On Cloudeasy Review: Cloud 5 Finally Has Competition, And It’s From On…

It may look like an Allbirds sneaker but On has turned up the flair with this On Cloud 5 alternative!


All opinions are our own and never influenced by brands. If you buy through links, we may earn a commission.

I’m really excited to be reviewing yet another On Running shoe, more specifically a new everyday lifestyle shoe from the brand – and a sneaker that is set to take some market share from the ever-popular On Cloud. Interested in getting up to 40% OFF On running shoes? Visit On’s Classic range page to see their latest deals.

I hope this On Cloudeasy review answers your pre-purchase questions but if there’s something I missed, or you have a question, please leave it in the comments below.

If you’re not familiar with Trail and Kale – we are an online gear review website and I’ve reviewed every On Running shoe that’s been released since On was founded, years ago.

So, I have a very unique and detailed understanding of how each On shoe compares to one another. Hopefully, if you’ve already owned a pair of On shoes, then my detailed review insights will also be valuable in helping you decide whether or not a particular shoe will be well suited to you.

On Cloudeasy shoes fit and design

The On Cloudeasy fits true to size so I would recommend going with your usual sizing and you should get the perfect fit. The sneakers are consistent with all other On shoes apart from their range of hiking boots which tend to come up a half size too large.

On Cloudeasy Review Trail and Kale web wm 1
On Cloudeasy review | Find more images in my gallery below

The Cloudeasy also has a medium width with average arch support – just like most On shoes. The Cloudeasy is also extremely comfortable right out of the box with no breaking-in required due to the sock-like knitted upper material and flexible construction across the entire shoe including the midsole and outsole.

The On Cloudeasy are also the most comfortable On running shoes that can be worn without socks due to that soft, breathable knitted upper material mentioned above.

There’s no denying that the On Cloudeasy does look a lot like the Allbirds Tree Runners shoe – I’m sure others have noticed this too.

I really love the style of Allbirds shoes so it’s nice to see that On has given their own spin on that style with the all-knitted upper, thick laces, and iconic white sole.

On Cloudeasy Review Trail and Kale web wm 11
I love the simple, yet refined look of the Cloudeasy | More images below in my photo gallery

So it’s got half as many materials, but it’s still a touch heavier than the On Cloud.

The full Knitted Upper is so comfortable

I really like the full knitted upper featured on the Cloudeasy. The knitted upper is made with 100% recycled materials, is super breathable, and comfortable worn with or without socks.

On Cloudeasy Review Trail and Kale web wm 10
The sustainable knitted upper made with 100% recycled materials

It isn’t waterproof, however, so any rainwater will get absorbed into the material, and eventually onto your socks, or feet.

Although there are laces on the Cloudeasy because the upper fits snugly and it’s so stretchy as well, you don’t actually need to wear a laces with these sneakers. The Cloudeasy stay on your foot nicely and are very comfortable, even when worn all day long.

I personally really like the laces – they add an extra layer style look to the overall look.

If you were to wear these without laces then they are comparable to the On Cloud in that they can also be slipped on without the need for doing laces up – the On Cloud has elasticated laces which makes them a great slip-on shoe.

On Cloudeasy outsole is sufficient for most surfaces

On Cloudeasy Review Trail and Kale web wm 14

The outsole has some pretty good grip for most situations but there’s really not much to write home about.

It’s good enough for everyday wear, but you probably wouldn’t want to take these on slippery surfaces or trails because you’re likely to slip due to the lack of any grippy lugs on the bottom.

The midsole has some running shoe tech

The On Cloudeasy Cloudtech midsole includes a speedboard built into the front half of the shoes. The speedboard doesn’t run along the whole of the foot like all other On shoes featuring a speedboard – It’s just the forefoot.

On Cloudeasy Review Trail and Kale web wm 15

In doing so, On has managed to strip away some weight while providing additional performance for those who walk a lot, or like to break into a run whenever the opportunity (or necessity) presents itself.

The Cloudtech midsole is very cushioned and responsive overall with a wide platform to provide good stabilization for anyone on their feet for long periods of time during the day.

Cloudeasy drop and finger loop

Some final things to mention about the On Cloudeasy then; there is an 8mm drop from heal to toe which actually feels more like a 6mm. This drop puts you in a slightly more forward leaning stance.

This makes them nice for walking and will give you a good bit of forward propulsion with the speedboard.

On Cloudeasy Review Trail and Kale web wm 8

There’s also a finger loop at the back so you can easily slip these shoes on. They are basically a one piece upper and it is very stretchy so you will need to use this loop in the back to slip them on – and that’s very easy to do.

On Cloudeasy VS. Cloud 5 – How do they compare?

The most popular active lifestyle shoes from the On Running brand is the On Cloud, so I was interested to see how the Cloudeasy, a shoe that is clearly targetted at a similar audience, would stack up against it.

