Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
WeightMen: 8.8ozWomen: 6.9oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 4mmWomen: 4mm
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.
Heel heightMen: 23mmWomen: 23mm
Forefoot heightMen: 19mmWomen: 19mm
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard, Wide
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88 / 100 based on 19 expert reviews
I really like this shoe. I have three top shoes in mind for best running shoe of this year, one of them is the Newton Running Energy NR
For me, this shoe is one that if I were to go from road to trail and back, would be a good companion.
For the Newton-curious, the Energy NR is less expensive and more conventional than other Newton offerings. It also makes for an easier stride adaptation, courtesy of lower-profile lugs.
If you’re a light heel striker to forefoot striker this is definitely a shoe to consider
Updates to Newton Energy NR II
- The Energy NR II from Newton Running was designed to cater to the needs of those who are just getting into running. It features a platform that delivers steadiness, comfort, and protection from shock & impact. It is sure to take runners responsibly through their activities with ease and smoothness because of the forgiving underfoot platform.
- The upper mesh material resembles a woven fabric that delivers more breathability. The upper unit of the Energy NR II is soft, more flexible and agreeable to the skin than that of the original Energy NR.
- While the overlay system for the previous iteration has been stitched to the upper unit, this new version’s overlays have been seamlessly and anatomically placed to deliver a secure fit and give more freedom of movement.
- A bridge that’s placed in the medial mid-foot section of this shoe cradles the arch and corrects the position of the runner’s foot, preventing inward rolling of the foot and maintaining a more neutral stance throughout the gait cycle.
Newton Energy NR II size and fit
The Newton Energy NR II fits large. It is recommended to choose a shoe that’s ½ size smaller than the usual. It has a medium width when it comes to its heel, mid-foot and forefoot sections. It can accommodate those with medium-sized feet. The semi-curved shape of this shoe allows the natural shape of the human foot to acclimate well to it.
The SHARC Outsole makes use of a compound that is highly resistant to abrasion. It is able to protect the rest of the sole unit from wear and tear. It’s also capable of providing traction on dry and wet surfaces, so runners can be more confident when traversing puddles and most slippery roads.
The natural shape of the foot is followed by the outsole. The durable rubber is placed in areas where the pads of the foot are more in contact with the ground. Flex grooves are seen in the forefoot area, where natural flexibility is most appreciated.
The Action/Reaction Technology is the shock absorption mechanic used for the heel and forefoot sections. These are soft, non-prominent lugs that are actually placed externally. When pressure is applied to them, they compress, absorbing energy from the impact. And when released from the pressure they give the energy to the running, making each toe-off more energized. Like the Energy NR II, the Newton Gravity 8 also possesses the Action/Reaction technology.
The P.O.P.3 is the platform design that’s meant for entry-level runners who want to have a supportive and balanced underfoot unit. They’re made of tapered nodes that recede into chambers that are filled with polyurethane. It serves as a responsive foundation for the foot, making each landing more supported, and each toe-off more enabled.
The EVA midsole material is a full-length foam that delivers responsible cushioning, shock attenuation and support. It’s durable, sturdy and reliable in its purpose.
An Extended Medial Bridge stabilizes the foot. Placed in the medial mid-foot section of the sole unit, it cradles the arch and shifts the position of the foot to assume a more neutral stance, effectively reducing the rate of over-pronation.
The upper unit uses the Engineered Mesh, which is a fabric-like material that’s soft, flexible and durable. Its open construction allows air to seamlessly enter the shoe and keep the foot warm & dry.
The overlays on the upper are directly applied to the fabric and not stitched. They secure the foot by responding to the adjustments made to the lacing system.
The ETC Sock Liner offers additional underfoot cushioning. Sitting right above the main mid-sole component, it also delivers anti-bacterial protection in order to keep the interior environment clean and healthy.