Newton Kismet

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Newton Kismet Review Facts

Newton, a running shoe company named after the esteemed scientist himself, is a slightly lesser-known shoe brand. Having only been around since 2007, they are a fairly young company, especially compared to brands like Saucony and Brooks which have been around for more than 100 years. In spite of their youth, Newton has shown that they are very capable of making both general athletic and running shoes with good quality. The Newton Kismet is a general purpose running trainers, designed to be used for daily running and training. The Kismet 2 is the current iteration, but the original Kismet is still a solid shoe in its own right, boasting many useful and technological features.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Breathable upper design
  • On the lighter side
  • Good cushioning and stability
  • Newton Action/Reaction technology
Cons
  • Not the most recent model
  • A bit pricey if bought at full price
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What are buyers saying?

We have spent 2 hours analyzing a total of 160 reviews.

These reviews are then categoried into "Positive" and "Negative" feedback.

Below you will read a summary of them:

Positive
  • Newton Kismets get a lot of praise for the help they give to people who have some pronation. A significant number of reviewers say that these shoes have helped them gain more stability and avoid pain.
  • Another common distinction about this runner is how the design of the sole helps people to improve their running form. Several people noted that they could quickly notice a positive difference in their foot strike.
  • Many buyers use these shoes for long distance training and half to full marathon running, and they praise how they have held up. Likewise, people who wear them for sprint training also praised their performance.
  • The material of the upper is breathable. This is great to keep your feet protected from blisters during long distances.
  • So far, there are no reports of rub or blisters.
  • Buyers tend to like the responsiveness of the forefoot cushion. One reviewer described it as feeling like running on a well-maintained track.
  • Improved cadence and speed is a common report from buyers.
  • A few buyers noted that these shoes perform with comfort straight out of the box. If you are used to a higher profile shoe, then some adjustment time may be needed.
  • The minimal design of the upper slims down the overall look of these shoes.
  • The first in the series of the Kismet is noted for having a wider overall fit. The toe box is roomy. However, buyers say the Kismet II has a more narrow, shorter fit.
  • The fit of the Kismet I leaves room for insole inserts for those that need them.
  • The bright colors are a hit with many reviewers.
  • Several buyers say switching to Newton Kismets has helped relieve common pains they used to have while running. Certain issues such as cuboid tendonitis and knee pain were specifically mentioned.
  • The lugs in the outsole are mentioned by several reviewers as a great feature of Kismets.
  • Most buyers say they would recommend these runners to others.
  • With a lot of praise for the design, form help, and style of the Newton Kismets, a large number of buyers have invested in multiple pairs.
Negative
  • The most common negative remark about the Newton Kismets is the sizing difference between the first and second versions. While the Kismet I is known for a slightly wider, roomier fit; the Kismet II has a slimmer, shorter design. Checking sizing charts or trying on a pair in person will help find the right fit for each runner.
  • Although most buyers like the color options, they are limited to bright, bold colors.
  • It's noted by one reviewer that the dye of the upper may bleed onto light colored socks after long runs; especially in hot conditions.
  • As noted, the Kismet I has a roomy toe box. If you are a runner who prefers a snug fit in the toes, these shoes may feel too loose.
  • The outsole design incorporates some softer material. This can cause fast wear, especially on the lugs.
  • A few buyers noted that they noticed holes forming in the material of the upper quickly.
  • These shoes have a low drop so starting out slowly is important for people who aren't used to the design of Newtons. Getting straight into long distance with these shoes can lead to some strain and pain.
