2012 Spring-Summer Running Shoe Review

Photo: Scott Draper/Competitor

Newton Distance Neutral, $155

men: 7.8 oz. | women: 6.7 oz.

“Balanced” best describes the fit of this stalwart in Newton’s collection—the secure heel and midfoot opens in the forefoot to accommodate wide and narrow feet. Heel strikers will need to take their time transitioning into the Distance, as the raised lugs in the forefoot discourage rearfoot ground contact and initially put a lot of stress on the lower legs. The Distance promotes an efficient forefoot striking and a fast transition. There’s plenty of forefoot cushioning to absorb shock upon impact.

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