On Cloud 5 VS Cloudeasy Trail and Kale web wm 1
On Cloudeasy (TOP) compared to Cloud 5 (BOTTOM)

Apart from the same comfortable fit and similar consumer On is targeting, and the same colorway in this case – the two lifestyle shoes are very different in design, as you can see from the image above.

The Cloudeasy weighs in at 8.7oz, whereas the On Cloud 5 weighs 8.5oz, so it’s a little heavier than the Cloud which is interesting given that the Cloudeasy is actually made up of 15 or so pieces, which is half as many pieces as any other On shoe, the Cloud included.

The Cloudeasy is also $10 cheaper than the On Cloud.

So who is the On Cloudeasy for?

While the Cloudeasy is not specifically targeted to runners or triathletes, they are capable running shoes, with some caveats.

On has worked hard developing their running shoes over the years and it’s clear that they wanted to add some of that proprietary tech into the Cloudeasy in order to make it a crossover sneaker of sorts.

On Cloudeasy Review Trail and Kale web wm 4

This is certainly an everyday lifestyle trainer first, and a performance shoe second but I like that similar to the On Cloud, there is plenty of versatility to be had should you only wish to own one pair of shoes that can do it all rather than 3 specialized shoes for example.

I totally get it, buying multiple pairs of shoes can be expensive so I love that On is incorporating their running technology into such comfortable and stylish everyday active lifestyle shoes.

Is the On Cloudeasy worth your hard earned money? Well, YES, it’s definitely worth your money – $130 is very reasonable for an all day, everyday-wear shoe like this.

On Cloudeasy review by Trail and Kale web wm Lifestyle photo 3

It’s my second favorite shoe from On for everyday lifestyle. I rank it slightly below the Cloud, just because I prefer the style of the Cloud, but it is equally comfortable and performs just as well as the Cloud, in my opinion.

That doesn’t mean to say that I’m not wearing this all the time as well because I am. I interchange these two shoes in my everyday lifestyle to match different outfit styles. The Cloudeasy is a very EASY shoe to love.

Where to buy the On Cloudeasy

I recommend buying On shoes directly from the On Running store as they always have the best colorways and the most stock available for all shoe sizes.

The ‘On Happiness’ team also offers excellent customer service and returns should you ever need to speak to them.

On Cloudeasy review Summary


On Cloudeasy video review

More photos of the On Cloudeasy

I hope you enjoyed this On Cloudeasy Review, if you’ve used On running shoes before, whether it’s a running shoe or an everyday lifestyle shoe, let me know how you got on in the comments down below – I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time.

As the founder of Trail & Kale, and seasoned marathoner & ultrarunner, Alastair loves bringing our readers independent running shoe reviews and gear insights to help you run your best. Learn more about Trail & Kale here.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

The Latest

Gunner Kennels review: What we thought...

Why Gunner Kennels is our top choice for safe dog travel, with crash-tested durability and unbeatable protection on every adventure. Includes video demonstrations.

The Rise of Vibram MegaGrip: Why...

Here's why we get so excited about reviewing trail running shoes with Vibram Megagrip outsoles... and why you should, too.

New Shoe Reviews
Fresh drops from our reviewers

Saucony Endorphin Pro 4 Review: Fast, Comfortable,...

Alastair explains how these well priced super shoes combine speed, comfort, and stability to elevate your race day enjoyment and performance.

Nike Zegama 2 Review: Miles Better Than...

Alastair pushes the Zegama 2 to the limit, demonstrating how Nike's latest trail shoe delivers responsive cushioning, unbeatable traction, and improved stability.

Merrell Morphlite Review: Best Road/Trail Running Shoes...

The Merrell Morphlite has a perfect balance of comfort, grip, and versatility, and is designed for seamless transitions between roads and light trails.
Trail & Kale Running Co logo Email Newsletter

Don't Drop Behind
Subscribe to stay up to date!

'Best Of' Guides
Top performing gear

The Best Running Shoes [2024]

The best running shoes rated and shortlisted, and advice to ensure you buy the most comfortable, high-performing shoes that work for YOU.

The Best Trail Running Shoes [2024]

The best trail running shoes this year ranked & reviewed + top advice so you buy the most comfortable, high-performing shoes for you

Best On Running Shoes of 2024...

Welcome to the ULTIMATE On Running shoes buyer's guide, complete with reviews + rankings of the best On running shoes available | YES, I've reviewed them all!

Best HOKA Running Shoes of 2024...

ULTIMATE HOKA Running shoes buyer's guide, complete with reviews + rankings of the best HOKA running shoes. YES, I've reviewed them all!

Best Brooks Running Shoes of 2024...

Welcome to the ULTIMATE Brooks Running shoes buyer's guide, complete with reviews + rankings of the best Brooks shoes | YES, I've reviewed them all!

Training Plans
5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultramarathons