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The Nike Lunarglide 3 is a great shoe for runners needing moderate support who are looking for a soft ride. This shoe offers a newly designed upper that holds the midfoot snugly, creating a more secure fit and minimizing slippage. The external heel counter wraps the rearfoot and keeps the heel stable. This shoe works best as a mid to high mileage trainer.

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Weight:  10.6 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (29mm), Forefoot (20mm)

How It Fits (based on width D) Width D=Medium

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium
  • Midfoot: Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box height: Low
  • Arch Structure: Medium height

Product Lifecycle

  • Release date: January 2012
  • Model discontinued: Unknown
  • Heritage: LunarGlide+ 2



The LunarGlide 3 is a moderate featured, minimum support shoe designed for daily training and high mileage. It is built with a semi-curved shape.


  • Lunarlon cushioning system uses a soft, durable foam core held inside of a supportive foam carrier to give lightweight, responsive cushioning. 


  • Dynamic Support layers the Lunarlon foam core with the Phylon carrier to produce a denser medial midsole to help reduce over pronation.
  • Crash pad at the bottom of the heel is a decoupled, gender-specific unit that reduces impact shock and corrects over pronation.
  • Open mesh covering the upper provides great breathability.
  • Dynamic Fit uses a supportive inner sleeve that wraps under the arch and around the midfoot for increased arch support and an adaptive fit.
  • Microfiber Synthetic overlays in the forefoot wrap the upper around the foot for a snug fit.
  • Heel Counter wraps the rearfoot and keeps the heel stable in the shoe.
  • Dual Density sockliner is engineered for under foot support and cushioning.
  • Strobel Last with the upper stitched to full-length Phylon, for enhanced cushioning and a soft underfoot feel.
  • BRS 1000 carbon rubber provides durable traction.
  • Environmentally Preferred Rubber located in the forefoot provides multi-surface traction.
  • Waffle outsole design provides multi-surface traction and a touch of cushioning.
  • Flex Grooves are gender-specific for enhanced flexibility and heel-to-toe efficiency.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: I'm commenting a bit late since this model is soon to be replaced. However, the LG3 has become my main distance trainer. It is possibly the most elegant stability shoe Nike has ever made. The technology is applied in an economical manner. There aren't any flashy plastic pieces or trick components. It doesn't scream natural running like some of the latest shoes out there. Yet it is more streamlined than the LG1 or 2 while still offering enough support and cushioning for daily running. I am stocking up on these while I can because the LG4 appears to be a dramatic departure. Maybe in a couple years Nike will bring back the design concept of the LG3 because it seems that there are plenty of runners out there who have had success with this shoe.
From: Jeff, Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Comments: Nike, why is the stack height on the medial side of the forefoot about 1/4 inch higher than it is on the lateral side of the forefoot?  My only guess is that it mitigates over-pronation given that these are moderate support shoes.   But if that's the case, maximum support shoes like the Asics Foundation 9 that I've used have the same stack height on both the lateral and medial sides.   I can't help but think that this really is hurting the runner in the long run making them that much more dependent on shoes with a lateral, outwardly slanted design.  With these shoes on, you're never truly walking or running on a flat surface.  Don't want.
From: Josh, Overland Park, KS, USA

Comments: I'll agree with the other response that these shoes feel a little different from the first two versions of the LG. After a few runs they broke in and I like them better than the LG I & II. They have a slightly tighter forefoot and a more responsive sole. If you give them some time I think you'll be impressed.
From: SS, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Comments: I've been running in the LunarGlides since they were introduced. Four pairs of the LG1 and four pairs of the LG2. I assumed the LG3 would just be a natural progression and improvement. Instead, I got a totally different shoe that doesn't fit anything like the first two generations. The forefoot is totally cramped, and the heel cup is too shallow. After 8 pairs that all fit great, I can't get my foot to sit where I want it to and will have to go back to the LG2s while I can and start looking for a new shoe down the road. Nike has taken a good line and overtweaked it to the point where it bears little resemblance to the shoe and fit it began as.
From: Matt, Milwaukee, WI, USA