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My New Friend Lady Isaac

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I’ve been a fan of Newton Running since I first
tried their patented Action
/Reaction Technology and felt their shoe’s unique
actuator lugs as my mid-foot str
uck the ground. Now if you’re scratching your
head and wondering when I turned into such a science geek, l
et me try again in
plain English.

Newton shoes are designed to encourage a midfoot/forefoot strike running style, often
thought to be more efficient and less jarring to a runner’s body than the
alternative heel strike style. The “actuator lugs” are four rubber pieces in
the forefoot of the shoe which basically act like shock absorbers and springs,
taking the impact of the foot strike and transforming it into energy which then

propels the runner with an extra boost of forward motion. Action, reaction –
get it?

Newtons are well-known and loved in the triathlon
community, and worn exclusively by several top pros who claim that the shoes
not only help them feel better and faster during
runs, but also seem to lessen the recovery time needed to feel fresh and
ready for their next hard effort. The Newton technology can, however, be a bit of an aggressive change for a runner who is
accustomed to a more traditional shoe design. That’s why I’m so excited to talk
about the latest addition to the Newton line, the Lady Isaac, a “tweener” model to ease athletes into the
midfoot/forefoot running style.

I find the Lady Isaacs to be a bit more stable and cushiony
than my Newton Performance Trainers and Racers, yet they still give my legs a lively
spring-loaded feel when I lift off the ground. They’ve merged the best of both
worlds – comfortable luxury infused with high-tech performance. I certainly
think they’re a great option for runners looking to join the midfoot/forefoot
running craze, without making a major change too quickly for comfort. They may also
become my number one choice for trail running, providing all my favorite Newton shoe attributes along with the added touch of
stability I prefer when traversing uneven terrain.

– Holly Bennett