by staff contributor Susannah Mazer (Marathon Sports)
Testing out a shoe that Shalane Flanagan has called her “ride of choice” and even her “dream shoe” is not a task that I take lightly. Needless to say, I had very high expectations for the LunarGlide 6. From my first step in store through two weeks of training runs, the LunarGlide 6 is without question the best LunarGlide yet. I thought the shoe had a nice, soft step-in feel yet I felt responsive and smooth while running thanks to the re-engineered Lunarlon foam.
Unlike many of its competitors, the LunarGlide 6 is not designed to counteract over pronation with a stiff medial post. Instead, it’s designed to correct inefficiencies using opposing wedges of foam in different densities that are essentially constructed like a ramp to guide the foot and ankle into alignment from the initial heel strike. The Dynamic Support platform thus provides a stable ride for runners who over pronate without the added bulk of a traditional medial post.
The upper has also been completely reconstructed to conform more naturally around the foot as it transitions through the gait cycle. The Dynamic Fit technology uses Flywire to wrap the midfoot while strategically placed perforations in the upper foam allow improved breathability, which is great for those mid-summer runs.
Also featuring a reconstructed outsole, the LunarGlide 6 is designed to map the pressure on the foot while running and allow for a more natural motion as the foot moves through the gait cycle and prepares to toe off.
For anyone looking for a stability shoe without too much bulk or an everyday trainer that’s soft and supportive enough to withstand some serious mileage, look no further than the LunarGlide 6.