Newton Running Energy NR review

I have to say I was proud to be one of the first few in Singapore to slip my feet into the Energy NR, about a week ago I was invited to test out the latest offering by Newton Running,

This being officially my first pair from Newton Running, the Energy NR really impressed me from the first run with the Team Newton Singapore. They feel like no other shoe I have ever run in, which is refreshing to say.  I have completed comfortable easy runs in these shoes and also attempted some short tempos on em. The Energy NR promotes an efficient gait cycle which translates to more efficient stride.

Newton Energy NR

These shoes are responsive off the road and they made me want to run fast. with a 6mm heel-to-toe drop this shoe engages us in every step and landing on midfoot, the Energy NR are a comfortable mid-point between traditional training shoes and the zero-drop models of the barefoot movement.

Newtons promote a midfoot strike which is optimal for efficient and quick turnover as you can see the explanation by Eddie Chang, in the video below. Eddie Chang is who is the only Newton Certified Trainer in Singapore.

Eddie Chang Certified Newton Running Coach

The Newton EnergyNR features lower-profile forefoot lugs to ease the transition from more traditional footwear. It is also priced lower than other Newton models, making it more affordable to give the brand a try.

Designed to meet the needs of runners who want to experience the unique technology platform and ride found only in Newton running shoes, the EnergyNR facilitates a seamless transition from more conventional running shoe brands into the Newton line. This will help expand the Newton experience to a broader group of runner – similar features and ride but in a more conventional package.

My pair of Newton EnergyNR (US Men’s 9.5) weighs in at 9 ounces and has a measured stack height of 30mm. The heel-to-toe differential or drop is 6mm. Obviously I preferred something closer to zero drop but the Newton EnergyNR running shoe is for those moving over from traditional running shoes or owning their first pair of Newton which is why this was perfect for me.

Isaac's Newton Energy NR

As a triathlete, the seams or liners in the inner shoes are very important to me as I always run sock-less for comfort as well as time saving when it comes to transitioning in races, The upper of this shoe is flexible yet not too stiff, but it feels a bit too plush for me, but this is good as it allow the foot to expand and move naturally with lots of cushioning. The toe-box also provides plenty of room for people who likes a bit more space in that department.


If you have never tried on a pair of Newton shoes, This model is a great start for you to transition to their brand. If you had problems with previous Newton models because of the pronounced forefoot lugs (Performance), the lower profile of the Newton EnergyNR forefoot will ease you in without much difficulty. The EnergyNR is definitely a bridging or transitioning shoe for those getting into natural form and the barefoot-style of running in minimal shoes.

Less Aggressive lugs

If you can see the above picture the lugs has been toned down from the previous Performance series, This is a good thing. Newton has added one additional lugs to this shoe instead of the previous 4 aggressive and higher lugs also from the performance series.


Me having fun with Team Newton Singapore and the other media runners, Wheee….

Isaac’s 2 cents worth


  1. Great for people to try out Newton Running
  2. Ideal transition for runners trying out Mid Foot Strike
  3. Heel upper of shoe feels plush and very padded
  4. lightweight for this category
  5. 6mm of drop


  1. Too plush and well padded for me
  2. Some may not get use to the lugs
  3. Needs more Color Schemes for the guys (girls you got it good gain)

I would like to thank Key Power International for providing this  trial Pair of Newton Energy NR

Key Power International Pte Ltd
14 Arumugam Road, #01-01 Lion Industrial Building C

Disclaimer: I am not being paid for this review and I am not obligated to write a positive review. Furthermore. Every review is based solely on me running in the pair of shoes and my personal thoughts and opinions and are not influenced by any outside factors


8 responses

  1. ian

    the new generation of Newton’s looks good!


    14/08/2013 at 1:49 am

    • Hey Ian, thanks for the follow and followed ya back.. anyway your right, The Newton’s are impressive, but my gripe is still their colors for Men’s. The girls are always better.



      14/08/2013 at 11:01 am

  2. The upper of the MV2 is very minimal and composed of a synthetic mesh that breathes very well. The mesh is a bit scratchy in spots, and I haven’t tried sockless running in them yet, so no comment on that yet. Aside from a very flexible heel counter, there are no structural elements in the upper. From an appearance standpoint, the upper retains the bright coloring of other Newton shoes, and color variants are in the works (see black/yellow version at bottom of post).


    20/08/2013 at 12:57 am

    • try running sockless in the,… its pretty good. you get a feel for the ground without being too minimal.



      22/08/2013 at 3:06 pm

  3. I love running shoes in the way most women love heels. Ok…I like heels too, but this is different. I’ve probably spent more money on running shoes over the years than I have on regular shoes.


    21/08/2013 at 10:29 pm

    • You wont want to know how many shoes I have Larry, All I can say is that its “WAY” more than the average person. but maybe on the same level as you. I try all running shoes and give my best honest opinion.

      Thanks for dropping by


      22/08/2013 at 3:08 pm

  4. Wee Kiong

    Wear out fast if use frequently for running than the traditional Newton models.


    06/10/2013 at 3:37 pm

    • the NR? really ? how many clicks have you put into the shoe? don’t mind if you share me your wear patterns on your shoe, that would be great.

      But thanks for sharing


      06/10/2013 at 10:10 pm

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