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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 normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.

  • Use

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 27mm
    Women: 27mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 22mm
    Women: 22mm
  • Width
    Men: Standard
    Women: Standard
  • Release date
    May 2016
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87 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru

    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. This technology is also used in the latest Newton Kismet 4 running shoe.

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.


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