10 Best Newton Running Shoes Tested & Compared
Newton is a company all about running. Their products are not for general athletics or for sports that are working centric but for solely running. This single-minded dedication shoes in every one of their designs and how they are clearly made for the trail, 5K, or marathon you bought them for.
Below we have a list of the most exceptional shoes from the Newton line, what we believe are the very best they have to offer. We also have the criteria by which we judge the shoes so our readers can understand the reasoning of our conclusions. Further still, we have our FAQ filled with questions we here frequently and the answers we believe are most helpful.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 13 hrs of research
Appropriate for all levels of running
Designed to help prevent common running injuries
Users enjoy the roomy toe box
- Lady Isaac
- Distance VI
- Motion VI
- Distance Elite
- Tri-Racer MV3
- Boco Sol
- Energy NR
- Energy AHA
- Gravity VI
- Fate III
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Top 10 Picks
1. Lady Isaac
Appropriate for all levels of running
Designed to help prevent common running injuries
Users enjoy the roomy toe box
None reported by running and walking users alike!
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.
A highly durable shoe because of carbon rubber, it is also breathable because of a mesh upper.
One of the most expensive, but most highly rated, Newton shoes.
As a high-quality shoe, this is a great option for active runners who are looking for the best shoes to keep their feet comfortable and protected.
2. Distance VI
Mesh construction for better ventilation
Designed with lugs for a more responsive shoe
Pretty pricey compared to others
Newton brings a heavy competitor to the running shoe market with the responsive Distance 6.Read more
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.
The Newton’s Distance 6 is a hardworking and durable shoe.
These running shoes are a valuable addition to any runners rotation, even at a slightly higher than average price.
These are reliable running shoes that will hold up well to daily workouts, runs, and training sessions. They are made to last and are a popular choice among professional runners and hobbyists alike.
3. Motion VI
Lightweight and breathable
High stability and support
Good toe splay with 4-way stretch
Foam backing on tongue
Reinforced lacing system
Some users report this shoe seems smaller than other Newton shoes of the same size
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.Read more
The Newtons Motion 6 are lightweight and flexible, with little to no break-in time. There is 4-way mesh stretch over the metatarsal panels which helps with a more comfortable foot splay.
Newton is a reliable brand with few complaints involving quality and durability.
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.
If you are looking for running shoes that are affordable, comfortable, and durable then these are on a pair you will want to consider.
4. Distance Elite
Lightweight and breathable
Midfoot support straps
Some users report feeling rolling or pronation in these shoes
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!Read more
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.
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.
Priced at the high end of the Newton spectrum.
Runners put their shoes through a lot with the training and running and workouts but these shoes can take it all and keep delivering comfort and performance day in and day out.
5. Tri-Racer MV3
Users report decreased lumbar pain
Seamless support straps
Roomy toe box and cap
Anatomical lugs help with grip
Specialized for short distances
This light shoe is made for short and mid-distance running, as well as speed workouts.Read more
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.
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. The heel and toe are reinforced with high density rubber to help these high wear areas keep up with you over time.
These shoes sit on the high end of the price spectrum, but durability and the return policy more than make up for this.
Made from comfortable yet durable materials, these shoes will deliver time and time again and are a popular choice for runners and athletes of all sorts.
6. Boco Sol
Strong trail shoes
Wide toe box
May not be fully supportive for high arches
Newtons Boco Sol running shoes are great choices for the runner who wants to tackle trails with a sure foot. The Boco Sol are as comfortable as they are stable and will have you running confidently in all kinds of terrain.Read more
The Boco Sol are known for their high level of comfort and stability. And while they do provide a lot of support or stability, especially for issues like plantar fasciitis, they do seem to fall a bit short when it comes to arch support.
Newton’s Boco Sol is a high-quality shoe with no issues with long-term durability or wear. They even have a water-repellent finish that helps keep them protected over time.
The Boco Sol seem to cost a little less than your average Newton running shoe which is good news since they measure up to the same standards as other shoes from this brand.
runners of all experience levels have turned to these shoes when they need a reliable pair of shoes that will handle the rigors of running. They are a great pair of shoes to have on hand and to use for everyday training and workout runs.
