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
    $120
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 9.3oz
    Women: 8.1oz
  • 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
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 9.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Several buyers commented that the Nike LunarGlide 9 provided more support for their flat feet.
  • According to several consumers, the lightweight nature of this running shoe accommodated the foot’s natural movement and flexibility.
  • Most users have said that the LunarGlide 9 is very comfortable.
  • Aside from its excellent function, the Nike LunarGlide 9’s design and style also won the favor of various users.
  • A couple of runners stated that the LunarGlide 9 is true to size; it also gave a perfect fit and it allowed them to move comfortably.
  • One runner said that the sole thickness of the LunarGlide 9 is agreeable.
  • Its plastic reinforcement in the heel section offered good ankle support, a tester observed.
  • The LunarGlide 9’s fabric exuded quality, and it secured the foot properly, as mentioned by a user.
  • The overall cushioning and the roomy toe box received positive remarks for apparently being improvements over the design of the previous version.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A few users reported that the shoe was too narrow and was uncomfortable for them to wear.
  • A couple of buyers found it hard to add custom orthotics into the LunarGlide 9.
  • One user said that the shoes felt like it had a cheap finish and an unappealing look.
  • Another user stated that wearing the LunarGlide 9 felt like bare feet were slapping on concrete.

Bottom line

The Nike LunarGlide 9 has garnered positive reviews from the majority, with most users commenting on its comfort, flexibility, and support. While there may not be a lot of noticeable differences from past versions, the 9th LunarGlide apparently stood out with its vastly improved form and phenomenal performance. But some might argue that this is not the best version of the LunarGlide.

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Expert Reviews

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88 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

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Updates to Nike LunarGlide 9

  • The Nike LunarGlide 9 is designed for runners who have a low arch structure because it was created to exhibit stability against overpronation.
  • The Flywire cords that have always been a feature of LunarGlides are now concealed in this version; the strings are made softer and wider, and they hug the foot as the laces are tightened.
  • While the Nike LunarGlide 8 integrated a printed overlay at the back of the shoe for heel security, the LunarGlide 9 utilizes a plastic heel counter to keep the heel in place.

Nike LunarGlide 9 size and fit

As consistent with the LunarGlide series, the 9th LunarGlide version is best for runners with narrow to medium foot measurements. It cups the heel and rearfoot snugly while retaining comfort around the ankle and providing more room for the toes. The Flywire cords are present to secure the foot without the suffocating or digging sensation. The width profiles are D – Medium for men and B – Medium for women.

Outsole

The outsole of the Nike LunarGlide 9 is exposed foam with 4 pods under the forefoot and 1 pod under the heel. The pods are laser-cut and its grooves give the appearance of a slice – this feature is to help the shoe’s flexibility and traction, to reduce the impact and improve responsiveness.

The laser cut design extends to the sides of the platform, thus adding more to the plush sensation rather than to the support.

Midsole

The 9th LunarGlide still makes use of the Lunarlon cushioning, which is encased in Phylon. These two types of foam provide softness and support. The Lunarlon technology allows the shoe to be light and plush while remaining to be firm in order to function excellently no matter what type of activity is done.

The Dynamic Support construction involves a denser medial mid-foot section to provide stability to the foot of the runner. This is especially helpful for those with overpronated foot motion.

A Crash Pad has been designed in the heel part of the sole unit. This decoupled section of the platform isolates impact shock during the landing phase of the gait cycle, making sure to fully absorb the energy without any rippling effects to the forefoot lift.

Upper

The upper material of the Nike LunarGlide 9 is made of a Jacquard-style mesh to provide adequate ventilation and support where it is important. The mesh feels and looks like a knitted fabric, thus adding to the comfort of the shoe.

The external TPU heel counter keeps the foot in a steady position. It also prevents accidental shoe removals.

The padded heel collar and tongue provide plush support to the top areas of the foot.

The previously thin Flywire cords are now thick and plush in this iteration. They’re not designed to be mostly outside the upper fabrics, thereby reducing the possibility of exposure to potentially abrasive conditions. These cords connect directly to the lacing system, so they cause the midfoot area of the upper to adapt to the tightening or loosening of the shoelaces.