Running Shoe Review: Newton Distance S

Newton Distance SI recently had the opportunity to try Newton Running’s lightweight stability performance training shoe, the Newton Distance S.  I’ve previously run in and reviewed the Newton Gravity and the Newton Distance models.  

The Newton Distance S has a heel-to-toe drop of 2 mm and weighs 8.4 oz (238 g).  It is sold only in men’s sizes and comes only in bright red, with yellow and orange accents.  A similar woman’s shoe would be the Newton Distance U, which can be worn by neutral or pronating runners. 

Although I don’t need the pronating control of a stability shoe like the Newton Distance S (I’m a supinator), I found it to be very comfortable running shoe.

If you haven’t run in Newton shoes, you may be put off by the large energy return lugs under the forefoot.  Before trying Newton’s, I thought that the energy return lugs were either a tripping hazard or a marketing gimmick, or both.

After running hundreds of miles in several different models of Newton Running shoes, they are now my favorite running shoe brand.  When you first put them on, the energy return lugs make the shoes feel a bit awkward to walk in. Once you start running in them, you quickly adjust to the compression and rebound of the lugs under your forefoot.  Newton Running shoes virtually force you to improve your running form and land on our midfoot or forefoot, rather than on your heel.

The bigger adjustment for most people is the low 2 mm drop of the Newton Distance S   Unless you have been running in low or zero drop shoes, you may need to adjust to running in Newton shoes gradually by slowly increasing your mileage in them.  They stretch your calves and Achilles tendons more than you may be used to.

Newton Running has invested a lot of time and effort into the study of the science of running. Testing of Newton shoes by an independent lab has shown that their shoes have a lower ground impact force, less energy loss, and a lower rate of loading.  This all means that you experience less shock and impact and can run with greater efficiency.

If you aren’t sure if Newton Running shoes are right for you, seek out a retailer who offers a generous return policy.  You might also watch for Newton Demo Runs or Running Form Clinics near you. Click here to see their Events schedule.

For more information on Newton’s running shoe technology, check out their website

Like many of the Newton Running shoes, the Newton Distance S comes in only one color.  In this case, bright red. They certainly stand out, but they may not match the rest of your running gear. 

Newton Distance S shoes retail for $155.  That’s a lot for a running shoe. You may be able to find them for less on-line and last year’s models may be available in limited sizes for under $90.

Have you run in Newton Running shoes? How did you like them? Tell me about your experience in the comments.

Disclosure: I received a pair of Newton Distance S shoes for evaluation. Newton also compensated me for this post, but did not tell me what to write. The opinions are my own.

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