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Nike LunarEpic Flyknit Running Shoes Review

Nike LunarEpic Flyknit First Impressions

Nike LunarEpic Flyknit

Updated 3/10/16

The Nike LunarEpic Flyknit will certainly turn heads. With its high-top bootie design, the running world hasn’t seen anything like these neutral, cushioned running shoes. Check out the full review on shoe hero.

The newest entry to Nike’s “Run Easy” category, the LunarEpic Flyknit shoes are meant for going long, running easy, or kicking it up with a progression run. In other words, this is a cushioned trainer designed with comfort in mind. The men’s size 10 weighs 8.3 oz and the women’s size 8 weighs 6.55 oz. Both have an 8.5 mm drop from heel to toe, with a retail price of $175.

I first tried the Nike LunarEpic Flyknit shoes, courtesy of Nike, during an interval workout with Nike trainers. I’ve since taken them on the road and trail. Here are my initial thoughts.

Nike LunarEpic Flyknit First Impressions

Testing the shoes, far left (Nike)

Nike LunarEpic Flyknit Design

If the Nike LunarEpic Flyknit embodies one buzzword, it’s “sensation.” Inspired by Nike soccer boots that earned great feedback from players, Nike Running’s design team set out to create a shoe the evoked a similar sensation. Namely, a sense of seamlessness from toe to ankle. Where does your body end and your shoe begin? The Nike LunarEpic Flyknit wants to erase that transition. Nike calls it a “virtually vanishing fit.” Is it? Yes and no.

Nike LunarEpic Flyknit First Impressions

Shoe or bootie?

Upper

The shoe’s upper is a single-piece of Nike Flyknit, featuring the material’s signature support, with a closer fit at the forefoot, arch, and heel, plus FlyWire cables to cinch the fit midfoot. The ankle collar, sewn more elastic than the boot, exists to anchor the shoe to your leg. The cuff might also eliminate some pressure points around the heel.

The laces? They may seem redundant, but actually help to perfect the fit, a Nike designer said at the shoe’s New York City launch I attended.

Nike LunarEpic Flyknit First Impressions

Rear view

Midsole

This is a glue-free shoe. Instead, Nike used heat to fuse the Lunarlon foam to the platform, thereby eliminating some weight and hardness. The platform itself is contoured, not flat, with laser-cut grooves on the side for flexibility. They collapse when you land, cushioning each foot strike.

Nike LunarEpic Flyknit First Impressions

Outsole

Outsole

The Lunarlon foam outsole is completely rubber-free, with laser-cut pads placed at high-pressure points. Each pad moves independently, depending on how your foot falls. How precisely? You can actually feather the grooves with your fingertips. Combined with the foam of the midsole, the outsole pads help make the ride smooth and soft.

Nike LunarEpic Flyknit First Impressions

Liking them so far (Nike)

Nike LunarEpic Flyknit Feel

I’ll start with this. I’m a huge fan of Nike Flyknit. I wore my Nike Flyknit Lunar 2 shoes ragged and Nike Free 4.0 are one of my go-to pairs.

At first look, these might be my favorite Nike shoes I’ve tried in the last two years, and I’ve worn the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32, Nike LunarTempo, Nike Flyknit Lunar 2, and two iterations each of Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit and Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit.

Nike LunarEpic Flyknit Review

Post-workout debrief (Nike)

Fit

This is a shoe you really need to try for yourself, simply because it is so different from anything you’ve put on your feet before. Certainly, some runners will hate the high ankle collar. Like the first iteration of the Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit, some folks will find it too tight or too constricting. Thankfully, Nike.com offers a 30-day trial period, during which you can return worn shoes, “dirt and all.”

I actually like the fit and the feel and the ankle bootie. If you surf or do triathlons, the ankle collar is more comfortable than the ankle strap of surf board leash, a triathlon timing chip band, or even a wetsuit cuff. When you first slip the shoes on your feet, the collar feels a little strange. But it’s incredibly stretchy and elastic. Once I got moving, I didn’t notice it all. I was too focused on the workout. Read the rest of this entry →

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03 2016

Cinderella & Goofy Inspire New Balance Disney Shoes

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The New Balance 890v4 Disney shoes for women will feature Cinderella.

UPDATE Jan. 2, 2014: Click for full photos of the 2014 New Balance run Disney shoes

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New Balance and runDisney announced today that they’re rolling out another edition of the popular Disney shoes, this time with new characters and a new shoe style. Cinderella and Goofy will adorn the 890v4 for women and men respectively, a neutral cushioning running shoe.

They’d teased the new shoes at the 2013 Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, which I attended as press courtesy of New Balance and runDisney. But only now revealed just what they’ll be.

