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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 normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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
$135
Weight
Men: 10.6oz
Women: 8.6oz
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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 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • 6 different color options make it appealing to runners.
  • Nike uses reflective material in the LunarEclipse 5 for better visibility in low-light areas.
  • With the Flywire technology as a new enhancement, most testers noted that the shoe’s customizable fit has improved a lot.
  • Comfort is a prime asset in this shoe based on a large number of reviews.
  • Several runners took particular notice of the incredible cushioning, particularly in the heel.
  • It is surprisingly flexible, according to a few testers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The 5th version of the LunarEclipse is slightly expensive.
  • A handful of runners observed that it wasn’t able to grip well on wet surfaces.

Bottom line

The LunarEclipse 5 brings unbelievable cushioning, comfort, and enough stability to get optimum performance. Nike goes old school in this shoe when it comes to the stack height and heel offset. However, it neither feels heavy nor does it feel unwieldy on the road.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 126 ratings

5 star
79%
4 star
6%
3 star
6%
2 star
4%
1 star
5%

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Expert Reviews

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81 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 81 / 100 by baze187 • baze187 • Level 1 expert

    They are really light and has got decent grip.

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Updates to Nike LunarEclipse 5

  • Nike takes it easy regarding changes in the LunarEclipse 5. Fans of the line will immediately notice the new seamless Flyknit upper that offers more stretch the previous version. As the upper is a little more forgiving and less restrictive, runners should be able to enjoy a more form-fitting fit that hugs the foot in comfort and security.
  • A new FitSole sockliner is more plush and delivers better step-in comfort and locked in feel. Rounding out the changes is the presence of new reflective materials that will make running in low-light areas safer.

Nike LunarEclipse 5 size and fit

Nike continues to provide the trademark fit and sizing of the LunarEclipse series in the 5th edition. A standard fit running from the heel to the forefoot adapts to the feet of most runners. The standard widths of D for men and B for women are the available widths while sizes are from 6 to 14 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.


Outsole

The outsole shows average-sized bladed lugs that offer both a little cushioning and flexibility. Covering the heel and other areas suffering the brunt of wear and tear is the durable BRS 1000 carbon rubber. The Swoosh-exclusive Environmentally Friendly Rubber offers traction on a variety of surfaces on the road.


Midsole

Nike’s soft and responsive Lunarlon foam covers the midsole. A gender-specific crash pad is located in the heel to disperse shock and help with the cushioning. A high-density foam in the midfoot called the Dynamic Support keep mild overpronation at bay.


Upper

The engineered mesh of the Flyknit upper in the LunarEclipse 5 has more stretch for improved adaptability to all sorts of foot shape. It is extremely breathable and really wraps the foot like a second skin. A few synthetic overlays work with the Flywire cables through the laces to provide security, support, and a little stability. Nike uses a little structure in the heel through the Heel Clip. It extends from the sole to cradle the foot and limit heel slippage. Finally, the newly-incorporated reflective materials make runners more visible when running in low-visibility areas.