Summary

We spent 9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

4 reasons to buy

  • Many runners applauded the lightweight construction of the Distance V.
  • According to some reviews, the shoe is very comfortable and supportive especially on long runs.
  • It comes with an improved seamless upper construction for enhanced ventilation and conformity.
  • This shoe is super fast, as highlighted in most reviews.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Newton Distance V is expensive.
  • Some do not like the colors of the 5th update of the Newton Distance.

Bottom line

The Newton Distance V is a lightweight neutral running shoe that offers a combination of comfort, breathability, support, and flexibility. The new ice lugs and full flex zone accommodates the splay of the foot. This shoe is ideal for race days and daily training.

Facts

Update: Newton Distance 8
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 8.1oz | Women: 6.1oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 2mm | Women: 2mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Material: Vegan
Strike Pattern: Forefoot strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 24mm | Women: 24mm
Forefoot height: Men: 22mm | Women: 22mm
Brand: Newton
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $155
Colorways: Blue, Orange, Silver, Yellow
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

Among the better Road running shoes
It has never been more popular than this February

Expert Reviews

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74 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 84 / 100 | Triathlon Taren | | Level 2 expert

    Very good for road racing, very good for your tempo runs, very good for your speed work. It's light, it's poppy. It encourages you to run off the front of your foot, have that nice, neutral, efficient stride like all Newton Distance shoes.

  • 86 / 100 | Oleg & Oliver | Level 1 expert

    It's just very light and very comfortable stuff. Very breathable.

  • 82 / 100 | 9 Run | | Level 3 expert

    Cushioning is not in the middle of the spectrum, which means that this is a marathon shoe for those who prefer minimalist and a speed shoe for those used to traditional runners.

  • 81 / 100 | 9 Run | | Level 3 expert

    Cushioning is not in the middle of the spectrum, which means that this is a marathon shoe for those who prefer minimalist and a speed shoe for those used to traditional runners.

  • 60 / 100 | Athletics Weekly | Level 3 expert

    It’s perfect as racer-trainer, with a responsive feel and dynamic propulsive effect from the ‘POP+’ midsole.

  • 60 / 100 | Athletics Weekly | Level 3 expert

    While the heel-drop is quoted at 2mm, the shoe does feel unusual due to the forefoot lugs, so it’s best treated like any shoe with a low drop and given some time to become naturally accustomed to the feel.

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  • The Newton Distance V comes with an updated upper. The new improvements in the upper give better ventilation and comfort. It also made enhancements to accommodate foot splay during the propulsion stage of the running cycle.

The 5th version of the Newton Distance has a half size larger than the standard running shoe size. Just like its predecessor, it accommodates and gives a comfortable fit to runners with narrow or medium foot shapes. The heel is a bit narrow but the midfoot and the forefoot are of standards measurements.


The outsole unit of the shoe features the durable High-Density EVA that does not only give a long-lasting outsole performance but also delivers an impressive high-rebound attribute that improves performance.

In order to give a reliable outsole that lasts for long, the brand uses the super high-abrasion rubber compound that is really designed for shoe’s longevity. It is an impressive rubber element that withstands the damaging properties of the road.


The Distance V utilizes the brand’s Action/Reaction Technology from the heel to the forefoot area. It absorbs the ground impact for a smoother landing and releases the energy for a more powerful toe-off. The Gravity 8 from Newton is another competition running shoe that showcases this technology.

The midsole unit of the shoe features the durable High-Rebound EVA that does not only give a long-lasting performance but also delivers an impressive high-rebound attribute that improves performance.

It also uses the Biomechanical metatarsal sensor plate that increases ground surface communication for an efficient stride with added stability.


A lightweight and breathable mesh that keeps the foot well-ventilated and comfortable composed the upper unit of the Newton Distance V. It also has overlays anatomically placed in the upper to deliver a secure fit. A heel lace lock system was also utilized to give a snug heel lockdown fit.

The new full flex zone found in the upper accommodates foot splay at the propulsion stage of the running cycle.

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Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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