Summary

We spent 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Some runners highly-appreciated the nice fit and roomy toe box of the Newton Fate II.
  • The Fate II is very breathable and comfortable, according to some reviews.
  • The redesigned upper gained positive remarks based on some reviews.
  • A few reviews mentioned that the Newton Fate II provides a reliable grip on rough surfaces.
  • It is durable according to some reviews.
  • A couple of wide-footed runners liked the flexible metatarsal stretch in the shoe’s upper.
  • A significant number of runners lauded the lightweight construction of the shoes.
  • Few runners mentioned that the Fate II is a versatile shoe. They wore the shoe in the gym and was also great for walking.

2 reasons not to buy

  • It is slightly expensive.
  • A couple of runners found the shoe to be less supportive.

Bottom line

Comes with a new and enhanced upper, the Newton Fate II continues to impress runners by providing a good combination of cushioning, comfort and durability. Though a few have minor issues, overall, the shoe is a successful release. The Fate II is best for those who are looking for a lightweight road running shoe.

Facts

Expert Reviews

87 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | Running Northwest | | Level 5 expert

    When you first try the shoe it will feel very different and in some cases might be off-putting. It’s about taking some time with the shoe to achieve your maximum potential. Once you do this, I feel like the Newton Fate II is excellent for the majority of neutral road runners and will help heel strikers transition to a more natural fore to mid-foot stride.

  • 90 / 100 | Triathlete | | Level 4 expert

    While visibly prominent, Newton’s characteristic forefoot propulsion lugs maintain a subtle profile when they spring into action, encouraging forefoot running without feeling particularly invasive or awkward. The Fate II’s increased underfoot pop makes it ideal for faster tempo runs and longer races without sacrificing cushioning and protection.

  • 100 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 1 expert

    The lugs, which Newton focuses heavily on, are much less pronounced than in many other models, and allow runners who are just transitioning into Newton’s to get a feel for them without feeling like there is a block strapped to your mid-foot.

  • 88 / 100 | Marathon Sports Blog | Level 1 expert

    People who delight in the pure joy of running and want a shoe that elevates their experience will love the newest version of the Fate. The Fate 2 is versatile and balanced – the dynamic Newton pop in a more relaxed package.

  • 82 / 100 | Running Competitor | | Level 1 expert

    Light and responsive, yet well-cushioned, the newest version of Newton’s Fate is a nice update to last year’s well-received original model. The Fate II provides a balanced fit from back to front with a snug heel cinch and secure wrap around the midfoot. 

  • 80 / 100 | Epic-Run | | Level 1 expert

    Overall these are another light but supportive smooth ride. They again almost have the feel of a flat but just hefty (supportive) enough to be used as a trainer. 

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  • The most obvious update in the Newton Fate II is the new upper of the shoe. It comes with a seamless upper coverage with an open-weave mesh that delivers maximum breathability and comfortable foot conformity.
  • The shoe also comes with an improved metatarsal stretch panels to comfortably wrap the foot and reduce irritation.

The Fate II from Newton has a standard running shoe length. The heel and the midfoot provides a snug fit. The enhanced metatarsal stretch panels allow the shoe to accommodate a wide range of foot shapes. The shoe is available in medium D and B widths for men’s and women’s versions, respectively.


The Newton Fate II uses the SHARC outsole that delivers reliable traction on both dry and wet conditions. It is coupled with a high-abrasion resistant compound that provides shoe durability. The 5-point lugs are adequate for quick transition and responsive ride.


The shoe uses the EVA compound that delivers reliable underfoot cushioning. The midsole also utilizes the Action/Reaction technology that is strategically located in the heel and forefoot areas. It is designed to deliver a powerful and smooth heel-to-toe transition. The Gravity 8 from Newton also features the Action/Reaction technology. This works well with the Biomechanical metatarsal sensor plate that offers constant ground feedback.


The Newton Fate II features the new seamless upper coverage that does not only provide maximum breathability but also an irritation-free environment for the foot. The open-weave mesh is a quick-drying material and it gives added comfort. The no-sew overlays are designed to provide maximum foot conformity. The enhanced metatarsal stretch panels offer a comfortable fit. Lastly, the shoe comes with a 360-degree reflectivity that gives increased visibility while running on low light conditions.

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.

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