Men's NEWTON® RUNNING GRAVITY :: Newton® Running shoes are designed around the philosophy that midfoot/forefoot running is the most natural, efficient and healthy way for you to run. The men's Newton® Running Gravity is the premier performance neutral trainer that will make you feel like you're floating on air. Advanced forefoot and heel impact absorption reduces the shock of each step on pavement to keep legs fresher longer. 9.4 ounces
Features & Benefits:
Open air mesh: Highly breathable and fast-drying
Minimal anatomical support strapping: Provides support and comfort
Bilateral stretch panels: For comfort and fit
High rebound light-weight midsole: Offers firm cushioning
Biomechanical forefoot plate and flex grooves: Increases communication between foot and the ground
Carbon rubber heel: Increased durablilty
Rearfoot technology cradles the heel as the foot settles: Offers protection and cushion
I have used both the 2009 Newton Gravity shoes (red) and the 2010 model (blue). Been using Newtons for running since Dec 2009 and haven't turned back (previously used Nike, Mizuno, Brooks without any fitting and performing as well as Newtons). I use Gravitys for most of my training and use the Newton Distance for fast training and races (10k - marathon). These shoes are very flexible and breathable. The best thing about them is the added mid/forefoot cushioning and the reduced heel height. I was looking for shoes that get the heel out of the way so I can run the way I like to (mid-foot strike) and I am so glad I found these. Before Dec 2009 I was constantly battling knee pain, since switching to Newtons I have zere knee pain and I run twice as much. When I switch to my Mizuno Waveriders once in a while I start to feel the precursor to knee pain after about 6 miles of running. The recovery with the Newtons is amazing. I ran the 2010 LA Marathon in the Newton Gravity beating my goal by 20 minutes and had zero knee pain and woke up the next morning and ran. I'm able to run half marathons back to back weekends no problem. 6 months ago, before using Newtons that would be impossible. Sure, I've done some other things to prevent injury and speed recovery, but I really feel these Newtons are necessary for me. Because it helps to allow me to run as much as I want to and when I want to, it has not only improved my speed (35 seconds faster pace in the half-marathon) but it really has improved my life. This is the real thing.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
New Factory shoes a few mms smaller
A great shoe for mid and forefoot runners. Ran my long runs in Sir Isaacs (over 16M), otherwise ran everything else in these. I had put 275 miles on them and they were wearing well but with a marathon coming up I ordered a new pair. They were only a few mm smaller than the other pair. According to the Newton reps, they changed manufacturing plants to Northern China and the shoes were coming out a half size too small. Due to blisters on the tip of the second toe on the left foot, I could not run in them, and I had to use my sir Isaacs for the race, which turned out great with a PR and a BQ. The Newton's have been great for training and may have contributed to my speed increase. I try to use the Chi running technique, and the shoes complement that style. I transitioned slowly over several weeks, but have used the Newtons exclusively without any problems over the last 7 months, running 35-55m per week. The prominent lugs on the Gravities when new can be disconcerting but have not been a problem. I used to feel pain on the balls of my feet before switching to Newtons, but no longer. Unfortunately they are expensive, and cannot be used for anything besides running. At this point, as the shoe no longer fits me with the 10.5's being too big, and the 10's too small I will try another minimal shoe and see how it goes. Otherwise, I would have stayed with the gravities.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Will not run without Newton's
I am a triathlete and have been racing for 20+ years. Newton shoes and forefoot running have changed my training and racing forever. Newton's are light, flexible and training/race ready. Despite becoming older by the day all of my race times have improved since training with Newtons. The forefoot cushion is unmistakable and relieving. I have no more knee injuries or soreness. Once the forefoot pods hit the ground the rebound puts your hip flexors into motion giving your more shock absorption and a smoother run. This translates into increased efficiency and less fatigue. No shoe has as much forefoot cushioning.
It takes 2 weeks to adapt to the different technique but it will pay off in the end. Your calves get sore at first but it is temporary.
Con: The shoes wear quickly. (A fault of my own biomechanics and anatomy). I have had 4 pairs of Newtons and they last me 400 miles b/c of the excess lateral wear. If you strike more evenly I assume they will last about 500 miles.
