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6 reasons to buy

  • A number of wearers complimented the stylish look of the Newton Kismet 4.
  • One buyer was pleased with the broader toe box of the Kismet 4 compared to its predecessor.
  • The Kismet 4 was extremely comfortable for running on treadmill and pavement, a user commented.
  • A couple of customers thought the shoe was worth the price.
  • Many runners commended the lightweight and lively support provided by the shoe. Another reviewer mentioned the Kismet 4 exceeded their expectations in arch and ankle support.
  • One tester experienced a snappy and firm ride with the shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Kismet 4 ran small unlike other running shoes from Newton, a wearer observed.
  • One runner did not appreciate that the shoe needed a break-in period.
  • The outsole felt unsteady on wet surfaces or while running in the rain, a reviewer wrote.

Bottom line

The Newton Kismet 4 introduced new features and improved performance that managed to amaze a good majority of its users. Although a few people found issues with the fit, the shoe’s fantastic performance and reliable support system made it a valuable purchase for many.


Update: Newton Kismet 5
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Stability
Weight: Men: 9.5oz | Women: 8.2oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 5mm | Women: 5mm
Pronation: Overpronation
Arch type: Medium arch
Use: Jogging
Material: Vegan
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 28mm | Women: 28mm
Forefoot height: Men: 23mm | Women: 23mm
Brand: Newton
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $140
Colorways: Red, Green
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85 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | Matthew Anderson

    Newton Kismet 4: A stability shoe that may be fated for you

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    I really have enjoyed running in this shoe as this has provided me with some fantastic runs including a personal record at the Detroit International half marathon in 2018. It is a unique shoe compared to other running shoes since all Newton's are designed to encourage mid to forefoot strike.

    Newton's use a unique lug system in the forefoot that provides a quicker bounce back for greater energy return. The Kismet uses P.O.P. 2 ( Point of Power), which is the mid-level of responsiveness compared to P.O.P 1, which is their most responsive lug system. 



    The Kismet 4 is the stability shoe counterpart to the Newton Fate 4, but I would say it is a mild stability shoe.

    You do not feel excessive firmness on the medial side as you would with other stability shoes and neutral runners should be able to run in this without a problem. If you have serious overpronation issues, this may not provide adequate support.


        Weight:  9.4 oz (men's)  7.8 oz  (women's)
        Heel to toe differential of 4.5mm
        Support:  stability
        Breathable open weave mesh upper
        Action/Reaction Technology with 5 lugs 
        Full-Foot Newtonium cushioning 
        Removable insert
        Terrain: road only

    The good

    I experience a lot of energy return when running in this shoe and it can be used for tempo work or as a daily trainer. Although heavier than I would like a speed shoe to be, you don’t notice it due to the bouncy Newtonium Cushioning. 

    I really feel it when I'm hitting my stride, and I get rewarded when I'm able to strike mid to forefoot consistently on my runs. This shoe has really helped me work on my cadence and form. This is a wonderful shoe to practice your running form in, let alone race with. 


    I’m also a big fan of the laces. This is actually the best pair of laces I've ever had on the shoe! They're flat, they have great grip on them, and they offer extra length so you can do a lace lockdown without a problem.


    The toe box is roomy, and the weave mesh is stretchy to allow for toe splay. The shoe fits true to size. Also, the upper is very breathable and feels great on your foot. I have not experienced any hot spots in the toe and forefoot area while running. 


    Special feature

    To demonstrate the reflectivity, I took a picture of these in the dark with the flash on. As you can see, they are quite good for nighttime running with reflective material all around the shoe and should provide plenty of visibility for drivers if you are running in the road.  



    If you are a frequent heel striker or tend to heel strike when you get fatigued, the Kismet 4 offer abundant cushioning in the heel to protect you from injury. The stack height in the heel is approximately 28mm.


    The bad

    I do enjoy the bright color schemes of Newton. The bright red and gold of the Kismet 4 are eye-catching, but it is the only color they offer for men. Women only have one color option as well.

    Getting the Model T color treatment is disappointing. I’m hoping Newton can improve on this in the future. Unlike other running shoes, these shoes are designed purely for running. Newton's are not shoes that you would wear with a pair of jeans or casual wear outside regularly, making their functionality limited.

    I have had major issues with heel lockdown and have had to use lock lacing to get a better fit in the heel. This has caused me some heel pain from time to time, so I replaced the insole/sock liner with a thinner one which has helped because the insoles provided are substantial.



