Arch support
M: 204g | W: 176g
Heel to toe drop
M: 2mm | W: 2mm
Heel height
M: 23mm | W: 22mm
Forefoot height
M: 21mm | W: 20mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


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.


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.


We spent 6.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Open mesh makes up the upper coverage of this running shoe.

  • The minimalist design was welcomed by many neutral and minimalist runners.

  • The underfoot platform of the Ironman Elite is comprised of the Action/Reaction technology, which is responsive and comfortable.

  • Most runners appreciated the high density rubber in the forefoot and heel, as well as the additional EVA compound layer that adds cushioning and impact support.

  • The Ironman Elite is a very lightweight running shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners thought that the Ironman Elite was a bit narrow in the forefoot area.

  • Others felt that more cushioning should have been added for a more robust underfoot supportive system.

  • This running shoe is expensive.

Bottom line

The Ironman Elite from Newton Running is a low-profile, close-to-the-ground running shoe that enables the runner to be intimate with the ground while also getting flexibility, responsiveness and breathable support. It’s a minimalist shoe that can be used daily.

World wide, Ironman Elite is in the bottom 10% most popular running shoes. The brand, Newton, is the 19th most popular.

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Updates to Ironman Elite

Newton offers a limited version of the popular Distance Elite that is inspired by the Ironman event by unveiling the Ironman Elite. The two shoes are practically the same except the Ironman branding in the latter’s toe cap, heel counter, and side panel.

With a slightly lower sole to ground feel, the Ironman Elite is distinctly designed for speed on regular races or training sessions. It is also an ideal option for serious triathletes who are looking for a quick transition shoe.

Newton also made the toecap a bit thicker in the Ironman Elite for more protection.

Ironman Elite size and fit

The signature athletic fit of a speed demon continues in the Ironman version. It hugs the heel and the midfoot in security and comfort. The roomy toe box is something that is not usually found in shoes designed for speed. With an added bonus as more room in this area, runners with more volume and width may also get to enjoy the Ironman Elite. Medium is the offered weight of this shoe. Sizing is accurate with 7 to 15 as the choices for the men’s and 5 to 11 the options for the women’s.


Newton’s unique Action/Reaction 4-lug technology in the outsole offers a slightly firm sole for more responsiveness during fast-paced runs. It also helps with the underfoot protection as it allows space between the ground and the midsole. Carbon rubber is utilized in the heel for its superb durability while a high-density rubber in the forefoot enhances traction and durability.


The Action/Reaction technology continues in the midsole’s forefoot and heel areas. These are represented in the form of lugs that flex upon impact to disperse shock and then go back to their original form for excellent responsiveness. There are flex grooves in the forefoot for better flexibility. Providing decent cushioning and midsole durability is a standard-grade EVA.


The upper is very simple and minimal in nature. It has a really breathable mesh that is supported by thin and welded overlays. With enough stretch and good support, the upper hugs the foot like a glove. Fighting off bacteria in the shoe is the duty of Newton’s-exclusive ETC sockliner. A Strobel Last enhances underfoot cushioning and offers added underfoot protection.


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