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Nike LunarGlide+ Running Shoes Review

 December 02, 2011 28
Nike LunarGlide+ Running Shoes Review

UPDATE! Review of the Nike Lunarglide+3 available!

Nike LunarGlide+ Womens

Nike LunarGlide+ Womens

Nike LunarGlide+ Mens

Nike LunarGlide+ Mens

Full Name: Nike LunarGlide+
Category: Stability
Weight: 10.6 oz. (300 gr.)
Suggested Price: 99$
Recommended For: Mild Overpronators, Neutral Runners who overpronate over long distances
  • Nike LunarGlide General Info:

After generating quite some buzz, Nike finally launched the Lunarglide running shoe. The promise is to deliver a lightweight shoe with exceptional cushioning together with innovative aspects of stability – following up on the very good response of the Lunar Racer and the Lunar Trainer. The key technologies used by the Oregon company are Lunarlite foam (originally a NASA technology), an innovative construction of the sole unit and the Flywire technology in the upper. Plus, a mens and a womens specific version. At only 300 grams (10.6 oz for a US size 9 mens) this shoe captured a lot of attention before its launch. It’s time to check in detail what has been delivered.

  • Nike LunarGlide Sole Unit:

The core of the Lunarglide sole unit is the Lunar Foam technology. Initially developed by NASA in order to save weight in space, Lunar Foam is an extremely lightweight foam material (30% lighter than standard foam materials) that has exceptional properties that allow it to compress and return to the original shape more responsively than traditional foam.
Due to the unique properties and construction, Lunar Foam cannot be exposed to sunlight and therefore has to be encapsulated in an exterior shell of Phylite foam material. Nike took this to its advantage and delivered a system that used the Lunar Foam cushioning properties and the Phylite more structured composition in order to deliver a responsive cushioning system that is also supportive against pronation.

Before continuing with our opininons, here is a video where Phil McCartney, Nike’s global director for footwear, explains the construction of the LunarGlide running shoe.

The combination of different thickness of the two foam materials in this encapsulated shell construction cushions your step on heel strike and gradually increases support while the weight shifts from the heel to the forefoot and from the lateral (external) side to the medial (internal) side.

To complete the overview of the sole unit, we need to mention the inclusion of the Nike+ system (where you can insert an Apple/Nike chip in the midsole of the shoe and this will communicate your running data to your iPod) and the Waffle pattern of the outsole – which is deeply carved, both to reduce weight and increase flexibility.

  • Nike LunarGlide Upper:

Nike’s quest to reduce weight continued in the design of the upper of the shoe. The most innovative feature in this sense is the FlyWire technology. Directly derived from the olympic sprint shoes, FlyWire is a lightweight, incredibly resistant wire that connects the eyelets to the midsole, embracing the foot and keeping it stable during the run. A traditional upper is built by stitching together pieces of mesh and leather – the FlyWire allows Nike to construct the shoe in a different way, reducing weight and improving the fit by delivering a seamless constructed upper.

The lining of the shoe is extremely padded and feels very soft on the foot. The seamless construction allows the shoe to be worn sockless.

Nike LunarGlide Womens Lining

Nike LunarGlide Womens Lining

Last mention to the gender-specific design of the LunarGlide running shoes (please refer to our how to choose the best womens running shoes article for more details why gender-specific construction is important).

The shoes are built on slightly different sole units, they use a different last (the shape around which the upper is built and determines the fit of the shoe around the foot) and the women’s version presents an arch strap on the medial side to secure the foot into position – as women tend to overpronate more than men.

  • Nike LunarGlide Opinion:

We were really curious to test drive the LunarGlide, and especially to check how the dynamic support system actually works. First of all, when first worn, the shoe feels lightweight and very comfortable. The lining of the upper achieved its goal of delivering a snug fit while at the same time being soft and padded. The last is quite curved and the toebox roomy. It all promises a comfortable ride.

On the run, the shoe is extremely cushioned (in a soft, bouncy way) especially in the heel. It is a pleasurable feeling, especially if you are used to harder support shoes – but some runners might not like it. As for the support, our testing felt the shoe delivered some support, but we don’t believe it’s enough to support a serious over pronator on long runs.

