7.9 oz.; 6.8 oz.
Fit: With its narrow heel and slightly roomier forefoot, the Distance fits like a modernly appointed racing flat. Our wear-testers thought it provided exceptional heel-hold.
Feel: The first thing you’ll notice after stepping into any pair of Newtons is the unique lugs protruding from the forefoot. The lugs give the Distance a relatively flat profile (3mm drop), which helps promote foot strikes near the mid-foot. The Distance feels super-light, airy and enveloping thanks to a new upper that has enhanced comfort, fit and stability over its predecessor.
Ride: Although intended for a mid-foot and forefoot style of running, the forefoot lugs help generate forward propulsion for most gaits. It takes some getting used to, but one of the keys to finding the sweet spot, our testers said, is to run with a high cadence and light footsteps. The Distance is semi-firm, and our testers reported that relative stiffness contributes to the shoe’s responsiveness.