7. Energy NR
Little to no break-in
Wide toe box
Regulates proper stride
Fit may be challenging to those with wide feet
The Energy NR is a solid shoe from Newton that is not only reliable but affordable.Read more
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.
Aside from running a bit on the narrow side, these shoes are of Newton’s same standard of exceptional quality and durability.
The Energy NR has all of the same amazing features available from Newton with one of the lowest price tags on this list.
If you want a reliable go-to pair of running shoes then these will meet your needs. they are designed to hold up to the wear and tear of use and can handle the abuse of track an trail running.
8. Energy AHA
Lightweight (users say this is the lightest shoe they ever wore)
Suited for extra-long distances
Anatomical lug pattern for good traction
Very durable rubber
Seamless mesh uppers
Some special edition patterns aren't available
A little pricey
Available in several different colors as well as special edition releases these are great marathon runners. They have a 6mm toe drop and a P.O.P. 3 platform that gives you a smooth ride.Read more
Super lightweight, the Energy AHA has a POP3 platform and a foam filled chamber, making runners feel like they are running on air. The metatarsal plate is designed for a comfortable step and the seamless uppers are extremely breathable.
The s.h.a.r.c. outsole makes this shoe highly durable, covering high wear areas with super dense rubber. The seamless engineered mesh uppers also contribute to the long life of these shoes.
Comparable to other Newton prices, these shoes are a little expensive but are definitely worth the cost. You may be able to catch a discount with some of the special edition shoes for a limited time.
When it comes to finding a good pair of running shoes, the most expensive is not always the best option. While these are not as flashy as some on this list they still provide everything you need from a good pair of running shoes!
9. Gravity VI
Flexible mesh construction for better fit
4-way stretch metatarsal panel
Lightweight and breathable
Some runners may not like the new style tongue
The Gravity VI is another iteration in long line of impressively performing shoes and is reflective of Newtons persistent innovations in running technology.Read more
The Gravity VI are well padded and constructed of flexible mesh for a snug customized fit. The 4-way stretch metatarsal panel offers an ultra comfortable step.
Reinforced eyelets and a lightweight design will help make this shoe long-lasting, but if you enjoy the Gravity VI you may need to stock up on this model. 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.
The Newton Gravity VI are definitely on the higher end of cost for the brand and this can place it a bit out of reach for some runners.
When you need an affordable pair of running shoes that will perform well without breaking the bank these are the shoes you will want to be using.
10. Fate III
Mesh upper ventilation
Enhanced stretch panels
Seamless construction for comfort
Reflective for safety
5 Lug grip
This shoe is new and isn't as extensively tested
The Fate III is a newer option available and is a fantastic example of Newtons continued commitment to improving and innovating their designs.Read more
The Fate III is a comfortable running shoe, made to with enhanced stretch panels for a more flexible fit. The shoe is also made seamless to prevent uncomfortable rubbing caused by protrusions of the stitching. The Fate III also have five lugs at the bottom to maximize stability and footing.
The Fate III are well-designed running shoes. They have a firm construction that isn’t overly constricting. So they can endure the stress of use as well as absorb that same stress.
These shoes come at a fairly low cost, even for Newtons. The Fate III coming with a markedly affordable price turns them from a great pair of shoes to one of the best on the list.
Though they are last on our list, these shoes are still worth looking at as they provide the support and protection your feet need and are still a high-quality shoe that runners can benefit from.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
A shoe is only the sum of its parts and there are many parts that make up a shoe's comfortability.
Why is it so essential to select the perfect running shoe? Running is an all around work out but its your feet that deals with the punishment, enduring and adapting to all sorts of condition and terrain. The right type of shoe can keep your feet in optimal condition and keep you running, keeping you comfortable and even preventing unnecessary strain and injuries.
We use a diverse set of criteria for a couple of key reasons. Runners have many different needs and what works for some what won’t work for others. So we want our readership to know the criteria so they know we have only the top quality of shoe on our list and so that runners can consider the parameters important to them.
It is important to carefully consider the features that each pair of running shoes has to offer and how each feature can impact your runs and workouts.
Breathability is an essential trait of any good running shoe. Not only does a breathable shoe keep your foot dry and comfortable but these conditions prevent the irritation that can lead to hot spots and, eventually, blisters. These are things that anyone would wish to avoid and runners especially so.