I considered a slightly small toebox a Con but they are so flexible that my triple E food fits comfortably.
I also considered price a Con but if you compare them to other commonly used running shoes it is equivalent (without the extra weight).
I have converted 5 of my colleagues to run in them and they are now believers. Thus, I will continue to run in Newtons until something better comes along or until I start getting younger.
New Smyrna Beach, Fl
I am 43 and have just learned how to run properly. I ran periodically in my 20s and 30s but always gave up because of knee pain. Since taking up Triathalon last year I have been teaching myself technique in all 3 sports. With running, I am amazed at how strength training the hips and core, increasing cadence to 90-95 (as measured by my Garmin 405 and gamin foot pod) and learning how to run with a mid foot strike has enabled me to run pain free for the first time in my life. And the bonus is that I am faster than I ever was in my 20s (not saying that much with me, but this is my mid-life crisis so I am fairly obsessed with getting as fast as I can even at my advanced age). So stop buying shoes that work against 2 million years of evolution. These shoes encourage you to run with a mid or fore foot strike as if you were running barefoot but obviously without all the negative aspects of barefoot running. If you are running more than 10 miles a week, you should follow the link [@]and take the time to learn how to run properly. Then buy a pair of Newtons. Don't know if Nike frees or other minimal shoes compare/I appreciate the research that goes into these shoes and am willing to pay a little extra. I feel like other shoe companies are still in this heel strike/cushioning arms race and do not have the runners' health in their best interest.
I've been running for nearly 20 years now and as I've gotten older, heavier, and slower had gone from being a forefoot runner in my high school cross country days to a heel striker. After an ITB injury last February while training for a marathon, I went back to basics with a hard look at my form. I also discovered that barefoot running on the grass didn't hurt my ITB, but a 1/2 mile in my fat heeled running shoes and I'd be limping to the car. After some research, I ended up with these because they are supposed to encourage forefoot running. They do! I transitioned to them slowly as recommended, and yes they did give my calves a workout at first. But what a difference! I'm back to being a forefoot runner and running better than I have been in years. I have 500 miles and 2 marathons on my first pair with no injuries, not even a blister! (And I have always had problems with bilsters on distance runs). I even think that these shoes get better after the lugs wear down a bit. I'm now breaking in my 2nd pair. What can I say? They're not the best for trails or inclement weather, but they are great running shoes!
Newton Defies Gravity
Five days a week I walk a mile to and from work. I teach kindergarten and the shoes are flexible enough for the ups and downs of a busy classroom. But the greatest thing about the Gravity shoes is that the first pair, the shoes with a picture of Sir Isaac in the insole, saved my knees. I've run four half marathons since changing to the Newtons, and each run has been faster than the last. I can run again, and walk afterwards! I now own four pair of Newton shoes. I also have narrow feet, and the shoes are comfortable with every day and running socks. Once out of the wash and they look and fit like new. Now that's quality!
I converted to forefoot running and bought into the notion of Chi/Barefoot technique several years ago - and the results have been phenomenal. Now, don't assume that your just going to jump into these shoes and run carefree, something has to give and that something is usually your calves. They will need a very long period to adapt (for me 6-8 months), and I found that strength training and stretching, along with compression sleeves have prevented strains. Also, get the shoe 1/2 to a whole size large, depending on how much/far you run - feet swell and I experienced swelling and neuritis/impingement syndromes with my feet usually at mile 10 because of wearing a size smaller.
Expensive, but bang for buck
There is a lot out there about the Newton line, and I won't try to argue one way or another about that. However, if you're reading this, the odds are that you are interested in the Newtons but are put off by the very high price. My experience is that these shoes give very long wear if you run with "Newtonian" form. If you try to use them as a heel-striker, they won't be comfortable, and the heel will wear out relatively quickly. But if you learn the midfoot/forefoot strike and use it well, it is not uncommon to get well over 500 miles out of a pair. This makes the bang-for-buck calculation a lot simpler.
Greatest Running Shoe Ever Designed!
