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Newtons impressions

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Today I used the Newton shoes for the first time... a few people asked me about them before.<br><br>
So... it's inconclusive after just an easy 3mi run, but they're fast. Their shape direct you into a midfoot strike, followed by a roll forward so your foot takes off quickly. I think that's the optimum foot motion... I did around 8:10/mile, which is way faster than an easy run, don't know if it's the shoes or just the excitement of a new toy. They're also lighter because they removed a lot of weight from the heel.<br><br>
Everybody I asked before was very happy with them, except for the heel striker. If you're a heel striker, then it could get painful. I heard about Achilles and ankle problems, but that happens to everyone when transitioning to a midfoot/forefoot strike, right? So if you don't do that already, they're not the shoes for you.<br><br>
I can't know yet if it how it affects my feet... I could let you know in a few days. They feel very weird when walking to warmup / cool down... like walking on bike shoes. I don't think you can run too slow on them. The way I see them, I might use them for up to 10K, but not for a HM or Marathon.<br><br>
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Jen, my problem is that when I run slow, I return to more of a heel strike. I felt his at the end of my run when I started to slow down.... That's why I said the Newtons are not for slow runners.<br><br><br>
One more comment: on their website, they profile the athletes who use their shoes, and they are ALL triathletes. Not a single runner. Why's that??
Forgot to mentioned 2 big disadvantages:<br>
1. They're very expensive. Even with a 20% discount, they costed more than any pair I had before<br>
2. If you're a guy, they look soooo gay. Mine are a combination of pink, yellow and orange, and they looked tamer than the other models. DW told me not to bend over to stretch my hamstrings....
But have you tried the newmans? They're much better than the newtons, organic too I think.
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