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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 8.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

11 reasons to buy

  • Numerous reviewers love its mesh upper material as it is well-ventilated and breathable keeping the feet cool after hours of use.
  • A good number of customers find these sneakers as a perfect summer shoe with its cool materials and vibrant colorways in triple white, red and black.
  • Some commented that the neoprene material in the upper provides sock-like fit as well as prevents water from entering the shoe.
  • A lot of commenters complimented on how Nike placed brand and individual detailing on the Nike LunarCharge Breathe from the side panels, the sole, and the heel.
  • Quite a lot of reviewers commented on the improved multi-surface traction from the individual outsole pods at the bottom.
  • Some users claimed the stretchy inner sleeve is extremely comfortable and provides a sock-like fit to the shoe.
  • Several observers noted how flexible the laser-cut outsole siping providing extra traction on the sole.
  • A couple of reviewers commented on how the plush cushioning means adding that wearing the shoes keeps the feet comfortable all day.
  • As a lifestyle sneaker, some claimed that the colorways of the shoe including its modern casual style keep it trendy and up to date.
  • A few commenters noted on how futuristic the shoes are in terms of innovation with a reliable sole from LunarEpic displaying comfortable ride and cushioning for every pair.
  • Many runners claimed the removable ortholite insoles are great for the feet as orthotic inserts and sole could be easily replaced for added comfort.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A good number of users of the Nike LunarCharge Breathe claimed the shoe had a tight fit and narrow entry which is why there is a need to order half-size larger to get a snug fit.
  • Some are annoyed at the heavy display of Nike Swoosh branding and name.
  • A few comments pointed out that they felt uncomfortable in the ankle on the first few uses as the neoprene lining needs a bit of breaking in.
  • Some observers confuse them with the Nike Roshe silhouette, especially with the mesh material.

Bottom line

Drawing inspiration from five iconic Nike shoes, the Nike LunarCharge Breathe is a modern looking lifestyle sneakers built for the summer or simply on hot days that the feet need to breathe. The cool mesh upper material provides proper ventilation while the dual-density Lunarlon midsole helps give plush cushioning and overall comfort to the Nike LunarCharge Breathe experience.  At a budget-friendly price tag of $100 per pair, this shoe gives value for money for such a stylish and innovation-laden design. However, be prepared to order a half-size larger for a perfect fit. A couple of weeks of breaking in is also recommended to avoid discomfort.


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Nike LunarCharge Breathe History

With a modern silhouette, NikeLunarCharge Breathe draws inspiration from five iconic silhouettes of Nike’s popular shoes that include Air Max 90, Air Presto, Air Flow, Air Current and the more recent LunarEpic Flyknit.

Introduced in November 2016, the Nike LunarCharge silhouette drew inspiration from the Nike Air Current which was released way ahead of its time in 1990. To have that sock-like fitting, Nike included a neoprene upper for a more stride lightweight from the Nike Air Flow released in 1988.

To better familiarize sneaker fans to their latest design, eye stays from the popular Nike Air Max 90 was included while an internal bootie construction was inspired by the Nike Air Presto released in 1990.

But the classic also needs a modern flair and innovation to be relevant. This was fulfilled by the LunarEpic sole which came out also in 2016.

The Nike LunarEpic midsole is a product of a new dual-injection technology that uses heat instead of glue to fuse foams into one piece for superior cushioning. With an IU foam carrier and IP core, laser siping on the side of the midsole delivers improved cushioning and targeted flexibility which was also the same technology that the Nike LunarCharge Breathe uses.

Inspired by pressure maps of the foot, the sole of the Nike LunarCharge Breathe is a rubber-free outsole with laser-siped pods that move individually for precision compression into a comfortable ride and energy return. Mesh material also occupies most of the upper giving the way to the mother.

Early 2017, other iterations of the silhouette came out that include the Nike LunarCharge Essential and the Nike LunarCharge Premium.

After just five months since the OG Nike LunarCharge was released, the Nike LunarCharge Breathe was released in Triple White, Triple Red, and Black/White colorways in Spring 2017. Other colorways like Blue were also released select Nike retailers and online shop.

Nike LunarCharge Breathe Style

Taking design inspirations from some popular shoes, the Nike LunarCharge Breathe is aimed for the feet to breathe. This airy and cool feeling is aimed for the shoes to be a daily casual wear. As a modern lifestyle sneaker, the shoe had touches of the popular Air Max 90 on its eye stays and lacing while its silhouette comes from the Nike Air Current. The sock-like fit with the use of neoprene material, meantime, is inspired by the Nike Air Presto.

All these elements exude sophistication and class are only drawn out by harnessing successful design elements from the past designs. With newer innovation from the Nike LunarEpic’s Lunarlon midsole, wearers of this new lifestyle sneaker from Nike are in for an ultimate comfort and cushioning experience. The shoe also has ample displays of Nike branding in the midsole and swoosh detailing at the upper side panel and back heel. The shoe first came out in Triple White, Triple Red, and Black/White colorway.

Fit & Sizing

Armed with a neoprene bootie with a sock-like fit that adheres to the contours of the feet, the Nike LunarCharge Breathe runs true to size to at times a half-size smaller. This is why Nike has recommended buying these shoes a half-size larger to get that ultimate fitting experience. The shoes are further held in place by a flat lacing that is tied into eyestays inspired by the Nike Air Max 90. The sneakers are available in sizes for men and women in medium width D and B. Size ranges from US size 7 to 13 in men and 5.5 to 11 in women.

Notable Features

Compared to other iterations of this shoe model that uses leather, suede or synthetic materials, the Nike LunarCharge Breathe features a breathable and lightweight mesh material all throughout the upper. This mesh material helps to maintain ventilation and an airy, cool and light feeling while wearing the shoe.

Also notable in this particular design is the Lunarlon midsole that was inspired by the Nike LunarEpic. The special Lunarlon midsole is a product of dual-injection technology that blends two foams into one for ultimate cushioning comfort. This is further enhanced by laser-siped side panels for targeted flexibility while outsole pods that blend with the soles pressure points move individually for flexibility and added multi-surface traction.

Additional Info

  • Shoes have cold padding for a cooler in-shoe feel.
  • The Nike LunarCharge Breathe has a removable insole that can be replaced by orthotic insoles for additional comfort and arch support.
  • Individualized rubber outsole pods were placed at the bottom for flexibility and multi-surface traction.