What do you think of when you think of Newton Running shoes? Probably not comfort and stability, but that’s exactly what I found in the Newton Motion 4. The Newton Motion 4 has 5 lugs under the forefoot for improved stability and it sports a minimal, but comfortable, upper made from breathable mesh fabric. This is a high-mileage stability trainer with enough zip to handle your faster training sessions.
Newton Motion 4 Technology
The big lugs under the forefoot really differentiate the Newtons from every other shoe on the market. The Newton Motion 4 absorbs impact and adds responsiveness using the patented P.O.P. 1 platform to activate a trampoline membrane behind the lugs every time you push off. The lugs not only encourage a mid-foot natural running gait, but they also help propel you forward.
The extended medial bridge (e.m.b.) helps stabilize the foot, support runners with flatter arches, and prevent over pronation. Rear foot cushioning is there when you need it, and provides versatility for all gait types. The outsole is made from super high abrasion rubber compound (s.h.a.r.c.) to stand up to high mileage on paved surfaces.
The Newton Motion 4 upper is lightweight, breathable, and provides 360° of reflective material to keep you safe on the roads. The semi-flat laces hold well, there is an extra heel lace lock, and the seams are flat and comfortable. The tongue is thin, but didn’t disappear into my shoe. Still, I would like it better if it were 1/2″ longer.
Newton Motion 4 Road Test
As always, I found myself running faster than usual wearing Newtons. I think the raised lugs give me a more aggressive running form which translates to speed. It’s hard to run slow when you’re pushing off with your toes and leaning forward. My 6-mile tempo run went better than planned, and I’ll definitely keep these shoes on the top shelf of my shoe rack.
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One of the things I noticed most running with Newtons, is the effect it has on my lower calves. The conventional heel wedge is missing and, as a result, the calves feel a bit overextended. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just a new thing. And, it takes time to adjust to new things. To avoid tender calves and stress on the tendons and fascia, Newton suggests rotating your new shoes in with your current shoes until your body adapts.
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These shoes were sent to me for review.