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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
$130
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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 6.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The Kismet is a lightweight pair of shoe.
  • It features the breathable seamless mesh upper.
  • The Newton Kismet features the extended medial bridge for enhanced stability.
  • Some runners were satisfied with the cushioning and stability features of the shoe.
  • It features 360 degree reflectivity for increased visibility in low light.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Not durable as expected, according to some reviews.
  • Laces are not long enough, according to some testers.
  • A slightly expensive running shoe.

Bottom line

The Newton Kismet is a stability running shoe that is light weight and comfortable. This shoe will improve your running experience with its cushioning and comfort. This shoe is great for competitions and daily trainings.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 57 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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85 / 100 based on 30 expert reviews

  • 83 / 100 by The Runner's Flat • The Runner's Flat • Level 3 expert

    This Newton Kismet is a really, really good shoe for someone that needs some stability, but still likes to go light and fast.

  • 90 / 100 by Criteek TV • Chris Walker • Level 1 expert

    Easy pace. Super comfortable. Super light. The best running shoes you can get.

  • 87 / 100 by Running Competitor • Brian Metzler • Level 5 expert

    Aside from a little more support built into the undercarriage of the shoe, the Kismet is very similar to the Fate.

  • 83 / 100 by Runblogger • Peter Larson • Level 5 expert

    The Kismet is a shoe that can eat up a lot of miles, and I’d rank it among the better shoes I have run in this year.

  • 83 / 100 by Gear Institute • Donald Buraglio • Level 5 expert

    Aside from a few millimeters of width in the rear foot and a few tenths of an ounce in weight, there is very little to distinguish the Newton Kismet from the Newton Fate.

  • 95 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Believe in the Run • Level 4 expert

    Responsive, comfortable and stable with a 4.5 mm drop – this shoe is the entry into our open-chamber Action/Reaction technology.

  • 89 / 100 by Klein Runs • Matt Klein • Level 4 expert

    The standout feature of the Newton Kismet is how fantastic and comfortable the upper feels and fits. It's by far one of the best uppers I've experienced.

  • 88 / 100 by Live Run Grow • Danielle • Level 2 expert

    I really did feel springy and speedy when I was running in them and they didn’t need any “break-in” time, they felt like they belonged on my feet as soon as I put them on.

  • 84 / 100 by Suzlyfe • Suzlyfe • Level 2 expert

    I transitioned to these shoes very, very quickly, and with minimal discomfort or strain.

  • 73 / 100 by Live Run Grow • Danielle • Level 2 expert

    I’m not sure if I was just having a bad day, but this was a tough run.  After about mile 8 my feet started to really hurt and by the time I got to mile 12 I actually couldn’t wait to get my shoes off!  

  • 93 / 100 by Pinoy Fitness • Pinoy Fitness • Level 1 expert

    In Triathlon, running is actually my frustration among the 3 disciplines but somehow Newton made running more enjoyable. Now it seems like the Kismet just made me love the sport even more!

  • 91 / 100 by Endurance Magazine • Jeanna Chain • Level 1 expert

    All in all, I feel this shoe is a Newton homerun!   It is lightweight, good-looking and great performing. 

  • 89 / 100 by Criteek TV • Natalie Eastaugh • Level 1 expert

    They've been absolutely fantastic. They're light, they’re so responsive, so I find them fairly fast. The colors are great, as well. I've had no rubbing, no blisters.

  • 88 / 100 by Suzlyfe • Susie • Level 1 expert

    I love how when I land, I land directly on the POP pad, and it gently helps me roll forward as I stride. That is what I have noticed the most–that I have more cushion than ever before.

  • 88 / 100 by Criteek TV • Ailbhe Carroll • Level 1 expert

    If you're after a comfortable training shoe for some heavy miles, I really recommend the Kismet. It's absolutely really, really good.

  • 87 / 100 by Criteek TV • Matthew Evans • Level 1 expert

    They're light, they're fast. They're soft enough to kind of provide enough cushioning. So they work for me.

  • 86 / 100 by Criteek TV • Lindsay Arader • Level 1 expert

    Overall, I'm really happy with these and I think that it's a really good shoe if you're trying to get a really good run in.

  • 86 / 100 by Criteek TV • Andrew Thorn • Level 1 expert

    I'm impressed. Really impressed. I mean, straight out of the box they felt really comfortable.

  • 85 / 100 by Criteek TV • Gareth Hughes • Level 1 expert

    Even though they're lightweight, they are really well-constructed.

  • 85 / 100 by Criteek TV • Kovas Palubinskas • Level 1 expert

    The relatively light weight of these shoes made it pleasant to run, as did the various technologies in the sole.

  • 84 / 100 by Ultramax Sports • Eric • Level 1 expert

    Easy transition. Slightly lighter shoe. A little bit more flexible… these are pretty nice shoes.

