One of things I love most about my job is wear-testing new running and adventure racing products. For a runner, there is NOTHING better than to try out new running shoes. Especially when they are way "out of the box" in terms of technology and innovation.
I've had the pleasure of taking a few test rides in Newton Running Shoes or what I am calling "The New Shoe In Town." Newton shoes were designed by runners for runners to mimic the advantages of barefoot running. Although I've only run barefoot a few times in my life, I can clearly understand it translates to efficient running. It picks up were the Nike Free shoe left off and just keeps running.
The real difference in the shoe is in the sole of the shoe, which mimics your foot and allows your foot to more freely and promote forefoot stride. It feels a little weird when you put them on but because I naturally land on my forefoot and have since I started running, the Newton's felt very natural out of the box. The concept is developed from Sir Isaac Newton's third law of motion...
" It states an object at rest remains at rest and an object in motion remains in motion at constant speed and in a straight line unless acted on by an unbalanced force."
This is also true with runners. Heel strikers are actually stopping motion every time their foot lands on the ground and thereby disrupting the "equal and opposite force". They then have to re-create motion again after every time they land. Not to mention the added impact forces from the heel strike.
I'm no scientist but I love biomechanics and learning how to improve performance via training methods, energy efficiency and form. It took my body a good 2-3 weeks to adapt to the shoe style and in that time I've noticed my effort level is lower at my normal pace and my body doesn't ache as much post run which are signs that they must have helped me run more efficiently.
I give the Newton's a BIG thumbs up and can't wait to see what else is on the horizon and in the mailbox.