When I first heard about about the Newton Gravity + in the bright yellow, I was a fan. Who doesn’t want the most bright shoe possible? I felt like I needed sunglasses when I first opened up the box. I don’t necessarily need all my shoes in that color, but having one is super fun.
Newton Gravity + Quick Facts:
Weight: 7.2 oz
Heel to Toe Drop: 3
Newton Gravity + Introduction:
My first five or so years were spent running in the Newton Gravity. Throughout that time, I went through about 16 pairs. Then after working in a run specialty store that didn’t sell them anymore, I got away from them. I usually still had a pair in my rotation, but there wasn’t the “only pair.” The new updated Newton Gravity + cannot be missed. It’s the brightest shoe I’ve ever owned!
Newton states the Newton Gravity+ is the first ever running shoe featuring Dupont’s Hytrel® foam Strobel. The
rebound score for Hytrel foam is high, so you’ll be bouncing all over the place. If you like a “super bouncy shoe,” the Newton Gravity+ might be for you.
But remember that Newton’s running shoes have a different ride altogether. Because they have such a low drop and work your calves, it’s essential to work into them. You don’t want to take the shoes out for a 10-mile run because you will feel it in your calves.
Newton and running shoes, in general, have come a long way since I ran in the Gravity in 2011. When I first purchased a pair in 2011, I believe it was $170. I thought it was “the most expensive running shoe ever.” They claimed you could get more than 1.5X mileage out of them, and you can, but that’s still expensive. These days, $170 is becoming cheaper than average for running shoes. Now the Newton Graivty+ retail at $190, which is on the pricier side but with running shoes costing $250+, it’s easier to spend $190 on a shoe that lasts 1.5X more than average.
Newton Gravity + Fit:
First, can we talk about the neon? You can’t miss the neon, and I am a fan. I don’t necessarily want every shoe in this color (although I don’t care), but it’s fun to have a super bright running shoe.
Now onto actual fit…This seems to be a hot topic lately, but Newton uses a women’s specific design and fit. They’ve been doing this for a while, but recently more brands have claimed: “women’s specific fit.” Men’s and women’s feet are different, so it makes sense to tailor running shoes. Most women don’t just have smaller versions of men’s feet. At size women 11, I have a men’s sample size foot. Anyway…the Newton Gravity + has a women’s specific fit (and men’s, for that matter).
The Newton Gravity + uses an anatomically designed 3-D engineered air mesh. Its breathable and seamless construction makes it easy to put on. I firmly believe the best running shoe uppers disappear off your feet and the Newton Gravity + does just that. The mesh is exceptionally light and breathable, and the shoe fits well.
Now not only is the Newton Gravity + fit good, but the laces also are 100% recycled polyester, the mesh is 100% recycled, and the midsole, membrane, and outsole use “Ecopure.”
Typically, I wear between a size 10-11 wide in running shoes, and the women’s size 11 fits well.
Newton Gravity + Ride:
The midsole, membrane, and outsole use “Ecopure.” What does that mean? In 2022, the Newton Gravity+ also has a Duponts Hytrel foam Strobel, making this year’s Newton Gravity + much softer and forgiving. Some might have found 2021 to be too firm.
If you’ve never run in Newtons before, it’s better to start slowly. I mean slowly because they work your calves differently than any other brand. If you flip them over, you’ll see a series of lugs that help propel you forward. These lugs, combined with the 3 mm drop, affect your calves. 3 mm drop is one of the lowest except for the 0 mm drop. Rushing into running in them can cause calf problems. Your calves will probably be sorer the first time you ever lace up a pair of Newtons. I know mine was, and it took me about a month to really work into my first pair of Newtons.
The Newton Gravity Plus uses different technology than previous versions of the Gravity. It has both “NRG+ foam” and “XPS+ Playing System,” So what does this mean? This new foam is an update to make the Newton Gravity + more modern and competitive with other trainers.
What is the NRG+ Foam? It’s a biodegradable foam that feels more modern. Sometimes Newton could feel a little heavy, and this NRG+ foam makes the shoe pop. It reminds me a lot of Brooks’s BioMoGo DNA. The Duponts Hytrel foam Strobel keeps the Newton Gravity + much softer than the last version.
What is the XPS+ plate? Newton Gravity + uses lugs that are air-filled chambers. This makes the shoe feel responsive, but honestly, it doesn’t feel different from previous models of the Newton Gravity. Newtons are designed to react like a spring and help propel you forward, so you’ll feel less tired the longer you go. After running for years in them, I can say this is not “just hype,” Like a carbon-plated shoe, you feel less tired at long distances.
Durability and Traction: Usually, these are similar, but in Newton’s Gravity +, they are not. The durability of most Newtons is 1.5X longer than a traditional running shoe. The good news is, that’s not just hype! I’ve typically found that is the case in all of the pairs I’ve used. I rarely get more than 400 miles on running shoes, and I’ve found the Newton Gravity + to get at least 600 miles without a problem.
I wasn’t sure how the Newton Gravity + would fit into my rotation. The Newton Gravity has been my “easy run shoe” in past years. I’ve found the Newton Gravity + to be best on days I have a daily run and may or may not go faster. I learn something softer with more cushion on easy run days, but the Newton Gravity + is a great shoe to bring if I don’t exactly know what kind of run I’m doing.
Newton Gravity + Conclusion:
Newtons are not for everyone. If you’ve tried the Newton lug system and don’t like it, then the Newton Gravity + is probably not for you. If you’ve never used Newton before, starting slowly and working into it is essential. If you are looking for a long-run or even race shoe that doesn’t have a carbon plate, the Newton Gravity+ might be a good option. It lasts longer than many traditional running shoes, and there is a lot of technology inside.
It’s funny to give a shoe that is not right for everyone a great review, but it’s a great shoe. Not every running shoe is right for everyone, but that doesn’t make it good or bad!
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Questions for you:
Have you tried the Newton Gravity +?
What is your brightest shoe?