Facts

Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Competition
Price
$175
Weight
M: 219g | W: 187g
Heel to toe drop
M: 10mm | W: 10mm
Heel height
M: 28mm | W: 28mm
Forefoot height
M: 18mm | W: 18mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The soft, form-fitting upper and cozy interior creates a very comfortable run.

  • A good number of runners liked the LunarEpic Flyknit’s plush cushioning.

  • It is flexible.

  • It is light.

  • The shoe can be used as a long-distance trainer or for shorter and faster runs, based on several comments from runners.

  • Nike’s unique Flywire helps secure the midfoot in snug comfort.

  • Two sockliners, one 4mm and another 6mm version, for better and personalized fit.

  • A small number of runners use the shoe for casual wear.

  • Unbelievable traction on a multitude of surfaces, based on several testers’ comments.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Nike’s LunarEpic in Flyknit is very expensive.

  • Others were having reservations about the mid-rise design of the upper.

  • The fit is too narrow for several runners.

  • Some said that the upper has several durability issues.

Bottom line

The Nike LunarEpic Flyknit is a stylistically-unique lightweight shoe that offers a seamless upper that fits like a second skin, decent arch support, and very comfortable ride. This is a versatile shoe that can take on various kinds of runs because of the responsive and durable Lunarlon foam. It feels fast and looks really nice for casual wear.



World wide, LunarEpic Flyknit is in the top 5% most popular running shoes. The brand, Nike, is the 1st most popular.

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Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 237 ratings

5 star
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4 star
23%
3 star
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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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83 / 100 based on 34 expert reviews

  • 93
    SvenLevel 2 expert
    by Get Out There Gear
    The LunarEpics are fun, fast, and light pair of shoes.
  • 99
    Qcrew KicksLevel 1 expert
    by Qcrew Kicks
    Great overall shoe; comfort-wise, looks-wise.
  • 90
    Sam WinebaumLevel 5 expert
    by Road Trail Run
    The Lunarepic is packed with innovation and careful design, all of which works brilliantly and just about perfectly together on the "first try". 
  • 89
    Ruggero LodaLevel 5 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    LunarEpic Flyknit is the peak of Nike running shoe engineering in 2016.
  • 62
    SolereviewLevel 5 expert
    by Solereview
    Changing Flyknit to a tubular design might sound far fetched, but if a brand figures this out, a ‘seamless upper fit’ will be a reality, and not just a meaningless marketing hyperbole to be thrown around.
  • 95
    Thomas NeubergerLevel 4 expert
    by Believe in the Run
    It is still early in the year, but these are definitely my front runner for “2016 shoe of the year.
  • 90
    Running CompetitorLevel 4 expert
    by Running Competitor
    Meanwhile, the mid-height collar was added to facilitate a locked-down fit, both from a physical point of view and a proprioceptive perspective.
  • 85
    Thomas NeubergerLevel 4 expert
    by Believe in the Run
    This thing just disappears on your foot.
  • 84
    Jonathan BeverlyLevel 4 expert
    by Runner's World
    Although the LunarEpic has too high a heel-toe drop (8.5 mm) to fit into Nike’s definition of “natural,” the adaptable sole lets it move with your foot to provide a responsive connection with the ground. 
  • 85
    StanLevel 3 expert
    by 9 Run
    They look great, comfortable, cushioning is spot on, the last is nice and flat, and these shoes are not as narrow as most of their other models.
  • 84
    The Sole BrothersLevel 3 expert
    by The Sole Brothers
    You can run in this for the longest time without getting tired feet.
  • 90
    KredyLevel 2 expert
    by Sportskeeda
    If this running shoe falls within your budget, go for it with any second thoughts.
  • 80
    Sinead MulhernLevel 2 expert
    by Running Magazine
    The way to best describe it is that it looks like the sock has been included in the design but given more structure than your typical sports sock to offer more support.
  • 79
    CharlieLevel 2 expert
    by The Runner Beans
    However for those that are Nike or running fanatics with a large cash pot to spend on their obsession, then definitely get these.
  • 78
    BrytonLevel 2 expert
    by BrytonW
    The ride is soft and smooth and only felt sluggish when I reached the 5K pace or quicker.
  • 65
    JeffLevel 2 expert
    by Riz Knows
    Overpriced, over-engineered and clearly not for me.
  • 89
    Karla BruningLevel 1 expert
    by Run Karla Run
    Will you like them? I think that mainly depends on whether you can wrap your brain around the ankle cuff—or rather, let the cuff wrap around you.
  • 88
    Lucas EhrbarLevel 1 expert
    by nikeblog.com
    At $175, the price is undoubtedly steep, but so far the LunarEpic has done everything possible to justify it.
  • 87
    Baldwin ChoyLevel 1 expert
    by Run Society
    I’d say it’s definitely a shoe that will deliver an effortless ride for your longer runs and still provide the response you need for your faster runs.
  • 87
    Xavi VillasevilLevel 1 expert
    by Trade Inn Xperience
    With reference to its use, we could say that we are facing a shoe able to adapt to the needs of a large group of riders, allowing them to enjoy a comfortable and smooth race in different of the race, weight and rhythm.
  • 87
    Peteni KuzwayoLevel 1 expert
    by Run for Wealth
    But, once you get into of a pair of Lunar Epics, you realize how big a deal that snug fit really is.
  • 85
    Jaymie PizarroLevel 1 expert
    by The Bull Runner
    One thing is for sure, these shoes can take you on long, unforgettable, and if I may add, epic runs.
  • 83
    Ben HobsonLevel 1 expert
    by Runner's World UK
    Lateral movement within the shoe is reduced by this snug fit; whether that can be attributed solely to the addition of the collar is questionable, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that it clearly does make a difference. 
  • 83
    TakboLevel 1 expert
    by Takbo.ph
    The overall ride is highly cushioned and comfortable.
  • 83
    Pip CoatesLevel 1 expert
    by Executive Style
    Certainly after my run this morning, I was in no hurry to take my shoes off. In fact, I'm still wearing them. Add recovery shoe to that list.
  • 83
    LeeLevel 1 expert
    by Sneaker Gearz
    The LunarEpic is the most plush cushioning on the market.
  • 82
    Jonathan EvansLevel 1 expert
    by Esquire
    Suffice to say, there's a lot going on with the LunarEpic Flyknit.
  • 81
    Anil GeorgeLevel 1 expert
    by T3
    Runners repeatedly told us during wear testing that they feel the shoe vanishes on their foot.
  • 80
    Cai Mei KhooLevel 1 expert
    by Buro 247
    While the latter is great for those looking for a natural ride, I personally prefer the more cushioned ride that the Lunarepics offer.
  • 80
    FreshLevel 1 expert
    by Fresh
    This shoe is enormous and may not be the best for minimalist runners.
  • 79
    Wreighven 2015Level 1 expert
    by Reddit
    FLE's seem to be awesome for long distance running, with just the minor heel / sock compatibility issue to be aware of.
  • 78
    The MagnifierLevel 1 expert
    by Magnifier
    Built for the future refers to the usage of a one-piece Flyknit upper, Flywire, and Lunarlon, all technologies that Nike put at the forefront of their best shoes.
  • 74
    Duncan BellLevel 1 expert
    by T3
    I prefer to run in a more minimal shoe with a lot less cushioning, so I found these to have, if anything, too much cushioning underfoot.
  • 70
    NatLevel 1 expert
    by Creative
    The tougher Flyknit material just does not work for me.
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First looks are not reviews. They're only a visual presentation

