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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.

Price
$110
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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 8.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • An engineered mesh offers breathable coverage that’s lightweight and responsive.
  • Most reviewers appreciated the anatomically placed overlay system, which improved the fit.
  • The ETC Sock Liner gives anti-bacterial properties in the interior area of the Energy NR II.
  • The Action/Reaction Technology is a set of shock absorbing components in the sole unit, which offers more responsiveness.
  • Efficient Ethylene vinyl acetate makes up the majority of the cushioning system.
  • The Extended Medial Bridge gives more stability by reducing the rate of over-pronation.
  • The SHARC high abrasion compound gives traction and durable underfoot shielding from wear and damage.

3 reasons not to buy

  • This running shoe has an expensive price.
  • There were those who noticed the upper unit get loose after a few months of use.
  • There were runners who felt that the heel area wasn’t as cushioned.

Bottom line

The Energy NR II from Newton is a running shoe that those who need support for the underside of their feet can really enjoy. Stability and balance can truly be appreciated when wearing it for trainings.


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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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88 / 100 based on 19 expert reviews

  • 94 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas • Level 5 expert

    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

  • 92 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

    For me, this shoe is one that if I were to go from road to trail and back, would be a good companion.

  • 91 / 100 by Runblogger • Peter Larson • Level 5 expert

    If you’re a light heel striker to forefoot striker this is definitely a shoe to consider

  • 91 / 100 by Running Times • Running Times • Level 5 expert

    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. 

  • 86 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Meaghan • Level 5 expert

    The Newton Energy NR is a quality shoe. I’ve put over 65 miles on them and so far I haven’t seen any real wear.

  • 82 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

    The appearance of the shoe in this area gives the impression that it's narrow.

  • 90 / 100 by Minimalist Running Shoes • Nicholas Pang • Level 4 expert

    If you have never tried on a pair of Newton Running shoes, the Newton Energy NR is a great starting model.

  • 90 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Believe in the Run • Level 4 expert

    If you liked the original, you'll like the updates.

  • 88 / 100 by Men's Health • Men's Health • Level 4 expert

    The Energy NR may be lacking Newton’s famed outsole lug design, but it still serves up a very impressive minimalist running performance.

  • 88 / 100 by Active Gear Review • Kevin Fonger • Level 4 expert

    The Newton Energy NR Guidance running shoes are something Newton should have made years ago in my mind.  These shoes are priced just right at $119, fit good, and run great.

  • 100 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Taylor Gupton • Level 3 expert

    Newton really got it right with the Energy NR. This shoe offers something for virtually everyone in terms of response, efficiency, and energy return on the road.

  • 80 / 100 by Ginger Runner • Ethan Newberry • Level 3 expert

    I am all sorts of stoked on this shoe. The Newton Energy NR is a fantastic shoe and I might go as far as to say it’s one of Newton’s best shoes yet.

  • 86 / 100 by Tri Bomb • Tri Bomb • Level 2 expert

    The minute you take your first step, you can feel the firmness of the shoe. Even though we do not prefer stability type shoes, due to the lightness and comfort of this shoe, we were able to test in on many runs. 

  • 87 / 100 by Runner's World • Tammy Royston • Level 1 expert

    The shoe was lightweight and very roomy in the toebox. It was a good transitional shoe between non-Newton and Newton shoes.

  • 86 / 100 by Runner's World • Meredith Poskey • Level 1 expert

    I liked how the shoe positioned my foot for a more midfoot/forefoot strike.

  • 85 / 100 by Runner's World • Michelle Klingler • Level 1 expert

    I have always wanted to try Newton shoes. They were comfortable but different for me to run in.

  • 83 / 100 by Endurance Magazine • Chase Williams • Level 1 expert

    I would recommend the Newton Energy NR to runners who like mild stability and neutral based shoes. They will work with the natural pronating motion that helps promote a stable footing on the ground while running.

  • 79 / 100 by Runners Need • Runners Need • Level 1 expert

    The Newton Energy NR is especially suitable for those individuals looking to move from a heel-to-toe shoe to a forefoot shoe with a lower heel-to-toe drop.

  • 70 / 100 by MileLongLegs • Kim • Level 1 expert

    No matter what I tried in the way of lacing technique, and using all of the eyelets, I couldn’t seem to lock my heel in the shoe.

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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.


Outsole

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.


Midsole

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.

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 mid-sole 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.


Upper

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.