Summary

We spent 7.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Extremely comfortable is an expression that comes up in most of the reviews of the LunarStelos.
  • It is very affordable.
  • A handful of runners loved its lightweight design.
  • There are more than enough color options available
  • It is very flexible, based on some comments.
  • A couple of runners valued the cool looks of this shoe.
  • Breathability is very good, as noted by more than a few.
  • This is a good training partner in the gym, according to more than a handful of reviewers.
  • Some of those who are on their feet all day valued the cushioning and support of this shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A significant number of runners were hugely disappointed by the overall lack of durability coming from this shoe.
  • Although quite thick, the shoe does not have enough cushioning, according to some reviewers
  • It is a bit narrow for a few runners.

Bottom line

The LunarStelos has all the makings of a handy, reliable, and lightweight trainer. Besides being very affordable, the superior comfort, excellent breathability, good arch support, and really cool looks should make this an easy option for neutral runners. The shoe has the speed to take on up-tempo runs as well as the cushioning and support for piling on the miles. Although an entry-level shoe, it should also be a very solid choice for seasoned runners during recovery days or for long and easy runs.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A top rated Nike running shoe
A popular pick

Expert Reviews

  • First look | Lemon Man Army

    I love how it goes from light, dark, dark, dark, and then it goes blue on the inside.

  • First look | Shop Zappos |

    These guys are incredibly lightweight.

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  • Nike makes the LunarStelos a very functional by using typical designs and a few of their proprietary technologies. The mesh upper is very breathable and gives good flexibility with decent support. Providing the shoe with more ventilation are the perforations on each side of the shoe. Runners are guaranteed of a cool and dry run in this shoe.
  • Working with the upper mesh is the brand-exclusive Flywire cords. They hug the foot in security and support as the cords are attached to the midsole and then connected through the laces. With each tug of the laces, the cords are directly involved in giving runners their most preferred fit.
  • The outsole is another unique Nike technology. It features the siped pattern that allows good flexibility and excellent ground contact. The usual hard rubber in the heel and other areas add more durability in this part of the shoe.

The fit of the Nike LunarStelos is reasonably standard. It holds the heel and the midfoot really well and can be adjusted for a more precise fit courtesy of the Flywire cords. The forefoot has a fairly roomy space for mid-run swelling and for the toes to naturally spread out. It runs true to size.


Nike’s laser-cut outsole is utilized in the LunarStelos. The unique design of the outsole features grooves and a rubber pattern that offers good ground contact for stability while also giving the shoe excellent flexibility. A sturdy carbon rubber is located in the heel and other parts for a more lasting performance.


A dual-density foam covers the entire midsole. The softer foam sits on top of the firmer one for a nice blend of cushioning, support, and responsiveness. It also delivers adequate durability and helps with the transition from landing to take-off.


The no-sew upper is mostly very breathable mesh and printed overlays for support. Nike uses 4 Flywire cords on both sides for a comprehensive locked down technology. The cords also allow the foot to move together with the entire upper. As mentioned, the sides of the shoe have prominent perforations for exceptional breathability. The collar and the tongue have relatively thick padding. There is also a removable insole for more cushioning and support.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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