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
$140
Weight
Men: 8.8oz
Women: 7.3oz
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 7.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

12 reasons to buy

  • The LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2 is described by many as so comfortable that they felt like walking on clouds.
  • Several noted how light their runs were in this shoe.
  • It is lighter than the earlier version.
  • It is very breathable, according to some reviewers.
  • A good number of reviewers evaluated the shoe as an upgrade over the original release.
  • It works very well as a casual shoe, based on the comments of a large number of runners.
  • A handful of users utilized it for gym workouts.
  • More than a handful used it for sock-less running without any hot spots or irritations.
  • The shoe can work for those who are working on their speed or who are aiming to increase their distance, as explained by a few expert reviewers.
  • A small number of reviewers appreciated the secure fit without compromising ventilation and weight.
  • Some runners defined the transition through the gait cycle as very smooth.
  • It is $20 less upon release, compared to the original model’s introduction.

6 reasons not to buy

  • Most of the reviewers mentioned that the shoes are very narrow and tight.
  • A handful had trouble putting on the shoe.
  • The outsole still gathers rocks.
  • Lacks optional widths.
  • More than a few felt like their heels were about to pop off the shoe because of the reduced heel collar height.
  • The lack of hard rubber in the outsole could pose durability issues like the first release of this line.

Bottom line

The 2nd edition of the LunarEpic Flyknit Low offers more of the same from the original model. It has an even more sock-like fit, but with cushioning that feels like walking on clouds. There is good arch support, very nice traction across different surfaces, except trail. It looks good and can work in various activities other than running. Moreover, it easily blends well when the runner is just going out and about. Runners who have the money or resources to get a pair, should secure one as the performance and style of this shoe is very legit.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 224 ratings

5 star
55%
4 star
23%
3 star
7%
2 star
1%
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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82 / 100 based on 20 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 by RunRepeat • Mary Katherine Kittrell • Level 1 expert

    The cushioning in the shoes is suitable for half and full marathon distances. If you want a cushioned and flexible ride for long distances and daily high mileage training, I would highly recommend the Nike LunarEpic Flyknit 2.

  • 80 / 100 by Jamison Michael • Jamison Michael • Level 4 expert

    I think the LunarEpic is an awesome shoe. One of the best from Nike.

  • 85 / 100 by RIZKNOWS • Matt Ross • Level 2 expert

    I think these are great daily running shoes for people that run short to mid distances.

  • 88 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Meaghan • Level 5 expert

    If you prefer a flexible, soft underfoot feel – the Nike LunarEpic 2 is a great option.

  • 87 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas • Level 5 expert

    It is a phenomenal running shoe that won’t suit everyone, but if you try it on you may be one of the fortunate runners that finds a new partner that can handle almost all of your training needs.

  • 79 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    The Nike Lunarepic 2’s Lunarlon fitted midsole delivers excellent cushioning and transition qualities, making it a great long-distance hauler. The forefoot upper fits narrow, and the shoe only comes in a single width.

  • 60 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Sean Felty • Level 4 expert

    The LunarEpic Low 2 pushes in the right direction when it comes to the innovation of upper design but falls short in terms of responsiveness.

  • 86 / 100 by Coach Mag • Nick Harris-Fry • Level 2 expert

    Offering incredible comfort and support in a lightweight and stylish frame, the LunarEpic Flyknit 2 is an excellent option for runners training for any race over 10K and it will suit almost all your everyday training needs.

  • 84 / 100 by Edwin the Truth • Edwin • Level 2 expert

    Overall, I'm very happy at how this shoe turned out.

  • 84 / 100 by 321 Sport • Flavia • Level 2 expert

    For me, it's a total yes when it comes to this shoe.

  • 82 / 100 by Live Mint • Vishal Mathur • Level 2 expert

    What you get is a lot of comfort, and unlike many sock-like-fit running footwear, this doesn’t sit very close to the ground.

