Transitions are also superb on the Epic. The full contact outsole and consistent midsole heel-to-toe materials are architects of that experience, and the side slits also prove that they are much more than mere examples of fancy manufacturing tech.

One of the limitations of a softer Lunarlon core shoe (say where to buy Nike Air Force 1 Low Flyknit the Lunaracer 3 or the Lunarglide 7) is that the cushioning feels centered. This is natural, considering that the Lunarlon center is softer than the firmer EVA casing which surrounds it.

By laser cutting grooves into the midsole sidewalls, the Lunarepic cushioning feels evenly spread. When the Lunarlon core compresses under weight, so do the side slits at the same time. This equalizes the cushioning experience to some extent, as opposed to the sensation of distinct soft and firm areas.

It must be noted that while the Lunarepic is a neutral shoe, the sidewall slits on the outer (lateral) side are longer than the ones on the medial side. This gives the shoe a slight hint of a lateral bias, but that does not take away from the midsole supportive ride nature.

On a side note, this variation in slit design has potential in say, a model like the Lunarglide. If you left the medial midsole untouched, but laser cut wide grooves into the lateral side, wouldn  that be a new-age spin on the motion-control concept? And from what we seen on the internet so far, that is precisely the direction in which the new Lunarglide 8 is headed.