Welcome to our list of the Best ON Running Shoes, complete with reviews. Having tested so many On Running shoes over the last 4 years, I now have a unique knowledge of how they all stack up against each other. Because not all running shoes are created equal.
Choose Your Running Environment
Best ON Road Running Shoes
1ON Cloud X
The On Cloud X is my favorite road running shoe at the moment and it also takes the crown as the best on running shoes for road running. It’s extremely lightweight, has the right amount of cushioning, feels responsive and has a breathable upper to keep your feet cool. I’m a big fan of the heel cage too, it hold my feet in place but doesn’t put any unnecessary pressure in the achilles area.
Maybe you enjoy mixing up your trail running (on buffed trails) with some road running, training at the gym or playing other sports. The On Cloud X will hold its own for all of them, I proved it by running an amazing 50k trail race in them this Summer!
I bet you see a flurry of PB’s when you first start running in these, I notice this with most new On running shoes, come to think of it!
2ON Cloud Edge Moonlight (Limited Edition)
I wear the On Cloud Edge Moonlight as a lifestyle shoe more than I train with it because I always find myself breaking out into a run when on the move, therefore I need a shoe that can do a bit of everything on a daily basis.
If the Moonlight didn’t look so attractive I’d do more serious running with it because the truth is, it’s an extremely comfortable and high-performance shoe, hence earning its place at number 2! The Cloud Edge Moonlight. It gives me the complete package of comfort, style and versatility.
If you want to get hold of the Cloud Edge Moonlight, be quick because it’s super limited edition and won’t be around for long!
3ON Cloudsurfer (New Edition)
I’ve been running in the new Cloudsurfer for just over 2 weeks now and I’m already in love! My first ever On running shoe was the original Cloudsurfer. On then released the 2nd generation Cloudsurfer which for me, had somehow lost all the fun of the original. I’m pleased to say that the Cloudsurfer is BACK and even better than the original! They’ll have you running faster than your current cardio may be used to, because of the new speedboard and comfortable fit that makes you feel like going much faster. The
Its engineered mesh delivers the perfect balance of breathability and hold. The upper supports the forefoot nicely as you transition from soft landing into explosive take-off. When you push the pace, the re-engineered Cloudsurfer keeps up.
Land softer, run longer. An extra layer of EVA cushioning amps up shock reduction at the heel and adds durability. Prepare to spend more time on the road because you’re going to have a lot of fun running in these shoes, there’s no doubt about it!
The On Cloudflows have made running on the roads fun again. I can go on long or fast runs, and know that my feet will still feel ready to do it all over again the next day. That’s very important for a road running shoe, where comfort is paramount.
Once again, I feel like pushing myself harder to get faster. After this years ultra training, I’ve lost a bit of form and explosive strength, so I’m hopeful that these shoes will help me rebuild on this over the coming months.
The On Cloudflow also comes in 9 different color variations for both the men’s and women’s, helping to make it one of On’s most popular road running shoes.
The On Cloud is a very comfortable shoe that I wear all day long. I feel free knowing I can break into a run whenever I happen to feel like it or if I’m running late. And the stylish design keeps me looking fashionable. It’s incredible how many people comment on them when I’m out. Some even come up to me asking what brand they are and where they can buy them.
The On Cloud is my ‘go-to’ lifestyle shoe. Many other training shoes just don’t look cool enough for me to want to wear them all day long, while I’m at work or heading to the city. I love being able to break into a run and have the comfort of a running shoe without sacrificing style.
It’s also a very good shoe for running and triathlons due to their easy ‘slip on’ design and comfort when not wearing socks. They are a bit more minimal than say the On Cloud X for running, but if you enjoy running in a minimal shoe and want to look great while doing so, then these shoes are for you! If this list was for Lifestyle shoes, the Cloud would certainly be number 1. It’s also available in 10 color variations for both men and women at on-running.com.
6ON Cloud Waterproof
The On Cloud Waterproof is the first pair of shoes I reach for when I’m faced with a wet and cold day ahead. It’s a versatile shoe that can be worn throughout the day for running, cross training or even lifting.
They will keep your feet warm and dry during the winter months without sacrificing on style and although they’re all black, you won’t be missed at night because of all the reflective detailing that’s elegantly placed around the shoe.
For me, it’s important to be able to feel comfortable while on my feet all day at work and then break into a run whenever I feel the urge. This is why I repeatedly choose the On Cloud line of shoes as my everyday lifestyle shoe.
