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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
$120
Weight
Men: 9.1oz
Women: 8oz
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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 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.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 378 ratings

5 star
71%
4 star
15%
3 star
6%
2 star
3%
1 star
3%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

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82 / 100 based on 19 expert reviews

  • 83 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas Neuberger • Level 4 expert

    I like the look of the shoe, the weight of the shoe is great.

  • 80 / 100 by TF XC Running Shoe Reviews • TF XC Running Shoe Reviews • Level 3 expert

    The Lunarglide 8 is a completely redsigned version that is stable, spongy, and retains its springiness.

  • 92 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas • Level 5 expert

     The LunarGlide 8 has all the right boxes checked off. It fits well, it has ample cushioning, superb traction, lightweight, and Nike’s style. The price of the shoe seems really reasonable too.

  • 83 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    The fit is good and I especially like the roomy toebox and cushioning.

  • 78 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    Not everything on the Lunarglide 8 shines. The new sole feels great to run in, but it has a couple of shortcomings. The thin laser-cut grooves trap a lot of debris, so after each run, you need to spend 5 minutes trying to pick the small rocks out of the outsole.

  • 85 / 100 by Fueled by LOLz • Hollie • Level 4 expert

    The LunarGlide 8 is far less stable than the LunarGlide 7. If this is something you needed from the shoe, I would be more hesitant. For me, this is a good thing and why a neutral runner like myself likes and can use the shoe.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Frank May • Level 4 expert

    It’s a solid shoe, but why did Nike change so much going from the 7s to the 8s? 

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Frank May • Level 4 expert

    The Nike LunarGlide 8 is a cushioned trainer that provides a smooth, stabilized ride for runners. Featuring several new design concepts, it brings few updates to the successful LunarGlide line of shoes.

  • 70 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Meaghan • Level 4 expert

    The LunarGlide 8 is a beautiful shoe, but it’s not for me. Like a marathon, I had to forget the last time I ran in them before I could put them on again. I love Nike, but the fit and overall feel of the LunarGlide just didn’t work for my feet.

  • 85 / 100 by Gear Institute • Cory Smith • Level 3 expert

    The Nike LunarGlide 8 provides class-leading, out-of-the-box comfort in a soft, exceptionally smooth ride.

  • 85 / 100 by Gear Institute • Cory Smith • Level 3 expert

    Expect a soft landing with easy toe-off.

  • 75 / 100 by Hes Kicks • Hes Kicks • Level 3 expert

    All in all, it is a comfortable shoe, but don't really like the aesthetics.

  • 88 / 100 by Edwin the Truth • Edwin • Level 2 expert

    When it comes to comfort, the Nike Lunarglide 8 is among the best (in my opinion).

  • 84 / 100 by Soleracks • Soleracks • Level 2 expert

    Overall, while having a different look, the Nike Lunarglide 8 stays true to its core features that made it such a hit over the years.

  • 84 / 100 by Honeydewforme • Honeydewforme • Level 2 expert

    Best for longer runs where you want that plush cushioning.

  • 78 / 100 by Awesome Kicks • Awesome Kicks • Level 2 expert

    Overall, I am very satisfied, but wished for more reflective materials and Flyknit for durability.

  • 82 / 100 by Stick Shoes and Sports • Ryan • Level 1 expert

    They are soft and supportive.

  • 80 / 100 by Finish Line • Finish Line • Level 1 expert

    Having next-level support and a midsole system to stabilize your run, the LunarGlide 8 will take you out on your adventures and bring you home with no issues. 

  • 79 / 100 by The Athlete's Foot • Paulie Eaborn • Level 1 expert

    So I’m thinking the support isn’t as good on the front as it is on the back. – but nothing major.

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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.