Facts

Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Competition
Price
$155
Weight
M: 204g | W: 176g
Heel to toe drop
M: 2mm | W: 2mm
Heel height
M: 26mm | W: 26mm
Forefoot height
M: 24mm | W: 24mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 5.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

The good

  • The Newton Distance Elite is a very lightweight shoe.

  • The seamless upper construction gives a comfortable fit, according to most runners.

  • Most runners applauded the Action/Reaction technology in the outsole of the shoes that promotes a very firm but comfortable ride.

  • Some runners pointed out the fast-drying, breathable mesh of the Distance Elite.

  • Overall construction of the shoe is durable as noted in most reviews.

The bad

  • Moderately high-priced shoe.

  • Some runners observed that this shoe has an excessively wide toe box.

Bottom line

The Newton Distance Elite is a perfect training partner that offers good arch support, a responsive, lightweight, and efficient ride. The overall construction of the shoe gained positive responses in most reviews. This shoe is ideal for road performance as well.



World wide, Distance Elite is in the top 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Newton, is the 18th most popular.

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Ratings

4.9 / 5 based on 23 ratings

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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84 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 98
    Steven StamLevel 1 expert
    by Writing and Running Through Life
    I’ve used them for a half marathon, and while I found them clunky at times, they raced well, had great bounce, and they did not bother my feet.
  • 90
    Justin BarrettLevel 1 expert
    by Criteek TV
    This is my go-to shoe [from] Newton, and I would highly recommend it.
  • 85
    Julia & Patrick McGowenLevel 1 expert
    by Run & Tri Rehoboth Beach
    The Distance Elite is a great, light shoe and available in an Ironman branded model, but it is probably only ideal for runners and triathletes who have a super-efficient running technique and can get away with the bare minimum of support and cushioning.
  • 82
    Jason SaltmarshLevel 4 expert
    by Salt Marsh Running
    The lugs felt a bit strange as I walked around my living room. I decided to go for an easy 6 miles and see how they felt out in the wild. Once I was in motion, they felt really good. 
  • 80
    Taylor GuptonLevel 3 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    The Newton Distance Elite is a sturdy yet, light-weight racing shoe optimal for neutral runners who enjoy a very firm and responsive ride.
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Updates to Distance Elite

Speed and flexibility on the road are the main points in the introduction of the Distance Elite from Newton. With several parts taken from several of its most popular shoes, the Distance Elite offers lightweight cushioning, low to the ground feel, and durability with decent support for high-mileage runs.

Newton introduces this shoe as a great option for those who are looking for a really light shoe with more than enough cushioning for long distances. The sole is a bit firm, which helps runners picks up speed. It is also a bit of an oddity for a shoe designed for fast-paced runs as it has a wide toe box.

The highlight of this shoe is the use of the brand exclusive Action/Reaction tech that really softens the blow of the impact and offers a substantial return of energy, which is simply what serious athletes and racers are looking for in a performance shoe.

The smooth heel to toe transition created by the full-length midsole and the Action/Reaction lugs in the outsole enhance the speed and efficiency on the road.

Distance Elite size and fit

The Newton Distance Elite has a very athletic fit that hugs the foot like a second skin in the heel and the midfoot. From the midfoot, it widens to a very roomy toe box that should allow the shoe to help runners with slightly wider or flat feet feel more comfortable. Available width is the standard D for men’s and B for women’s. The sizing is accurate in this shoe and is offered in the following: 7 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.

Outsole

The outsole features the unique Action/Reaction lugs that are situated right beneath the metatarsals. Based on their study, this never-seen-before outsole design gives ultimate responsiveness and underfoot protection. A high-density rubber is used in the forefoot for traction and durability while a carbon rubber is utilized in the heel for protection against wear and tear.

Midsole

The Newton Distance Elite’s midsole is also pretty minimal, due to the racing structure of the shoe. In place is the Action/ Reaction Technology, which can be seen in the forefoot and heel. These are in the form of external lugs that compress to absorb the shock forces when running and release the collected energy during toe-off. Aside from the energy-return properties of the shoe, the Met-flex grooves in the forefoot improve the foot’s ability to flex naturally. The runner can also expect a comfortable cushioning in the underfoot, because of the EVA midsole.

Upper

The main coverage is made up of open mesh, a breathable and quick-drying material that will keep the foot dry and cool. Minimal overlays are fitted in strategic areas for better support and helps with the secure fit and foot-hugging wrap. In an effort to reduce irritation and bacteria, the brand incorporated the ETC sock liner and metatarsal stretch panels in the forefoot to maintain a healthy and hotspot-free environment. The slip-proof laces are also present with double-eyelets, as well as the strobe last that ensures a smooth underfoot feel. A toe cap that is a bit thicker with enough flexibility prevents the toes from getting bruised.


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