  • 79 / 100 by Hes Kicks • Hes • Level 2 expert

    It was really comfortable to be honest. It's just that I don’t really love the midsole and sole.

  • 90 / 100 by Women's Running • Jess Underhill • Level 1 expert

    I felt smooth while running intervals and I loved how the cushion of the shoe seemed to absorb some of the impact.

  • 90 / 100 by New Straits Times • Syida Lizta Amirul Ihsan • Level 1 expert

    ..this is one light and responsive shoe that doesn’t neglect cushioning. It’s a great running pair.

  • 90 / 100 by Sav Smiles • Sav • Level 1 expert

    I’m very confident and adamant when I say….these are WORTH EVERY DAMN PENNY!

  • 87 / 100 by GYMCADDY • GYMCADDY • Level 1 expert

    Over all [sic] Nike did a great job of getting a great shoe and revising it to make an amazing shoe.

  • 86 / 100 by Fowler Customs • Seth • Level 1 expert

    Overall, this is a pretty solid shoe. It gives you great containment, it gives you really nice cushioning, but it's a little bit more firm [sic] than the Ultra Boost.

  • 86 / 100 by 321 sport • Radu • Level 1 expert

    I think it's a perfect shoe for amateur runners, like we are.

  • 85 / 100 by Health • Rozalynn S. Frazier • Level 1 expert

    What are they really like? Pillow shoes.

  • 83 / 100 by Nick Ercolano • Nick Ercolano • Level 1 expert

    It felt really good running on them.

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Updates to Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2

  • Nike made a few, but very significant changes in unveiling the LunarEpic Flyknit Low 2. One clear modification is a more structured upper with prominent forefoot holes. This type of knit is used for better breathability and support.
  • Another obvious change is the removal of the tongue. This is now a one-piece upper where the tongue is fully integrated to the entire upper to create a bootie-like fit. The update gives a more foot-hugging wrap and support to the runner who gets the perfect fit in this shoe.
  • The type of knit used in the latest instalment of the LunarEpic Low Flyknit is denser, which adds support, but could make those with wider feet feel a tad claustrophobic.
  • The integration of the tongue and the heel into the entire upper also resulted to another change as there is now one less eyelet in the new version. Nike figured that the last eyelet would not be needed because of the bootie construction.
  • In lieu of the stiff internal heel counter, this area is now supported by a fused overlay that still adequately helps hold the heel.

Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2 size and fit

Despite the changes in the upper construction, there are still semblances between the old and new LunarEpic Flyknit Low. Common between the two is the snug fit, although the LunarEpic Flyknit Low 2 takes it a notch because of the interior bootie and denser knit upper. The toe box width is barely enough like the vertical height. Nike provides a very secure midfoot hold and adequate support and security in the heel. Runners with slightly wider feet may have to go up in size.


Outsole

Nike’s laser-cut outsole continues to dominate the sole of the 2nd edition of the LunarEpic Flyknit low. It offers foam pods in the heel and a clump of them in the forefoot for added cushioning, responsiveness, and flexibility.


Midsole

The midsole is the domain of Nike’s proprietary Lunarlon foam and industry-standard EVA. This dual-density combination delivers an optimal mix of softness and responsiveness. The softer Lunarlon foam sits nearer to the top to soften the impact upon landing, while the EVA covers the rest of the midsole for some firmness. Nike slits the side walls of the foam for compression and eventual cushioning. The slits run almost the length on the lateral side, but shorter on the inner wall for arch support.


Upper

The innovative Flyknit upper largely makes up the entire shoe. It has good structure and holes around it for breathability and support. Nike updates the upper by making the heel and tongue fully part of the upper construction. The new version has a bootie-like fit for a snug support and security. Inside the shoe is an Ortholite sockliner that adds cushioning. Flywire cords are also incorporated into the upper through the laces for even more hold and security. A traditional lace up closure is the finishing touch of the LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2.