Nike continues to build on the support and stability of its Lunarglide series with Nike Lunarglide 7. With the slogan of “Impossibly Light. Incredibly Strong,” Nike states this shoe is designed to give runner support where they need it. The upper is made of mesh and Flyknit material, an especially strong yarn knit that was developed to eliminate excessive weight through the different textures. Other benefits are breathability and a contoured fit.
Runner who tend to over pronate while running may benefit from the shoe’s extra stability. The Dynamic Support platform, found in the midsole, was first introduced with Nike Lunarglide+ (2009), according to the Nike website. The platform is designed to adjust to the runners gait step-by-step and provide cushioning. Runners can vary in theirstep between neutral and over pronated depending of terrain and energy level so Nike Lunarglide 7 adjusts with them. The midsole is comprised of LunarLite foam within a firmer foam assembly. It also sports a rear foot wedge for stability for those that pronate.
Flywire provides strength and support via filaments running throughout the upper and attaching to the outsole. This helps the shoe hold the foot in place and provides support as needed. Flywire allows the shoe to be lighter without compromising performance.
Heel-to-toe drop for the men’s shoe is 11mm whereas the women’s is 10mm. An internal plush lining provides a bootie feelwith a seamless interior.
The Lunarglide 7 outsole experienced little change from the Nike Lunarglide 6 which added Lunarlon foam, a pressure mapped outsole and flex grooves. The Lunarlon foam extend the length of the shoe. Forefoot strikers, like with the Lunarglide 6, will notice the increased padding underfoot. In addition, although the heel and rear foot strikes may seem firm at first due to the midsole structure but the Lunarlon foam allows a smooth and consistentmovement.
Pressure mapping is a technology that studied a foot as it moves. Nike then provided padding and protection where it was actually needed. The flex grooves, which are gender specific, provide support while allowing the foot to move naturally.
According to reviews on Nike’s website, Nike Lunarglide 7 runs a little large and wide. Similarly, reviewers complained that the toe box was too snug. Yet almost all of them describe this Nike as comfortable with little to no break-in time needed. Several endorsed the the arch support and form fit. The shoe is made for men, women and children with color combinations that seem endless. Several reviews liked that they can find comfort and style in the same shoe. Many have owned several generations of this shoe and say the Lunarglide 7 is the best shoe yet in the series.