We criticized, and Nike answered. Nix the Hyperfuse that the previous Nike Lunar Forces sported. Then do away with the sock-like inner boot on them. And finally, lose the accordion look on the midsole. What’s left are the Ric Flair levels of fly Nike Lunar Force 1 ’14.
Not that I hated the previous Lunar pairs, but anytime a hybrid shoe takes from a classic design, I prefer for the finished product to look as close to the original as possible. Especially since I like the tongue loose on my Forces. No Frankenstein monstrosities here though. Overall durability might take a hit since Nike is using the AF1 leather now, but at least the Lunarlon midsole is scaled back some to let the entire shoe flourish on its own. I think the folks designing this year’s shoe realize that Lunarlon cushioning beats the initial Lunarlon design ridges, and I appreciate that because those ridges are also a bitch to keep clean.
Between these and the job Nike did on the Air Max Lunar 1s, I can’t wait to see what classic gets the Lunar treatment next.
The Nike Lunar Force 1 ’14 releases July 5th for $110.