When I got home from my long run these were sitting waiting for me, in the living room (in the box)
I am very excited about it!!!
Start from the beginning
Oh wait, I guess I should back up and tell the story first.
Back in January and February after I was done researching what my next pair of shoes should be, I finally came up with a list of the 5 top shoes that I really wanted to try. Today, I got the shoes that I listed as second only because of the price, because there was no way in hell that I could afford them at their retail price – $175.00 or slide it by TheWife who keeps my urges to spend in check :-).
The Newton Gravitas were actually a dream shoe that I didn’t believe I would never get, unless I won them in a contest. I sure ain’t fast enough for them to send me shoes for free.
However the Natural Running Store is having a 50% off sale on Newton Shoes and I had a coupon for another 10%, so I got a hell of a deal on a pair of Newton Gravitas.
That same shoes that I never thought that I would be able to afford – I have worn running today. Are they last year’s model – YES – do I give a damn? No.
They are still brandy-spanky new Newton Gravitas and they are mine.
Best of all – this means that I get a chance to try the Newtons and see what all the hype is about.
Check-out the Natural Running Store
Do yourself a favor and check out the Natural Running Store, the more I do business with them the more I am impressed!!! No they didn’t pay me to say that or give me any product/discounts beyond anyone else, in return putting this in the middle of this post. I did it because I wanted to and because I believe that the people at the Natural Running Store do a great job and provide superior customer service.
First impressions out of the box for a pair of shoes that retail for a $175.00 – no defects, everything is where it is supposed to be, nice clean lines and a fantastic looking shoe. I had only seen the Gravitas in pictures and never seen a pair of Gravitas up close and personal (like in my hand or on my foot before), so I looked them over pretty damn close.
Yes I like bright colors, just ask the wife ;-).
How did they fit?
I was still pretty apprehensive about how they would fit (the one weakness with ordering online), but was much more willing to take a chance at this sale price, than at the regular price – just the way I am.
How did they fit? About as perfect as a shoe that is not hand-made for me is going to fit me. An 8.0 would have been a little too small and the 8.5 will worked just fine. The recommendations for buying a pair of Newtons 1/2 size bigger than you do normally is good advice.
The Moment of Truth
The moment of truth was taking them out for a spin up the road. My legs were pretty much toast from my 10.0 mile run this morning and then almost another mile walk with the dog, just before I decided that I had to try out the Newtons, so they definitely were tired. In other words great time to test new shoes, to see how they will really feel and fit while running.
I could definitely feel Newton’s Action/Reaction Technology Lugs when I walked in the shoes and when I started running. It took a little while for my legs to say oh okay, we are doing this again? – today? – why? and then go ahead and do it.
The first half-mile was a little wonky as I got used to the “lugs”, but coming back down the hill, something happened and I could tell that I was landing right, it just felt good. I was able to keep up this most of the way back to the finish.
They felt light and fast, now to get used to them a little more to see if they are :-). They should help me will my efforts to improve my form – at least that is the plan. Just gotta remember Land-Lever-Lift.
I only ran 1.0 mile (the legs would have done more once they got going-but I am trying to be semi-smart) and did that in an easy 8:35. For a first run in a completely different type of running shoes, I am very happy with the results.
Another good thing about getting the Newton’s now – is that I don’t have to start using them as my daily shoes for a while longer and can adjust to the Gravitas slowly, while I continue to wear my Kinvara 2 as part of my three shoe rotation. The New Balance MT110 for sloppy stuff and trail work, Saucony Kinvara 2 for long runs and Newton Gravitas for breaking in, for when the Kinvaras eventually start to break down.
The reality is that
I know there have been too many posts about the first run in such and such a shoe lately, but hopefully, I have my 3 shoe rotation, that will last me through the end of the summer. It will be interesting to see how the Newtons do and if I will be willing to go a LONG way into my piggy-bank to keep running in them as my next pair of running shoes.
So what are my first impressions of a $175.00 retail shoe?
Very positive and I wouldn’t expect it to be anything different. Newton knows they damn well have to pay attention to the details.
When a company expects the consumer to pay that kind of money for a running shoe, they know that we will also expect the shoe to have top quality workmanship, materials and to be wowed by the shoe itself.
From what I can see so far the Newton Gravitas is every thing I would expect from that price and they meet my expectations for workmanship. The quality and WOW factor are still something I will find out more about as I wear them more.
I am pretty cheap, so the Gravitas will have to really WOW me for me to consider it for next time, because I don’t think I will come across a deal like this again anytime soon and full-price is a little out of my budget for running shoes.
Let’s see if the Newton Gravitas WOWs me or comes down with a thunk.
FTC Disclaimer: I purchased these shoes with my own money, on sale from the Natural Running Store. The thoughts and opinions are my own.