Newton Motion 7
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Overview of this review
Newton running shoes, founded in 1996, are named after the notoriously famous Sir Isaac Newton. His laws of motion and gravity are incorporated into a unique, patented design to aid runners. Today, their slogan “Run faster, run farther, run lighter” has withstood the test of time.
For shorter distances, speed work and beginner runners, the Motion VII model will not disappoint. Consider Motion VII an investment in your future and an improvement in your stride and running form.
You may recognize the Newton name as being a trendsetter for stride improvement and forefoot running. Another long-lasting trend is their super bright spring colors like these:
Motion VII is a stability training shoe currently available in one colorway.
Color coordination is challenging so forget matching and focus on the positives. For example, neon colors are ideal for fellow runners to see us coming from afar!
Most important is how lightweight Newton’s feel on your feet is. Most runners agree Newton running shoes will make you feel fast! The statistics speak for themselves.
Women's: 7.9 oz.
Men's: 9.1 oz.
Newton shoes grew a welcoming reputation within our running community. For this reason, years ago I spent $150.00 on Motion V. Nowadays, their newest model runs $175.00. Yikes, is everyone's reaction, which mirrors mine ten years ago! Truthfully, runners raising families simply cannot afford.
One trail runner told me he’ll only buy older, less expensive Newton models. This purple Motion V is outdated, but the orange has visible improvements in quality, construction, and materials.
When buying state-of-the-art Newton shoes, researching models may be overwhelming. I found Newton's online resources, videos, and quiz very helpful to identify my foot type. The more knowledgeable runners become of their own foot anatomy the better in making a wise shoe choice.
I recall second-guessing and feeling frustrated until I picked up the phone and discussed models with a Newton Representative. Together we picked a shoe based on the personal needs of stability and road racing.
Heel to toe drop
The most important aspect to realize is Motion VII has a heel-to-toe drop of 3.0 mm “taller than your forefoot”. This difference may feel dramatic if you normally run in brands like Brooks Levitate's 8.0 mm or 361 Meraki’s 9.0 mm drops. For this reason, runners should be aware Newton is closer to a minimalist shoe.
Nevertheless, I definitely prefer Newtons over Altras which have zero drops. I like how Newton is upfront and recommends a slow transition to prevent any injuries. Therefore keep one word in mind, PATIENCE!
If you don’t have many running shoes to form a rotation, Newtons may be a drawback. For me, constantly switching out orthotics from one brand to the next was a hassle too. Over time, I recognized Motion VII’s value, but they’re not a running shoe you’ll fall in love with instantaneously.
Truthfully after a few short test runs, I found myself thinking about discomfort more than I prefer. Obviously, acute awareness is needed in order to prevent injuries. A few times I suspended my run if I experienced even the slightest onset of knee pain. The last thing I wanted was an injury before an important marathon.
Reluctantly, I persevered and now after 100 miles, I appreciate their purpose to assist and improve a runners form. Newton does the same for today’s youth as you can see by giving back and supporting our local high school. The sooner runners improve their gait, the better!
What mainly grabs a runners attention are the patented forefoot “5-lug pattern” on the bottom. Their claim to “help runners land on their forefoot while propelling you forward” is true and will become a whole new running experience. There's an immediate difference as soon as you take your first step so don’t be surprised!
Initially, Newton debuted 4-lugs, but in 2014 a 5th was added with enhancements to placement and design. Newton’s unique outsole is structured, unlike any other brand. These shoes can assist all types of runners in various ways.
Two of my weaknesses are flat feet and heel striking. See my old Motion V’s on the left and how I ran the heel down?
Today Motion VII has an improved “heel strike plate" which holds up a whole lot better. You can see some fraying and wear on the right, but they’ve definitely improved their durability.
Newton designed and positioned “a small piece of extra midsole under the arch.” Runners like me, with flat feet, will appreciate this “Extended Medial Bridge” the most.
During the transition phase, I had subtle muscle strain from working stagnate muscles. Just when I was ready to throw in the towel, Motion VII started to gain my respect.
After 50+ miles, I’m seeing a more upright better running form with no pronation or foot rolling. Occasionally, the ball of my foot hurt after 3-4 miles, but this was nothing I couldn’t press through.
The midsole cushioning is a “Newtonian foam” built to absorb a runner's strong impact. Their “action/reaction technology platform” earns them notoriety. You can visibly see Newton’s manufacturing changes by comparing yesterday’s midsole on top to today’s on the bottom.
