Second question first, why did I try them? My BIL and SIL are big fans of Newtons. They have adopted the "natural" running form and claim that the shoes have helped with their form and speed. They are pricey, though they do have a generous discount to military, police, fire, and EMT personnel, which is nice. Even with the discount, they were still more than my last few pairs of shoes (mostly Nike's recently, I was in the lunarlos which I like).
First question, what is the verdict so far? I like them. The first two weeks I worked them into the rotation on slower runs. Newton's advice is to ease in over a few weeks and focus on Land-Lever-Lift (land on the forefoot with the foot directly below the hip, absorb the impact by flexing the calf, then lever off the forefoot and lift the knee to raise the foot. Shorter stride lengths and faster foot turnover while avoiding overstriding). My transition was relatively smooth, I did not have any particular calf discomfort. I have been better about landing on my forefoot with my foot under my hip rather than heel striking. I don't know how much that is due to the shoe and how much is due to the heightened awareness.
The large forefoot pad did feel a bit strange on the first few runs, but I have gotten used to that and don't notice it anymore. I have increased the pace and distance on my runs with them. I did 3 runs in them over the past week. The runs were mostly on pavement with some dirt road, track, and sidewalk mixed in. On Friday, I did 2 miles on the track at a fast (for me) sub 7 pace. On Monday, I did a 10 mile moderately hilly run at an average of 8:10 pace. Then this morning, I did a 10k at a 7:40 pace. My feet and legs were happy with the shoes.
Now that I have a few miles on them, I am looking at the wear. I appear to have the most wear on the forefoot lugs towards the outside (closer to the little toe).
I am happy with them. The cost is not that much more than the Nikes. I will probably try them again when they wear out.
We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training.
Archilochus, Greek Soldier, Poet, c. 650 BC
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