Nike Lunar Trainer Shoe Review

Here's a review of the Nike Lunar Trainer's, they are not a barefoot or minimalist Running shoe but are very popular and a lot of people are asking about them. I understand everyone won't ware minimalist shoes so I like to help those who don't swell.

The following is what Nike wants to tell us about the Nike Lunar Trainer.

The Nike LunarTrainer+ Men's Running Shoe is ideal for the runner with a neutral to mildly overpronated gait. The LunarTrainer delivers plush cushioning, springy response, barely-there comfort and mild pronation control. Mesh upper with internal bands for lightweight breathability, comfort and a snug, secure, locked-down fit.
Reflective elements for enhanced visibility in low-light conditions Internal heel counter with external overlay wraps the medial side for a snug heel fit and extra support.

OrthoLite sockliner molds to your foot's shape for a custom fit, comfort and support LunarLite cushioning for soft yet responsive shock absorption Phylite carrier bonded to LunarLite foam for smoother transition at heel strike and to moderate pronation Molded sipes along the carrier's base for enhanced flexibility and a more neutral, efficient stride Outsole Waffle Pistons for increased cushioning and response Rubber in high-wear areas for durability and traction Nike+ readyWeight: 9.1 ounces.


With countless training shoes in the market, the Nike Lunar Trainer is an attempt to give a different look and feel for runners and athletes out there.

It surely didn't fail in design department. I've had people commenting they looked 'nice.' With such a radical sole design, I thought "What was Nike thinking?" It had a few jagged lines horizontally sidelining the base of the shoe. While it does give the impression of space walking, it certainly kept me wondering on the functionality of it.

If your used to minimalist shoes you'd find the Lunar's large sole a little hard to get used to. Personally, I am not a fan of too much cushioning and support in running shoes. Too many running shoes focused too much on giving the 'running on pillow' feeling, that they lost focus on making the shoes light and responsive enough for natural running gait.

The Nike Lunar Trainer, build with very light materials, managed to keep the pair light, so that helps with the larger sole.

Nike states that after your run your legs shouldn't be exhausted, Nike claims this is due to the spread of pressure points which spreads out across the shoe, on each step. This would help greatly in cutting down the micro damage when running.

To understand how this works, you've got to dissect the shoe to see what is inside. Inside that fluorescent sole is actually the Lunar Lite foam core (white color). And this is the stuff that actually distributes the stress when running over a larger area.

It's 30% lighter than it's outer Phylon (fluorescent) core, which makes it ultra light.
"They feel good, real good. Very light, yet still provided plenty of cushion and support for long runs. A little less cushion than the Moto, less than the Vomero.

They are extremely responsive and the cushioning rebounds very quickly. Different than any other shoe I have tried. When walking around the house, they fell like marshmallows, but when you start running, they firm up and support your feet.

The Mesh upper fits tight to the foot (a good tight), and even though the top of the shoes touches my toe, It doesn't aggravate it.

Bottom line, it's pretty good. The light weight feeling when running was great, although it did feel like running in sandals because of the large sole. And it's a trainer shoe, so you could use it for other workouts in the gym as well. Should you get it? If you wanted some attention grabbing pair of trainers, then it's not a bad idea to get them.

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