Updates to Nike Lunar Skyelux

  • Nike tweaks its Lunar technology with the introduction of the Lunar Skyelux. In this shoe, the dual-density and soft cushioning conforms to the runner’s foot for enhanced support and responsiveness. Despite the rather thick cushioning, it also offers a hint of bounce back features for a more dynamic run.
  • An engineered mesh keeps air flow at its best. Runners who are looking for a very breathable run are assured of this with the way the mesh is designed.
  • Flywire cables connect the upper to the midsole with a simple pull, giving the runner a very nice lockdown feel and improved support in the upper.
  • Comfort is given a premium in the Nike Skyelux as the padding in the collar and the tongue are very noticeable. It also helps that the interior is lined with a very luxurious fabric.

Size and fit

Like most shoes designed for the rigors of daily training, the Skyelux is built with a roomy interior, particularly in the forefoot. Runners with slightly wide feet should have no problem getting their most comfortable fit in this shoe. There is adequate midfoot hold courtesy of the Flywire cords while the heel is enfolded with sufficient room and security. It runs true to size.


The outsole of the Nike Skyelux is characterized by deep flex grooves in the forefoot, which gives the shoe the right amount of flexibility despite the well-cushioned midsole. There is also a huge vertical groove that runs from the heel to the tip of the forefoot. It helps both with the flexibility and the smoothness of the ride. The outsole also uses engineered pods to enhance the midsole’s function in absorbing impact.


A dual-density Cushlon midsole foam extends from the heel to the forefoot. As with most full-length midsole construction, there is improved movement from landing to take-off. The two-layered midsole system helps provide runners with responsive cushioning and shock-absorbing features. Nike’s Cushlon foam gives more than average durability as well.


Covering almost the entire upper, including the tongue, is a very breathable mesh. Giving the shoe its excellent midfoot hold are the thick Flywire cables that are directly connected to four eyelets. The eyelets themselves are laminated to avoid fraying. Nike provides an internal toe bumper that gives the forefoot protection and more volume. The comfort of the Skyelux begins with the very plush collar and interior lining. With a cleatie construction, there is an enhanced feeling of wraparound support and midfoot hold in this shoe.


How Nike Lunar Skyelux ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 22% road running shoes
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Top 19% Nike running shoes
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