Newton motion trainers

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10/08/2009 at 20:33

i,ve decided to jump off the fence about heel striking and forefoot running. Researched and read everthing out there on Newton Trainers, Unfortunatly mostly Newtons own bloggs/forums. Gone and spent what i consider to be huge amount £120 on the Newton motion 2009 trainers, but thats still a fraction of what a pair of Laboutons heels would cost, tee he.

I,ve always been a heel striker because, thats how i was told to run by my P.E. teacher, daft isn't it being told how to run because if a hungry tiger was after you, you certaintly wouldn,t hang around for some to tell you how run, it,s instinctive, but i do wounder if my P.E. teacher hadn,t been so intent on yelling rember JT heel to toewould my style have been any different ? ? ?

 Newton trainers has given me the option to explore a whole new running style and an interest on improving my form, i,m still in the transition period of alternating between my support nike,s and the Newtons, all the hype is right ,i.m running for longer with less fituge and making some new PB,s. My nike,s will soon be used for walks and scruffing about in and my Newtons will be in pride of place.

There seems to be very few reviews on this product,so i hope this helps any one on that fence, two gripe's,the laces are short and not's let forget the price .

10/08/2009 at 20:42

Your PE teacher taught you to run by chasing you with a tiger? What school did you go to. 

I can't quite stretch to a pair of Newtons just to see if they help me run better (when a pair of trainers only last 500 miles).

Why not keep posting on if/how they improve your running, there prob a few people interested but put off by the price.

(goes off to look up chance of borrowing tiger or other big cat from zoo to aid mara training)

10/08/2009 at 21:35
Flat Footed wrote (see

I can't quite stretch to a pair of Newtons just to see if they help me run better (when a pair of trainers only last 500 miles).



Trainers only last 500 miles if you rely on the cushioning to save you from impact damage caused by heel striking!

If you land fore foot your body acts as a shock absorber and therefore the shoes cushioning is not as important, I run in racing flats with 1000+ miles on and the cushioning has completely collapsed/compressed and it makes no difference. 

10/08/2009 at 21:41
I know other forumites have changed there running style but isn't this like learning to walk on your hands. I've run one way for 32 years and it seems a bit late to change it. OR am i missing the point of these trainers that they will change the way i run without me having to??
10/08/2009 at 21:59

FF, you will have to change the way you run if you're to get on with Newtons. There was another thread on them a while back where forumites had mixed views, unsurprisingly.

M's right though, I run in a combination of shoes from racing flats to vibram five fingers and there's zero cushioning in them.

My favourite thing is leaving proper footprints in mud when I run in my fivefingers. Sad, I know!

10/08/2009 at 22:20
I'd love some fivefingers, but I've enough shoes to last me for years and they aren't cheap either, I do run in those neoprene and rubber water shoe things as well occasionally.
12/08/2009 at 10:19

To FF, it was a rough school, old style comp, where the tigers were the least of your problems. 

 Back to the Newtons, i'm still improving on my pace, no blisters or calf tenderness. 

cougie    pirate
12/08/2009 at 11:07
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.
12/08/2009 at 18:27

 To cougie

Thanks for your insight.

Like you i think there is something defo in it. Waiting for the bubble to burst, cause at the momement just feels to good to be true.

Hope you get back to the beaten track soon.

cougie    pirate
12/08/2009 at 18:33
Thanks ! I think it could be the new style you have to use and possibly the fact that you have paid a bomb for them so they better be fast !
JD.    pirate
13/08/2009 at 04:07
cougie wrote (see)
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.
out of interest what tendon was it?  peroneal?
JD.
cougie    pirate
13/08/2009 at 09:51
Hi JD - someone is up early today !

It was a tendon across the front of the foot - seemed to be where the laces where ? To be honest I think it could well have been something to do with the laces being too tight and with concentrating on landing on the forefoot - they cut in a bit - only took me 5k to injure it and then I couldnt run on it at all and even walking was a b*gger.

Seems OK now though - but I may get elastic laces for them ?
JD.    pirate
13/08/2009 at 14:46

long night last night!

i know the pose crew love having elastic laces in their NB150s so it may well be worth it.  down part is i found my feet moved around more so more chance of blisters or losing toenails.

JD.
cougie    pirate
13/08/2009 at 15:02
Poor you ! It does get better though ! Hang in there !

I think I should be OK with the elastic laces - only ever lost one toenail and I never blister. Exception being this year in Zurich where I did ? No idea why ! The layers of skin are still coming off.

Sorry - too much info !
15/08/2009 at 10:24

I have 2 pairs of Newtons - different sizes as I'm a between size. I like the slighly smaller size better than the slightly larger size.

Actually, that's a lie, I bought one pair in my normal running shoe size - 40, and one pair a size down. Newtons womens shoes are made broad in the forefoot and narrow in the heel. As I have a very broad forefoot I'm probably wearing running shoes a size too large. The Newtons fit my feet better than any other shoe I have tried.

I read everything I could find on Newtons before buying. I've found that all the sales pitch etc is correct. I enjoy running in my Newtons. I have run up to 20 miles in them and have never suffered a problem.

Running on my forefoot, I am faster, I find hills easier both up and down. When tired I concentrate more on form and find that I can run faster when I do this. rather than getting sluggish and dragging my heels I actually put that spring back into my step.

I do miss striding out on my heels, just stretching my legs. I also find it very hard to visualise myself running on my forefoot, which I do as I'm stuck on a bus for 4 hrs a day. I always felt this helped with running.

18/08/2009 at 08:49

  Hi all,

i've just bought a pair of Newton Gravity shoes and i thought i'd add my two penneth worth!

 I wore them last night for the first time,they are very light and comfortable but a bit strange to walk in or to run at a slow pace. I ran two miles and it felt quicker but mainly felt like i wasn't having to put much effort in.There isn't much cushioning so i'll let you know how i get on when i've done a longer run.I see what they mean about building up the mileage,my calves feel like they've had real workout this morning!

I'll keep you posted as to how i get on but at the moment i like them.Also i bought them for £102 with free delivery at www.primera-bournemouth.co.uk  they are the 2008 model so the colours are a bit mental but i couldn't find them any cheaper anywhere.

 Hope this helps...

18/08/2009 at 09:26

I wrote in praise of my Newton motion shoes on another thread... but that thread was soon hijacked by folk slagging them off - despite the small but significant fact that they'd never actually run in 'em!

Anyway, I was out in them this morning after a long run on Sunday and despite my creaking, 49-yr-old knees still being in recovery mode, I found what I usually find when I wear the Newtons - I just want to run far and fast(ish).

I won't rave on about them too much, suffice to say I've had my Motions for six months and compared to my old clumpy shoes they've been a lightweight revelation. 

cougie    pirate
18/08/2009 at 10:06
Have you found your race times have improved Paulie ?
18/08/2009 at 14:00

Have to admit that the picture is a bit clouded by the fact that I alternate with my other fave shoe, the DS Trainer, Cougie. So I couldn't say categorically that the Newtons have knocked minutes off my 5k or 10k times but I'm pretty sure my gradually improving times are down to, in large part, the Newtons - simply because of what I know happens on my training runs. (I can see I'm gonna have to start taking more notice of what I wear and when I wear it, so I can give you a definitive answer!)

As Matt says, they seem to make running much easier and require less effort of you - and that's true whether racing or training. Whenever I wear them, I always run more quickly, with better form... and that's all I can ask for from a running shoe, really.

cougie    pirate
18/08/2009 at 14:11
I've just put elastic laces in my newtons - theres a local 5k tomorrow - I'll see how I go there.
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