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This week I was able to get a great deal on pair of Nike Lunar Skyelux in navy blue and got the chance to review its features. This running shoe came out just in time for the summer of 2016 and was marketed as the latest version in Nike’s famous Lunarlon family. The sneaker quickly became a favorite among runners as a lightweight, cushiony trainer, but also gained popularity with sneaker lovers seeking a cool-looking, casual shoe.

Nike’s Lunarlon technology has held my interest since it was first launched, so we were naturally drawn to the Nike Lunar Skyelux running shoe. Another thing that attracted us was the fact that it came in at only $100. Reacting to promotions put on by retailers, including Nike, we decided the time was right to see what the hype was all about.

First things first, from the large array of colorways to choose from, but I decided to with the navy blue version. Trying it on, the plushness of the sole was instantly noticeable and I quickly understood why so many reviewers had praised it on comfort. In addition, it fit snugly to my feet, which are a bit on the wider side. It has performed quite well in different conditions and feels super soft, but firm enough with each stride.

Upper

The upper of the Nike Lunar Skyelux is made to provide a high level of breathability and a snug fit. It consists of a smooth, engineered mesh, along with a plush collar and tongue. All this is held together with Nike’s Flywire technology, which coordinates the lacing to provide a glove-like fit and flexibility.

In the short time since getting the Lunar Skyelux, I have put down over 10 miles on jogs, as well as spent some time in the gym and on casual walks, and it seems to have maintained its form. In fact, I find myself reaching for it over other trainers due to the skin-fit it provides in the upper and immense comfort underfoot. I hardly even wear socks with these and there is no issue with rubbing. One or two reviewers had mentioned slight squeezing/pinching at the collar, but I have yet to notice any such discomfort.

Sole Unit

Nike seems to have taken things up a notch in the design of the Lunar Skyelux running shoes, as far as the sole unit is concerned. It features a dual density foam midsole that conforms to the shape of your foot and seems to adjust to your every move. The thickness of the sole gets near to the maximum cushioning category and provides a nice, bouncy feel. Underneath all that are a number of engineered pods that are designed to enhance the shoes’ shock absorbance value and provide great traction. Having worn it on asphalt, dirt, concrete, and tile, it has remained comfortable and maintained stability.

Bottom Line

Built for comfort, the Nike Lunar Skyelux running shoe is recommended for runners who want the added cushioning without the weight. However, it has also gained a strong following among casual wearers, including myself. I can dress it down for any non-formal event just as easily as taking it into the gym.

The Lunar Skyelux is definitely another winner from Nike, but there are still a few kinks the brand may need to iron out. For one, there is an issue about the shoe’s width, although the complaints have been few and far apart. One or two other reviewers have also mentioned that it started coming apart after only a short time but my pair feels pretty sturdy so far with hardly any signs of wear.

Overall, I think most people will be satisfied with what the Nike Lunar Skyelux brings to the table. After only a year on the market, it’s left to be seen how the brand will continue to develop this new sneaker.

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