Okay so I might as well post this-even though I’m currently not running, I was running in the shoes before I broke my arm so it’s only best that I write a review while it’s still fresh in my mind.
First, for those who don’t know I have run in Newtons for 90% of my running career. It isn’t that Newtons are BAD shoes or that I hated them, in fact it’s quite the opposite and I like Newton’s too. I still frequent running in them. I just run extremely far on my toes-so far that I was NOT putting the lug technology to good use at all. If a shoe doesn’t work with your stride-it doesn’t. Similar to a significant other you will eventually find one that works well for you.
When you are running high mileage weeks, you need to make sure you are spending money on something you are getting full use out of. That being said, I’d still recommend Newton’s to people. If you want to chat more-don’t hesitate to email me (email@example.com). If enough people want-I can write a full review about Newtons It’s really not that I don’t think they are an awesome shoe, I just don’t get the benefit of them like many people do because I literally could do point ballet with how far I run up on my toes.
Moving on to the Nike Frees. If you know me in real life-you know I’m obsessed with everyone and anything Nike. Nike spandex. Nike socks. Nike Track Jacket’s. My racing flats and racing spikes are both Nikes. I’m literally a pretty big Nike brand whore. I would like to point out when I swam-I loved all the backs of Nike style suits.
So I thought in my quest of trying new shoes-why not start here?
With the Nike Frees.
I honestly bought these shoes because they looked pretty cool, I knew I needed a lighter shoe and I liked Nikes. That was my champion thought process.
What I like:
- Everyone always complements me on these shoes (call me a fake runner if you want but that is important).
- They are light. They don’t weigh a ton and they are really a great minimalist shoe
- If you are not wanting to take the plunge to five fingers or barefoot (that’s me), then these are a great alternative for light running. A few of my friends that run in five fingers or even barefoot also wear these in the cold arctic tundra of Northern New York.
Drawbacks thus far:
- I don’t really feel comfortable running more than an hour in them. The bottoms of my feet get kind of sore. I guess that is to be expected with a minimalist shoe (and I run halves in flats) but I’d prefer to have more support in runs longer than an hour.
My final verdict:
I like my Nike Frees a lot and will continue to use them in runs less than an hour and for cross training too. Certainly a good alternative for the five fingers for those looking for a little more support but certainly good for those looking to decrease the weight of their shoe and roll with a minimalist shoe.
*I would like to point out neither Nike or Newton sponsored this post.
Question for you:
- 1. Ever tried Nike Frees or Newtons?
- 2. What shoes do you run in?