will not change or interfere with the feet’s natural running movement.

Lightweight Shoe

These trainers have high level of uniqueness,  they also have  variety when you determine their stability effect and their cushioning degree. These lightweight running trainers offer better responsive features compared to the regular or standard running sneakers. They have smartly designed to supply the feet with  more flexibility, this enables a runner to include natural springy push in their running, something very useful for sprinters and fast paced runners.

The Trail Shoe

Their unique features makes them to be referred to as the versatile shoes. Offering maximum grip to the leg. They are used in all types of terrain ( comfort is guaranteed through out the run). Though produced by all the brands, brands have opted to different their products by each having a specific technology used in making the outsole. Due to the well sort for stability and comfort on very rough and very soft trails, these shoes tend to be very heavy. They are OK for slow runs. Sprinters totally keep off this type of trainer. No matter how comfortable they might feel when you try them, in a sprint race they will totally slow you down.

 

You should also pay attention to things such as pronation

What exactly is pronation and how does it contribute to the picking of a good running sneaker? Pronation can be described as the natural movement ( its always side to side) of a person’s foot when walking or going for a run. Pronation is also referred to as eversion. The arch of the foot starts to get flattened and cushion the generated shock, from the very first strike done by a runner. The weight of the runs is then moved from the outer part of his foot and onto his big toe.

The three types of pronation are:

Neutral Pronation

Even rolling between the outside heel and the inside ball of your foot. This type of pronation is the most efficient gait because the ball of your foot is absorbing enough shock and so doesn’t require the  motion control sneaker. If you experience neutral pronation then its recommended you even wear on your shoes, the best running shoes to wear are the cushioned type. Neutral runners create a ‘normal’ footprint so you would have a normal-sized arch and show the forefoot and heel connected by a broad band.

Over-pronation

Over pronation occurs when rolling onto the inside of your foot too much, this makes your arch flatten and stretches soft tissues. This causes strain on muscles, tendons and ligaments of your foot and lower leg, which at first will just cause fatigue but could go on to cause more serious injuries. If you suffer from over pronation then your shoe wear should be along the inside, mainly around the toes. And your footprint will have a low arch and will look as though it’s the whole sole of your foot. The best shoes to wear are structured, or if your over-pronation is quite severe you’ll need to look for specialized Motion Control trainers to adjust your inward roll.

Under-pronation

Its sometimes referred to as supination. This type of gait means that your foot doesn’t roll enough onto the inside. As your foot doesn’t pronate enough, it won’t be an effective shock absorber. Your shoe wear will be on the outside of your shoes. If you check your foot print, you will see that foot print leaves a very narrow print with almost no band at all between your forefoot and the heel. The best shoe are heavily cushioned shoes to compensate for the lack of shock absorbency in your natural gait.

Roughly 75% of the population over-pronate, 20% have a neutral gait and just 5% under-pronate.

Import things that beginner runners should be aware of.

Many elite and advanced runners can tell you their story when they first started running. Some had a little knowledge while many had none. Most beginner runners always want to have the knowledge on how to start running. Some might even look for training programs. They source for information concerning running shoes and other needed equipment.  Not to mention the worry of having sore muscles. Below are some few tips to guide all our beginner runners:

