We spent 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

11 reasons to buy

  • A good number of reviewers noticed that the Lunar Skyelux is one of the most comfortable shoes they have ever worn.
  • The price is quite reasonable.
  • Several runners noticed that it runs very light despite the thick cushioning.
  • Most of the reviewers focused on the aesthetic appeal of the Nike Skyelux.
  • It is a very breathable shoe, according to a handful of comments.
  • The plush collar, tongue, and smooth fabric combine for luxurious next to skin feel.
  • Some runners greatly appreciated the superb traction coming from this shoe.
  • It comes in 7 different color combinations.
  • According to a few reviews, the soles were very sturdy.
  • Several reviewers appreciated the attached tongue as they stay in place throughout their runs or when they are working out.
  • A handful of runners have used the shoe for workouts in the gym.

2 reasons not to buy

  • It runs a bit large, according to a handful.
  • When landing, the shoe often produces a sound that irritated a few runners.

Bottom line

The Nike Lunar Skyelux enters the near maximum cushioning category with the stack height and heel offset of most traditional trainers. Nike designed the shoe for daily training at moderate speed. At a very fair price, runners get a ton of shoe from such a lightweight package. Plus, it delivers decent arch support, great comfort, and the style that can readily turn heads on the road.



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Expert Reviews

97 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 97 / 100 | Soleracks | Level 3 expert

    Built for comfort, the Nike Lunar Skyelux running shoe is recommended for runners who want the added cushioning without the weight. However, it has also gained a strong following among casual wearers, including myself. I can dress it down for any non-formal event just as easily as taking it into the gym.

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  • 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.

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.

Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.