Verdict from 32 experts and +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The soft, form-fitting upper and cozy interior creates a very comfortable run.
  • A good number of runners liked the LunarEpic Flyknit’s plush cushioning.
  • It is flexible.
  • It is light.
  • The shoe can be used as a long-distance trainer or for shorter and faster runs, based on several comments from runners.
  • Nike’s unique Flywire helps secure the midfoot in snug comfort.
  • Two sockliners, one 4mm and another 6mm version, for better and personalized fit.
  • A small number of runners use the shoe for casual wear.
  • Unbelievable traction on a multitude of surfaces, based on several testers’ comments.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Nike’s LunarEpic in Flyknit is very expensive.
  • Others were having reservations about the mid-rise design of the upper.
  • The fit is too narrow for several runners.
  • Some said that the upper has several durability issues.

Bottom line

The Nike LunarEpic Flyknit is a stylistically-unique lightweight shoe that offers a seamless upper that fits like a second skin, decent arch support, and very comfortable ride. This is a versatile shoe that can take on various kinds of runs because of the responsive and durable Lunarlon foam. It feels fast and looks really nice for casual wear.

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Good to know

  • The most unique part of the LunarEpic is the mid-rise Flyknit upper that takes second-skin feel to another level. Besides the comfort, it enhances the support around the ankle and adds overall stability to the run.
  • The upper gives structure and flexibility in all the right areas due to the innovative design. It is a bit more open in areas that require flexibility and tightly-woven in sections that need more structure and support.
  • A lightweight and full-length Lunarlon foam delivers responsive cushioning and makes the movement quicker from the heel to the forefoot.

The outsole of this Nike running shoes is laser cut and pressure-mapped for precise traction with numerous pods for better cushioning. These sipes give the outsole exceptional flexibility and a little stability as they are mostly vertically-configured. Nike uses a very sticky rubber that gives it serious traction, even in wet conditions.

The midsole is fused to lessen the risks of blisters. Nike’s full-length Lunarlon is quite responsive and very durable in such a lightweight foam. The laser cuts in the midsole make the runs smooth in transitions and more supportive.

The mid-rise Flyknit extends past the ankle and around the lower leg. It increases the level of protection, comfort, and makes the run more stable. Nike uses a tighter configuration of the Flyknit in areas that need more support while it is open in parts that have to be more flexible. It is also very breathable for a cool run every time out. The patented Flywire cables are directly connected to the sole through the laces for excellent, personalized fit. A traditional lace-up closure holds the fit from start to finish.

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.