A mild pronator, or a neutral runner who starts pronating when the run is long are who we recommend this shoe to. These runners will love the Lunarglide, as the shoe will provide an amazing level of cushioning while preventing excessive pronation. Runners who seriosuly overpronate, might enjoy a soft, lightweight and cusioned ride that offers them some degree of support, but we recommend it only for shorter runs.

At 99$ recommended retail price, the LunarGlide is an extremely interesting shoe.

  • Nike LunarGlide Price Comparison:

UPDATE! Review of the Nike Lunarglide+3 available!

Let us know what you think of this shoe in the comments!



  • IF you don’t mind me asking how much to you weigh? Our heavier testers really did not like the LunarGlides (not enough support, slap on impact..) however our lighter runners (under 12st) found them to provide ample cushioning and a “novel” feel.

  • I run around 60 miles per week and race competitively. I am about 150 miles into my lunarglides and although the cushioning is amazing, there are some serious flaws with the shoe. The first is that the shoe begs you to heel-strike in order to take advantage of the plush foam — something that is always a bad idea. Second, the forefoot is so wide and flat that it is almost impossible to toe or mid-foot strike without slapping the ground. If you are looking for a comparable nike shoe with fewer issues with “ride”, try the Nike free everyday or even the structure triax.

  • I agree with the review and with what Andrew wrote above as well. The shoe is very comfortable to wear and is great for short runs. I don’t believe the shoe works well for everyday long runs because the support just isn’t there (even though they claim it’s a support shoe) and it does have a heavy forefoot landing. I ended up with bad shin splints. I think it’s a great shoe for tempo workouts or races but not as an everyday trainer.

  • I just bought a pair and have run 6 km (12 km/hr) with them on a treadmill (30 minutes). I’m very impressed. Excellent ride. No pain at all. But I’ll suspend judgment until I’ve run them on the road and on the track. I’m a medium-sized runner with very low arches and an overpronator. In 6 years of running, I’ve had recurring achilles tendinitis, some left hip pain, and a little soreness along the side of my right knee. I don’t do high mileages, so I’m guessing I might have been using the wrong shoes all these time.

    The first thing I noticed about the Lunarglide was that they’re very comfortable. And oh, the cushioning…when they say “It’s like running on pillows,” it is. As for pronation control, I really don’t know how that is supposed to feel like. All I care about is that my achilles don’t scream from all the tugging and my hips and knees don’t ache from all the pounding. So, it’s really a relief to just run pain-free for once, just like how it was at the beginning. Again, I hope these promising results continue as I take my running to the road.

    I hope I won’t be disappointed.

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  • Just bought these shoes after having a gait anylasis in a running store. I overpronate in my right foot but am neutrul in my left. Hoping they help take the pain from my shins!

  • I have worn these sneakers for about 3 months doing about 35 to 40 miles workout per week. The first thing I noticed that the backs of the shoes were starting to fall apart secondly the heels were stating
    to become to flexible thus making it unstable to excercise with let alone give you proper support. The floor bed of the shoe seems to warping from the heat and constant usuage. These shoes have technical and design flaws and for the price they are unsuitable for a person who is out jogging everyday.

    • 40 miles/week X 4 weeks = 160 miles/month X 3 months = 480 miles. Rule of thumb is to retire running shoes after about 400 miles anyway whether they look like they need it or not so i’d say you got more than your money’s worth.

  • Good for running on a track.

  • you can always trust those high tech running shoes developed by adidas or nike, they are expensive but they are very good –,

  • Hi there,

    Oh wow, I can’t believe how much solid information is on this page about the Nike Lunar Glide’s.

    Seriously, Video explanations, consumer opinions, and even price checks!

    Thanks for taking the time to put together such a meaningful blog post.



  • I just bought these for $8f, I am in serious need of a good running shoe, I slightly over pronate but everytime I buy a mobility or stability shoe i get pains in my feet, shins, knees and hips. I’m hoping this shoe works, I really wanna get better at runs but i hat running because of the pain but it is a need for me in my profession.

  • these shoes, i paid $200 in australia (us and oz dollar is the same). in the us they cost $99!

    within 3 months they were falling apart. The insides of the heel split open, and i have to tape up my heels with elastoplast every day so i dont get blisters as they cut me open, and its painful. Secondly the foam sole has worn down very significantly.

    I am a fit, active person, and i treat my shoes well. some nikes i have had for 10 years. These ones i would have thrown away already if they didnt cost so much! Im not in a hurry to buy more nikes, thinking of switching to Asics. Dont want to waste my money again!

