Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2

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In the annals of sports history, few companies will be recognized quite as easily as Nike.  The company’s moniker, which is derived from the Greek goddess of victory, has always been associated with greatness, specifically in the world of basketball but they’ve enjoyed a lot of success in the world of running as well.  Nike’s new version of the popular LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2 shoe makes a strong case for their continued dominance in the world of sports footwear.

 

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • The shoe is commonly referred to as a “sock with a sole”... great for people who love a snug fitted shoe - no tongue to be adjusted, no uncomfortable added fabric on the inside
  • Buyers loved the one piece upper - great support
  • Very lightweight and flexible
  • Flywire lacing connects directly to the midsole
Cons
  • Questionable lifespan
  • Lack of responsiveness/rebound
  • Flywire lacing has had some ripping issues (although Nike replaces them quickly within warranty)
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Positive
  • These shoes have relieved me of al the pain and calf cramping I get when I work all day on my feet. These have never caused any residual pain at all. These are very light and super comfortable. I am not really sure how they would attest to running but I have a more rugged shoe for that any way; walking, these are amazing. I did go up a half a size, it’s Nike.
  • Support, Check! Cushioning, Check! These are so great. I wore them out the box to the Boston Marathon And they gave me zero issues. They supported me the whole run in comfort and stability and I had a good amount of toe room. I recommend these shoes for sure!
  • I feel like these shoes have changed my life. I am a heavier set woman and pound my heels when I walk. These have taken it all. They are light and don't drag my ankles and they are super flexible. I wear them for work and the flyknit really feels like I am wearing slippers. I love the sole of these, it is right in the middle of soft and cushy, perfect really. The color isn't really what I thought it was going to be but that really doesn't matter to me.
  • I am a marathon enthusiast and am a huge fan of this shoe. It is supportive yet cushioned. The comfort is there through all my runs and I have never gotten any hot spots or blisters with all the running I do. They do pick up rubbish from time to time, which can be annoying but the comfort and design are worth the purchase.
  • I am loving the one piece design. I have had spinal surgery and I cannot bend well. These shoes are great for this because I can slip them on. These are just perfect shoes in my opinion.
  • I won’t try these on the elements because they just do not seem like they would last. However, I use them for all of my gym workout and treadmill included. They have proven to be a great indoor activity shoe and the support and comfort are like no other.
  • I love how lightweight and form fitting these are. I am able to bounce around on the court with no issues. They are way more durable than people have said in my opinion. I pound these shoes and they are still holding on strong.
  • If you can get through the week long break in with these shoes, the material loosens up and forms to your foot. They are so comfortable and light. THey really look great and can be second as a casual shoe. They are actually saller looking on your feet than you think I recommend buying them, they are worth the price.
  • These had a great tight fit to them and the ankle was where it should be and not as low as some that I have seen. They kep m foot in place and provide great support. I really enjoy the color too.
  • I thought these were tight when I first put them on but I waited it out and they have agically formed to my foot and it is great. The soles have some epic softness and cushioning. I couldn't be happier with this shoe.
  • The padding in the heel of these pushed your foot up a bit so I would get a larger size. Other than that, these are great. They are very light and the soes are some of the best I have ever had on my feet.
  • The padding in the heel of these pushed your foot up a bit so I would get a larger size. Other than that, these are great. They are very light and the soes are some of the best I have ever had on my feet.
  • These were not made to run in the rain AT ALL; they are like a big sponge. They are really great otherwise. They have super support and are very light. I am able to keep them on after I run and they have a great response to them when I am running. REally great shoe and I recommend them.
  • Super soft without taking away from the cushioning. They are really soft on the inside and really form to your feet the more that you wear them. I recommend these to people who have to be in a shoe for long periods, they are special.
  • I followed some reviews and gave myself some time with these. I was skeptical because they were really tight at first. Now, after 2 weeks, they are the best shoe I have owned. Seriously , they form to your foot, the flyknit. I wouldn't recommend for people with abnormally wide feet. They are comfortable and light and really responsive. Great shoe. Glad I listened to the reviews.
  • I usually am running half marathons and these shoes really hold up. They are fitting and light. They really are great for distance runs and the cushion is amazing.
  • I usually am running half marathons and these shoes really hold up. They are fitting and light. They really are great for distance runs and the cushion is amazing.
  • Other than these picking up rocks and debris, they are a great shoe. I didn't have to spend any time breaking them in and everytime I use them they get more comfortable. These are made for people who need arch support and ankle support. They are light and don't fatigue my legs when I run. They have drastically reduced my shin splinting. I run everyday and love that this shoe works with my style beautifully.
  • These shoes were love at first sight. They have such a sleek and wonderful profile. These hug your feet without making you feel claustrophobic in the toes. They are very responsive and bouncy and they really do have target support in the,, this was a pleasant surprize. I am so over the moon with these, i feel they were made for my foot, VIP status with these.
  • This shoe is an all over gem. THey hug my ankles and they sit perfect in the heel. THey are easy to put on and ft me to size in length and width. They are so comfortable to run in with all the cushion they offer. They have proven to be really durable, more than I expected. THey do make a squishy sound when I am walking on tile but its OK on other surfaces.
  • These are so dang comfy and they have a wonderful flexibility to them.
  • These shoes are motivation station. Seriously, when I see them I just have to run!. They have the stability for deadlifting and squatting and are great fro my runs. I like that the more I wear them that they seem to get more stretchy and fit to my foot. I want to live in these shoes. They get mad compliments on them. I am able to wear them casually too and still get that same comfort.
  • These are a runner’s dream shoe. Get a size or half size larger sas they run a it narrow. They do stretch great with ear if you want spend time really breaking them in. I suggest it really. They are really flexible and have great ankle support. These shoes really help me in my running and I just want to run all day!
Negative
  • Super horrible design here. I had trouble pulling them on and they were way too narrow, they really dug into the top of my feet. I liked the color.
  • Do not buy these shoes if you need arch support. Also, they really hurt the tops of my feet.
  • I am so unhappy with these. I had hem a while because I refused to let them go since I spent so much dang money on them. STRIKE ONE, PRICE. Secondly they have zero support in the ankles or on the sides of the shoe causing my ankles to roll and sprain.
  • After, I got these shoes I compared them to my kids cheap Champions and they are no different, literally the same shoe. The only difference was price. HUGE DIFFERENCE. I know by design that these are definitely going to pick up rocks and they are cheap material. They are super difficult to put on and when you tighten them they wrinkle and loosen easily. Very disappointed.
  • These shoes looked crazy n my feet. The shoe has a bulky, ugly look to them and I wa just not pleased.
  • These were too narrow even after going a size up. These shoes have also really created some debilitating pain in my legs and back. I have actually had to take a break from running to get a new shoe and to stop the pain. These shoes were not made for me.
  • I have other Flyknit style Nikes and I love them. These on the other hand, not impressed. I had difficulty getting them on my feet and I even ordered them larger than I normally do. These are ridiculously narrow and do not fit like any other flyknit I have tried. I returned them.
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Of the 700 reviews we found in total, 18% were negative, and 82% were positive.
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Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Similar to the previous generation of this shoe, the uppers are made out a knit fabric that is perforated in order to aid in the circulation of air when you run. Anybody that’s ever run in shoes with bad ventilation understands why this is such an important aspect of a shoe, and quite a few buyers have attributed their love of this shoe to the breathability of the knit upper.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

