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


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.


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.


We spent 8.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

10 reasons to buy

  • The Nike LunarCharge Essential is one really comfortable shoe as what a majority of the reviewers expressed.
  • A good number of users claimed that the shoe feels lightweight on their feet.
  • Several reviewers said that the shoe looks really stylish.
  • A handful of buyers said that the shoe has cool colors.
  • The shoe is breathable, according to some of the users.
  • A good number of reviewers were greatly satisfied about the performance of the shoe.
  • Several users claimed about the shoe being durable.
  • Most of the reviewers said that they would recommend the shoe.
  • A variety of colorways for the Nike LunarCharge Essential is offered for the buyers to choose from.
  • One can purchase the shoe at an affordable price.

3 reasons not to buy

  • One user complained about the Nike LunarCharge Essential’s sole letting small pebbles in the shoe.
  • Some of the reviewers advised to go at least a half size bigger when purchasing the shoe since it may run a bit small.
  • A reviewer stated that the shoe is not really ideal to be used for a run since it does not have support on the front with the material being soft and loose.

Bottom line

This iteration of the Nike LunarCharge, provides a rather comfortable and lightweight feeling for the foot with the added Lunarlon cushioning system. The shoe though may not be able to provide the needed foot support for some. It may also run a bit small for others. But with its stylish look, the breathable feeling it offers, and a variety of cool colorways to choose from, the Nike LunarCharge Essential, is a good deal.



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Nike LunarCharge Essential History

From the archives of the Nike brand, four of their iconic shoes were taken inspiration from in order to create a new silhouette. With one design taken from each of the shoes and combined together, thus the birth of the Nike LunarCharge.

The Air Max 90 gave inspiration for the eyestays while the neoprene material was from the 1988 Nike Air Flow. The Air Presto provided the bootie construction for the shoe as the 1990 Air Current offered the inspiration for the wider shape of the silhouette. An added cushioning system, the Lunarlon cushioning, was also provided. It was presented first in the Nike LunarEpic.

The LunarCharge was officially released in 2016 in a combination of black, white, and gray colorway with some hints of speckled design. New other colorways were released after for both men and women, allowing the people to have more choices in grabbing a pair of the shoe. Along with these other colorways was the triple black which features an all-black motif for everything on the shoe including the tongue, the laces, and as well as both the midsole and the outsole.

The Nike LunarCharge Premium is a variation of the LunarCharge in which the silhouette was given a premium iteration and represented in a lifestyles design which is accommodating for both men and women. The model features a suede panelling with hints of neoprene and synthetic material on the upper. The shoe also showcases some perforated detailing on its upper and the whole design was complemented with a laser-siped lunarlon outsole.

Another variation of the LunarChrage silhouette is the Nike LunarCharge Essential. In this iteration of the silhouette, the model features a suede panelling with a mesh toe box. A neoprene material also covers some parts of the upper. The whole design is finished off with a Nike branding that spreads on the laser-siped lunarlon outsole.

Nike LunarCharge Essential Style

A combination of fitness and style is what the Nike LunarCharge Essential represents. Though originally designed as a lifestyle shoe from Nike, it proves its versatility as it can function as both a running and a walking shoe and also as an essential part of a fashion wardrobe. Aside from using the shoe when out for a hike or when training in the gym, one can also use these pair of kicks as a street style outfit finish. The shoe can also be a good option if one prefers a more casual look. The Nike LunarCharge Essential is great when paired with some skinny jeans, jogger jeans, joggers, cuffed pants, leggings for women, and as well as a pair of shorts.

Fit & Sizing

The Nike LunarCharge Essential basically fits the same as the regular LunarCharge shoes. Though the shoe may run a bit small for some, one can always accommodate their shoe size by adjusting it accordingly to their comfort. The lace-up closure of the shoe helps the wearer in adjusting the shoe into a comfortable fit. The shoe is available in both men’s and women’s sizing. For men’s sizing, the sizes offered range from size 6 to size 18 while for women’s sizing, the sizes offered range from size 4 to size 13. Half sizes are also available for the shoe.

Notable Features

The provided comfort of the Nike LunarCharge Essential is the first thing that the buyers notice when they put on the shoe. They enjoy the comfortable and lightweight feeling they get when wearing the shoe. They also were really glad about how the shoe kept their foot from hurting even after a long day of walking around. The offered colorways of the shoe also caught the attention of the buyers. They enjoyed how it complements the style of the shoe.

Additional Info

  • The Nike LunarCharge Essential can be purchased at a discounted price in some retailers.
  • A Nike branding can be seen on the heel pull tab and along the side of the midsole of the shoe.
  • Small Swoosh logo can also be seen on the sidewall of the shoe.