Since I started running in Newtons, I have experienced bliss and a feeling of being born again in relevance to running. I ran in high school and during my college years and was fairly competitive. I stopped about 7 years ago. I started up again about 2 years ago. I wanted to be compettive again in my older years. I picked Newtons to start over with. It took some time and I was patient and followed the advice to start gradually and work into them. Boy, it has paid off. I don't have the aches and pains like I did with traditional running shoes. The price is worth it. You are investing into your own body and it pays off.I train smart and I recover quickly! Thank you Newton Running.
Fits like a sock--this is good
These shoes are definitely a different 'paradigm' from the traditional running shoe. They seems to be not too bulky (like many running shoes) and well-designed. I like that fact that Newton actually sends its reps around who do formal presentation on running. And they're a small company, which I like. They're not trying to be the next Nike.
The shoe fits me great. They're so comfortable that I've taken to running in them w/o socks. And I've had none of the report calf/achilles problems that some being experience because there isn't much support in the heel.
I would buy these shoes again
These are my first pair of Newtons and they wont be my last. I love these shoes, I did alot of reseach on these shoes and they are the best. I do have one thing to say make sure you are a mid foot striker, because if you are not they can take a little bit to get used to. About a month before I bought the newtons I made sure that I trained myself to run more on my mid foot. I am glad I did because it really help when I got the Newtons. I dont know what else to say about these shoes, I love them and I will never buy any other kind of shoe. Great work newton and keep up the good work.
I bought these to rotate with the Newtons Racers. These are just as awesome as the Racers. The Gravitys have a more durable heel than the Racers. I will never run in another shoe besides Newtons. Believe the hype! Midfoot strike is more natural and easier on the body.
San Diego, Ca
A shoe to stick with
After years of being a heel striker and numerous overuse injuries, I switched to a midfoot/forefoot strike. I made the transition with Nike stability shoes. I then went right to the Newton Gravity (sans stability). I've been running in these for a few weeks, logging about 20-30 miles a week without issue. The first 1 or 2 runs yielded sore tissue around the ankles and calves, but this is to be expected as Newton recommends a short break in period.
I would not recommend this shoe to a heel striker; that's not the type of runner these shoes are designed for.
I've read mixed reviews about the durability of the shoe. But, two very avid and fast runners I know have been getting well over 18+ months out of them. Time will tell.
What I've been looking for
I started running when I was 14, high school track, Pre was my hero, I'm 54 and have been thru a boatload of running shoes. I'm a forestriker and always thought that was my bane. I have looked for shoes like Newton's for a long time. I just wore out a pair of Gravity. I think I'm going to try Motion next, buy them tomorrow. Had I had Newton's when I started, I wouldn't be going to the foot doctor to let him look at my bunions. A forestriker was never considered in the past. Newton's set me up higher, I like that.
I'm on my third pair of Newton Distance which I use for intervals, 5K - half marathon races and triathlons. I'm marathon training and have been searching for a long distance trainer. I tried Nike and NB lightweight performance trainers with no luck. I have 60 miles on my Gravity's and I now plan to train and race solely in Newtons. There're more durable than the racers and just a fraction heavier. I may even race my marathon in them.
Des Moines, IA
Slippery when wet!
I have been rotating thru a pair of gravity's and sir isaacs and have found both great but really enjoy the gravity's for the speed workouts. They are great when you get used to them, and definitely recover better. The only negative is wet weather! Where i live in oz there are loads of driveways and paths with a pebbled surface and as soon as it's wet you barely get any traction at all, even on really smooth tarmac or painted lines. Will still be buying more pairs though.
Gold Coast Australia
Best shoes I have found
Tried these shoes out of frustration with the main stream shoe companies. I am on my 4th pair. I am naturally a midfoot striker so it was an easy transition. The company has a great website that promotes good running form. I had issues with ITB syndrome and achilles tendonitis in the past that are gone. Shoes are incredibly comfortable. Finished my first marathon in them with my 2nd fastest time out of 20 marathons, my fastest time in the past 6 years and a plus 50 year old PR. They are worth the extra money.
This shoe is the real deal!!!
This shoe is probably for the more experienced runner unless you're already a mid/forefoot runner. The shoe does run small and I went up half a size and the fit is perfect for me. I run about 40 miles a week and have no issues at all. The shoes are wearing very well and don't show any signs of excessive wear. I'm using these shoes for both training and racing given their weight.
