When I first started running in college I chose my annual pair of running shoes solely based off of what color they were. It didn’t matter really because I was only running recreationally and I had no idea of injury prevention. Minimalist, racing flat, trail shoe, stability shoe, neutral shoe. They were all the same to me.
In 2009, I randomly signed up for a marathon the night before the race and ran the whole thing in the old Asics Speedstar. I bought them because they were electric blue and on sale. That was a no brainer. The outcome? My first and only running injury. Three months of no running. The knee injury was most likely not from the shoe, but more from the lack of preparation.
In 2011, when I was training in South Bend, IN, I worked at a running store, Metro Run and Walk. There, I finally learned the difference between a neutral/stability shoe and how to fit someone for shoes. The outcome? Now I am a shoe geek and I love shoe talk.
In 2012, a rep approached me from Newton Running about using their shoes. I agreed to try them for a few months to see if they were something I could use and then I would make a decision. Now that I am a bit more educated, I do not think running shoes are something you can just use because of a sponsorship (or color). It is so important that you fit in the shoes and they connect with your foot.
After 2 months of running in the Gravity I decided that I in fact did love the Newton “lug” concept and I would like to continue with the company. Yeah, the lugs promote forefoot running and reduce the heel strike; however, this was not the main reason I was impressed with the shoes.
The best way to compare Newton shoes to any other brand of shoe I have used is to compare them to jeans. Jeans run from give or take $20 to $200. Someone might be thinking why would ANYONE ever pay $200 for a pair of jeans. But in all honesty, this is the best bang for your buck. Cheap jeans just do not make your butt look desirable. They also stretch out throughout the day and end up being saggy and too big after a few hours. Therefore, I would rather buy 1 really nice quality pair or jeans instead of 5 cheap pairs of jeans that wear out within a few months.
***Cheap jeans. Notice the difference in sexiness
So back to shoes, Newtons do not stretch out even after 6-7 months of heavy mileage. I have probably 12 pairs of Newtons in my closet and I have been running in the same Distance pair since July by choice. Every time I put them on they still feel new and do not get floppy at the end of my long run.
I know they are a little more expensive than other shoes, but they last longer and make your feet happy. Jump on the bandwagon- Newtons rock. And so do nice butts!
Fun Facts: Here are lists of the shoes I have run in. So much variety…
- Asics Gel Kayano
- Saucony Hurricane
- Mizuno Wave Elixir
- Saucony Hurricane
- Saucony Kinvara
- Asics Speedstar
- Brooks Trance
- Nike Pegasus
- Saucony Guide
- Brooks Launch
- Newton Gravity
- Newton Distance
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- Brooks T7
- Saucony Grid Type A4
- Nike Lunar racer (1, 3)
- Brooks Pure Cadence
- Newton Mv2
Special thanks to Dan Hedgecock for the butt shots