    Another complaint I have is with the tread of the shoe. It is wearing a bit quicker than I would expect, especially the lugs. I’m not at 150 miles in these yet, and I’m wondering if they will last to 300.

    Another issue is that it can be slippery on wet surfaces as I've experienced when running outdoors in the rain.



    The price at $140 it is too much in my opinion. I was able to find this online for around $82; otherwise, I would not have purchased this.  

    The ride

    The Newtonium cushioning shines through when you are running in this shoe. One of the best energy return/bouncy shoes I have experienced, especially when you hit your stride properly, striking mid to forefoot.  

    On longer runs, the bouncy feel tends to fade, and I would not consider this for anything longer than a ½ marathon. Since I can’t get a solid heel lockdown cornering can be a bit dicey, and I tend to slow down a bit on sharp turns.  

    Traction on dry concrete is good, and I did not have any issues on wet concrete, but you will experience slippage on wet grass or other wet surfaces like wood or cobblestone. 


    This is my 3rd pair of Newtons (Motion 3, Energy NR) and it easily became my favorite as it is a fun shoe to run in as has superior build quality. If you want to give Newtons’ a try, this would be a good introductory shoe, but I’d suggest trying to find it at a better price-point than $140. 

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  • The Newton Kismet 4 presents an upgraded design that is now better able to handle the demands of daily running, especially for mild overpronators. With the shoe’s features and unique structure, it effortlessly delivers the perfect balance between comfort and stability.
  • An open-weave mesh assisted by no-sew overlays form the upper of the Kismet 4. It also includes adequate support elements and other design features that promote durability for an exceptional performance even when worn all day.
  • The brand’s Newtonium foam is found in the midsole of the Kismet 4. This material provides a responsive full-length cushioning with a comfortable underfoot feel. A new feature also makes it way in the forefoot area that aims to reduce overpronation. Meanwhile, the outsole remains to be the signature s.h.a.r.c compound from Newton, which brings traction and abrasion resistance.

The Newton Kismet 4 has a standard running shoe length. The forefoot area is extensive to encourage a natural toe splay, while the midfoot and heel areas are narrow to ensure a secure fit. The shoe’s overall structure makes it ideal for runners with low or medium foot volumes. The Newton Kismet 4 is available in medium for both the men’s and women’s versions.

Like many other running shoes from Newton, the Kismet 4 uses s.h.a.r.c, or the super-high abrasion rubber compound, as its outsole. This durable rubber material supplies sufficient traction on various surfaces, while also protecting the midsole from wear and damage.

Partnering with the s.h.a.r.c is the P.O.P 2, the lug system of the Kismet 4. P.O.P stands for “Point of Power,” which is embodied in a set of beveled lugs in the forefoot and heel areas of the outsole. The P.O.P 2, which is also used in other popular Newton running shoes, brings a smooth and reactive ride.

Working with the P.O.P 2 is the Action/Reaction™ Technology, a feature that allows the lugs to work like a trampoline: while active movement happens, they immediately react with an energized response.

The midsole of the Newton Kismet 4 is a dual-layer component: Directly underfoot is the Newtonium foam, a full-length cushioning that provides optimum-level responsiveness and superior comfort. Beneath the Newtonium foam is a layer of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) that supplies the shoe with a durable characteristic.

In the forefoot area is a biomechanical metatarsal sensor plate, a distinct unit that permits the foot maximum ground feel, which results in consistent sensory feedback and encourages more surface control.

To combat overpronation, the Kismet 4 has an Extended Medial Bridge (EMB), a unit in the arch that gives the runner more stability by offering additional ground contact space.

For additional cushioning and support, an ETC sock liner is placed on top of the midsole. This insole also has an antimicrobial quality that stops odor and bacteria buildup.

The upper of the Newton Kismet 4 makes use of a seamless open-weave mesh to produce a lightweight structure and promote breathability in all the essential areas. The material boasts of a quick-dry capability as it prevents the foot from trapping sweat and moisture.

There are no-sew overlays strategically placed around the shoe that give the Kismet 4 a support framework. These fused reinforcements endorse a secure fit.

The Kismet 4 adds another feature of usefulness with the 360-degree reflectivity, which endorses safety while running under low-light conditions.

A set of metatarsal stretch panels give the forefoot a protective coverage by flexibly wrapping the area and shields it accordingly from skin irritation.

The Strobel lasting technique utilized by the shoe gives the foot a luxurious in-shoe environment as it stitches a full-length fabric to the upper.