Upper & Tongue
The upper toe box is made of soft supple materials with rubber overlays. All stitching is tight and durable with no fraying even after running in the rain several times.
The breathable mesh dries quickly and is perfect for hot, humid summer runs. I love the uppers sides because they’re a flexible, elastic material. This allows extra foot comfort and plenty of allowance and room to give.
The tongue is a lightly padded mesh with unique flexible elastic bands on each side to hold in place. This too is comfortable and non-restrictive. Take a look at the simple, yet quality manufacturing Newton has adhered too nowadays.
Shoelaces & eyelets
Newton shoe laces are the shortest I have out of all my running shoe brands. Most runners double knot laces to prevent mishaps, especially when racing. Plan on extra time and a concentrated effort to get the job done!
I do appreciate Newton uses 100% recyclable shoelace materials. Most impressive is how Newton worked to become Certified as a B Corporation which helps our world environment.
In addition, the shoe eyelets are strong, durable and made to last. Overall, Motion VII is a well-made shoe specifically designed for us runners. From the inside to the outside neon colors, this shoe certainly attracts attention.
All of Newton’s insoles are made from recycled materials.
Even though I swap mine out for orthotics, they appear to be the standard thin, flimsy and foamy material. Although I must admit I’ve never seen a mint green insole quite like this before.
- Lightweight racer / Feels fast
- Breathable mesh for summer
- Stretchy sides for comfort
- Encourages forefoot running
- Improves stride
- Price higher than average: $175.00
- Slow transition / Break-in process
- Prone to injury if not done properly
- Not a distance shoe
- Short shoelaces
I believe if a runner can withstand the Newton break-in process, then Motion VII will prove to be an extremely effective shoe. If I had to give one word of advice, it would be PATIENCE!
Motion VII will be your go to running shoe for speed work, short tempo runs, and 5K or 10K races. Even though I feel Motion VII has limitations going the distance, this model will be a superb asset to your weekly shoe rotation.
When running a half marathon, Newton's motto, “we exist to make every stride better” may be a hard sell for Motion VII. True distance, will require a switch to Newton’s “Distance” VII model in order to prevent injury.
Nevertheless, Newton running shoes remain a strong contender whether you consider them a fad or not. In fact, “Newton Running is the official footwear and run course sponsor for the IRONMAN U.S. Series”. Newton Running Company is committed to helping us runners perform at our highest levels.
Best advice is to transition into Newton’s slowly because eventually, you will develop a better gait and a more natural running form.
As for me, “Will I buy another Newton?” This verdict is still out mainly due to price and the need for more than one shoe model in my closet. As for you my friends, definitely do the research and if possible, do a trial run on a running stores treadmill before investing.
Last but not least, remember Sir Issac Newton’s law of motion; “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”. May the running force be with you until we meet again.
I was very excited to find out that I had received the opportunity to review two Newton shoes. I have always looked at their shoes very curiously and have wanted to buy a pair for some time.
However, I have been reluctant to buy a pair for a couple of reasons. One, I am often running more than 100 miles a week. Two, I am a traditional heel striker and lastly, they are expensive. So, what did I learn?
Buy these shoes if you’re looking for a fast shoe with a bit of support and you're open to changing up your running form.
Avoid these shoes if you are too old to learn to change your running style and so fragile you’ll break. Also, if you pronate or supinate badly.
- Support Type - Overpronation/Stability
- Cushioning - High energizing cushioning
- Surface - Road
- Differential - 3 mm
- Ideal for high-mileage endurance training and racing
- Lightweight, breathable, seamless mesh and textile upper materials
- Features additional strapping in the upper for full foot stability
- Four-way stretch mesh metatarsal panels
- Heel-lace lock system with high-performance laces and reinforced eyelets
- Flexible mesh tongue design for comfortable performance
- Cushioned collar for added comfort
- Soft fabric lining offers a great in-shoe feel
- Removable foam insole
- Newtonium midsole foam cushioning provides more responsive cushioning closer to the foot
- Medial post durometer is 10 points firmer than the midsole EVA
- The post is extended to the forefoot flex groove, which provides stability for late-stage pronation
- High-rebound EVA and s.h.a.r.c. outsole materials
- P.O.P 1 platform features prominent lugs with square corners that deliver optimal feedback
Here is a full shot of the bottom of the outsole. I looked for the Newtonium and I believe it’s between the insole and the midsole (it could be the gray material), however, I could never really determine what or where it is.
