Verdict from 7 hours of research from the internet

8 reasons to buy

  • The Distance IV fits like a dream for a very comfortable run, based on most comments.
  • The open mesh upper is very breathable.
  • Some noted that the upper quickly dries.
  • It is a great long-distance shoe as observed by a handful.
  • The cushioning is markedly responsive as observed several.
  • It is very light and flexible.
  • Comes in 4 really cool color options.
  • Almost 360° of reflectivity.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A large number of runners complained about the poor minimal tongue design.
  • The flimsy design takes a beating for such an expensive shoe, according to a good number of reviews.
  • Mostly favors only midfoot and forefoot strikers.
  • High price point.

Bottom line

The Newton Distance IV is an extremely light shoe that is designed for speed. It has a firm, responsive cushioning with moderate arch support. Seasoned minimalists, marathon enthusiasts, and triathletes should continue to maximize the best out of the shoe. This extremely popular Newton shoe gets even better in this version.

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User reviews:

  • Newton dished out minimal changes in the 5th version of the Distance. The upper gets the major makeover in this version. Most visible is the change in the mesh. The forefoot continues to be very open for ultra-breathability, but the rest of the shoe is now made of more refined and structured mesh starting around the midfoot to the heel. This helps with foot security in these areas.
  • Another change is in the tongue padding. This version has a very flat tongue made of smooth material. Newton wanted the tongue to fit like a second skin.
  • The suede overlay in the midfoot has been replaced with a stitched version. To compensate for this, Newton also moved the stitched logo from around the heel to the immediate vicinity of the midfoot.

The fit continues to be a trademark of past Distance models. It has a secure wraparound feel in the heel and locked down midfoot with a very average forefoot. The snug fit helps provide that fast-paced feel. This should be a nice fit for those with medium to narrow feet. Standard shoe length is applied in the shoe.


The outsole is made largely of what Newton calls as the SHARC or Super High Abrasion Rubber Compound, which is basically very tough carbon rubber for excellent wear and tear protection. Moreover, this has excellent traction even in wet conditions. Like all Newton shoes, the Distance IV features the proprietary lug system just beneath the metatarsal. In this shoe, it is the POP 1 or the 5-lug system that has squared corners for optimal cushioning.


The midsole is a simple compression-molded EVA that covers the entire shoe. It works with the lugs to create another Newton tech in the Action/Reaction technology. The idea behind the design is to provide runners with almost the same energy return that is commensurate with the force upon impact. The Newton Gravity 8 is another competition shoe with the Action/Reaction technology and is one of the most popular running shoes from the brand.


The upper uses two kinds of mesh. It has round holes in the forefoot with a more structured type starting from the midfoot to the forefoot. The heel is a bit stiff for some semblance of stability. There is a synthetic overlay in the midfoot as well as a stitched Newton logo. Semi-flat laces hold the fit together while an almost flat tongue gives a second skin feel.

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Same sizing as Newton Distance 9.

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How Distance IV compares

This shoe: 82
All shoes average: 86
53 98
This shoe: $155
All shoes average: $119
$40 $350
This shoe: 7oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
3.5oz 16.2oz
Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
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.

jens@runrepeat.com