The gender distinction of most shoes comes down to just sizing. Any other model differentiation should be taken into account when considering the shoe, but that is more about the shape of your foot, not your gender. A runners utmost concern is selecting a shoe that suits them. Go with the shoe that serves you best, and don’t let the label worry you.
The weight of a shoe is a serious point to think about when deciding on a shoe. A heavier shoe will provide more padding but will require more effort to move the shoe. Choosing the best option for you and your running style is the goal, so we want you to know what each of these shoes feels like.
Grip / Traction
Whether you run on the deep woods trails or on the sidewalks near your house, you need to have have grip and traction. Making sure your footing doesn’t slip or slide means recording your best times and distances, as well as insuring that you won’t injure yourself as a result of a slip or a fall.
The materials used in a pair of shoes can have a huge impact on how they look, how they feel, and how they perform.
Materials are the first thing you feel when you pick up or touch a shoe you are interested in. How does it feel? Is it flexible? Does it bend with your foot? Does it seem like it would breath? Is it light or heavy? Then there are the other less immediately noticeable aspects that come into play with shoe materials. How well do they repel water? How much moisture can they hold? Does the padding properly absorb the shock of your footfall? These are all the sort of factors we consider when looking at the materials used to construct the shoe.
Looking for a shoe that can provide the best fit can be a real challenge. Sizing can vary from brand to brand, let alone style to style.
Runnerclick wants to give you the lowdown on what brands run looser, tighter, and where they might fit differently on your foot so that you can make an educated choice on which options is best for you. Ideal you want a shoe that isn’t tight enough to constrict your movement, but isn’t loose enough to allow for slipping.
Support is one of those things that is so important to the people who need it and not so much to the people who don’t. If you are a runner who suffers from past injuries, over pronation, or arch issues, we want you to know which shoes on this list will be he most helpful to you and which shoes you will want to avoid so that you may run comfortably and pain free.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Other Factors to Consider
One of the biggest factors that affect the level of comfort you get from your shoe is whether or not if combats the effect of pronation and helps protect your feet.
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Newton designs their shoes exclusively for running. You won’t end up with design features meant for other running shoes or have a divided design team working on extremely different models. Everything that Newton does is directly and specifically for making a better running shoe. And while they may design shoes in a way that doesn’t suit your needs they are driven to always improving their shoes for better performance for runners so its a brand worth keeping your eye on.
Some aspects of a shoe’s style are a little important to actual performance, especially when a designer makes a cosmetic choice that can actually impact how you run, but these instances are few and far between. Most shoe designers are too careful to include an oversight like that.
Can a style affect your performance in other ways? It tends to sleep peoples minds how important morale is to a runners performance. When you have shoes that look good and you feel good wearing them that can impact how well you run. Same goes for shoes you hate. It may not be much, a second here or there, but runners know how much those seconds count. We recommend favoring shoes you feel positively about, even if its just a choice of appearance.
Many shoes will state the terrain their best suited for. Road shoes are good for beating the pavement and work on smoother surfaces. Trail shoes are meant to grip terrain and protect you from natural hazards. “Race” and marathon shoes are meant for long-term use and should be able to maintain their cushioning over the long term. Using the wrong shoe will cause you discomfort and will possibly damage the shoe so you’ll want to be careful. If a shoes specific use is unclear we recommend a little reading, some research, and asking around.
If you are running in warmer weather then you’ll want to favor, more breathable sock and in colder weather, warmer socks are essential gear. You’ll also want to wear socks that deal well with moisture and wick well otherwise that can lead to skin problems with the sweat build up.
We also should mention that no matter what you do that should make sure to get well-fitted socks. Poor fitting socks can lead to discomfort for certain but also the bunching and slipping can cause irritation and blisters in the long run.
We know that specific challenges require specific shoe needs, so we are going to try to stick with the essentials with this question. You will want shoes that are comfortable, uncomfortable shoes lead to too many problems down the road to bother. Lightweight shoes are a big plus since they won’t weigh you down. Shoes with proper airflow will keep you cool, comfortable, and blister free. Support is another big consideration since a shoe that properly supports you will keep you on your feet much much longer. Keep this checklist in mind while you are shopping on it will be hard to make a bad choice.
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