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Try your hand at this quiz to see if you’ve got the feel of this running shoe company
You’ve heard of Newton Running, but how well do you really know this bold, bright running shoe line? Newton is all about connecting runners to the shoes that help them feel great while running. After all, it’s that feeling that encourages us all to rise up and run.
So, what is your Newton IQ? Take our quiz below to find out.
True or False…
- Newtons are made for triathlon.
- False. Well, yes and no. The shoes won’t make you a better swimmer, but you can tackle all kinds of terrain in them. Newton Running was born, developed and tested in the triathlon sphere and has earned the loyalty of some of the best triathletes in the world (um, hello Craig Alexander, Tim O’Donnell and Rachel Joyce, to name a few). However, the Newton product line is now as diverse as each individual runner.
- Answer key: Dynamic and race ready, these shoes are designed to amplify performance and maximize efficiency. Plus, they’re the shoe of choice for Crowie and Joyce when racing the IRONMAN® World Championship. Enough said.
- Newton’s color combinations have been tested in interior decorating.
- True! When Newton co-founders Danny and Jennifer Abshire began testing the now-famous bright colors found on the shoes, they painted the walls in their home with the color schemes they had in mind. If they still liked how a particular color made them feel after a few weeks, it was considered for a shoe.
- Answer key: All of Newton’s models come in fun, bright colors that change frequently as new models are released.
- Newton only makes shoes for elite runners.
- False. Newton makes shoes for everyone – from recreational runners and 5K competitors to elite marathoners and triathletes. It’s all about connecting each runner to the best feel
- Answer key: Newton created the Kismet specifically to help first-time wearers adapt. This model is the entry into Newton’s design and technology, which will mean a smooth transition from your previous running shoe model.
- Newton running shoes were made exclusively for running.
- False. Newton makes a good looking shoe – so wear them wherever you normally wear good looking shoes. To the grocery store, to church, to work, or even to your next red carpet event. Just don’t wear them in the pool (see question one). Remember, the goal is to feel your best!
- Answer key: With colors and a composition that will boost your confidence, a soft platform built on a foam-filled chamber and a seamless upper, these shoes are comfortable on and off the track.
- Newton Running shoes are injury-resistant.
- False. Newton cannot save you from every injury or clumsy moment that may befall (pun intended) you, either on the race course or during the course of your day. However, Newton’s e.m.b. technology – which stands for “Extended Medial Bridge”—is a broader midsole platform that gives you extra stability for every step…and misstep.
- Answer key: If you need support or cushioning to ward off injury, wearing a pair of Newtons won’t be a magic cure. Regardless of the style of shoe you run, find one that matches the structure profile you need to stay healthy.
- When you wear Newton shoes, you should land on your toes.
- False. Your piggies will never make it to the market if you treat them like that. Newton recommends that runners land each stride with their feet level to the ground. The ideal position to maintain while you’re running is similar to a marching gait.
- Answer key: Stand tall with your knees, hips and ankles softened and your shoulders and arms relaxed. Let your heels settle fully on the ground below you as you plant them.
- When it comes to innovation, Newton is just getting started
- True. Completely true. Newton’s laws may have originated in the 1600s, but Newton keeps making forward strides with them in the 21st Century!