  • 83 / 100 by Criteek TV • David Sweeney • Level 1 expert

    If anything, perhaps you can move those lugs up a little bit judging by the wear that I've sustained.

  • 83 / 100 by Criteek TV • Richard Swaine • Level 1 expert

    They're a really good upgrade from my previous Newtons.

  • 82 / 100 by Criteek TV • Lou Palma • Level 1 expert

    But you wanna be careful. What you don't wanna do is start running in this shoe right away and run long distances because your calves will definitely hurt the next day.

  • 80 / 100 by Sole Collector • Nick Grant • Level 1 expert

    I didn’t think I could adapt to the extra support toward the midsection of my forefoot. But as I ran, I noticed that the shoes kept me moving forward.

  • 80 / 100 by Criteek TV • Nick Barraclough • Level 1 expert

    If you're landing heavily on your heels, this is not the shoe for you. However, if you're looking to learn or you're already mid-to-forefoot running, this is a great middle-to-long distance shoe.

  • 78 / 100 by Active Gear Review • Stephanie Gladden • Level 1 expert

    I would definitely suggest a “break-in” period for the Newton Kismet and keeping those laces a little looser in the beginning.

  • 78 / 100 by Midwest Basecamp • Kovas Palubinskas • Level 1 expert

    Newton Running creating an indentation in front of the lugs, I would wager so that the shoes could flex more freely, but it also creates a ridge inside the shoe. For me, this became an irritant and a distraction on most runs.

  • 78 / 100 by Sole Collector • Nick Grant • Level 1 expert

    The shoe is extremely comfortable with a “but.” A big “but.” I just had a very hard time getting over the lumpy lugs.

  • 75 / 100 by Crashing The Boards • Ryan • Level 1 expert

    The beauty of this shoe is that it is light enough to race long distances in, while still retaining the cushioning and feel of an everyday trainer.

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Updates to Newton Kismet

  • The Newton Kismet is a daily running shoe that offers great performance and additional stability to those who need it. Though neutral runners can definitely experience great service from this shoe, the one who desires medial mid-foot support is going to get the balance they need because of a supportive & sustaining platform. Running becomes much easier and smoother.
  • The upper unit of this running shoe uses fabrics that are soft and responsive to the natural movement of the foot. A cloth-like quality is noticed in this shoe, but it’s definitely durable and reliable when it comes to delivering secure and comfortable coverage. The inner sleeve is soft and smooth, so it prevents discomfort or irritation.
  • The mid-sole platform of the Newton Kismet uses technologies that are meant to deliver sure protection and cushioning to the wearer. The wearer is set to experience a responsive, protective, and springy platform.
  • The Action/Reaction™ Technology lets the external gripping lugs move in accordance with the runner’s movement through the gait cycle, giving a trampoline-like feeling that adds bounciness to the step.
  • The outsole unit uses an anti-abrasive rubber compound to protect the shoe from wear and abrasion. It also gives responsible traction that’s sure and reliable. A smoother ride is also afforded by this external layer because of the Point of Power technology, a lugged system that works with the mid-sole to give a smoother ride.

Newton Kismet size and fit

The Newton Kismet has a standard running shoe length. The men and women’s versions follow the regular measurements when it comes to its size. The available width is medium, so it accommodates runners who have medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape also welcomes the natural curvature of the human foot.


Outsole

The s.h.a.r.c or the super high abrasion rubber compound is the layer of protection for this running shoe. Placed in important sections of the shoe where wear and tear are most likely to occur, it effectively shields the sole unit from damage. It even gives traction to get responsible surface control.

The P.O.P. 2 Platform is a patented 5-lug design that’s prevalent in many Newton Running shoes. For the Newton Kismet, beveled lugs give the runner a smoother ride. It also works with the mid-sole to give springiness to the runner’s steps.

The Action/Reaction™ Technology is found in the heel and forefoot sections. It is a system on the external sole unit where the gripping lugs move when pressure is applied to them. They give a springiness to each step, enabling a smoother and more explosive toe-off and strike.

Biomechanical metatarsal sensor plates allow the foot to move more naturally, especially during the toe-off phase where the forefoot bends in preparation for the forefoot lift.


Midsole

An open ground surface EVA is placed in the mid-sole to provide reliable and responsive cushioning to the wearer. This material is durable, so it doesn’t wear off or loose structure easily.

An extended medial bridge offers stability to those who have over pronated foot motion. It evens the stance of the foot, keeping it in a stable and neutral position for an easier and more comfortable performance.


Upper

The upper unit uses engineered mesh. This material has a cloth-like quality to it, but it’s durable and resilient against damage. It even encourages air to enter the shoe and keep the foot cool and dry.

360-degree reflectivity improves the visibility of the shoe in low-light conditions.

The overlay system has been fused with the upper mesh, giving the wearer a customizable fit that’s not restrictive or uncomfortably tight. It doesn’t even have a substantial weight, so the Newton Kismet remains lightweight.