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The Newton Distance 12 is a long distance racing and performance uptempo running shoe designed for a neutral foot motion.


Important Shipping Note: U.S. sales only.


The Newton Distance 2012 is all about moving forward fast. A low heel-to-toe drop encourages a midfoot strike and bouncy lugs in the forefoot provide energy return at toe-off. This shoe is best suited for neutral runners seeking to complete tempo runs, intervals and races.

Model Number:

Weight: 7.9 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (24mm), Forefoot (21mm); measurement includes forefoot lugs.

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D)

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Narrow to medium
  • Midfoot: Low to medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium to narrow
  • Toe-Box Height: Medium-low
  • Arch Structure: Medium-low
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Straight


The Distance is a moderate feature, minimum neutral shoe designed for daily training and racing.


  • Action/Reaction Technology is utilized in the heel and forefoot. These external lugs compress to absorb shock energy, and then release energy during toe-off.
  • Action/Reaction Technology is utilized in the heel and forefoot. These external lugs compress to absorb shock energy, and then release energy during toe-off.
  • EVA midsole offers durable underfoot cushioning.
  • Met-flex grooves in the forefoot allow the foot to flex naturally.
  • Open Mesh throughout the upper is a breathable, quick-drying material.
  • Overlays are anatomically placed to provide a secure fit.
  • Metatarsal Stretch Panels in the forefoot stretch to reduce irritation.
  • Slip-Proof Laces stay in place with heel-securing double eyelets.
  • ETC Sockliner is anti-bacterial for underfoot comfort and a healthy foot environment.
  • Carbon Rubber Heel is engineered for high mileage durability.
  • High Density Rubber in the forefoot provides a long lasting outsole.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: Took me some getting used to. Have run in Altra Shoes for awhile, but tried these Newtons on a recommendation from a couple of friends. After getting used to these, I am more than pleased with my purchase, and have ordered another pair. Legs feel great and they fit great. Am a Newton convert now. And the price is great.
From: Dan, Bradford, PA, USA. October 10th 2014

Comments: I've never reviewed a shoe until now. Went on a 5-miler in the rain and remembered why I love running so much. These shoes keep you from letting your form deteriorate as you run. I also had a solid tempo and quick feet as a result. Ready to push the distance now. Oh, and I didn't realize at first but they're supposed to have some extra room in the toebox so your foot settles in. I'll definately buy some more (liquidation only though, not a baller).
From: Sean, Toney, AL

Comments: Probably the best minimalist running shoe out there, for people who want to land first on their front foot vs. heel. I had the prior version, 2011 distancia and simply adored them. They were my first front-landing minimal shoe for training after trying merrel gloves and nike racing flats, which just did not give enough padding for running on concrete and asphalt as i do. The distancia 2011 not only had some padding, not all that much, but the fabled design of the front with those energy transfer lugs actually work quite well. i was rolling the dice on believing advertising hype, but they accurately describe the energy transfer of these lugs, and they thus absorb landing force a bit, which is welcome. The distancia 2012 get more serious as they maintain the very minimal 3mm drop from heel to toe, but they lose about 6mm of padding all along the shoe bottom, which brings it closer to the concept of no or virtually no shock absorbing padding on minimal running shoes as the foot is designed to 'feel' the ground, not be buffeted from it. The great feel of front landing and push off is maintained in this shoe. i stick with newtons, and the distancia as it's the lowest front to back dropoff, i.e. closest to totally flat, of the line. I wanted the extra 6mm of padding the 2011 distancias had, but find myself made to run more truly minimalist with the 2012's, and don't mind it at all...aside from the slight loss in padding the shoe is the same to me as the 2011's. i'd probably prefer a totally neutral sole (no difference in heel to front height) and a bit more padding than the 2012 has...but i think it is the best minimalist shoe out there. 
From: Michael, Lake Balboa, CA, USA

Comments: I had really high hopes for these while looking for a low drop shoe that could hold up to higher mileage runs.  Love the concept and the cushion, but these didn't work for me.  I'm a midfoot/forefoot striker but the lugs were too far back for me.  I was sort of toeing off on the end/edge of the lugs and it was pretty uncomfortable.  I bet a pure midfooter might really like these though.
From: Anonymous

Comments: Great shoes.  Have had IT pain in standard running shoes for the past several years due to heel striking, limiting my runs to 5 miles.  Anything further the pain sets in.  I bought these shoes to insure I transitioned to a proper forefoot strike and they have worked out great.  Took about 3 weeks to really feel comfortable in the shoes and my new stride and striking, and for my calves to adjust to some knew muscle usage, but that is all just a memory now.  I have had no knee pain since switching to these shoes and they have fixed my heel striking issue.
From: Chris, Wichita, KS, USA

Comments: Amazing shoe, I had the 2011 version, and didn't like many things like the toe box was a little "low" (my little finger wasn't sitting that good), and some other issue. They have fixed all that and more, a much breathable upper, a little less weight (always a good thing), and seem really great shoe for long runs and speed trains, worth the money and a great shoe that will last for a long time.
From: Oz, Israel

Comments: This is my first time wearing a pair of Newtons and it was definitely an adjustment. I typically run in very minimalist footwear and this is really not a minimalist shoe. However, I was looking for something with a little more cushion for the long runs and these are great! If you have never worn a Newton before be aware that it is an adjustment. It took me a few weeks to get used to the feel of the bars underneath the forefoot but they feel great now. No rubbing or blistering in these for me which was a constant problem with other shoes. Also, they run a bit wide which is great for someone like me. In short, if you are planning to cover a lot of millage on long runs these are good shoes and worth the really high price tag.
From: Konstantin, New York, NY, USA

Comments: I love these shoes! I used to have pain in my left leg, but from my very first run in these shoes the pain was gone. I also used to hit my heel quite hard & with these shoes that's gone too. I would say these shoes are very much worth the price. I was very skeptical when i first tried them in the store, but just after my first run I was converted...
From: Sami, Glen Carbon, Illinois, USA