When I wrote about the Newton shoes I inherited from my buddy Monte, it was with some suspicion as to their design. However, I’ve run a few times in them now, and every new experience in those shoes keeps getting better.
The empiric evidence is there too. The three mile run I normally run in 25:00+ minute was completed in just under 23:00 yesterday while wearing the Newtons. For some damn reason, I run faster in them.
My humble theories are as follows:
They’re light: they feel light on my feet. Almost like racing shoes. I have not had that sensation in 10+ years.
They don’t get in the way: I don’t feel like I’m lugging the shoes around on my feet.
They require a forefoot strike: I’ve always run on my midfoot in some way, but the lugs on the Newton soles are like a step-by-step reminder and physical affirmation of the right foot strike.
They’re responsive: There isn’t much sole to them, but I’m not trying to run 10 miles in my new Newtons. I’m going to us them to train indoors on the track this winter. I could definitely see racing in them next year, especially in triathlons.
They stretch my calves: This is a healthy thing. My calves have been a little sore after each run but that is going way. Same with my Achilles tendon.
So that’s the take on these shoes. Hello Better seems to fit. And that’s an interesting surprise. Not sure I can yet explain it beyond that. Even the Newton website has troubles defining why they give back what they’ve put into them, or taken out.
Whatever, it seems to work.
Author’s Note: No endorsement fees or any other commercial consideration is involved in this post. All opinions are strictly the product of a personal product experience with Newton running shoes.