  • The cushion design of the Kismet is unique. A few reviewers think more overall cushion would be an improvement.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole is the outside bottom part of the shoe. The Newton Kismet’s outsole is composed of Newton’s Super High Abrasion Rubber Compound, or SHARC. This is Newton’s go to for most of their outsoles. As the name suggests, this material’s design prevents it from being worn out by repeated abrasions, even against concrete or asphalt. SHARC is also designed to grip surfaces better and provide better traction for the shoe overall. Newton’s signature Action/Reaction technology can also be found at the heel and at the front of the foot. This technology features lugs that move whenever pressure is applied to them, making the shoe feel more springy overall while running. In addition to these lugs, additional lugs make up the P.O.P 2 Platform which adds to this effect. Finally, plates are located near the toes which allow for a more natural motion while running. The outsole is clearly jam packed with useful features and is definitely one of the more impressive aspects of the shoe.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole is responsible for returning energy and providing cushion and support, making it a vital piece of any footwear. Newton Kismet has an EVA foam midsole, which is an extremely common choice for shoe midsoles. This is because EVA foam or Ethylene Vinyl Acetate is very springy, retains its shape well and is light. These three traits culminate in a fairly durable midsole that also is lightweight and responsive. Also, the midsole has a bridge that provides some extra stability with every step and promotes an overall smoother stride. Finally, the lugs that make up the outsole also integrate with the midsole and are another contributing factor to the midsoles ability to provide a more stable stride. The midsole as a whole is solid, though definitely not groundbreaking by any means, as EVA midsoles are quite common. That said, the midsole definitely does what it is supposed to do.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The part that secures the foot down from above is known as the upper. A good upper will provide stability, while also hopefully remaining lightweight, flexible, and breathable. The Newton Kismet's upper is made of a mesh design. Mesh is another very common choice for running shoes, and for good reason. Mesh is frequently used due to the fact that it is breathable and flexible, and often decently light. This is by the inherent design, which has holes intentionally woven into it. The upper also features overlays atop this mesh. Overlays are what help further stabilize the feet, and the overlays of the Kismet do just that, while still not restricting the foot too much. Finally the upper is reflective, making it a bit safer when running when the sun is not out. The upper overall is pretty good, as it provides solid support while still remaining decently breathable and flexible.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The weight of a shoe can actually be a lot more significant than might be apparent at first. Lighter shoes generally encourage more natural ranges of motion, but at the cost of less cushioning, while heavier shoes tend to provide more cushioning and support, but are less suited to more quick running. The Newton Kismet weighs in at 9.7 ounces. 9.7 ounces is right on par with a trainer of this size and is a fairly average weight. The weight of the Kismet probably won’t be an issue for most runners.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Breathability is critical in mitigating sweat on the feet, and potentially even blisters and odor within the shoe. None of these are issues runners want to bother with, so breathability is a very desired trait in a shoe. The Newton Kismet is a breathable shoe overall, mainly due to the upper. The upper generally is the key factor in breathability, and this is the case for the Kismet too. The upper does a good job with breathability here thanks to its mesh design. One of the major strengths of the mesh is that it is quite breathable thanks to the way it is woven with holes in it. This manifests in the ability of the Kismet to circulate air and makes the shoe very breathable overall.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Everyone should know the importance of comfort in shoes, especially those for running. Running in uncomfortable shoes is something no runner wants to deal with. Luckily, the Newton Kismet is a fairly comfortable shoe. The main factors in this are the upper and the midsole. The midsole is comfortable thanks to its EVA foam midsole. EVA foam is a very springy and cushioning material, so every step feels responsive and well protected, making strides very comfortable. The midsole also contributes to comfort with its bridge, which is designed to stabilize strides while running. The upper contributes by being flexible and breathable, while still managing to secure the foot snugly and securely. It does this through the combination of its mesh design and the overlays that line the top. Overall comfort in the Kismet is pretty good.
Style
Style

