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.
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