JM - Serious Runner
Different feeling, but I like them
Shoes feel a little different with the actuator lugs. I also bought the shoes a half size up and they still may be a little shorter than I would like. They will work your calves, but this is to be expected with a shoe to mimic barefoot running. Feel like I am about 1/4 minute faster per mile in them. Go gradually into the shoes. Your feet will need some time to adjust, but hopefully you'll like them as much as I do.
Great fit, comfortable shoe.
I was hesitant before spending the money on a pair of running shoes that I didn't know how quickly they would wear out. So far I have been pleased with the wear. Comfortable and fit great out of the box, got a 1/2 size up and would recommend to everyone to do so. I had been running with a concentration on mid/forefoot strike for a few months before, but these do take a couple of runs to get used to. I am 100% satisfied with them.
Best shoe in 40 years
I am a 60yo runner of 40 years and have had every "itis" known to runners. As a converted heal striker I was making progress but improved dramaticly when I began using the Gravity. I run with greater comfort and increased speed with less effort. For me, these shoes are the best I have ever run in. Great quality, great comfort, great shoe and you become quicker. what more could you ask for?
Great shoe but not in the Rain
I've been a midfoot/forefoot striker for about 4 years and this was my first pair of Newton's. For the most part I really like them although they tend to encourage a more extreme forefoot strike than I'm comfortable with. Shoe fit is very comfortable. Only real problem I've found is that the inserts collapse and fold inside the shoe when wet. Unfortunately, I've been caught in the rain twice in them.
Great Barefoot Running Trainers
I run several times a week, and I've tried several different options for a barefoot/natural running trainer including Vibram, Nike, and Terra Plana. The Newtons are by far the best option for everyday training. They offer great breathability and feel great for running. I highly recommend them. Just be sure and order up at least a half size. These things run small!
I have been running for 25 years and was an off on on heel striker. I finally learned how to run correctly after all of these years. I changed my form to the barefoot running style and bought these shoes. It is difficult to heel strike in these, thats a good thing. my last marathon was in 1999 I stay injured so much I never make through the training period to get to that marathon. I have ran in these shoes for 3 weeks and am doing a 1/2 marathon next week. this new running form along with the newton gravity shoe has turned my thoughts about running upside down. I feel I can train more with no injuries and I will run another marathon before the end of the year
Out of the Box Thinking Design
This is a great shoe for CHI Running/Forward Lean runners, well vented shoe with new style design to generate energy back to your leg, took about 20 miles to get used to the Land/Lever/Lift technique, needs careful break-in time if you are a heel striker. On the second week I ran a 10 miler and felt great after the run. We'll see how durable these shoes are.
Orange County, CA
Newton-Sloshy when wet
Have run about 80 miles. Be careful running in wet conditions. Very sloshy & slick after they are wet. They are holding up good so far. If you are a heel striker, take your time breaking them in. I ran every other day for 2-3 miles for the first 2 weeks. I tried them on at an Expo and then bought from RRS, with VIP discount, it is a best deal I could find.
I actually do ALL of my runs in Newtons. I do not need motion control, so I use the Gravity. The all weather shoe which I also own is a bit more controlled, but still comfortable. I wish these were not so expensive and a bit more durable, but still, it is the ONLY shoe I am training or racing in, whether it be trail, road or Ironman.
Plantar fasciitis sufferer
Bought this shoe to try to heal plantar fasciitis. It is a great shoe for working on your form, and trying to overcome heel striking. It is not a shoe that I want to train in on a daily basis, but seems useful for becoming more aware of your stride. I do not know if it is helping my plantar problem, yet.
Arizona trail runner
Awesome shoe and great price
I am a triathlete and have worn Newtons for about 8 months now. These shoes are great. They are light and make you feel fast. Highly recommend for avid runners, wouldn't be good for beginners. Need to order a 1/2 size larger than usual.
I am on my third pair of Newtons. I liked the Issacs, but I prefer the Gravity. I also have the all season shoe which has worked well in the North Dakota winter (Yak Trax helped during the slippery days). Overall, I am very pleased with the Newtons.
