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Terrain

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.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

Price
$150
Weight
Men: 7.7oz
Women: 6.4oz
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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 7.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Flyknit upper brings a comfortable and secure coverage that’s also breathable.
  • The Flywire mid-foot system responsibly keeps the foot feeling snug and in place.
  • Many runners felt that the upper felt like a sock against their feel, letting them move freely and naturally.
  • Most testers felt a definite springiness when it comes to lifting off the ground, thanks to the cushioned mid-sole of the Nike Flyknit Lunar 3.
  • The platform was created for neutral runners who need adequate cushioning.
  • The many color schemes allow this shoe to be visually appealing to runners.

1 reasons not to buy

  • The Flyknit Lunar 3 was half-a-size smaller than what most runners were used to.

Bottom line

Runners are given the capability to streak through their exercises and running sessions with t Nike Flyknit Lunar 3. This update brings lightweight, flexible and responsive performance to its wearer. Neutral runners are the ones who are going to enjoy this running shoe.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 263 ratings

5 star
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4 star
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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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81 / 100 based on 20 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 by Soccer Reviews For You • Josh • Level 2 expert

    Very comfortable. Looks really good.

  • 82 / 100 by BrytonW • Bryton • Level 2 expert

    Overall, the Flyknit Lunar 3 is a great option for any level of runner that needs a day to day shoe to rack up the miles.

  • 91 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    Besides helping shed bulk, the new heel molding achieves another important thing. With the backend no longer bearing down on the Achilles, the foot is allowed to be positioned a little rearwards compared to Flyknit Lunar 2.

  • 60 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    We've long liked the Flyknit Lunar, but fit issues always tempered our praise

  • 94 / 100 by Canadian Running • Canadian Running • Level 4 expert

    Esthetically and in terms of lightweight performance, this neutral everyday runner is a solid pick.

  • 85 / 100 by SK Running • Kredy • Level 4 expert

    Many tip the Flyknit Lunar 3 as the top running shoe of 2015. We are on the same side here. It is one of the top running shoes in the market today.

  • 80 / 100 by Tri Radar • Tri Radar • Level 3 expert

    This is light, cushioned, supportive and ready for anything you wish to throw at it.

  • 98 / 100 by Gear Patrol • Jack Seemer • Level 2 expert

    The Flyknit construction is ultra comfortable, combined with the right amount of plush sole for a well-balanced shoe.

  • 79 / 100 by Running Shoes And Advice • Scott Stevens • Level 2 expert

    With a hefty price tag, I had a lot of expectations. They all seemed to meet my personal criteria, some even exceeded my expectations.

  • 50 / 100 by Hoops Manifesto • Jeff Fox • Level 2 expert

    The Lunar’s shoes were a tight, narrow fit at first and took some time to wear them in and make them comfortable.

  • 92 / 100 by Takbo.ph • Takbo.ph • Level 1 expert

    An evolved Flyknit upper with a tighter knit structure in the heel for support and more open knit in the forefoot for increased breathability and stretch.

  • 88 / 100 by David Walker • David Walker • Level 1 expert

    Perhaps the biggest improvement for me, and ultimately the reason I can run in this shoe, is the widening and loosening of the forefoot weave.

  • 85 / 100 by Rugged Rico • Rico • Level 1 expert

    This is the most comfortable Nike shoes I have.

  • 83 / 100 by Wu Ruoyun • James • Level 1 expert

    Light as hell. Super light shoe!

  • 80 / 100 by All About Anthony • Anthony Levine • Level 1 expert

    Regardless, these are a dope shoe that has all the benefits of the flyknit upper and looks great on foot.

  • 80 / 100 by Aaron Monaghan • Aaron Monaghan • Level 1 expert

    I'm just gonna wear them casually as they look pretty dope.

  • 80 / 100 by The Sneaker Addict • The Sneaker Addict • Level 1 expert

    If you want a snugger fit, the Flywire really holds the foot down.

  • 80 / 100 by Anthony Levine • Anthony • Level 1 expert

    Definitely lightweight and comfortable.

  • 78 / 100 by David Cool • Drew Smith • Level 1 expert

    A really cool shoe that I'm not gonna use for running.

  • 77 / 100 by HLGM Entertainment • HLGM Entertainment • Level 1 expert

    It is very nice, but you need to go up in size.

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Updates to Nike Flyknit Lunar 3

  • A lightweight ride is given to the runner by the Nike Flyknit Lunar 3. This running shoe offers reliable performance to its wearer. It uses high quality materials and systems in order to keep the foot secure, comfortable and well-cushioned at all times. Even the cover system is tuned to deliver irritation-free experiences that’s helpful when it comes to extended running sessions.
  • The upper unit utilizes a fabric that resembles woven cloth. A slightly tighter construction is used in the rear section, which helps in securing the heel of the foot, while a more open weave keeps the mid-foot and forefoot areas well-ventilated. The Flywire cables connect directly to the lacing system to provide a customizable fit.
  • The mid-sole unit uses the Phylon foam unit as a carrier for a plusher and responsive unit in the core. It also serves as part of the outsole, so it is able to provide full-bodied cushioning while also being able to stay resistant to wear and tear. The core of the mid-sole uses the Lunarlon foam, which is springy and flexible.
  • Aside from having a surface-contact mid-sole foam, the Nike Flyknit Lunar 3 also has durable rubber placed on the contact points of the outsole. These areas are the ones that are exposed to the ground. The rubber shields them from wear and tear, therefore extending the lifespan and effectiveness of the sole unit.

Nike Flyknit Lunar 3 size and fit

The Nike Flyknit Lunar 3 runs a bit smaller than what runners are used to. It is recommended to choose one that’s ½ size smaller to get a more relaxed fit. The available width is medium, so it accommodates those with medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape adheres to the natural shape of the human foot, enabling the runner to acclimate well to it when wearing it.


Outsole

The BRS 1000 is made from carbon rubber, a very durable material that serves as a shield against abrasion and wear. Placed in contact zones of the outsole, it prevents damage from affecting the efficacy of the Nike Flyknit Lunar 3’s sole unit.

Phylon is a cushioning technology in this shoe that acts as a carrier for a much plusher foam core. It’s still able to give cushioning, but it acts as a foundation for the other foam so that it won’t succumb to sagging or depreciation of quality. It is also durable, as it also serves as part of the outsole.


Midsole

The Lunarlon is a responsive cushioning unit that’s placed inside the foam carrier. Its responsive nature allows the runner to move more efficiently through the gait cycle. It is also springy, thus enabling the runner to feel more lift when handling the toe-off.

Molded flex grooves allow the platform to be more flexible. It is most helpful when it comes to the toe-off phase, where the foot bends the most.


Upper

The Flyknit fabric technology used in this model uses a one-piece construction with differing densities of knitting. The rear area is more closely knit, so it helps in securing the heel more effectively. The mid-foot and forefoot sections have a more open construction, allowing air to enter the shoe easily.

The Flywire cables connect the upper unit’s fabric to the lacing system. Whenever the shoelaces are adjusted, these cables tighten or loosen, giving a customized but secure fit.