  • Nike
    I don't need another running shoe. I need these.
  • Gotta Cop Em
    It is a very, very good-looking shoe.
  • Kami Mad Run
    REVOLUTIONARY RIDE. EPIC RUN.
  • Another Pair
    The follow up to the super popular Nike Flyknit Lunar is here and it has a look that will definitely set it apart every running shoe out there. 
  • Alex Scoop Liquids
    These shoes are pretty solid.

Updates to LunarEpic Flyknit

The most unique part of the LunarEpic is the mid-rise Flyknit upper that takes second-skin feel to another level. Besides the comfort, it enhances the support around the ankle and adds overall stability to the run.

The upper gives structure and flexibility in all the right areas due to the innovative design. It is a bit more open in areas that require flexibility and tightly-woven in sections that need more structure and support.

A lightweight and full-length Lunarlon foam delivers responsive cushioning and makes the movement quicker from the heel to the forefoot.

LunarEpic Flyknit size and fit

A racing-type fit is used in the LunarEpic Flyknit, which is on the narrow side of an average measurement. There is a secured feel from the heel to the forefoot. Runners who prefer more space, especially in the forefoot, may have to go up in size. Medium is the available width of this shoe. Sizes are accurate in choices 6 to 15 for the men’s and 4 to 12 for the women’s.

Outsole

The outsole is laser cut and pressure-mapped for precise traction with numerous pods for better cushioning. These sipes give the outsole exceptional flexibility and a little stability as they are mostly vertically-configured. Nike uses a very sticky rubber that gives it serious traction, even in wet conditions.

Midsole

The midsole is fused to lessen the risks of blisters. Nike’s full-length Lunarlon is quite responsive and very durable in such a lightweight foam. The laser cuts in the midsole make the runs smooth in transitions and more supportive.

Upper

The mid-rise Flyknit extends past the ankle and around the lower leg. It increases the level of protection, comfort, and makes the run more stable. Nike uses a tighter configuration of the Flyknit in areas that need more support while it is open in parts that have to be more flexible. It is also very breathable for a cool run every time out. The patented Flywire cables are directly connected to the sole through the laces for excellent, personalized fit. A traditional lace-up closure holds the fit from start to finish.


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