When you pick up a stability shoe, you expect it to have some weight to it, keeping with the notion that it takes a lot of extra shoe to keep an overpronating foot on track. But the times they are a changin', and running shoes have gone minimalist, across all categories. When I picked up the LunarEclipse+ Shield ($140) that Nike sent me to test out, I was pleasantly surprised by its lack of heft. One of my size eight shoes clocks in at around 9.8 ounces — light for a stability shoe.
The LunarEclipse has a bouncy feel. It's got cushion and spring. The sole is not overbuilt like previous generations of stability shoes, so I can feel the road under my feet, especially at push-off — I feel my big toe adding to my propulsion forward and I like it. The sole is flexible, which adds to the shoe's responsiveness. The stability of this shoe comes from what Nike calls dynamic support, a technology it developed for the Lunar series the company introduced a few years ago. Using strategically placed dense foam, the shoe limits excessive pronation without making the shoe too stiff.
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Looks-wise, which we all know is not supposed to be an important factor in selecting a "sole" mate, the Eclipse is an attractive shoe. The upper is simple and sleek. These shoes also have broad side panels of reflective fabric, adding to your visibility in low light conditions (but never assume a driver can see you running in the dark, even if your sneaks have 360-degree-visibility reflectivity). The shoes come Nike+ ready, too, if you're into that.
These kicks are designed to keep you feeling dry in wet conditions — hence the word "shield" in the shoe's name. The phrase "H2O repel" can even be found on the shoe's tongue. I've played a little soccer in wet grass and gone on a few damp runs wearing these sneaks, and my feet have stayed dry. Shoes with the Shield cost $10 more than regular LunarEclipse, but it can make rainy Winter runs much more comfy. The LunarEclipse felt supercomfy when I first slipped it on, and I look forward to logging more miles in these shoes.