A few weeks ago, I woke up to a mysterious DM on Twitter from @NikeRunning saying that I had a surprise waiting for me. When I emailed them asking if the message was spam, they laughed and said that I was selected to get a pair of the new Flyknit Lunar1+.
The Flyknit Lunar1+s have an awesome new design—the upper is all one piece, knit out of string. They don’t have any seams or plastic, making it less likely for you to get a blister or hotspot. They also won the Editor’s Choice Award for spring shoes in Runner’s World. These babies are legit!
I’ve always been a big fan of Nike. Clothing, advertising, social media, I am 100% on board with everything they do—except for their shoes. For some reason, Nike shoes and I don’t get along very well. Something about their width just has never felt right. So I figured if the same thing was true for my new Flyknits, then I could at least wear them as a cute recreational shoe.
When the shoes were delivered on Thursday, I was so excited that I dropped everything to try them out. After Zack convinced me to change out of my work clothes first, we took the shoes out for a test drive around the neighborhood. My initial reaction was, “WOW these are light!” I have never paid much attention to the weight of my running shoes, but the Flyknits weighing in at 6.6oz feel pretty amazing. I liken them to a great massage—the lack of feeling is what I love the most. After a massage I feel so light, relaxed, and free of pain. It’s the same with the Flyknits: no rubbing, no discomfort, no weight.
I’m in love with the colors too—perfect for spring! Don’t neon pink and green just scream “speed?”
I’ve worn them now for almost 20 miles, and they still feel great. The tighter-knit toebox makes them feel much different to me than any other Nike shoe I’ve tried, which makes me think that I can add them into my weekly shoe rotation. I can feel the difference support-wise when running over 5 miles in that my feet feel a bit more tired, but I expect that to ease up the more I run in them. My only complaint is that the back of the shoe is lower than on all of my other shoes, so a hot spot I had from my high heels quickly turned into a bloody mess during this morning’s long run.
I’ll be curious to see how they wear over time and if my heel will adjust to the back of the shoe, but I’m a big fan of my Flyknits. Speedwork for the NJ Marathon, here I come!