Style

Newton offers a fairly similar style to shoes like Saucony, Brooks, and Asics. They tend to offer vibrant colors and laces, but they still do have some modest colors for those who prefer less bright shoes. The Kismet itself is a pretty clean design and looks fairly standard for a trainer. It is offered in a myriad of colors, for both men and women. Overall, the Kismet is a decently stylish shoe for running, but would probably be a bit more difficult to double as an everyday shoe than other popular models of shoes.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Durability is another factor that should always be looked at when buying a new shoe. No one wants to purchase shoes again, shortly after buying one pair. The Newton Kismet is pretty solid in this department, mostly thanks to the midsole and also the outsole. The outsole adds to the lifespan of the shoe with its SHARC outsole material. This high abrasion rubber does exactly as its name suggests, and is very resistant to impacts and repeated poundings, which increases the overall lifespan of the shoe. The midsole contributes through its EVA foam midsole. EVA foam is known for its ability to retain its shape. This is important for a midsole, as it allows it to continue returning energy at a good rate. What this means is that the Kismet should still feel fairly responsive after lots of runs on it still. These are the two main proponents of durability in the Kismet, and they do a solid job in making the shoe long lasting.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The main factors in protection are the upper, midsole and outsole. The upper plays a big role in protection thanks to its mesh design, paired with its synthetic overlays. These work in tandem to secure the foot from above, while still allowing for good flexibility. This provides great protection from above. The midsole adds protection via the EVA foam, which cushions the impacts of each stride, making for a smooth ride. Finally, the outsole contributes via its plates located near the toes, that help the toes follow a more natural motion, which is conducive to preventing energy. Overall, protection is fairly solid in the Kismet.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Responsiveness is essentially how well a shoe returns energy with every step. The main factor that influences this is often the midsole, and this is because of its spot in the shoe. The midsole of the Newton Kismet is made of Ethylene Vinyl Acetate foam. This foam is a standard choice because it has a fairly good energy return rate. This is true in the Kismet as well, and the responsiveness is solid, though definitely not outstanding by any means.
Support
Support

Support

The main components of the Kismet that contribute to its support are the upper and, to a lesser extent, the midsole. The upper provides support to the foot from above, mainly through the previously mentioned mesh and synthetic overlays. These stabilize the foot from above and add a great deal of support. The midsole contributes once again by way of its cushioning, which supports the feet during strides by reducing the harshness of impacts. Overall, the support on the Kismet is pretty good, but again is not really exceptional, or lacking by any metrics.
Kimset
Kimset

Kimset

The Newton Kismet is like most running shoes and should be usable on most common running terrains. Grass, dirt, or trails all shouldn’t cause too many problems for the Kismet. However, they will most likely do better on road or sidewalk terrains. For more extreme conditions they might not be suitable, like in extremely rocky or very snowy areas. They should be usable in rain as well, but they are not waterproof, so caution should be exercised.
Price
Price

Price

Price is something to consider with any pair of shoes. The Kismet was a pretty average price upon release, but the price has gone down in recent months, probably also due to the fact that the Kismet 2 is out. Currently, the Kismet's price is a pretty good value at various places, depending on size and color as well.
Traction
Traction

Traction

Traction is the grip on different surfaces. The Newton Kismet has good traction, mainly due to its outsole. The SHARC material is a key contributor here once again, designed to maximize grip on running surfaces even in watery conditions where it can sometimes be more difficult to run. The outsole also features lugs that contribute to this as well, by adding an extra grip of their own. Overall, traction should be solid on most terrains, however, it will do best on road surfaces.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

A useful feature that helps mitigate bad twists and potential strains, and also is critical in facilitating good movement is flexibility. The flexibility of the Kismet is fairly good thanks to the upper. The upper tends to play a big role in the flexibility due to its position in the shoe. The upper helps in the Kismet because of its upper being mesh. The mesh allows for good movement due to its woven nature. The midsole also contributes to the flexibility thanks to its EVA again, which is a fairly flexible material. Overall, the flexibility of the Kismet is pretty decent.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The stability of a shoe describes how well it supports every step while running. The main source of stability comes from the upper and the midsole of the Kismet. The upper adds through its synthetic overlay which provides support from above, by firmly securing the feet. This helps to stabilize the foot while running and prevent accidental spills. The midsole contributes through its bridge, which is designed to provide a smoother and more stable ride by its redistribution of energy.
Drop
Drop

Drop

Drop of a shoe is the size of the heel essentially. The Kismet has a drop of 5 mm. This is actually fairly low for a shoe of this type. Newton tends to offer lower drops, and this holds true here too as well. For those who prefer a more minimalistic feel, the Kismet will feel perfect.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

Super-High Abrasion Rubber Compound
Midsole Bridge
Biomechanical metatarsal sensor plate
Mesh upper with synthetic overlay
Lugs for a more grip and traction
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Overall, for their current price, the Newton Kismet is a fairly solid shoe and value. They offer special Newton technology, and have a fairly nice design. For anyone seeking a general purpose trainer for most types of training, the Kismet is definitely a strong choice.