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  • 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
    $200
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 8.5oz
    Women: 6.7oz
  • 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
    Oct 2016
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Summary

We spent 6.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

11 reasons to buy

  • A large number of reviewers swear by the comfort delivered by the Shield version of the LunarEpic Flyknit.
  • The inclusion of the water-repellent upper and inner sleeve gives it better protection when the conditions get a bit cold or wet.
  • Several noticed how breathable the shoe remains despite the water resistant upper.
  • Flywire cables hold the foot down in security and support.
  • A handful noticed just how flexible the shoe is.
  • The traction is surprisingly superb on wet conditions, based on the observations of some runners.
  • It comes with a set of 4mm sockliners.
  • A few used the shoe for long-distance running or for up-tempo runs.
  • A couple of expert reviewers found the cushioning to be very good in absorbing shock.
  • It is good for distance running or even racing when the weather forecast isn’t too good.
  • A handful of runners said that the 10mm drop feels much lower, like a 6mm drop.

6 reasons not to buy

  • An already expensive shoe becomes even more expensive in the LunarEpic Flyknit Shield.
  • A handful found the fit to be too narrow.
  • The mid-rise design was a bit weird and funny for some runners.
  • Some runners complained about irritation on their ankles or Achilles due to the mid-rise design.
  • Small stones are sucked into the outsole.
  • A handful were disappointed that it runs small.

Bottom line

One of Nike’s most eye-catching and innovative shoes, the LunarEpic Flyknit becomes an all-weather shoe with the inclusion of a water-repellent upper and water resistant bootie. The Shield version of the LunarEpic Flyknit continues to have a snug, socklike wrap up until around the ankle due to the revolutionary mid-rise design. It is very light, extremely comfortable, offers good arch support, and loads of traction. If the price is well within reach, the shoe is easily one of the best in the business.

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Expert Reviews

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Updates to Nike LunarEpic Flyknit Shield

  • Nike almost always lives up to its reputation by continually looking for ways to improve their footwear, even their most popular and best-selling shoes. In the LunarEpic Flyknit it gets a modified upper that is now coated with TPU water-repellent material and a water-resistant bootie for the inclement weather. Not only will the update protect the foot against the elements, it also gives a bit of warmth when the need calls for it.
  • Without question, the mid-rise Flyknit upper is the most glaring feature of the shoe. It takes Nike’s concept of a sock-like fit to a whole new level. The runner gets a wraparound feel all the way from the forefoot to just above the ankle. It also enhances support and stability, especially from a very light shoe.
  • The Flyknit is designed to give support and flexibility in the right areas. Without the use of overlays, the support is still there while giving the runner the freedom to have a natural ride.

Nike LunarEpic Flyknit Shield size and fit

The snug, and racing shoe kind of feel is very evident in the Nike LunarEpic Flyknit Shield. It naturally becomes a favorite for those with medium to slightly narrower feet because of how it hugs the foot. There is decent room in the forefoot for the toes to splay. The heel and the midfoot are comfortably locked down. It runs true to size.


Outsole

The innovation of the Swoosh in the LunarEpic Flyknit Shield continues in the underfoot. With a siped outsole that is laser-cut, the shoe gets excellent flexibility. A very sticky rubber is used in the outsole for superior traction, even on wet surfaces. The outsole layout also gives a boost in the cushioning due to the design and location of the well-articulated pods.


Midsole

The same laser-cut design on the outsole is also utilized in the fused Lunarlon foam that covers the length of the midsole. It gives the shoe another element of flexibility and boosts the smoothness of the gait cycle.


Upper

The Flyknit offers good breathability and covers the foot from the forefoot to the lower leg in a one-piece structure. Nike uses this design to increase the support and stability of the shoe. In this version of the LunarEpic Flynit, the Shield technology gives water resistance to make it almost an all-weather runner. The Flywire cables provide optimal midfoot security and support.