Just a little....
i'm with you on that one though,its nice to have laces that are just the right length-although mine are bright orange!
Johnny, have a look at the Saucony range with 4mm heel-to-toe difference (most popular are the Kinvara). By having a much lower than normal offset (my old Asics were 10mm +) it makes it much easier to run on the mid/forefoot. I went for the Mirage model, and the last pair I got were £38 in the sales.
A few years ago Newton were at the forefront of the move away from heel-striking, but all the major brands have started to take notice, so it makes it even more difficult to justify the increased cost of newton shoes.
I've had my Motions since May last year. Done about 750 miles in them so far, no sign of needing replacing yet. I think if you run efficiently they end up better value than cushioned shoes where the forefoot disintegrates really quickly because it isn't designed to take the foot strike. With Newtons you aren't compressing the foam - you're compressing rubber into air chambers, so finding they're lasting much longer. I've been really happy with them.
I have had 2 pairs of Newton motions and have been really happy with them, I used them for 3 marathons last year and part of an ultra this year! The only gripes I have are the price and the grip!
I have now found the Brooks Pure Range to be pretty good cheaper alternatives
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I bought Newtons in the summer and used them for a week or two of three to five mile runs before building up to a 10 miler in them. I did find my calfs were hurting a bit more than normal - not surprisingly I guess - and then I used them for a half marathon. I was much faster than I thought I should have been for my fitness levels - so I think theres something in it. Then I hurt myself in them - I think I had the laces tied too tight and with all the forefoot striking - that gave me so much pain I thought it was a stress fracture - but it was a tendon thing. Stopped me from running for 2 weeks or more - so I havent gone back to them yet.
This was weirdly my exact same experience with my Nike Free 3.0 v4 - wore them in a bit (about the same as you) then did a HM in a *way* faster time than I was expecting and got severe pain for 2-3 weeks under where the laces were on one foot. I stopped wearing them again for this reason, but now I've gone back, laced them with a gap and they are great - definately faster to run in (as the apppear to make you lean forward a bit more to avoid the heel strike). Since then though I noticed I've totally switched to a more comfortable forefoot striking no matter the shoe (regardless of heel-toe drop) - so maybe you're right and you don't really need to spend loads on fancy shoes
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