Spring 2013 Running Shoe Review

Newton Motion, $175

9.3 oz. (men), 7.7 oz. (women)

4mm heel-toe offset

FIT: The updated Motion has a new, softer upper and softly appointed interior, but it fits similarly to the previous model with secure heel hold, snugness at the midfoot and enough room in the toe box for your piggies to wiggle.

FEEL: As with all Newton trainers, this one has a comfortably appointed interior, an amply cushioned semi-firm midsole, a moderate stack height (off the ground) and a low-angle heel-toe differential (4mm). The Motion is a very similar shoe to the neutral Gravity trainers, except with a bit of medial posting to offset overpronation.

RIDE: The Motion rides surprisingly light and smooth for a stability shoe. With all Newton shoes, you have to mind the forefoot lugs, which compress and decompress to provide a noticeable responsiveness. The best way to engage those lugs is with efficient running mechanics and quick stride cadence. Running with a heavy heel-striking gait tends to make the lugs feel a bit obtuse and cumbersome.

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