The On Cloudace shoes are so comfortable for running on the roads. I find myself really letting loose especially downhill, which is where the extra cushioning really stands out. They are also good for running on buffed and dry trails due to the generous amount of support and durability.
While running longer distances on the roads I’ve noticed an improvement in speed as my feet don’t tire as quickly as when I’m running in a more minimal shoe. This has been a real motivator for me to run more weekly miles so that I can improve endurance and speed ready for future ultra trail races. While your feet remain strong, the speed-board and CloudTec pods will just keep pushing you forward, mile after mile.
This is also On’s most expensive shoe with a pretty high price tag of $199.99; is it really worth that? Well I’d personally say yes and this is why: If you consider that the On Cloudace will more than likely last you double the mileage of your average running shoes because of its durability and high-quality build then it makes sense that they should cost twice as much. They probably actually only cost 50% more than your last pair of running shoes so if you look at it like that, then it’s a good deal.
8ON Cloudflyer Waterproof
The On Cloudflyer Waterproof is a very comfortable shoe for running in cold and wet conditions. It has the added benefit of being covered in reflective detailing for when you have no choice but to run during the early morning hours or after work at night.
I noticed that running long distances in them felt easy because of the support provided by the addition of the heel cage to the rear, the cushioning helps too.
So, if you’re looking for a running shoe to take away ALL your excuses not to run in the cold and wet weather, then the Cloudflyer Waterproof is your shoe.
The On Cloudflyer’s unique dual-density sockliner provides next-level foot comfort. Whether you’re running in a marathon or for 1 mile, your inner-shoe comfort will be the same as when you first put the shoe on. The latest Cloudflyer now has extra features such as the adaptive V-molded heel cap and smart memory-foam all to provide a snug and stable heel feel with every step.
The Cloudflyers are for runners looking for a supremely cushioned and stable shoe that retains a light and agile running feel.
The On Cloudrush is light, responsive, comfortable and very breathable. Four very important properties to have in a shoe when running fast on the roads. If you’re like me, then you understand that not every run can be on the trails, and sometimes the quickest way to get a speed session done is to run on a local road route.
The On Cloudflash Speedboard is unparalleled in energy transition and fatigue resistance. It loads with impact energy to change toe-off to take-off at release. The upper of the Cloudflash has just one goal: deliver everything with nothing. I mean it is minimal! So minimal, you’ll be able to see your socks through it (so wear nice ones or none at all) and the air will pass through easily. As you can imagine, this is a seriously lightweight shoe, for the seriously fast runner who wants to win gold, It only weights 211g!
Best ON Trail Running Shoes
12ON Cloudventure (New Edition)
The On Cloudventure is for runners looking for a versatile trail shoe with full cushioning protection. The outsole combines multiple grip patterns so you can stay in control as conditions around you change and the improved traction pattern of Zig-zag channels combine with flatter details to prevent slipping on smoother surfaces.
The most fun part of all On running shoes is the cloud pods that give you that feeling of a cushioned landing, as they compress under your weight and then provide a barefoot take off as your foot leaves the ground and the pods spring back. It’s a really innovative and effective system!
This NEW Cloudventure takes that system one step further by combining On’s Zero Gravity cloud elements with a grip overlay that adds trail-level toughness to the unmistakable sensation of running on clouds. This means you can truly own the downhill, again and again.
13ON Cloudventure Waterproof (New Edition)
The new On Cloudventure Waterproof trail shoes look so badass and offer excellent cushioning while thrashing the trails. When wearing these I was able to storm down the hills much faster than usual on harder terrain. Don’t let winter stop you running.
14ON Cloudventure Peak
The On Cloudventure Peak is a trail running shoe, designed for moving fast in the Mountains. So with that in mind, I decided to go for a run up Mount Tamalpais, in Marin California, to see if the claims were true. Long story short, I got a PB going up the mountain! ON have brought some really great innovations to the Cloudventure Peak. I love the smaller pods on the front that make running uphill more efficient and the unique sidewall design around the ankles. The ripstop upper mesh is also a great touch that reduces overall shoe weight.
15ON Cloudventure Midtop
Consider this shoe the Cloudventure with extra support. It’s for runners looking for a lightweight shoe for mountain trails and extra stability. Due to its added support and relative light weight (305g), this shoe would also make an excellent hiking shoe for anyone who doesn’t want to wear bulky hiking boots.
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