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AA Wave 2010 rated this product
4 stars Fri, January 15,2010:
Wow, all the hype about Newtons--I just had to give them a try. For the most part they live up to the claims. They DO make you run faster and the responsiveness is off the charts. I use these for the faster, tempo type runs. They are suitable for racing and speedwork. Another positive-I don't get nearly as sore and my recovery time is incredible.
CONS: Oddly, this shoe should be beefed up and made more durable. Not suitable for everyday training. A slightly heavier trainer would be ideal. 2-Even though I like them a lot, they're way too expensive. 3- These shoes do not perform well in cold, ie ice, snow or slush. Stick to dry, smooth, even roads.
CAUTION: Although Newton says anyone can use these, its not true. If you're an 8:00/ mile + heel striker, I would avoid these.
James rated this product
5 stars Mon, November 30,2009:
I have the older model without the carbon heel. I've run in it for 14 months. I wear orthotics in ALL shoes, and have had to for about 20 years. Guess what? I don't wear orthotics in the Newton Gravity and my feet feel far better than ever. I only wish I had shoes for all occasions that worked this well (dress shoes, etc.). While they may not work for everyone, in my experience, they are not a gimmick, they are a revelation. They will work your calves, so do not overdo things in the beginning. The price may seem high, but it is not high when the cost and time of having good orthotics made (and remade and remade) is taken into account. Before the Newtons, I was not able to run on my forefoot the way I wanted to because of extreme sensitivity to bruising (sesimoiditis, i.e. the ball of my foot would hurt like crazy at times). This problem had plagued me for over 30 years but took a while for me to figure out. Now, I simply never have foot pain from running, though I still need
Sean in Tampa rated this product
5 stars Fri, November 06,2009:
If you are into natural running on the forefoot(barefoot/pose/chi) then you will love this shoe. They are lightweight and give energy back with every stride. I have never felt so comfortable running in ANY shoe as I have in these.
Kirk rated this product
5 stars Tue, October 27,2009:
Love these shoes. I have never been as pain free or been able to accomplish my current times and distances. Just make sure you properly ease into your routine with these shoes.
Seasoned skeptic rated this product
3 stars Fri, October 23,2009:
Ran a race in these pricey kicks, and my left foot exploded; after the amputation, I'm running a lot better. My new leaf spring prosthesis really helps me bound! Overall a good experience. I've learned a lot about what I'm capable of, and I've built myself a fortress of character.
Chandramouli rated this product
5 stars Wed, September 09,2009:
Absolutely Awesome shoes. I ran a 22 miler @ 7:30 pace and for the first time my legs did'nt feel fatigued. Never felt so good after a 22 miler. Always been sceptical of all the expensive stuff and their claims. But these shoes are worth it, if you run forefoot/midfoot.
Mikhail rated this product
5 stars Wed, September 09,2009:
I have to say that this is one of the best shoes I have ever had. It is light and very good. I used to be a "heel-striker" but I got this shoes to help me to adjust my running from heel to forefoot and it worked. I really enjoy running. It is better on my knees and I feel great. I suggest to be very careful with how you break them in because if you are a heel-stiker then you will need to take your time to adjust your running technic to "fit" Newton style. It is not for everyone but it is really good. The only concern I have with the shoe is when running on wet roads - the sole design is not really made for wet surface and thus you have to be careful when running on wet asphalt.
AB in Seattle rated this product
2 stars Fri, August 28,2009:
I liked how these shoes felt on some 10 mile runs but the durability is poor. Inside of heel wearing and the sole actuator lugs after only 50 miles.
Anonymous rated this product
4 stars Wed, August 26,2009:
Nice shoe to race in but because I have a bum knee I limit these to 10k or less. I replaced the liners with a pair of cushioned inserts which made them much more shock absorbent. If you have knee problems I would suggest you do the same. Great feel when racing.
ADHG rated this product
5 stars Tue, July 21,2009:
These shoes are not meant for everybody. You will either love them or not. They are light and feel great. Be sure to only run 2-3 miles at a time for the first 20-30 miles as you will need to break them in - but enjoy them later!