Different New Balance Shoe Type
Disney shoes, New Balance

The current New Balance women’s 890v4.

The current shoe in the runDisney and New Balance line of running shoes is the 860v4, a traditional stability shoe for overpronators. The men’s shoe weighs 10.9 oz and the women’s shoe weighs 8.9 oz.

Whereas, the 890v4 weighs just 8.5 oz for men and 6.64 oz for women.

Now, with a lightweight neutral shoe in the line, more types of runners can race with Disney characters on their feet.

“It’s really for somebody who wants a faster experience in a shoe, in a neutral cushioning shoe,” said Byran Gothie, senior product manager for New Balance, in a video announcing the product. “Not necessarily a fast runner, but somebody who is just looking for a lighter weight, premium cushioning experience and just wants that go-fast experience.” Read the rest of this entry →

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12 2013

Sorcerer Mickey and Pink Polka Dot Minnie Inspire 2014 New Balance Disney Shoes

New Balance Disney, Disney Running Shoes

The heel of the new runDisney and New Balance shoe.

UPDATE 1/2/13: Photos of the full New Balance Disney shoes are here. Check it out:

2014 runDisney New Balance Shoes Are Here!

UPDATE 12/9/13: New Balance and runDisney just announced they’re launching another style of shoe starring Cinderella and Goofy. Check it out:

Cinderella & Goofy Inspire New Balance Disney Shoes

At the 2013 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon, which I attended on a press trip sponsored by New Balance and runDisney, the two companies announced they were creating another New Balance Disney running shoe for 2014. Now they’ve revealed just which characters they used for inspiration: Sorcerer Mickey for men and Minnie’s pink and white polka dress for women. Plus, they’re creating the shoes in kids sizes too.

New Balance Disney, Disney Running Shoes

Minnie adorns the heel of the women’s shoe.

The New Balance Disney running shoes will only be available at runDisney race expos in 2014. And don’t worry. This time, there should be plenty of shoes to go around.

“My goal is to not run out of them,” said Josh Rowe with a laugh. The Senior Marketing Manager for New Balance performance sports spoke about the shoes at a press event at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex during the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon weekend. Read the rest of this entry →

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11 2013

Running News: Garmin, Duck Dynasty, runDisney, MCM

In addition to this blog, I write a column at The Washington Times Communities, also called “Run, Karla, Run!” The articles there are completely different than my posts here. The column is more focused on running news, with travel and features too.

So here’s a quick look at the last few running news articles that appeared on my column:

Garmin Forerunner 620, Garmin Foreruner 220, GPS watch

Forerunner 620 and 220 (Photo: Garmin)

Garmin Debuts Two New Forerunner Watches

Garmin today announced the debut of the new Forerunner 620 and 220 GPS watches meant to help runners train to their bodies’ potential.

The Forerunner 620 will estimate a runner’s VO2 maximum, predict race finish times, dish on running form, and offer advice about when to take recovery days based on heart rate data when paired with a heart-rate monitor.

Perhaps the most exciting new feature is the 620 watch’s ability to estimate VO2 max, a rate that measures just how much oxygen an athlete can take in during a workout.

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09 2013

Nike Running Shoes USATF Men’s Air Pegasus 92 QS

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Cinderella makes a dog bed out of my running shoes.

Running shoes? I’ve got plenty. This “dog bed” of running shoes merely skims the surface.

Here’s another pair of Nike running shoes that caught my eye.

Nike USATF Men's Air Pegasus, running shoes

Nike USATF Men’s Air Pegasus 92 QS

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08 2013

New Balance, Disney Launch runDisney Shoes

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The New Balance women’s runDisney shoe, inspired by Minnie Mouse. (Photo: runDisney)

UPDATE 1/2/13: Check out the 2014 New Balance runDisney shoes including Cinderella, Goofy, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse models

Co-branding shoes might be the hottest emerging trend in running apparel. In the past year alone, Nike launched USA Track & Field co-branded Air Pegasus+ 29 as the official shoe of the U.S. Olympic Trials, and K-Swiss released Stand Up to Cancer co-branded Kwicky Blade-Light shoes as part of their charitable alliance. Now New Balance and Disney are getting in on the act.

New Balance runDisney Shoes

New Balance and runDisney, Disney’s sports branch that organizes running races at Disney parks in Florida and California, released today limited edition runDisney 860v3 running shoes that evoke Disney’s most iconic characters—Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Minnie’s classic red and white polka dot dress inspired the design for the women’s shoe and Mickey’s black tuxedo look inspired the men’s shoe.

I had a chance to chat with New Balance’s marketing manager, Josh Rowe, before the Walt Disney World Marathon Heath & Fitness Expo this morning and see the new Disney shoes in person. Read the rest of this entry →

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01 2013

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