Facts

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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
$175
Weight
Men: 7.7oz
Women: 6.6oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 10mm
Women: 10mm

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.

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

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.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 241 ratings

5 star
68%
4 star
22%
3 star
2%
2 star
3%
1 star
4%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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83 / 100 based on 33 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas Neuberger • Level 4 expert

    This thing just disappears on your foot.

  • 84 / 100 by The Sole Brothers • The Sole Brothers • Level 3 expert

    You can run in this for the longest time without getting tired feet.

  • 90 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    The Lunarepic is packed with innovation and careful design, all of which works brilliantly and just about perfectly together on the "first try". 

  • 89 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Ruggero Loda • Level 5 expert

    LunarEpic Flyknit is the peak of Nike running shoe engineering in 2016.

  • 62 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    Changing Flyknit to a tubular design might sound far fetched, but if a brand figures this out, a ‘seamless upper fit’ will be a reality, and not just a meaningless marketing hyperbole to be thrown around.

  • 95 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas Neuberger • Level 4 expert

    It is still early in the year, but these are definitely my front runner for “2016 shoe of the year.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Competitor • Running Competitor • Level 4 expert

    Meanwhile, the mid-height collar was added to facilitate a locked-down fit, both from a physical point of view and a proprioceptive perspective.

  • 84 / 100 by Runner's World • Jonathan Beverly • Level 4 expert

    Although the LunarEpic has too high a heel-toe drop (8.5 mm) to fit into Nike’s definition of “natural,” the adaptable sole lets it move with your foot to provide a responsive connection with the ground. 

  • 85 / 100 by 9 Run • Stan • Level 3 expert

    They look great, comfortable, cushioning is spot on, the last is nice and flat, and these shoes are not as narrow as most of their other models.

  • 79 / 100 by The Runner Beans • Charlie • Level 3 expert

    However for those that are Nike or running fanatics with a large cash pot to spend on their obsession, then definitely get these.

  • 65 / 100 by Riz Knows • Jeff • Level 3 expert

    Overpriced, over-engineered and clearly not for me.

  • 93 / 100 by Get Out There Gear • Sven • Level 2 expert

    The LunarEpics are fun, fast, and light pair of shoes.

  • 90 / 100 by Sportskeeda • Kredy • Level 2 expert

    If this running shoe falls within your budget, go for it with any second thoughts.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Magazine • Sinead Mulhern • Level 2 expert

    The way to best describe it is that it looks like the sock has been included in the design but given more structure than your typical sports sock to offer more support.

  • 80 / 100 by FRESH • FRESH • Level 2 expert

    This shoe is enormous and may not be the best for minimalist runners.

  • 78 / 100 by BrytonW • Bryton • Level 2 expert

    The ride is soft and smooth and only felt sluggish when I reached the 5K pace or quicker.

  • 100 / 100 by Qcrew Kicks • Qcrew Kicks • Level 1 expert

    Great overall shoe; comfort-wise, looks-wise.

  • 89 / 100 by Run Karla Run • Karla Bruning • Level 1 expert

    Will you like them? I think that mainly depends on whether you can wrap your brain around the ankle cuff—or rather, let the cuff wrap around you.

  • 88 / 100 by nikeblog.com • Lucas Ehrbar • Level 1 expert

    At $175, the price is undoubtedly steep, but so far the LunarEpic has done everything possible to justify it.

  • 87 / 100 by Run for Wealth • Peteni Kuzwayo • Level 1 expert

    But, once you get into of a pair of Lunar Epics, you realize how big a deal that snug fit really is.

  • 87 / 100 by Run Society • Baldwin Choy • Level 1 expert

    I’d say it’s definitely a shoe that will deliver an effortless ride for your longer runs and still provide the response you need for your faster runs.

  • 85 / 100 by The Bull Runner • Jaymie Pizarro • Level 1 expert

    One thing is for sure, these shoes can take you on long, unforgettable, and if I may add, epic runs.

  • 83 / 100 by Executive Style • Pip Coates • Level 1 expert

    Certainly after my run this morning, I was in no hurry to take my shoes off. In fact, I'm still wearing them. Add recovery shoe to that list.

  • 83 / 100 by Runner's World UK • Ben Hobson • Level 1 expert

    Lateral movement within the shoe is reduced by this snug fit; whether that can be attributed solely to the addition of the collar is questionable, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that it clearly does make a difference. 

  • 83 / 100 by Takbo.ph • Takbo.ph • Level 1 expert

    The overall ride is highly cushioned and comfortable.

  • 83 / 100 by Sneaker Gearz • Lee • Level 1 expert

    The LunarEpic is the most plush cushioning on the market.

  • 82 / 100 by Esquire • Jonathan Evans • Level 1 expert

    Suffice to say, there's a lot going on with the LunarEpic Flyknit.

  • 81 / 100 by T3 • Anil George • Level 1 expert

    Runners repeatedly told us during wear testing that they feel the shoe vanishes on their foot.

  • 80 / 100 by Buro 247 • Cai Mei Khoo • Level 1 expert

    While the latter is great for those looking for a natural ride, I personally prefer the more cushioned ride that the Lunarepics offer.

  • 79 / 100 by Reddit • Wreighven 2015 • Level 1 expert

    FLE's seem to be awesome for long distance running, with just the minor heel / sock compatibility issue to be aware of.

  • 78 / 100 by Magnifier • The Magnifier • Level 1 expert

    Built for the future refers to the usage of a one-piece Flyknit upper, Flywire, and Lunarlon, all technologies that Nike put at the forefront of their best shoes.

  • 74 / 100 by T3 • Duncan Bell • Level 1 expert

    I prefer to run in a more minimal shoe with a lot less cushioning, so I found these to have, if anything, too much cushioning underfoot.

  • 70 / 100 by Creative • Nat • Level 1 expert

    The tougher Flyknit material just does not work for me.

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Updates to Nike LunarEpic Flyknit

  • 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.

Nike LunarEpic Flyknit size and fit

A racing-type fit is used in the LunarEpic Flyknit, which is on the narrow side of an average measurement. There is a secured feel from the heel to the forefoot. Runners who prefer more space, especially in the forefoot, may have to go up in size. Medium is the available width of this shoe. Sizes are accurate in choices 6 to 15 for the men’s and 4 to 12 for the women’s.


Outsole

The outsole 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.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.