    I walk for 50 min, 6 days a week. I also work out in the gym for 45 min 5 times a week. I treat my shoes well, but these unfortunately were really crap!

  • Incredible! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It’s on a completely different subject but it has pretty much the same page layout and design. Wonderful choice of colors!

  • I’ve been visiting your site for a long time and I always find a great informations.

  • Breathe freely, stable, heel stabilizer, the memory type foam, elastic lined with design,

  • I wish I found this website before I bought this shoe (although I did try to do some research). I’ve been using Mizunos until I bought this shoe. Felt comfortable in the store until I took it out for a 10k run yesterday for the first time. All I can say … ouch. Things are starting to hurt. Today I tried again, and 3km into my 5k run, I had to stop. As one reviewer stated above, it’s hard to forefoot strike in these. They just seem too soft for longer runs, or else my foot is just moving all over the place inside of them … I don’t know, but all of sudden today my knees are hurting, calves are sore, ankles are sore. Haven’t had these problems in the Mizunos. Too bad since it’s a nice looking shoe. Maybe I should try the Nike Free next time.

    • Milan, thank you very much for your comment. It’s comments like these that make this website great!
      We review our shoes after running at least 30 miles in them (unless it’s Tom, he cracks 100 miles before we know he started running in a shoe!) but each runner is different and what it’s great for one, might not work for another. I run in both the LunarGlide and the Free – they are extremely different shoes. I don’t forefoot strike but have a quite efficient midfoot strike. I liked my LG for longer runs, and I LOVE the frees, but after 7-8km I start missing some extra cushioning….

  • Thanks so much for all reviews, very useful. I bought Nike LunarGlide+ 3 for Woman in November last year. I love the design and the lightness of the shoes.

    The downside is after running around 6K(average 8 min/km), it started to get hurt. I developed blister and my knee is giving problem. (not sure, whether it’s coming from the shoes or other factor).

    I kept trying different distance with the shoes. My personal conclusion : the shoes is great for 5K run and for walking. I will not use the shoes again for above 5K. I also found that the shoes tends to slip when walking in the wet floor. For running now, I am back to my old pegassus.

  • I just bought the Nike Lunarglige 3 and there is a spot in the left shoe that looks like its for a sensor but its very painful the right shoe feels great is there something that is supposed to go in the circler hole? thx Ed

    • The space is for the Nike+ sensor. I had the same issue as you though, even with the sensor. The local store I bought mine from told me to contact Nike about the issue as it took about 40 days (past their return policy) and about 50mi before my heel pain developed and only right over the sensor. 4 days after mailing them to Nike, they sent them back untested and told me if was a fitting issue and couldn’t be their fault. Good luck getting them to correct the issue.

      Consider downloading a free gps/milage tracker and track your runs that way. They will be more accurate anyways (Nike was off by as much as 1/2 mile for every 4 miles clocked in a run for me even with frequent calibration). Good luck with your running and hope you find a shoe that works for you.

  • Andrews post is right on. I am a competitive runner too and found these shoes prevent a mid foot strike without slapping which puts too much pressure on shins and patellar tendon. My patellar tendon is acting up after a few runs. I’m going to have to go back to my ASIC cumulus until they get this fixed. Wish I could use them though because they’re great with my Nike+ GPS watch.

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  • i think they are great, they are very light, comfortable, and function like advertized. what more could you ask for the price… if you wanted anything better then i suggest just saving up 4 or 500.00 bucks and go for it..

  • I think they are great. Very light weight, comfortable, and function as advertized…. If you wanted anything comparable to these you would have to spend 400.00 to 500.00 for this kind of technology

  • I have just bought Lunar Glide 3.Though it provides extra cushion to the legs ,I find the fabric uncomfortable.It makes the foot go warm .I guess the fabric doesnt breathe at all.

  • My first pair of Lunarglides lasted 6 months, gym and wearing as a bartender. I was sold. I have bought two pairs since then and been severely disappointed. The first pair was delivered on February 17 and caused severe pain in my feet and started to lose tread within a month. I ordered another pair(delivered on April 3 2014) and it is now April 17 and the tread is already falling off. I wonder who to contact about this. Anyone out there with info. It was ordered off of Amazon.

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