For a couple of reasons I left my beloved Saucony Pro Grid Guides behind and picked up a pair of Nike Lunarglides for speed work and racing. I’ve been curious about these shoes since they came out last year and I was anxious to give them a try. Basically, if there is a gadget or new piece of technology, I probably want it. That and the fact that I’m a Nike lover put me square in the target market for these.
My first impression of them is that they are really, really bright. They also didn’t look very cushioned and felt really different on my feet. My feet are prone to slight overpronation– but very slight. I can get away with a minimal stability or even, at times, neutral shoe. I prefer lots of support for long runs and a lighter shoe for other workouts. During easy runs I don’t really care. As for their wacky look… I’ve gotten used to it. They’re funky, but whatever. It’s running shoes, I’m not wearing them to prom.
I’ve run in these on and off for 3 weeks now, including a race. The bottom line is that I really, really like these shoes.
Initially the forefoot felt really stiff and I was creeped out that I could feel the road more than in my traditional running shoes. But the more that I run in them, the more I realize it’s an advantage– I’m more able to sense where I’m putting my foot during the strike and I feel like they’re helping to propel me forward rather than straight up.
I’ve also had trouble with my left arch and 2nd toe (the one next to the big guy) for almost a year now. I’ve tried a few different shoes, but since I’ve been running in these I’ve noticed a sharp decrease in pain in those areas. The forefoot has a LOT of room which I think is helping. I think my toes were banging against the end of previous shoes and in the Lunarglides I feel like I’m really pushing through my full foot.
The shoe is very, very light– something I look for in a race and speed work shoe. Does 2 ounces make a difference at the level I’m running? No. Does it feel cool? Yes.
If I had any complaint it’s that my heel slips out a little bit and I have to be very, very diligent how I tie them. This is a problem in almost every shoe (save for my Sauconys) and not a huge deal. The lunar foam (and you should go to Nike’s website to read more about the technology behind the shoes because I won’t do them justice) takes some getting used to but I absolutely feel it gives me the support and cushioning I need. Apparently the shaft of the shoe will change with the amount of support you need. I don’t know how the shoe “knows” it, but I also know that Nike has a small army of R&D guys and they’re probably not lying. Exaggerating? Probably. Lying? Not likely.
I’m still going to wear my Sauconys for long runs and probably easy runs because I really love those shoes and know I’ll be injury free in them, but I really like these, too. I have a pair of Saucony racing flats that I like, but I actually prefer the Lunarglides now.
If you’re looking for a lightweight, super bright (kidding, not all of them are super bright. just most), fairly stable shoe I’d say give it a shot.