Comments: Since 2010 I have included Newton shoes along with standard running shoes (no lugs) for daily runs and races of all distances up to a marathon. I believe the Newton lug design improves my form and efficiency, not to mention all models that I've had (Gravitas, Distance, etc) fit perfectly. The forefoot is wider and allows the toes to splay naturally. There is no break-in period and Newton shoes seem more comfortable than other brands if you choose not to wear socks. My big problems with Newton shoes: -Height of the 4-lug system. It causes difficulty running the turns. In a straight line, zero problems. -Color choices (I enjoy being a little inconspicuous and try to avoid being a living advertisement for any brand). The new Fate model addresses all of my concerns while taking nothing away from everything I like about Newton in general. The Pop2 height and additional 5th lug provide more stability on turns and fantastic energy return. This is my favorite model yet and expect to get 500+ miles before needing another pair.
From: Mario, San Francisco, CA, USA. January 1st 2015
Comments: If you've tried Newtons in the past, try them again; the 5 lug configuration really is more stable than the old 4 lug configuration. I also find that the Fate/ Kimset are the perfect shoes for the Newton beginner (theres really not that much difference between them in reality,) though at the specialty shop I work at I've seen plenty of people jump into the Distance or Motion right away. That said, what the Fate/ Kimset offer is a rounded set of lugs that really make the transition from one stride to another smooth and easy. There's also some substantial rubber in the heel of the shoe in case you get lazy toward the end of a long run, but chances are you won't need it. The rounded lugs make the sensation of having something under the ball of your feet disappear after a mile or so, and even if you do continue to feel the lugs, they're not uncomfortable or intrusive at all. Also, you're going to run a ton of miles in this shoe. It feels great, and the air chambers under the l ugs insure the shoe will last for twice as long as a traditional EVA foam shoe will. I'm 120-130 lbs. and can easily get 800+ miles out of the fate. The Fate will give you a roomy, accommodating ride that allows for toe splay but doesnt feel sloppy in the least. FYI- both the Fate and the Kimset are responsive shoes that are on the firmer side of the spectrum. The Fate will be just a little bit softer than the Kimset.
From: Matt E, Saint Paul, MN, USA. October 12th 2014