2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Running Shoes

Photo: John David Becker

Newton Distance Elite

$155, Newtonrunning.com
The draw: Explosiveness

Newton’s spring-loaded lug system creates an unmistakable sensation of “pop” in every shoe the company produces, regardless of weight. This shoe, however, has a little extra energy. Newton stripped away much of the overlays on the upper to shave several ounces without compromising cushioning, and the difference is perceivable. Fit does suffer a bit—the minimalist upper doesn’t secure the foot as soundly as some.