  1. Safety First: running is not dangerous, in fact you are much safer running 13 miles on a marathon than car racing. It’s one of the safest sports not to mention the many health benefits associated with it.
  2. Selecting your trainers: the very number one apparel for having a successful run. Visit a sports apparel store consult with the sales person. Don’t be afraid to try many pairs of shoes. Make sure the shoes are not only comfortable but they give you a good snug fit. Walk around with the shoes or run if need be.
  3. What’s the appropriate running attire: running is a sport where each runner picks the attire that suits him best. Runners always look for comfort and fats movement they never go for style of fashion. With conviction be sure you have the basic running apparel both for the warm and cold season. Always make sure that the attires do not cause any skin irritations or chaffing.
  4. Running toys and accessories: they are costly investments but then they make your running experience much better. These toys are like fitness trackers and HRMs. They track the distance covered, the pace of running, the heart rate and many other physical aspects of the body. Another new toy in the market is a foam roller, it is ideal for massaging soar or injured muscles.
  5. What of Sore Muscles: just like nay sporting activity, running can leave you with a few sore muscles. Especially when you go for your first run. Most athletes get sore muscles because: their body is not accustomed to working out (common for beginners), the body is used to another type of working out program, and lastly when an athlete decided to go beyond the normal exercise limit. When working out and you experience pain, that means the body can no longer continue with the session, pain is like a stop indicator on the road. This only applies to pain that comes after working out for some time. However, athletes might experience pain when they start working out but diminish after a few minutes. Then it means the muscles were just stiff. If you experience severe pain when running consult with a physical therapist meanwhile you should stop running.
  6. Where do you plan to be going for your run: the time and place used for running determines a lot of things in your running? Most beginners should start their runs in places close to their homes or nearby parks. Trails are also very safe for beginners, and they give one an easy way of measuring how much distance you have covered. On your very first run make sure you go with someone so that they can motivate you. With time you will have the option n of having a variety of running grounds.
  7. When will you be running: many people with active lifestyle prefer morning or late evening runs. Many people see this as a good way of starting their day. When running during the summer try running very early in the morning to avoid getting too much heat, in the winter if it’s possible go for a mid-day run. All in all make sure you have the correct running gears that suits the climate during your running. Go for weather resistant features in all your gears.
  8. Make sure you are always safe: the ideal sporting world, would make it possible for one to run anywhere and at any hour of the day. Well since there are some prevailing factors that make our world not ideal, it’s good to always make sure your running route is very safe always. Train with a partner, avoid listening to music always, and be careful of the environment around you and lastly always avoiding using one route always unless you tend to do it in a group. Running gears with reflective features can also play a part in making sure you are safe.

 

Tips for New Buyers to have in mind when looking for new trainers.

It can be hectic and time consuming looking for a good trainer especially when you don’t have a clue on what exactly you are looking for. That is why we provide you with a compass like set of tips to help you in your next purchase of trainers. They can be used by other new buyers and experienced buyers.

  1. Make sure you have your feet measured frequently: Many people don’t believe the crazy fact that the size of our feet changes when we reach the adult stage. According to MD, Steve Raiken, our feet do increase in size as we grow older it’s just that the rate isn’t as visible as when a child or a teenagers feet growth. And because different brands have different sizes, (not to mention the confusing UK and US sizes of shoes) that is why it’s good to buy a good fit and size instead of buying a brand name.
  2. Shopping for a new pair of trainers should be done towards day end: The more activities you involve your feet in doing the more they swell, many people can fit into a smaller size in the morning but in the evening even their normal size is a little hard to fit in. Feet increase in size as the day continues and also depending on your running and walking intensity. That’s why get a pair of trainers that will fit you even when its midday and not just in the morning hours.
  3. Always have your running socks with your when going to shop for new running sneakers: carry the socks you will use with the shoes for your running or walking sessions. Your trainers should fit perfectly with your running socks. If you have more socks bring three pairs.
  4. Do not be fooled by the breaking in myth: the level of comfortability and fit you get when you first try the shoes, will increase when you actually go running with the shoes. If it is not comfortable then when running you will have to deal with a lot more comfortability from your shoes. To check the fit, you can take a walk or a short sprint when have the shoes on, (this is recommend for a physical purchase). Online purchases will have to depend on customers reviews of the product and also the size chart.
  5. To check the correct size utilize the rule thumb: between the big toe and the far end of the trainer, there should be some space, the recommended space size ranges between 3/8 to ½ inches long. The heel of the runners’ foot ought to have a tight fit. The fit goes along the whole foot even up to the upper section of the foot. Check for any form of slipping as you walk around with the shoes. The sneakers’ upper part ought to have snug fit also that is very secure. It’s also recommended that you try wriggling the toes and see how much space you have. All these much be done when the laces are tied, the lacing system should offer a good fit and not a tightly fit that will strain your upper foot.
  6. Watch out for the whistles and bells on a particular trainer and understand them: Some the shoe brands will look so good in the advertisement, that you will literally order them ASAP. Not to mention the brands that have been endorsed by your favorite athlete. Only to realize the shoes cannot even survive two weeks of running, they are more suited for indoor walking. Look for the features that are being sought after by many runners: a shoe with clear inserts that have been filled with air/ Freon and gel, will have additional shock absorption capabilities. Also it will give the runners feet a springy responsiveness. These features will suit runners who frequently get heel pains when running, but runners whose ankles tend to twist much more easily should keep off such features. Instead they should look for added cushioning which offer less traction. Some runners will have feet that are difficult to fit, and so will opt for shoes that allow them to pump the trainers’ tongue getting a fit that is customized.
  7. You have a budget? Stick to it: high quality trainers will cost you a good amount of money. The cost of comfort and fit can be very tricky and many people might be tempted to find a loop hole and get something cheaper in order to save a few bucks. But then remember you can pay for a trainer because it’s super premium and super fashionable, or even has a celebrity endorsement, only to realize it is not serving the purpose you expected it to. A trainer worth $80 will not be the same as a trainer selling at $15. Make sure you have a budget and stick to it, and always make sure that the trainer you are paying for will give you the comfortability and fit that you are looking for (also the features that will help you in achieving your fitness goals).
  8. Don’t you think that now you need to replace those trainers you bought last season: Clifford Jeng, an MD at Mercy Medical Centre located in Baltimore, says, the average trainers ought to be replaced soon, the soon being around 350 miles to 400 miles of running ( another reason to keep track of all the distance you cover while running). The other obvious method would be to look at your trainers and see if they need to be replaced, also check if they provide the needed support that they used to or it’s a little uncomfortable. There are shoe parts that are good indicators of intense wear and tear, the soles (especially the outsole and the inner/ mid sole) and the upper section.

