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Terrain

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.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

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

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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4.3 / 5 based on 7 ratings

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Updates to Newton Distance IV

  • 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.

Newton Distance IV size and fit

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.


Outsole

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.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.