With the lead up to Rio for the 2016 Olympics revving up, major sports brands and labels are on the race to release their new innovations to be at the top position within the industry. ALT/s Sash hits the ground running to trial Nike’s newest release, the Flyknit Lunar Epic.
Anyone who knows me well, is also well aware of my complete dire thoughts when it comes to running. Cue violins.
Don’t get me wrong; back in the day, I used to be your standard cardio-bunny and would easily spend an hour or more on the treadmill. I would bounce out of bed at the thought of getting a good 10km pace out before work. Yet now in my, as what could be considered as ‘cardi-no’ mindset when it comes to training and fitness, running for me is technically a chore: I’m apprehensive to complete it and when I do, I’m usually tracking the remaining time-length until I finish, rather than the distance completed. Yet here I am, post-run, even after an hour since finishing (read: recovering), sitting and wearing Nike’s most recent launch and release – the Flyknit Lunar Epic. Yes, a running shoe.
Despite all of my standard apprehension and procrastination to get going and give my new wheels a spin, once I did, it was like the scene out of Forrest Gump: Run, Sash, Run. And believe me, you’ll want to run and not walk, to try these.
Nike’s Lunar Epic is exactly that; epic – almost a genius collaboration between innovation, aesthetics and function – all woven (literally) together within the new ankle-height sock design and fit.
The newest addition to the Flyknit family embodies said woven high ankle-support collar, providing sock-like structural support and fit, from above the ankle, down to the toes. Without being constrictive in any way, the sock-collar helps control stability and movement within the shoe itself.
As with all Flyknits, the upper and body of the shoe is made from woven fabric. Initially hesitant with the thought of this being flimsy and having a lack of support, this faded instantly upon foot-to-pavement. The flywire-cables – or locked-in lacing, for those of us with the lesser-knowledge of running lingo – allows for stability; holding the upper and midfoot in place. The overall form stretches and moves with the foot with breathability; almost like a second skin.
There’s also the perk of the reduced irritating risk of your laces unravelling. My anti-cardio thoughts are lessening, as I type.
The most appealing feature of these new kicks is the cushioned and contoured membrane-pod-like sole, which reflect the pressure points of the foot. Being additionally contoured to your foot, the fit is a match-made in heaven – speaking of being heavenly; the soles feel as light as a cloud.
With its topographical pattern, the foam-base allows for lighter movement yet still maintains impact on the ground. Compression on the sole from the pods allow for stability when pushing off.
This is footwear that actually works with your foot – it even made me want to keep going; to keep running – I know, right? What utter madness.
The Lunar Epic ticks (since it’s Nike, then ‘swooshes’) all the boxes and meets the essential requirements that a runner needs. In terms of aesthetics, it can be argued that there’s been a slight sacrifice in how the shoe visually looks; there is a clear resemblance of the socked-football Magista boot released by the brand in 2014 (read: they aren’t designed purely for fa-shun, darling). Yet given that the upper high-collar reflects that of a standard high-ankle sock, it isn’t technically an eyesore. The additional saving-grace for the new release are the numerous colourways available; there is also the option of iD available online for personal customisation.
In terms of performance and function, the Flyknit Lunar Epic are right on track, for the track – or treadmill, when it comes to us lesser-athletes.
As Marilyn Monroe said, “give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world’’; exactly how I feel post-run. And by that, I mean my weekly cardio challenges – well, minus the three flights of stairs I need to walk up at in the mornings at work.