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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Newton Gravity v1 – After 50 Miles

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah blog, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: April 18, 2012

My Newton Gravity’s now have 62 miles on them and my 50 mile review is past due.
When I got my Newton’s, I hadn’t really seen them up close and I was going on the many rave reviews of the shoes by people I trust and respect. I have worked hard on changing my running style to a forefoot landing and everything that I read, made me think that the Newton’s would be a perfect fit for the direction I want to go with my running.
Even my cat Domino wanted to get a closer look at them Nerd smile
I have used the Gravity's as my short run shoes in my shoe rotation, which has helped to extend the life of my primary running shoes and allowed me to acclimate to them slowly. However, after yesterday’s long run, I decided that it is time for the Gravity’s to be my primary running shoes and my others, to become my short run shoes in a couple of weeks.
I want to run just in the Newton’s for a while and see how it goes.


The Gravity’s are a very well-made shoe with no flaws and are extremely comfortable to wear. Which is exactly what you would expect from a shoe that retails for $175.00 as far as quality and workmanship go.
I have a feeling I would just go with my normal size 8 or go to a store and get fitted correctly next time. Mine fit nicely, but seem just a little too big in the toe box.
However, it wasn’t and isn’t enough of a size issue for me to send them back. It seems this year’s models are true to size according to the Newton website.
“Sizing: For customers who are new to Newton Running, this shoe runs true to size. Current Newton Running customers may wish to go down a half size from your current Newton Running size.”

How are they to run in?

The Gravity has Newton’s patented Action/Reaction Technology™, does help me “feel” the difference when I am running with a proper landing versus when I am are landing on my heel. The running action does not feel as comfortable or as efficient when I don’t land properly.
This is the biggest difference between the Newton’s and other running shoes and it is a big difference.

Break-in Your Body

However, there is a break-in your body to the shoes acclimation period, that can be short or long depending upon how much or little you have run with a more of a forefoot landing and the type of shoes you have run in.
I was fairly lucky and had moved towards more minimal shoes before getting the Newton’s and had worked a lot on my form to land more on my forefoot. Even so, I still had to take a couple of weeks to get used to running in them.
They have helped me to focus on landing more on my forefoot and even when I run in my other shoes, I still think “land, lever, lift”. So the reminder and the technology is working to help me run with a more natural running style no matter what shoe I am running in.

How are they wearing?

Pictures are worth a 1,000 words:
My wear pattern is wearing the outside of the lug first. Not as much wear on the heels as I usually do, because I am focused more on landing on my forefoot and avoiding heel strike. There is also a little more wear on the toe area, which indicates that I am pushing off with my toes too much instead of lifting.
Based on the wear patterns I am seeing, these shoes should get over 500 miles on them and possibly even more as my form continues to improve. No I do not have perfect form, so there are going to be issues with wear.
I do wish that Newton would offer one of their Natural Running clinics up heah in Maine, so I could get some good feedback on things that I need work on to continue improving my form.


The only drawback for me about the Newton Gravity is the retail price of $175.00. They have less pricey editions of their shoes, but they are still in the $140 range.
When I got my Gravities’, I got one hell of an end of year close-out price from the Natural Running Store, so the price for these was very reasonable, otherwise I would not have been able to afford to get them.
The price of one pair of Newton’s is a daunting hurdle to overcome in my budget conscious world. I have heard the arguments for buying the Newton’s regardless of their price. However, to be completely honest, if I needed to go out and pay full retail today, I would be very hard-pressed to pull the trigger.

The reality is that

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Newton’s so far and am ecstatic that I got them and really love running in them. It does mean, that I will be on the watch for great deals on them in the future, so that I can afford them.
Or if Newton need a great wear-tester, I know someone who is available Smile.
The next few months will really help me make up my mind about how great the Newton Gravities’ are. If I go out and start taking big chunks of time off my runs, especially my long runs (where the reaction energy return technology is supposed to shine) and I get up into the 500-700 mile range with life still in these shoes, then I will have to really do some thinking and pleading talking with the wife. Secret telling smile

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