Nike’s gone through great pains to promote their Lunarlon soles. Besides the outsole, the midsole consists of two parts, the lightweight foam core which is designed to spread out the force of impact over the largest amount of area possible, and the “firmfoam” carrier, which supports the softer core so it it’ll spring back up into place. Again, reviews of the Flyknit 2 are mixed. Private buyers generally rave over the comfort of the sole, whereas professional sites tend to be a bit more critical of the overall lack of “spring”. Depending on what your preferences are this might be a positive, or a negative, but it’s worth noting that nobody was dreadfully upset with the soles.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper of the LunarEpic Flyknit 2 is the area that sets this shoe apart from others. For starters, this shoes is most often referred to as a sock with a sole, and for a very good reason. The one piece design of the upper eliminates a separate tongue, which effectively eliminates having to adjust, and readjust your shoes as you run or workout. Is this a necessity? Of course not. Is it a nice addition to an already admirable shoe? Absolutely, and other buyers feel the same way. In fact even the most scrutinous reviews I’ve encountered were singing praises for the comfort and nigh indestructibility of the uppers.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Coming in at an even 8.8 ounces per shoe, the Flyknit two is a respectably light shoe that competes with brands such as Merrell and Saucony. They might not be the lightest shoe on the market, but as long as you’re not specifically looking for a shoe in the 6-7 ounce range these ought to meet your needs. More than one buyer has referred to the shoes as feeling incredibly fast.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

There hasn’t been a whole heck of a lot of disagreement on this topic, the LunarEpic Flyknit 2 is frequently thought of as one of the most comfortable shoes currently on the market. Even reviewers who find issues in the soles rave about the overall comfort of this shoe and that is directly attributed to the aforementioned one piece design, and the flywire lacing system that connects directly to the midsole.

There have been one or two murmurings about people feeling like their ankles are predisposed to rolling in these shoes, but those reviews aren’t the majority.
Style
Style

Style

Style when it comes to this shoe is kind of a wash; either you’re going to love them, or hate them. Quite a few people have mentioned that they feel like these shoes are essentially meant to be worn as show pieces for not-so-serious runners, and taking a look at some of the color variations might give that argument some credence. If you’re looking at these shoes you have to keep one thing in mind: “Am I ok with the “sock” style shoe?”, and “is there a color palette I like?”. If the answer to both of those questions is yes, then style shouldn’t be an issue.
Durability
Durability

Durability

If you’re looking at Amazon based reviews of this shoe, you’re going to see some troubling issues claiming the shoe’s soles wear out entirely too quickly considering the toughness of the upper. While I’m not one to discount the experience of other people, further probing and investigation of the claims of a short life span defeated themselves by providing detailed accounts of use. As an average, most of the runners who had durability issues claimed to have run a minimum 300 miles in the shoes, and as well all know (or should know), you kind of have to look at replacing shoes around the 300 to 400 mile mark in the name of health. Shin splints are a nightmare people, do the right thing.

