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My old New Balance running shoes were getting a little ragged, so I decided to get some new running shoes for Christmas. I was reading a copy of men's health magazine and came across the Nike Lunarglide +4 shield shoes in a best buy section. Listed in men's health magazine at an RRP of £94.99 they were priced a bit high and were more than I wanted to spend.
I did a google search and the cheapest I could find the shoes at was £64.99 on the website www.sportsshoes.com. I trusted the review in mens health magazine regarding the shoes performance and whenever I have had Nike products in the past they have always been worth the money. I ordered a pair of size 9's and waited for them to arrive. From doing a product search before writing this review it now seems that you can get these running shoes at way below the RRP on a number of different websites and not just the one I mentioned earlier.
My shoes arrived and on first impressions I was impressed. They really did look the part. Coloured black and luminous green they looked professional and worth every penny and I was really pleased at the time to have bought them at the price that I did.
Another bonus of these shoes suited runners that's feet are overpronators . In other words this running shoe supports the arch of my feet. My new balance never seemed to offer my feet the same support and I was always prone to slight niggling injuries so it was good to get the support I needed and I would hope it would make a difference with injuries. On sportsshoes.com it explains how to check what kind of foot you have and after you find out you can click on the specific section that tells you which shoes are suitable for you. I thought it was a brilliant way to help amateur runners such as myself. I have also noticed this at Decathlon sports shops where running shoes are set out in different sections according to your foot type.
The support in the shoe is supplied by Nikes very own flywire technology. Fly wire is a series of thin nylon fibres placed in the upper of the shoe where your foot needs the most support. By placing the fibres in strategic positions it means that there is less material used for structure and this benefits the runner by making the shoes lighter, 275g to be exact. The main support is around the ankle and the heel of the foot. In theory it reduces the chances of your heel slipping in the shoe whilst running preventing blisters. The whole of the shoe is well cushioned providing good protection to your feet.
The mesh upper at the front of the shoe is a 'reflective weather protection'. Firstly the mesh is waterproof but the most interesting feature is that underneath the mesh there is a reflective material. If you are out at night this material reflects light making you more visible. The soles of the shoe are already day-glo yellow and green but the more visible you are, the safer you are so I thought it was a very good feature.
The sole of the shoe provides 'dynamic support' and 'lunarlon'. Both are designed to offer a strong shoe with a soft cushioned sole to make your run as comfortable as it can be. These both incorporate the flywire technology.
THE ACID TEST.
The first time I wore the shoes I did a gentle 5km run just to wear them in. I was quite impressed. Very comfortable and fitted well. Around the heel and ankle the shoe is very well cushioned and as described earlier the shoes did feel very lightweight compared to other shoes I have had in the past. The next couple of runs were the same, short and sharp and the shoes performed well each time with no sign of any injuries recurring.
Usually on a Sunday morning I will go out running with my friend and we just go where we want with no real plan in mind. This is where my trainers would be truly tested. My first Sunday run it was cold and wet. We find ourselves doing some cross country running through farmland. On this particular day the ground was very soggy. The shoes did me proud. Covered in mud and water my feet stayed dry. Not completely but nowhere near as bad as they should have been.
The only problems I got was when we got around 13km into the run. My right foot felt like it was getting a blister. Not at the heel of my foot the flywire technology seemed to be doing its job. My heel didn't feel like it was slipping or moving at all and was indeed very comfortable. It was the front of my foot just below my big toe. My foot seemed to be burning and the skin felt like it was splitting due to the shoe slipping about at the front.
I got home soaked my feet and hoped I would be okay the next time I went out but when I tried to wear them for my next run the shoes seemed a lot looser than before and I had the same problem.
It must have taken the longer run to wear the shoes in properly and now my foot felt really narrow when I put them on and I just didn't feel comfortable doing any great distance in them.
I have since rectified the problem by using gel in-soles when I go running and haven't had any problems with blisters. The trainers now feel like they are more suited to a wider foot and it is a bit of a pain sometimes getting them on without the in-soles slipping and feeling uncomfortable.
For now it is a problem I am willing to put up with because the shoes do offer excellent protection to my feet and even my ankles. I have rolled my ankle a couple of times but the support around that area does seem to stop you going completely over and doing yourself serious damage. They do keep the water out and they are very comfortable in the right areas.
At what seems to be the current price of around £65 I would say they have been a good purchase but I'm glad I didn't pay more. The shoes do everything they should and apart from being a little wide for my feet they are an excellent shoe to run in.
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