The Nike #LunarEpic shoes make my ankle feel as if they are being hugged while running. Oh, what a great feeling!

It was a little overdue when Nike introduced the most innovative running shoe called the Lunar Epic, but they did it on March 3 after a lot of strategic planning because they knew when the perfect timing was. Nike always knows what it’s doing and how to stay ahead of their sport. And by the way they do it very well.

I had a test run in these Lunar Epic shoes during a synchronized global launch event on Thursday night and I can honestly say that they are like nothing you’ve seen before in running shoes. Hands down! The shoe introduces precision technologies that delivers an extremely tuned and balanced ride.

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Nike unveiled its newest shoe, a one-piece runner with an ankle collar that stretches well past the ankle to the outsole and it resembles a topographical map of hills, the Lunar Epic breaks into never seen before grounds.

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The test run I participated in was held at Nike Santa Monica (Lunar Epic LaunchPad) and it was there where I experienced the future of running—where after that day running will never feel the same with the Lunar Epic running shoes. I received a behind-the-scenes look at Nike’s latest running innovation, logged my first Lunar Epic miles along the Santa Monica oceanfront and pier, heard an in-depth discussion from Nike reps and received a special gift at the end.

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In a word I would summarize the entire evening in one word: EPIC.

As soon as I arrived to the event I was greeted like everyone else by the Nike pacers and was given a bracelet for the group that I would be running with, which was determined by our average mile running time. I am not the fastest runner, nor am I the slowest so I choose to run with the green group – mid range! I made the right choice.

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Then we were escorted upstairs to where we had our test shoes patiently waiting for us to be worn. I sat down and stepping into the Lunar Epic was easy and intuitive, almost like pulling a thick stretchy sock onto your foot. The hold on the foot is smooth – so smooth that I felt as if my ankle was soothingly being hugged and caressed. There was no binding, pressure or tight grabbing on the foot – it was just perfect.

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I got to walk around with them and it seriously felt as if I was barefoot. I did not feel the shoes and maybe because they were so comfortable and light too.

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We then heard from Nike Coach on the shoe’s technology, DNA, performance, strategy and preparation for launching the shoe.

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After that we were set to go on our 5k run in the dark and lovely oceanfront view of Santa Monica. We tested the shoe on sand, concrete, brutal stairs and even on the pier and it always felt as if we were running barefoot. It’s the feel that the Lunar Epic shoes will give you.

To mention a little more about how the shoe fits is that the laces tied into embedded “flywire” cables around the midfoot. The shoes also worked fine if I tied the laces loosely and simply slip the shoe on and off without tying, which is how I wore them on the run.

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Throughout my run I noticed that the overall ride is highly cushioned and comfortable, the hallmarks of “Run Easy” shoes make themselves very apparent. Since the 5k trail was specifically chosen so that we would test the shoe in difference surfaces I was able to tell that it provided a holistic experience. The holistic experience impressed me very much and it was honestly very hard to give the shoes back. Very sad!

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After our run we made our way back to Nike Santa Monica for some group pictures, water, snacks, talk about our experience and explore the shoe’s features some more.

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With so many Lunar Epic shoes on display I decided to get creative with my photography skills and snap some cool shots… I think! Lol

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On our return back to Nike I also learned that the sole is a soft “Lunarlon” foam that is surrounded by a firmer, resilient layer that serves double duty with more stability on the base and the outsole.

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As we were getting ready to leave a surprise waited for us at the entrance and guess what they were?

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We were given some brand new Lunar Epic shoes for us to enjoy our next running adventure in Los Angeles. WOW, this was very unexpected and unbelievable. I was sad when I handed in the shoes I tested, but I never imagined we would be given a brand new pair of these cushioned and epic shoes.

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The Lunar Epic shoes are now available at retail stores and Nike online. If you are a runner these are a must-have in your collection. Don’t miss out on the light, comfortable and perfect pieces of art.

You can find them in four main colorways: University Red, University Blue and Voltage Green, Hyper Orange, and Yellow Strike.

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Will you be purchasing a pair for yourself or why not buy a pair for that special someone?

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