Most other reviews praise the overall durability of these shoes with one exception: the flywire lacing. There have been a few reports on various sites claiming that the flywire lacing ripped where it connects to the midsole. This might be troubling to some customers, but instances of the issue on Nike website have shown that Nike is completely willing to replace the defective shoes with no real hassle, so provided you do the right thing and contact the company there shouldn’t be too much of an issue here.
Protection
Protection

Protection

I’ve read reviews of earlier generations of this shoe that warn against wearing Flyknit shoes in areas where sharp objects are a concern. While I can’t say I’d ever suggest running in an area where a piercing threat is evident, besides brambles and thorns on trails, there’s no data to suggest that these shoes are as fragile as their predecessors. In fact on more than one occasion they’ve been referred to as indestructible, and while I’m sure that’s a bit of a reach, there’s no reason to doubt the toughness of this shoe.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

This seems to be the one area that gets the most mixed reviews, and while there are plenty of reviews by people who love the responsiveness of the Lunarlon soles, there are equally as many reviews by people (some of which are professional reviewers) who claim that the shoes have an almost dead feeling. So how does this affect the way most people felt they ran? Simply put, some reviewers felt that they had trouble with forward momentum with this shoe; it absorbs too much energy and it gives too little in return to acceptably propel you forward.
Support
Support

Support

All in all people seem to love this shoe for its support As a sock style shoe it grips your feet from the moment you lace it up, and it’s not going to loosen up until you pry the things off at the end of your workout. While it is a low cut shoe, the “neck” of the upper extends up just enough to offer reasonable ankle support. For those of you who don’t like a snug fitting shoe, you may want to look elsewhere.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

Despite its lightweight, the LunarEpic series of shoes are generally looked at as an all terrain shoe due to the construction of their soles and the durability of the knit uppers, but there is one thing you have to keep in mind when you buy any Nike shoe with Lunarlon soles: these things have an almost uncanny way of picking up pebbles and small rocks. This shouldn’t be a big deal; looking at the soles of your shoes and making sure their clean ought to be part of your pre-run routine anyway, but there will be people who don’t do this, and the pebbles and stones may bug them.
Price
Price

Price

As with any Nike product, the price is directly tied to the name of the company. 140.00 dollars, while not entirely out of the range of affordability, will definitely put some people off especially if they don’t like the style of the shoes. Considering the positive reviews, and the push towards technological innovation, it might be worth dropping the money on these if you’re looking for something new or liked the older versions.
Traction
Traction

Traction

Traction is arguably one of the most important elements of any shoe, because without that we’re literally just spinning our proverbial wheels. Reviews of the Flyknit 2 have generally been great in this area, but one needs to considered the previously mentioned issue with embedded pebbles, and stones in the sole of the shoe. All in all this shoe shouldn’t give you any issues in regards to traction, just make sure to take a look at your sole before your runs.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

For a shoe that’s so highly touted for its firm support, most buyers loved the overall flex of these shoes. The synthetic material of the uppers allow for plenty of movement and the midsoles, while contested, have a pretty good record of allowing at least a moderate level of responsiveness that’ll aid in the flex of the shoe.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The laser cut contours on the side of the shoe make a return, and continue to add a level of responsiveness to uneven terrain that is essential to preventing injury. Couple that with the firm grip provided by the Flyknit upper technology and you’ve got a shoe that provides just enough stability to prevent you from rolling your ankles while not feeling like their containing your foot. With that being said, there have been, and will be folks who’ll still think the Flyknit uppers are too snug, but that hasn’t been the overall response.
Drop
Drop

Drop

Just like the previous iteration of the Flyknit, this shoe features a 10mm drop, which might be an area of concern for those looking for burst, and speed. Just keep in mind that this is a very, very lightweight shoe, so the density of the drop shouldn’t affect overall speed that much.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

-Flyknit technology - Sock style fit and one piece upper aids in support as well as breathability
-The upper is made of a flexible, synthetic material
-Flywire lacing that connects to the midsole and integrates with the laces to give you a secure, locked-down fit
- 8.8 oz (Men’s size 10)
-Smooth transitions - Lunarlon cushioning is a combination of soft and firm foam that helps absorb impact and creates a smooth heel-to-toe transition.
-Lunarlon pads on the outsole provide cushioning in key areas of the lower sole
-Offset/drop of 10mm
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The bottom line on these shoes is that while there are some definite areas of concern for some runners, the overall impression left by the LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2’s is a positive one to say the least. Most people were impressed by the overall comfort of the shoe, as well as the general durability and that more than makes up for the potentially short lifespan, and the divisive issue over the responsiveness.