Fall 2013 Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

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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