Newton Energy NR, $120
weights: 9.0 oz. (men’s); 7.4 oz. (women’s)
heights: 25mm (heel), 23mm (forefoot)
Fit: Like most Newton shoes, the Energy NR offers up performance-oriented snugness in the heel and midfoot with a bit of extra wiggle room in the forefoot.
Feel: The step-in feel is comfortable with a soft-but-firm feel underfoot. If you’ve run in any other pair of Newtons, you’ll notice a decidedly different sensation in the forefoot from the reduced lugs, which stick out less than previous models.
Ride: The Energy NR is meant to be a transition shoe between more traditionally designed shoes and other Newton models with higher forefoot lugs aimed at forefoot-striking gaits. But even our testers who have never run in Newtons felt the Energy NR served up a smooth and agile ride that has plenty of cushioning for long runs and plenty of pep for speedier efforts too.