Maybe it’s in the flux capacitor (please see Back to the Future if you don’t understand the reference).
Newton shoes have made a name for and market to natural running. The features in their shoes may have been partially lost in that I have run for so many years that I tend to be a heavy heel strike runner.
That being said, in the past 5 years, I have practiced and tried to change my form to run more on the forefoot with a higher leg kick (natural form). I do know how to run in these shoes, however, since I don’t run using this form all the time, I may be missing some of the feel.
The first few runs that I put on the Motion 7 were shorter runs 4-8 miles each to get used to the feel and to hopefully not get too sore. I was amazed that I didn’t get any soreness and outside of the 3 mm heel drop, I didn’t notice any difference than any other running shoe.
I was easily able to increase my mileage in these shoes within a week. I was able to run 20+ miles per run with confidence that I wasn’t going to hurt myself.
I found the uppers to be very comfortable and breathable and lightweight. I never got any hot spots and the shoes feel amazingly fast. I never had any issue with the laces and have considered trying to run with the shoe untied but lock the laces in the eyelet locks to see just how long they will hold the shoe snug.
With all the different layers of foam for cushioning and control, I was not impressed with either.
They were comfortable they performed OK but overall I didn’t find these shoes to be any better than the average running shoe.
The pop system didn’t provide any extra boost in propulsion, or at least it can’t be perceived by the runner. The control didn’t feel any different from the Newton Gravity 7 so I didn’t benefit from this function.
One of my hobbies is classic cars and I have a rather large collection of various makes and models. My kids love to ride with me through town because we get so many questions and looks with the cars.
These shoes do the same thing, people want to know everything about them from the ride quality to durability. These shoes will draw a crowd.
While I’m not huge on the way a shoe looks but more on the function, I can say that I like the way these shoes look and feel. My oldest child calls these my Christmas shoes because of the red and green colors. I found the Gravity 7 to be more pleasing to my eye.
What would make these shoes better
I felt that the shoes broke down quickly, you can see in the pictures the medial post and EVA the foam is breaking down, look at the creasing in the layers.
Better stability if it’s going to be a stability shoe. Outside of that, drop the price as at $175.00 there are better options at better prices.
I did enjoy running in the Newton Motion 7 and finally had an opportunity to see if they are worth the high premium, however, I don’t think they are.
Yes, they look cool and they fit well but in the end, I have to say they run average. See the Gravity 7 which delivers on its expectations better. They do look cool though.
racing shoe. It has a weight of 9.1 ounces and a drop of 3.0mm.
The Newton Gravity 7 comes in one colorway and that is bright green.
By a runner’s standard, bright colors don’t really bother me but what gets me is the random camo on the midsole. It makes the shoe look funky. I guess if you really want to stand out, these shoes are the one for you.
Newton Motion 7 Fit
Newton has a handy size chart on their website which I think is pretty accurate on what size you should choose. I ordered based on this size chart and the shoe fits true to size. My foot fits snuggly without too much wiggle room.
The shoe was also pretty comfortable to wear during runs. However, because of the lugs on the forefoot, the shoe is awkward to walk in. The lugs were also a source of discomfort during my first week of use. I wasn’t accustomed to the lugs and I had some forefoot discomfort. After getting used to the lugs though, the shoe feels great.
I thought the shoe was breathable when I first started using it, but as the weather got warmer, I noticed that my feet got a lot hotter. I don’t think it’s my socks because on other shoes, my feet don’t get as hot.
For example, I was doing a tempo when it was around 80 degrees Fahrenheit and my feet felt like it was baking. As soon as I finished the tempo, I just ripped my shoes off.
Moreover, I enjoyed the stability of the shoe at first since it kept my feet from moving around wildly, but the more I ran, the more I missed the freedom that I had with other shoes.
I normally wear neutral shoes and wearing the Motion 7 gave me a feeling of being restrained and I didn’t enjoy the feeling of my feet not being able to freely move. I know that’s the point of stability shoes but I just didn’t enjoy the feeling the Motion 7 gave me.
The upper hasn’t shown any signs of wear so far and looks like it won’t tear a hole anywhere anytime soon. However the outsole, just like the Newton Gravity 7 has that same abrasion-like damage where it isn’t padded.
That abrasion look has been there for a while and I don’t think the shoe is going to fall apart or anything but that’s the only thing that's making me worry about the durability of the shoe.
