Do I have a favorite running shoe? Bwahaha! You’ve read about my struggles with finding my Newton Motions, which yes, is my favorite running shoe. Why did I have to fall in love with a shoe made by a small company? Then why did said small company get even smaller, the shoes even more expensive — and more scarce? Is the universe trying to tell me something?
Newton Motions new go for $175. That is just too ridiculous a price to pay for a running shoe that maybe lasts half a year if you’re lucky.
So here I sit, or run, loco for Newton Motions. Why?
- They’re light. Even Mr. Judy when he picked them up commented on how light they feel.
- They have a minimal heel to toe drop. Minimalist shoes work for me — but I also use them for speed work and long runs, running in “normal” running shoes for easy runs (and those normal shoes always feel so heavy & clunky!). I think minimalist shoes are great — but not all the time.
Then there are those weird looking lugs. From the Newton Website:
The secret sauce powering the speed of Newton Running shoes is its proprietary Action/Reaction™ Technology. Generated by the active movement of the lugs, Action/Reaction Technology creates a responsive, trampoline-like cushioning system that provides quicker bounce-back and loses less energy than a traditional foam-core running shoe.
Although the Motions are considered a stability shoe (hence the name), I actually don’t need a stability shoe. They still lean more to the side of a neutral shoe, but they have a “firmer medial side post” (again, from the Website) to provide some stability.
In the years I’ve been running in Newtons, I have stayed pretty injury free. I can’t completely point to the shoes; there are many factors that go into that. I can tell you that if Newton goes out of business I will be heart broken. I also know I should be trying out some more minimalist shoes from other, bigger companies.
Newtons don’t come in the fun designs (for the most part; sometimes they do special edition designs like Boston or NYC); and the range of colors is pretty limited. I have several orange Newtons. They don’t really match my running clothes, but they match my running form and that is more important to me.
Newtons are not for everyone. No shoe is for everyone! I cringe inside when someone says “cute shoes! what are they?”. You’re better off asking “what type of foot do you have? Do you pronate? Are you a heel striker?
What’s your favorite running shoe?
Have you ever had to break up with a running shoe? Why?
Form or fun colors?