Knit tennis shoes Adult
The premise is simple: they coupled their softest cushioning sole, the LunarFoam with their most comfortable and innovative upper, the FlyKnit.
I am not the right kind of runner for this shoe (I need more support) but as a shoe enthusiast and blogger (for the science!) I knew I had to own a pair. Nike did not do us the courtesy to send us a test pair so I shelled out the 170 euros of my own pocket. So be sure that I will take the price of the shoe into account.
Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ First Impression
The Flyknit Lunar1+ comes in a gazillion colors (8 to be precise) and they are NOT your typical running shoes colors. This shoe makes a statement. Actually the first color I tried on in-store was the black with white Swoosh – but that’s the wrong color for this shoe.
You want to be able to see that “Knit”. I picked a light blue+pink combo that is all but subtle.
Time to put them on my feet. I have worn probably 100 pairs of Nikes in my adult life from basketball shoes to tennis shoes, running shoes and sandals -> I have always been a size 11US. The Flyknit Lunar1+ felt uncomfortably narrow in size 11. Had to get a size 11.5 US and still then the toebox felt quite “snug”.
Mid to low arch like in most Nikes, an evolution of the Flywire made it so that I could leave the shoe a little loose in the front and quite tight towards the collar.
Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ Upper
The Flyknit upper takes some breaking-in. When you first put them on you’ll probably be unimpressed by the comfort. Completely overlay-free: yes. Sock-like: no. BUT HOLD ON! The more you wear them, the more the Flyknit becomes loose. And it becomes a dream.
After my first run (5k, treadmill) the upper started being looser, I decided to just keep them on as walking shoes to see if I could break them in further. I could.
After having been on my feet for two days, I never wanted to take them off. Good thing I can wear Sneakers at work.
I have them for a good couple of weeks now and I have run possibly 50km in them. The upper is so comfortable and lightweight I now want all my shoes to be Flyknit.
Downside: the shoe REALLY is sock-like. If it’s cold you’ll feel it, if you hit a puddle, your run is ruined. The shoe gets wet and stays so for a while.
Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ Sole Unit
I am not the target runner for this shoe. I over pronate and usually need way more support, especially for runs over 8 miles. This out of the way, the Sole unit of the Flyknir Lunar1+ is very smartly engineered.
At 11mm drop, the construction and the ride are quite traditional. The heel is very soft, pillow-like. The midfoot and forefoot though are very responsive. You can definitely feel the ground under the ball of your foot and the forefoot flexes well in both directions.
There’s a very little amount of hard rubber (to save weight I believe). The exposed foam parts – the white parts in the picture, to be clear – do wear out quite fast. In less than 50 km any ridges that were present are now gone. I will update this review as the miles pile up to comment on the durability.
Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ Opinion
Let’s get it out of the way. I think the Flyknit Lunar1+ is a fantastic shoe and there’s no question about it.
I love the upper – it has drawbacks such as the cold/rain issue, and a very slim tongue that although comfortable, does tend to slide towards the medial side of the shoe. Doesn’t bother me too much, but it’s not ideal either.
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