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NOTE: This review has recently been updated to include the additional features of the On Cloud 5 (latest generation, as of February 2022 – I will update again once the Cloud 6 is released) – the images in this review have all been updated too with the latest On Cloud 5 in the All-Black colorway.
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On Cloud shoes fit and design
The On Clouds, in my opinion, are beautiful shoes that show off some of that design flair that the Swiss are so famous for. They’re also famous for being proud of it too – a reason they include the Swiss flag on every ‘right’ shoe (see pic above).
I really like the little details from the reflective decals right down to said tiny Swiss flag towards the rear of the right shoe.
I have been wearing the On Cloud shoes as my ‘go-to’ lifestyle shoe since the very first release.
Every year sees a new version with design tweaks and fresh new color options, and every year I’m drawn into buying a new pair for reasons explained below.
This year sees the On Cloud reach its 5th generation of innovation and re-engineering – touted the ‘On Cloud 5’. To the untrained eye, you may think very little has been updated since the last version of the Cloud.
With all my years of testing On Running gear, I’m able to notice these subtle tweaks, and I’m going to share them with you as I talk about each section/feature on the On Cloud running shoes.
On Cloud shoes upper engineered mesh | now more sustainable
The engineered mesh material used for the On Cloud upper is very breathable, has a little bit of stretch, and offers some protection with a plastic-coated toe cap.
The coated toe cap will stop any front-on water splashes from entering the shoe and also prevent any cold wind from hitting your toes.
The Cloud sneakers are made from 44% recycled material overall, which is an awesome move by On Running – we appreciate every move to help improve sustainability in the manufacturing process.
There are areas in the upper that have been protected with strips of ‘no-sew foil’ which will firmly hold fabrics together without the possibility of fraying edges.
The On Cloud 5 upper, sees a few modifications to it including redistributed reflective detailing, a different material above the forefoot, and also a different design in the way it is constructed.
All these subtle changes, for me, make minor improvements to an already great shoe – but improvements nonetheless.
On Cloud running shoes Inner Sock
There’s also an inner sock that attaches the tongue to the forefoot area, similar to the On Cloudflow, On Cloud X and On Cloudace running shoes. This keeps the forefoot snug and stops the tongue from slipping out of place. The sock should also reduce any chaffing as there are fewer seams inside.
On Cloud tongue
The tongue is slim, soft, and very comfortable to the touch, so you could even wear these shoes without socks if you like doing that sort of thing.
This tongue really adds to the minimal and super lightweight feel of the On Cloud shoes.
On Cloud speed laces
This is one of the reasons that in its early days, the On Cloud was marketed as a triathlon shoe. If you prefer classic laces for a more snug fit, then the On Cloud comes with classic laces in the box.
Being able to quickly get these Swiss running shoes on, and to wear them without socks (if that’s how you roll), makes it a winner for triathletes of all distances, including Ironman too.
I still believe the on Cloud is best used as an all day lifestyle shoe however, as there are definitely better On running shoes for running and triathlon.
They also make great nursing shoes or for anyone working on their feet all day long due to their comfort, cushioning, lightweight, and the fact that they are easy to slip on and off.
If you’re wondering how to adjust or tighten On Cloud speed laces, I put together this helpful 2-minute video demonstrating how I personally tighten the laces for when I wear the On Cloud for gym workouts or HIIT training where I need the Cloud to be securely on my feet when moving fast.
The On Cloud speed lacing is such an awesome feature of this shoe.
On Cloud shoes outsole (CloudTec Sole)
The outsole used for the On Cloud shoes is very similar to that of the On Cloud X; one of my current favorite shoes for speed training on the roads!
If you haven’t tried to “Run On Clouds” before, I recommend you give it a try! The CloudTec sole is an innovation that always helps me to run faster, especially when putting on a new pair.
The outsole is another area that On has re-engineered this year – more specifically the forefoot has a reduced gulley underfoot.
This means more cushioning and a better distribution of weight, making moving much more comfortable [see image below].
The CloudTec cushioning comes in part from the cloud pods that provide a cushioned/soft 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.
Taking a closer look at the CloudTec outsole reveals that the ‘clouds’ have had their inside edges sliced off, angling outward.
This much-needed design tweak stops any small stones or debris getting caught in the pods, which used to be a problem shared amongst many.
The Cloud 5 goes one step further and has closed off the gulley at the front of the shoe, and also the rear – two areas that take the most downward force when walking and running.
This extra support provides longer-lasting cushioning, and durability of the outsole.
On Cloud shoes drop and support type
The On Cloud has a heel-to-toe drop of 8mm – this is great for all-day comfort if you spend much of your day on foot. This drop is another modification from the previous version which used to be 6mm.
The Cloud 5 has a neutral support type which means there’s not much additional arch support in the removable insole insert – this will suit most people who have average feet.
If you do feel you need extra arch support then I would recommend getting yourself a pair of Superfeet insoles to help improve comfort and running form for those who need the extra support underfoot.
Another update to the Cloud 5 is the increased midsole which makes the entire show sit slightly higher off the ground, this al provides the shoe with more cushioning and comfort for even longer days on your feet.
This, in my opinion, is a great move by On as this will also make the responsiveness of the midsole cushioning last longer.
On Cloud sneakers toe box
The toe box is medium width and feels very airy which is important if you lead an active everyday lifestyle.
You’ll likely be wearing these shoes every day, to work, at the gym, and even on impromptu runs. A shoe that gets this much use could start to smell if it wasn’t as breathable as it is.
On Cloud running shoes weight
The On Cloud 5 weighs in at 8.82oz (250g) which is super lightweight BUT a touch heavier than the previous version which weighed 8.1oz (230g).
This incredible light weight is probably what you’ll notice first if you haven’t held a pair on Cloud shoes before. I think the move to sacrifice a tiny bit of weight in exchange for more cushioning is the right move for On.
The On Cloud shoes come in many different colors for the men’s and for the women’s too, which is fantastic so be sure to check them all out…
On is constantly updating the colorways so I won’t list them all here in case they change next week.
The color scheme of the shoes in my review is…you guessed it “All Black” and there are tons of colors for both men’s and Cloud Womens shoes, you’ll just have to visit the product page to see all the wonderful colors available – On Running changes them up fairly often.
Moving in the On Cloud
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, important for me as a creative.
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.
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On Cloud Review Summary
The On Cloud is my ‘go-to’ lifestyle shoe. Many other training shoes just don’t look stylish enough for me to want to wear them all day long, while I’m at work or heading to the city.
They would make great nursing shoes for nurses working on their feet all day long too because of how comfortable, cushioned, lightweight, and easy to slip on and off they are.
I love being able to break into a run, have the comfort of a running shoe without sacrificing style.
This is why I keep choosing On Cloud shoes for my everyday lifestyle. For those look ing for the best On running shoes for running, head over to my On Running Shoes Buyer’s Guide next.
It’s also a very good shoe for running and triathlons due to their easy ‘slip on’ design and comfort while running sock-less.
They are a bit more minimal than say the On Cloud X for running, but if you enjoy running in a minimal shoe and only plan on running short distance runs every now and then, and want to look great while doing so, then these shoes are for you!
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