 

 

FAQ

In order to help in your search a bit more, we have done a little more research. We have put together  a list of questions that are frequently asked, which others are asking while shopping the same product range.

 

Q. What Surface will you be Running on?

A.Usually running shoe varieties are pretty straightforward about what they would be best suited for. Road shoes work best for pavement, usually meant for dealing with smoother tractionless surfaces. Race shoes are cushioned for extended use and injury prevention. Trail shoes are usually specially treaded to deal with difficult terrain and to keep you moving. It is best to keep in mind where you are primarily going to be running when selecting a shoe. Using a shoe on the a surface it wasn’t made for can be uncomfortable and can cause extra wear.

Q. What  kind of socks do you wear while going for a run?

A.A lot of factors play into your running sock choice. Weather plays a huge role in this. Hot weather means you should favor the light and thin athletic socks that breath well, where running in colder temperatures mean you should look into heavier absorbent socks. Some shoes are best suited for sockless running. Others you should make sure that the sock sits at the top of the shoe so that slippage isn’t an issue. Its advised to bring a pair of your socks with you when shopping so that you know of any fitting issues. It is best to avoid blisters caused by sock bunching and heat build up

Q. What are the features of good Running Shoes that I Need to look out for?

A.All good running shoes should be durable, comfortable, supportive, and flexible. These things may vary in degree from shoe to shoe, especially since different types of shoes have different demands put upon them, but they will all be attributes you can definitely feel when the shoe is worn.


Here are some sources we used while conducting our research:

Sources

  1. Eric H. Doss, Lady Isaac Neutral Guidance Trainer-Initial Review, Fitness Website,
  2. Editor, Tried and Tested: Newton Lady Isaac running shoes, Sporting Website,
  3. Peter Larson , Newton Sir Isaac Running Shoe Review: This Heel Striker Can’t Seem to Find His Forefoot, Running Website,
  4. Stan, Shoe Review: Newton Distance V, Running Website,
  5. William Quick, The Newton Motion V, YouTube,
  6. Editorial Team, Newton MV3 Review: Feel the Need for Speed, Running Website,
  7. Editor, Newton Gravity V Review , Running Website,
  8. Jason Saltmarsh, Newton Gravity V, Running Website,
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