New­ton Fate 2

Runner's World (UK) - - RW Shoe Guide -

The dis­tinc­tive fore­foot lugs de­press into hol­low cham­bers in the mid­sole on foot­strike, then spring out again – New­ton’s ver­sion of en­ergy re­turn. The lugs on the Fate 2 have been bev­elled to be less ob­tru­sive, while the up­per has a new mesh and stretchy pan­els un­der the metatarsal to speed the toe-off. The re­sult is an ex­tremely com­fort­able shoe, but dura­bil­ity lets it down, with wear show­ing on sev­eral test shoes after only a few runs. Bot­tom line Bags of en­ergy re­turn and a treat for the feet, but not a long-last­ing shoe. £130

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