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The new Nike Flyknit LunarEpic has been hailed as the future of running shoes, and with good reason. Launched in early March, the shoe has caused quite a stir in the market, with many singing its praise for the way it fits and its performance on and off the track.
Although new to the running shoe market, Nike’s Flyknit LunarEpic has been in design mode for some time as the company set out to build a shoe with what is referred to as a “vanishing fit.” In fact, the Nike design team is said to have been looking into creating a revolutionary shoe that fit like a glove, 18 months prior to the arrival of the LunarEpic. In addition to combining several of the company’s groundbreaking technologies, the shoe was also modeled off their successful Magista football boot.
The sock-like upper of the shoe was paired with Nike’s Flywire knitted footwear tech and superior cushioning materials to create a shoe that fits like no other. In a short time since its release, the LunarEpic has quickly gained a following among sport fanatics and runners in general.
Let’s take a look at some of the features many have been raving about.
To say the LunarEpic is eye-catching is an understatement. The shoe is designed to provide a seamless connection between the feet and the ground, offering unmatched comfort, traction and stability. The fluidity of the ride offered by the sneaker starts from the hardy outsole, which consists of circular, laser-cut pods, and extends into the Lunarlorn foam midsole. The cushiony midsole is made up of two different types of foam for enhanced flexibility, and also features contractible laser cuts along the sides.
The Flyknit upper is fused to the base by way of heat, rather than glue, continuing the seamless, streamlined design, and the upper culminates in a mid-top sock collar, which wraps the ankles. Additionally, the Flyknit material promotes comfort and unrestrained movement due to Flywire reinforcements and varying density stitches that offer extra support to areas of the feet, such as the arches, heels and forefoot.
In essence, the lightweight, breathable design of the Nike Flyknit LunarEpic is intended to make the wearer feel as if a shoe is not being worn. The innovative kick accomplishes this, not just as a result of the snug fit it offers that locks the feet in place as you run but also because it only weighs 8.3 ounces.
There are many high points presented by the masterpiece in innovation that is the Nike Flyknit LunarEpic. They include:
- Seamless comfort that expands to match the shape and size of your foot as you run.
- A flexible construction that moves the way how your feet does, whether you’re just jogging or making fast moves.
- Excellent traction on wet and cold surfaces despite a less than rigid, non-rubber outsole.
- A lightweight, snug fit that keeps the feet locked in and secure while promoting breathability.
The Nike Flyknit LunarEpic is not without its shortfalls despite its impact in the market. Features that have been singled out include:
- The possibility for pebbles to get caught in the grooves of the outsole.
- Slight abrasion on the heels and ankles if the fit is not snug enough; one reviewer suggested getting a half-size smaller than usual for the snuggest fit, which eliminates that problem.
Nike’s Flyknit LunarEpic is available in a number of colorways, so you are sure to find something that matches your style.