A few months ago I was contacted by Newton Running regarding attending an event they were hosting in New York. I let them know that unfortunately I no longer lived in New York so I wouldn’t be able to attend, but if they ever had events in the Boston area to let me know!
I also mentioned that Newton had attended our local run club a few weeks earlier and I had gotten a chance to run in a pair of their sneakers and I really loved them! (We have vendors that come to run club each week and we often get to test out products, it’s a great way to discover new things!)
Much to my surprise they asked if I’d be interested in receiving a pair of sneakers to test out and review – ummm, yes please!
Newton offers several different categories of sneakers:
- Speed & Mileage Trainers (P.O.P 1) – fast & responsive
- Core Trainers (P.O.P 2) – peppy & smooth
- Gateway Trainers (P.O.P 3) – soft & lively
- All Terrain
I chose the Newton Kismet, which is a stability core trainer – good for “every day training and racing, an all around go-to shoe”.
- weight – 8.2oz
- platform – P.O.P 2
- heel to toe drop – 4.5mm
- extended medial bridge
The lugs are the “secret” to Newton’s distinctive “P.O.P” sensation you’ll experience when running – it’s like adding a little spring to your step! (There’s a great animated graphic on the Newton Running “Inside the Ride” page that demonstrates exactly how this works!)
The lugs come in 3 different heights or P.O.P’s (point-of-power) that each provide their own unique feel or ride.
The design of the Newton sneaker with the lugs up front and a low heel to forefoot drop (4.5mm for the Kismet) helps to promotes a natural running stride.
When I received my sneakers I immediately wore them to my track club workout that night and it was love at first run!
I really did feel springy and speedy when I was running in them and they didn’t need any “break-in” time, they felt like they belonged on my feet as soon as I put them on.
After a few great speedwork sessions and short runs in them I decided to use the Kismet’s for my last long run before my most recent half marathon and unfortunately I had a little bit of a different experience.
I’m not sure if I was just having a bad day, but this was a tough run. After about mile 8 my feet started to really hurt and by the time I got to mile 12 I actually couldn’t wait to get my shoes off! I have yet to run a long distance in the Newton’s again, but I think it may have just been a combination of a not stellar round of training leading up to that point, and the Kismet’s maybe having a) a little less cushioning than I’m used to doing long distances in and b) a lower heel to toe drop than I’m used to running long distances in.
(*I DO plan on building up some distance in these sneakers and giving them another shot on a long run though!)
That being said the Newton Kismet’s are still the sneaker I reach for when I’m headed out for a short 3-5 mile run or when I’m heading to a track workout, they just make me feel speedy!
I also love supporting a company that’s active in the running community and believes in giving back and Newton does both!
- Newton is the first running company to be B-Corp certified (this means that they are recognized as a company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems)
- Newton has donated over 6,000 shoes to One World Running
- Newton employees volunteered over 1600 hours in 2014
- Newton diverted over 78% of waste from their distribution enter to recycling
During Boston Marathon weekend, Newton also distributed sneakers at a Boston area Boys and Girls Club!
If you’re looking for a little something different in your running shoe I’d definitely encourage you to check out the Newton Running website and maybe stop by your local running store and try out a pair!
Do you run in one brand/ style of sneaker
or do you switch depending on the run/ workout?
Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary pair of Newton Kismet’s for review purposes. I did not receive any additional compensation for this review and as always all thoughts and opinions are my own!