As I wrote when I reported on my experience at NikeTown London, designing the limited edition Ransacker Nike LunarGlide 2, before the process started I was sceptical when it came to the value of being able to design a running shoe. However by the end, in spite of my terrible indecision when it came to the colours that would go together, I had been won over to the concept of being able to combine different elements to create the ultimate running shoe.
Shoe under review: Nike LunarGlide+ 2 Running Shoes
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Describe yourself: Obsessional runner & blogger
Size: Men’s 8
Sizing: Feels true to size
Width: Feels true to width
Arch type: Average Arch
It should be noted that currently the options available are fairly limited and aside from selecting the insole for the shoe, all other options were cosmetic but if Nike continues to add variations then I will become a big fan. So I must confess that I was very excited opening the box when the Nike LunarGlide 2 arrived and I was looking forward to taking my bright red shoes for a run.
My first impression of the Nike LunarGlide 2is that it is very well cushioned. I tend to run in rather minimal running shoes – usually the Nike Marathoner or ASICS Tarther, with the ASICS Speedstar being about as cushioned as it gets for me. But I was very pleasantly surprised by the Nike LunarGlide 2. There was certainly a lot more under my feet than I am used to, but the Nike LunarGlide 2 wasn’t heavy and I felt fully engaged with the ground I was running over. The shoe was a great fit, with a roomy toe-box and a close fit around the heel which meant that I was comfortable on a recovery run (where the plush cushioning only served to increase the relaxed feel of that session) and the shoe gave me plenty of support with no heel-slip on a rather more speedy session.
The only negative I can think of (apart from the crazy colour, but then that is my fault) is something that I think is common to most well-cushioned shoes – that the toe-off is a little unresponsive. But then again I am no Usain Bolt and I would really be splitting hairs if I were to site the fact that the shoe has a thicker mid-sole and forefoot than I am used to, as a negative.
For me the Nike LunarGlide 2 is going to be the shoe I use for my easy and recovery runs where the high level of comfort is a blessing and I am running at a pace where from time to time I can glance into a shop window and marvel at the Ransacker LunarGlide 2 with its ‘exciting’ colour way! As I run more I will update this post and would relish any feedback from others already using this model.