The Nike Lunarglide is a special kind of shoe. It’s mildly supportive when you need it, and not when you don’t. It can fit a broad range of foot types, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect for everyone. In fact, if you need an extremely supportive or high cushioned shoe, this probably isn’t a shoe for you. If you need a mildly supportive or neutral shoe, it could be a great option.
While I never ran in the LunarGlide 7s or any previous model of the LunarGlude, I had put them on before. They felt too supportive, and it was a shoe I didn’t need. The update from the LunargGlide 7 to 8 made it less supportive and a shoe I wanted to try.
The LunarGlide 8 now uses the flyknit upper that many other Nike shoes use. The fit is similar to other Nike Flyknit shoes, but it’s different than previous LunarGlide models. It’s not a good or bad thing, and the flyknit upper accommodates wider feet (like mine) as well as those with a higher instep. A lot of brands are going towards a seamless upper, and it’s a good thing. I usually wear a size 10, and the size 10 was the best fit for my foot.
It’s not a shoe I would just order online because you’ve worn that size the previous year.
As I mentioned, I’ve never run in LunarGlide before and in fact, on paper, it’s not exactly a shoe that would make sense for me. Since it is a special design that works for runners who need mild stability and those who need nothing, it can work for a few different people. (Sorry friends, not going to try a shoe that would injure me “for the sake of the blog).
The ride itself is light and soft. It doesn’t have a lot of cushion but definitely more than a racing flat. It’s not a shoe I’m comfortable running more than 10 miles in but some people might get away with it. Based on the design, I’m curious to see how much mileage,, it will be before the shoe breaks down.
Something interesting about the design pattern of the bottom is how many rocks it collects. I’ve only run into this problem with a couple of different shoes (including the Newtons). It’s not a make or break for the shoe, but you will hear a little clicking noise when (not if but when) a rock gets stuck in between the layers.
The major difference in the ride is the stability factor. 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.
While I never ran in the LunarGlide 7, I do know it’s a drastic and significant change. That change is why I can run in the 8, but it’s a change that many running in the 7 might not appreciate. I would go to your local store before purchasing. Due to the changes, it’s not a shoe I would recommend ordering online, just because you’ve worn several models.
I do like the shoe and will continue to run in it until it wears out.
- Less stable and can fit a broad range of foot types
- No seem upper allows accommodating bunions and wide feet
- Drastic changes from the LunarGlide 7 to LunarGlide 8
- Collects a lot of small rocks underneath
Not too many “similar” models of shoes to compare too.
Questions for you:
What shoe are you currently running in?
Do you have any shoes that collect rocks underneath?