Facts

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
$135
Weight
Men: 9.7oz
Women: 8.2oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 5mm
Women: 5mm

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.

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

10 reasons to buy

  • A majority of the reviewers really valued the comfortable ride of the 2nd coming of the Kismet.
  • Several runners who have had pains in their knees and feet experienced the remarkable absence of pain while using this shoe.
  • 360° of reflectivity provides added safety measure when running in low-visibility areas.
  • Several runners noted how well they transition from middle distance running at a moderate pace to a bit of up-tempo workouts at shorter distances.
  • It is very breathable, according to a handful.
  • A handful observed that the Kismet II is quite responsive.
  • It is really smooth, based on a few comments.
  • Some runners use the Kismet II to double as a gym partner.
  • A few users noticed that it has better overall support than the original Kismet.
  • The stability is really noticeable without the run being jarring, as noted by a moderate numer of runners.

4 reasons not to buy

  • It runs a little smaller than the original Kismet, according to a handful who were familiar with the first edition of this line.
  • Despite adding a new color combination, the options are still limited.
  • It is a bit expensive.
  • A few runners who were new to the unique 5-lug P.O.P system in the forefoot experienced a bit of soreness after initially trying out the shoe.

Bottom line

The Newton Kismet II is a superb find for those who will be looking for a shoe with adequate support, stability, and distinct responsiveness. While the very unique outsole configuration may take a little time to get used to, the smoothness and the responsiveness of the ride, after a few tries, should come as a pleasant surprise. The shoe is excellent for long hours on the road and belies the weight on the scale by its performance when the runner calls for more speed.


Rankings


Ratings

3.9 / 5 based on 20 ratings

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4 star
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3 star
5%
2 star
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Expert Reviews

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87 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Ruggero Loda • Level 5 expert

    These shoes are the perfect balance of lightweight, minimal, and supportive. The Fate II's offer an incredibly comfortable fit, while also providing adequate support and grip through rough terrain.

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Updates to Newton Kismet II

  • Newton offers some significant changes in the 2nd instalment of the Kismet. The most apparent in the changes is the substantially more breathable upper because of the very open mesh. Runners who are looking for premium breathability while piling on the miles should be guaranteed with this update.
  • Another improvement in the upper is the strategic placement of the overlays that increase midfoot hold and support without adding weight to the shoe. Newton also replaced the suede-like overlays of the original model with thin, printed versions for a more streamlined and sophisticated look.
  • Giving the toe box a bit more space is a bonded toe protection that replaces the thick overlay of the earlier version of the Kismet. There should be enough protection against toe bruises while getting more leeway in the toe box.
  • The last change comes in the form a little more padding in the tongue for enhanced comfort.

Newton Kismet II size and fit

The 2nd Kismet’s fit is a largely similar to the original model. There is noticeable enhanced midfoot security because of the added and strategic placement of the overlays. The toe box also gets a little room in this version. Shoe length may be a bit smaller than the original Kismet.


Outsole

Newton continues to utilize the durable performance of the Sharc rubber compound in the Kismet II. The traction on the road is pretty decent with this rubber.


Midsole

The most unique technology in all Newton shoes is found in the midsole of the Kismet II as well. In this shoe a P.O.P. 2 or Point of Power 2 technology delivers sufficient bounce back features. The lugs in this system are slightly tapered giving the shoe also a smooth ride. A relatively thin slice of EVA foam in the midsole adds a bit of cushioning and protection. The Action/Reaction technology or the endless cycle of compression and flexing of the lugs with every stride takes care of the shock upon impact and transforms the force for more zip in the run. Newton maintains the metatarsal plate in the forefoot for better ground feel and protection.


Upper

The very simple upper is mostly very open engineered mesh for superior breathability. Newton deliberately placed the overlays in the right areas that support and protection are enhanced. Providing some cushioning and anti-microbial properties is an ETC insole. A traditional lace-up closure maximizes the fit provided by the Kismet II.