The future of running is here… and it’s epic.
Earlier this year, Nike released the LunarEpic – a groundbreaking running shoe in every sense of the word, from its design and technology from its sock-like fit and lightweight Flyknit material to the pressure mapped outsole that resembles both a topographic map and infinity symbol. Taking feedback from runners who wanted a shoe with the snug (and virtually unnoticeable) fit of a sock and a natural ride, the LunarEpic isn’t just epic because of its distinctive style – it’s first and foremost, built for performance.
The first thing you’ll notice is the mid-rise sock fit upper, designed to act like a natural extension of your leg. The fit does take a bit of getting used to, but once you you step into the shoe, it’s seamless and you barely notice how high it sits. It doesn’t feel tight or restrict your motion but it’s still secure – the singular piece construction is woven more openly in areas where your foot and ankle need greater movement and breathability, and tighter in areas that need more support.
The laces are integrated into the flywire cables that sit ‘outside’ the shoe and don’t particularly feel necessary given the foot-hugging fit which means you don’t have to worry about tying those laces tight to hold your feet in – just make sure they’re secure enough that they won’t come undone while you’re running.
The sole is really where the technological advancements come into play. The mid-sole is fused to the upper without any glues or cements so it’s more durable and bound to last longer. The laser cut lines on the sides collapse during contact with the ground for a smooth transition from the front to the back of your foot. As for the outsole – it’s divided into Lunarlon pods targeting key pressure areas to provide better cushioning and absorb the impact whilst also spreading it more evenly across your foot. The outsole allows for better surface traction and a smoother ride.
So how does it shape up? No doubt the LunarEpic is revolutionary in its style but it is also in its substance. I’ve been lucky enough to run miles in various Nike runners (Air Pegasus, LunarGlide, Zoom Structure, Free Run) and the LunarEpic has felt the most natural, easy and comfortable on my feet. I prefer the mid-rise because of its second-skin fit and the way it secures my foot and reduces heel slippage and ankle rolling. I wear thick Nike running socks with my LunarEpics (socks are recommended to be worn) but they do start to get a little tight around the back after about an hour. I have however heard of people mentioning it rubs up against their heel but that personally hasn’t happened to me. The shoe also comes with two pairs of insoles, 4mm and 6mm, so you can better customise your fit.
Nike know however that the mid-rise look isn’t for everyone so they also offer a low-rise model with the same Lunarlon cushioning and lightweight Flyknit finish. One thing I will say though is that if you’re road/ trail running, I have had small rocks getting stuck in between the laser cut pods. No biggie but you will need to clear it out as I have felt them whilst running.
All in all, the Nike LunarEpic lives up to its name. It’s designed to be as kind to your feet as possible when pounding pavement and its dynamic movement and focus on a supportive and neutral ride means it performs well across all surfaces – trail, track or treadmill. It’s truly a runner’s shoe.
The Nike LunarEpic Flyknit Mid-Rise is available in mens and women sizing. Shop the LunarEpic at Nike online.
Shot by Christine Ai
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