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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
    $120
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 9.1oz
    Women: 8oz
  • 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: 29mm
    Women: 29mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 19mm
    Women: 19mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Jul 2016
  • Special editions
    Special editions
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Summary

We spent 8.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The plush inner sleeve and the soft cushioning are the main reasons for the Lunarglide 8’s comfortable ride, based on most reviews.
  • It runs very light for a stability shoe, according to several comments.
  • A good number of runners have used the 8th iteration of the Lunarglide as an up-tempo or high-mileage trainer.
  • The breathability of the shoe was appreciated by a few.
  • A small number of reviewers noticed that it performed as well or better than some of the most popular lightweight stability shoes around.
  • More than a few runners noted that this shoe was reasonably-priced.
  • More than 10 different color combinations for runners to choose from.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Most runners were frustrated by the pebbles that gather in the outsole of the latest Lunarglide.
  • Some runners felt that the shoe lacked the responsiveness of the previous model.
  • It is quite tight and narrow, unlike the earlier version of the Lunarglide, remarked several.
  • The outsole is blamed by most negative comments as the main difference in the ride and performance between the 8th version of the LunarGlide 8 and the earlier model.
  • Outsole durability gets a heavy dose of criticism coming from a significant number of runners.

Bottom line

The Nike Lunarglide 8 is a lightweight, well-cushioned, and supportive trainer that can basically take on any type of distance. With great comfort, breathability, and solid versatility, runners should have a really good shoe for their trainings. What makes the shoe a winner is its ability to compete with some of the more illustrious lightweight stability shoes around without having the same hefty price tag.

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Expert Reviews

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82 / 100 based on 17 expert reviews

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Updates to Nike LunarGlide 8

  • Nike ushered in several changes in the 8th incarnation of the Lunarglide to enhance its already top-notch performance. The upper sees most of the changes in this shoe. From the Flyknit-like material of the earlier version, the new one is made of slightly thicker engineered mesh for better durability and support.
  • The Flywire cords used in the second version are significantly bigger for added durability and better midfoot hold and support.
  • Nike removed the heavy and stiff heel counter in the prior version. In the latest model, a heel stiffener is fully integrated for a more sophisticated look and with adequate heel security.
  • The outsole gets a serious makeover as well. From the almost flat and circular pattern of the past model, the new Lunarglide has siped outsole pattern that flexes upon impact. The new design helps with the cushioning and flexibility of the shoe.

Nike LunarGlide 8 size and fit

The fit of the Lunarglide 8 continues to be a haven for those with narrow to medium foot measurements. It offers a snug fit in the heel, the midfoot, and just enough real estate in the toe box for the toes to be comfortable. Minus the heel counter, the heel still has a wraparound feel that is not too stiff. The drawstrings in the midsole deliver excellent midfoot hold and security. Sizing is accurate in the shoe.


Outsole

The laser-cut outsole provides added cushioning as it slightly compresses upon impact. It is made of rubber that it is softer than before for that really soft and well-cushioned ride. The outsole also helps with the shoe flexibility because of the prominent laser cuts.


Midsole

The Lunarglide 8’s midsole is the latest in the Nike’s fold as it uses lasers to carve the midsole with specific cuts to give the right amount of leeway in the foam for better cushioning and responsiveness. Nike’s Dynamic Support system is at work in the midsole as well. A stiff wedge of foam is used in the heel to the midfoot to work with the softer Lunarlon foam on the lateral side. Hence, there is support needed by mild to moderate overpronators without the added weight of a stiff TPU insert. Also, neutral runners can also get the most out of the shoe as the support and stability are “on-call” or needed only when the neutral runner’s form breaks down.


Upper

The upper of the Nike Lunarglide 8 is a near one-piece construction made of engineered mesh with excellent breathability and support. For better midfoot hold and durability, Nike replaced the very thin Flywire cords with substantially thicker versions of the drawstrings. To prevent the thick cables from causing pressure on top of the foot, a plush inner sleeve is added in the mix. Both the tongue and collar have decent cushioning and very luxurious. A traditional lace-up closure ties up the runner’s most comfortable fit.