We are always excited to be checking out another shoe from Newton, so when their Fate 5 hit the market we were stoked to bring it in for testing. Newton is one of those brands that just pulls in a hyper enthusiastic following, and yet always maintains a decent stock of naysayers, but this model may swing folks once and for all. Newton has chosen to always do things a little bit differently on their own terms and have stuck to their guns in their shoe designs and we have to appreciate this. The Fate 5 is designed for a little more distance and a little more comfort, so we went with a lot of excitement.
The upper on the Fate 5 uses a highly breathable open weave mesh which feels great on warmer days. They have also included a stretch panel in the front of the foot that allows for more toe splay and allows the shoe to work for more foot shapes.
The midsole on the Newton is where things really happen and it hasn’t changed much from the Fate 4 to 5. Newton continues to use their POP 2 (Point of Power) technology on the shoe and this is essentially five rubber lugs that live in the forefoot and enforce a responsive forward motion essentially helping you with your stride. The POP 2 vs 1 has some additional lugs which make things a bit less noticeable and better for those new to the brand.
There is a lot of high-abrasion rubber on the Fate 5 which really just means traction and control and these things can really run on anything. The sole handles rain well from head to toe and even mixed materials are not an issue.
Style & Aesthetics
The Newton 5 comes in two colors and while we loved the Stormtrooper white test version, they do offer a more normal blue and green model.
First off, I think the shoes look great. Out of the box, the white colorway which I knew it would get dirty, just felt so different in many ways. The way Newton designs their shoes structurally is also a little different. It is hard to put your finger on it, but once you see it you shoe, you will always be able to identify it even though it feels like a very standard profile. On foot, my first thought was what is the deal with the laces? These things are at least 5 inches longer than they need to be for some insane reason, but that is a minor nitpick. The upper breathes really well and the mixes of mesh and overlays actually contribute a to decent support across the top of your foot. When you get down into the midsole is where things really get interesting. The POP pad is a new interesting paradigm for people as it feels like there’s a big block of rubber hitting you right in the forefoot area, but once you adapt to it, then you find it disappears into the run. When you stride incorrectly, the feeling underfoot is not something you’re going to enjoy, so inevitably you adopt do not have that feeling thereby fixing your stride. I totally dig running in the Fate 5s, but not everyone will love them as it takes some getting used to. Give it a shot for yourself though before you judge.
As always, we are impressed with Newton and their ability to stand by their design and continually make minor adjustments to improve upon it. The Fate 5 is no exception and that it makes minor modifications to improve upon what is already their best shoe for those looking to try out the brand.
Technical Stats, Pricing & Availability
- Weight: 8.6oz (size 9)
- Drop: 4.5mm heel/toe
- Cushion: 28mm
- Type: Neutral Cushioned Road
- MSRP: $140.00
- Available: Now