Facts

  • Terrain
    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
    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.

  • Use
    Use

    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
    Price
    $175
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 7.7oz
    Women: 6.6oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 28mm
    Women: 28mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Mar 2016
  • Special editions
    Special editions
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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.

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Expert Reviews

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83 / 100 based on 30 expert reviews

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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.