Review: Nike LunarGlide 8

The LunarGlide has been a popular model for Nike since its release: relatively inexpensive and with a tinge more support than their other intro-level shoe, the Pegasus. Taking cues from the well-received LunarEpic, released earlier this year, the LunarGlide 8 is the softest and most stylish model yet.

The first thing you’ll notice is the look of the shoe. It’s pretty simple, pretty clean. It doesn’t look like there’s a ton of thought put into it, quite frankly. It brings to mind the casual fashionability of the Roshe, in fact. The shoe’s technology is much different, however.

Like the LunarEpic, the LunarGlide 8 has laser sipped grooves in the outsole for more natural shock absorption and multidirectional traction. The medial heel lacks these cuts, however, to be stiffer and provide stability. The midsole also has very slight additional material along the arch to give more support to pronators.

The medial heel lacks grooves to provide support.

“Comfort is king” seems to be the logline for this iteration. Underfoot, its pillowy soft and the upper is rather plush. There wasn’t too much sinking when in motion, though, which is good. It almost felt like an Adidas Boost shoe.

The collar has a lot of cushion.

The downside is that the shoe is rather narrow, even as Nike models seem to have been widening out, and the laces are rather short if you’re using the last eyelet. Also, it just doesn’t have that responsiveness that the Zoom line has.

A narrow toebox and short initial laces are drawbacks to the shoe.

I would say the 8 will appease most fans of the LunarGlide’s ancestors. It’s a little soft, but very comfy and still feels super light. This would also be a shoe to check out if you really wanted to like the Free RN Distance, but found it to be too claustrophobic or not cushy enough.

Verdict: Not bad

Nike Mens LunarGlide 8 Running Shoe Black/Multi-Color-Deep Royal Blue 11

Nike Women’s Lunarglide 8 Blue Glow/White/Rcr Blue/Hypr Turq Running Shoe 8 Women US

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