Abrasion and peeling on the unprotected outsole
I would say the performance of the shoe is very similar to the Newton Gravity 7. Running with these shoes made feel faster and made me speed up. This is because the shoe makes you run on your midfoot.
Fast and responsive feeling from P.O.P Lugs
The cushioning of the shoe is alright. It isn’t over-cushioned since it is a minimalist shoe but there is enough cushioning for longer runs.
Personally, I’ve been able to use the shoes for 10-11 miles, but I haven’t tried to go over that distance using these shoes.
Newtonium and EVA foam
Because of the minimalist design of the shoe, I wouldn’t use these as a daily trainer even though Newton’s website has it placed under the training section. After using the shoes for 2 weeks in a row, I noticed I had more aches and pains than normal.
This is probably since I am more used to more cushioned shoes. If you’re used to minimalist shoes, then you probably won’t have the same issues.
I felt that the shoe locked in my feet more than the Gravity 7 which I expected since it is a stability shoe after all. I enjoyed this security when I ran on rougher terrain like trails and less smooth surfaces like grass.
But when I’m running on more stable surfaces like road and track, I didn’t like how locked my feet felt. I prefer a more freely moving feeling when I’m running which is why I like neutral shoes. If you suffer from overpronation or prefer a more secure lock on your feet while running then I would recommend these shoes for you.
The traction of the shoe has the same story as the Newton Gravity 7. Traction was good for dry surfaces but when it is wet, expect a lot of slipping. I almost ate it when just walking on concrete. I know I’m a clutz but I’m not that silly to slip while walking on a smooth surface.
I think that the Motion 7 would be great for running on light trails. Trails that are just dirt paths, gravel, any trail that is still a little firm.
The lightweight nature and stability of the shoe helped me run on light trails. When I was running on light trails, I didn’t like how much my feet moved yet the Motion 7 gave me that reassurance of being stable.
- Light weight
- Stable (If you prefer that)
- Fits true to size
- Gives a fast feeling
- Promotes running on the ball of your feet
- Not breathable enough in hot weather
- Has ugly camo design
- Uncomfortable to walk in (but it is a running shoe)
- Questionable durability on parts of the outsole
- Traction on wet surfaces is not good
- For tempos and faster-paced runs
- For use on light trails
lightweight shoe that's perfect for faster-paced runs.
If you’re used to minimalist shoes and enjoy added stability, then these shoes would be perfect for daily training. If however, you’re not, then I would suggest the Newton Gravity 7 - a neutral minimalist shoe without added stability.
When I first got Motion 7, I flipped out when I saw the bottoms of 'em. You can see on the picture below that parts stick out a little.
I thought this was going to be really uncomfortable which it was in the beginning until I got used to them (which took a few runs) but after that, I fell in love with the shoes. This isn't an exaggeration, these are my absolute favorite shoes I've ever ran in.
I'm just going to warn you now though, the Motion 7 is expensive so if you are looking for something affordable this might not be the shoe for you.
The upper is very well made. It is thin and breathable. I have not had any problems here.
The laces are thin and flat instead of circular which actually looks cooler. I have never had any problems with the laces. They never untied during runs.
When I first put these on, I thought the extended forefoot would be uncomfortable which it was. But once I got used to it, I realized it was actually more comfortable than flatter soles.
I feel that the extended forefoot absorbed some of the shocks to give a more stable ride. Also, the foam Newton used on the soles are very springy and shock absorbing but they wear out a little faster than others.
The sock-liner was also made by Newton. It's very thin and doesn't really improve the comfortability much. It's kind of just there. The tongue was secure so there was no rubbing or anything.
I have ran anywhere between repeat miles and 10-mile runs. I have never had any times when I was uncomfortable at all. This makes the Motion 7 excellent trainers for any distance. I would say they are comfortable enough to not wear socks if you are into that.
Out of the countless miles I have ran, I have found that they have shown little wear EXCEPT for the soles. Mostly, it is worn where Newton placed the foam. It seems to be scraped and torn.
Everything else seems to be in very good shape. If the bottoms weren't shaved off, the shoes would look brand new!
The support the shoe has not given out at all which is excellent. Even though the bottoms seem a little torn the Motion 7 is still extremely nice to run in.
I think the durability is slightly above average from other popular running shoes.
There are no other selections for different colors but I do have to say the neon looks really cool. They stick out a lot. People will always know your running!
