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 training. Based on the user reviews, the Kismet has proven to be a reliable running companion.

Facts

Rankings

A top 10% best Road running shoe
A popular pick
It has never been more popular than this May

Expert Reviews

85 / 100 based on 30 expert reviews

  • 83 / 100 | 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 | Criteek TV | | Level 1 expert

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

  • 89 / 100 | Doctors of Running | | Level 5 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.

  • 87 / 100 | Running Competitor | | 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 | Runblogger | | 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.

  • 95 / 100 | 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.

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  • 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.

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.


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. This is also utilized in the new Kismet 4 running shoe from Newton.

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.


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.


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.

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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