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Fall 2013 Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

  • By Brian Metzler
  • Published Sep. 5, 2013
  • Updated Sep. 27, 2013 at 10:51 AM UTC

Newton Energy NR, $120

weights: 9.0 oz. (men’s); 7.4 oz. (women’s)

heights: 25mm (heel), 23mm (forefoot)

Fit: Like most Newton shoes, the Energy NR offers up performance-oriented snugness in the heel and midfoot with a bit of extra wiggle room in the forefoot.

Feel: The step-in feel is comfortable with a soft-but-firm feel underfoot. If you’ve run in any other pair of Newtons, you’ll notice a decidedly different sensation in the forefoot from the reduced lugs, which stick out less than previous models.

Ride: The Energy NR is meant to be a transition shoe between more traditionally designed shoes and other Newton models with higher forefoot lugs aimed at forefoot-striking gaits. But even our testers who have never run in Newtons felt the Energy NR served up a smooth and agile ride that has plenty of cushioning for long runs and plenty of pep for speedier efforts too.

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Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler is the editor-in-chief of Competitor magazine. He has raced every distance from 50 yards to 100 miles and run in more than 700 pairs of running shoes in the past 25 years. You can reach him at bmetzler@competitorgroup.com.

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