Traveling in the Throw Back Machine to Fall of 2007, we pulled this one from the archive.
Newton is a new company whose design premise enhances the naturally efficient gait of midfoot and forefoot strikers. Its system, Active Membrane Technology, employs a rubbery membrane that runs the length of the midsole.
The forefoot is cushioned via EVA actuators that move up through the midsole to stretch the mem- brane as the forefoot strikes the ground. As the pressure is reduced at toe-off, the membrane quickly returns to shape, providing propulsion. The heel is a slab of EVA with a hollowed out center section over which the membrane stretches. All of the weartesters said that this technology did feel different than a typical running shoe. The minimal overlays, high-quality materials, airy meshes, and well-thought-out design make them very lightweight. Add its innovative technology and the Motus=Motion wins our Best New Shoe honors. Newtons are available through their website at www.newtonrunning.com.
Testers: “The cushioning is effective and the fit just right. They’re sweet.”
Sizes: Men 6–13; Women 5–11
Weight: Men 10.9 oz. (size 11); Women 8.9 oz. (size 8)
Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board
Recommended for: low- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics, for faster-paced running