Spring 2014 Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

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Newton Motion III, $175

9.3 oz. (men’s); 7.8 oz. (women’s)

26mm (heel), 22mm (forefoot)

Fit: This shoe has a locked-down fit in the heel and arch areas and just enough room in the forefoot for the toes to wiggle and splay.

Feel: The Motion III has a wider profile than previous editions, which accommodates Newton’s new, wider five-lug propulsion unit in the forefoot and adds stability by way of additional ground contact. The revised upper, which includes a microsuede arch saddle and two flexible meshes, contributes to both its supportive feeling and easy-flexing demeanor.

Ride: By removing the medial post and widening the forefoot, Newton enhanced both the uninhibited ride and the inherent stability of this shoe. It clearly serves up more energetic pop than previous Motion models, a sensation wear-testers attributed to the more lively and responsive energy-return system in the forefoot. (Newton calls it +One Technology, in which five firm external rubber lugs press into an elastic chamber in the forefoot of the midsole instead of four as with previous Newton models.) “I like the ride of this shoe more than any Newton I’ve run in before,” said one wear-tester.

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