For a trainer, these are excellent. They offer an extremely smooth bounce whether you are running a quick mile, a 5k, or a slower long run. They run great on any surface except I wouldn't recommend running on trails often because this will severely affect the durability of them. You can really cruise with the Motion 7.
The traction is pretty average for a trainer. It does its job. I've had no problems here. Since the shoe is so thin, breathability should not be a problem. The overall performance is above average for road trainers. I really think it has to do with the extended forefoot and the foam.
- Very comfortable
- Supportive but still lightweight
- Laces don't untie
- Bottoms get worn out faster than any other part of the shoe
Anybody training for anything between a 5k to even a half marathon. Possibly even a full marathon but I'm not exactly sure.
Newton Motion 7 Vs. Newton Distance 7
I have to say both are very similar but I think the Motion 7 wins. The distance 7 is a little cheaper and a little lighter but the Motion 7 has better support and just feel better. The distance 7 is a little bit more race oriented.
I'm going to keep this short. If you are willing to spend a few extra bucks I bet you will not be disappointed. The Newton Motion 7 look great, feel great, and run great!
Updates to Newton Motion 7
- The new midsole of the Newton Motion 7 is comprised of a base layer of EVA foam and a full-length layer of a Newtonium foam. The combination of these two technologies are sure to provide runners with an exceptional balance of flexibility and stability.
- Featured in the shoe is the new dual density medial post. This technology is biomechanically engineered to correct overpronation during the running sessions. Working together with the high-performance upper, it delivers a comfortable and lightweight stability. It aims to provide the runner with a healthier, faster and stronger running experience.
Size and fit
The Newton Motion 7 is a road running shoe that is strategically designed for runners who need additional support and stability during their activities. It follows the standard running shoe length when it comes to size. The Newton Motion 7 is available in standard medium width for both men’s and women’s version.
The high-abrasion compound called the SHARC outsole is integrated into the Newton Motion 7. This material aims to provide added durability, making the platform to last a longer duration of time.
The utilizes the high-density rubber. It is located in the forefoot section to provide a long-lasting performance to the outsole.
Maximum comfort and responsiveness are offered by the Newtonium foam. Located underneath the foot, this layer of cushioning delivers additional a more energetic ride as well.
Lying in the heel and forefoot section is the Action/Reaction Technology. To absorb shock energy, these external lugs compress. After which, energy is then released during the heel-to-toe transition. As a result, agreeable energy return is encouraged.
Working together with the POP1 technology, the High Rebound EVA offers excellent underfoot cushioning. This material is essential in delivering a more comfortable and responsive ride. This material is also present in the Gravity 8 and other Newton running shoes.
The Medial Posting is integrated into the Newton Motion 7. This technology provides a firmer foam on the inside part of the foot. It aims to increase stability, resulting in the reduced effects of overpronation.
The Newton Motion 7 utilizes the Biomechanical Metatarsal Sensor Plate. This sensor plate's primary purpose is to increase the user’s proprioception, resulting in a more flexible ride. Because of these proprioceptors, coordinated movements are promoted and encouraged.
The ETC Sockliner is used in the Newton Motion 7. This material plays an essential role in providing maximum comfort to the runner.
Full-foot cushioning and enhanced flexibility are delivered by the POP1. It has lugs that recede into air-filled chambers to provide a faster and more responsive underfoot feel. Acting like rubber bands, these lugs push the runner off for their next step. As a result, the energy created is stored in the external lugs.
The Engineered mesh is utilized in the shoe. It is described to be is seamless and lightweight in nature. This material aims to provide added structure and breathability in the critical areas.
A more customized fit is encouraged by the 4-way Stretch Mesh Metatarsal Panel. It is essential in ensuring an individualized fit that suits the needs of the runner.
Utilized in the shoe is the Mesh tongue. This unit is updated to enhance the upper fit. It uses a breathable and flexible mesh for to promote lightweight comfort.
A snugger heel lockdown is offered by the Heel Lace Lock. It is essential in keeping the ankle and heel area tight.
To support the heel better, the Pre-Molded Heel Counter is added to the shoe by Newton. This material provides a more secure and comfortable fit.
For the runner to be safe during evening runs, the 360-degree reflectivity is integrated into the shoe. As a result, visibility in low light conditions is increased.
A full-length fabric is stitched to the Strobel Last. This component of the shoe aims to provide a more comfortable underfoot feel.