10 Best On Running Shoes Tested
Since 2010, award-winning Swiss company On has been creating great running shoes with unique technology. Their shoes come with cloud-themed pods on their base in order to offer better bounce, impact reduction, injury reduction and speed. All of their shoes offer a lovely run, though they all vary slightly in design and style. Read “On”!
10 Best On Running Shoes
1. On Cloud
The comfort here is great, with flexibility and cushion throughout to promote and aid the natural striking of the foot while simultaneously keeping it snug and tight. The toe off is nice and springy and the sole of the shoe allows the foot to feel very light and dynamic. Deep grooves in the sole and the design of the mid-foot channel all combine to give greater flexibility and more natural movement. They’re particularly lightweight and airy and the strike in these is a pleasure, with very little impact.
If you’re looking for something which is simultaneously supportive and spongy, you won’t find many shoes that do it better. They are of top quality material with plenty of great technology and they offer pretty good durability. Some users have unfortunately found a slight amount of wear a little earlier than desired, but these seems to be a pretty rare occurrence. It’s worth noting that they run a little small, so you might want to buy a size or a half up.
These are slightly cheaper than your average On shoe, though only slightly so.
- Particularly lightweight
- Great cushion aided by fantastic technology
- Nice lace up system with accompanying laces included
- Promote the natural strike of the foot, which improves runs over time
- Dynamic and springy
- Sizes run a little short
- A small amount of users have experienced durability problems.
2. On Cloudventure
The lace up system with these offers fantastic stability and a real snug and secure fit without sacrificing lightness or breathability. The double layer of the shoe offers bounce and comfort while also giving a waterproof coating, which is great for trail running in wet conditions. They have a protective rubber toe cap and a heel which protects against slipping. The sole doesn’t give any uncomfortable pressure points, which is great in a trail runner.
Excellent quality with great technology and subtle, intelligent design which suits the needs of their style. They aren’t as durable as some other On offerings, but this is perhaps to be expected from a trail runner.
These are the priciest of the bunch, but they're absolutely worth the investment.
- Great for trail runners and overpronaters.
- Good traction.
- Great comfort and bounce.
- Lightweight and flexible.
- Promote a natural strike while preventing slippage.
- Nice and snug.
- Not as durable as some other options.
- Not as well-tested as some other On shoes.
- A little pricey.
3. On Cloudsurfer
The breathability here is nice, as is the structural support, which is offered without clunkiness. The heel locks the foot in place to prevent against slippage and the intelligent speedboard in the base of the shoe helps you to spring back into action as your foot hits the floor, aiding speed and dynamism. This also offers a good toe off. The inside of the shoe has good cushion and comfort, and they are certainly a nice fit.
These have decent traction owing to the quality design of the unusual sole. For a road runner, there is particularly good grip here. They are overall a quality shoe with a nice amount of bounce and glide to aid your running experience. That said, the sizes can occasionally run a little large, and the durability isn’t as good as you might hope for.
Again, they're pretty pricey, but they're worth it.
- Offer good protection against injury
- Good arch support
- Better traction than most road running shoes
- Versatile for all road runners
- Excellent structure and stability without sacrificing freedom
- Good dynamic toe off with bounce
- The durability isn’t great.
- The sizes occasionally run a little large.
4. On Cloudster
These have a nice structure to offer both a snug fit and a good amount of flexibility, which is a great combination for comfort. The toe off and landing are both full of cushion, which improves your pace, dynamism and enjoyment, and the tongue and collar are very plushy to give a nice feel. They are lightweight and bouncy and the flexibility is fantastic. Some users even claim that they have reduced stress-related injury, which is of course a fantastic touch.
Great quality and decent durability, though the sizes can occasionally run a little small.
Very slightly cheaper than most others on this list.
- Very versatile
- Snug and comfortable
- Nice bounce and toe off
- May reduce stress-related injury
- Decent traction
- Nice flexible support
- The sizes can occasionally run small.
5. On Cloudrunner
Although these aren’t built specifically with high arches in mind, they do provide enough support if this is an issue for you. The spring and bounce are great and they offer enough structure with dynamism. They can also reduce joint pain and help your runs to get quicker and more comfortable. The plush design is comfy and they are tight and snug without feeling restrictive. That said, they are not as wide as some would like, so if you have wide feet, these might not be for you. They are slightly stiffer than other On shoes, but only marginally so.
A small amount of users have experienced durability issues, but this is pretty rare overall. These are otherwise a great shoe of great quality!
Another (relative) bargain option.
- Nice lace up system to give structure and stability
- Good energy-returning bounce
- Good support for high arches and can help with shin splints
- Pretty comfortable
- A little stiffer than some other Go shoes
- A small amount of durability issues have been reported
- These aren’t great if you have wide feet
6. On Cloudflyer
These are nice and comfy, with a padded collar, padded tongue and a cushioned molded insole. The EVA midsole also gives a nice feel and offers support during your run. The toe off and bounce are aided by the energy-returning design of the shoe’s base which offer some protection against knee and ankle weakness and injury. If you overpronate slightly, these also might be a decent option for you. They might take a slight breaking-in period, as any discomfort – which is rare – seems to happen only at an early stage with these. If you’re not accustomed to a reasonably high arch, you may not like this design.
They are pretty durable overall, though a small amount of users have found slight issues. The sizes can also occasionally run a little small and narrow, which you may want to consider when buying a pair.
A little on the pricey end of the scale.
- Lots of users really like the aesthetics of the design
- Comfy, molded and with nice bounce
- Decent for slight overpronation
- Good for ankle weakness and knee weakness
- A good amount of traction for light trail work
- Good breathability
- Slightly pricey
- May require a small breaking-in period
- Sizes can run small and narrow
- The arches may be slightly too high for some
7. On Cloudcruiser
The avoidance of pressure points with these is a great addition, and offers much comfort. The breathable inner lining of the shoe gives a nice feel on the feet, and the sole is removable if you’re seeking something slightly stiffer. The 15 rebound-promoting segments on the base of the shoe are fantastic for comfort and for returning the impact of the foot strike. They have a heel pull loop at the back of the shoe for swiftly getting in and out of them. A small amount of users have said that running long distances in these gives discomfort, but this seems to be very rare.
Again, the design with these is great and the technology really shows. There seem to be very few durability issues.
These run around average for a On shoe.
- Good bounce and great energy return.
- The lacing really reduces pressure on the foot.
- Breathable and soft inner, which gives a nice feel.
- Very good impact reduction.
- Some users have found that long distances in these can be uncomfortable, though this is a rare comment.
8. On Cloudracer
These are pretty comfortable and are great if you’re seeking something lightweight for picking up speed. The inner sock has two layers of comfort, which feels good on the foot and the base of the shoe as well as gives good bounce and energy return. The base of the shoe also evenly distributes the pressure of the strike across the entire foot, which helps with comfort and also allows the feet to glide across the entire stroke. These offer firm support without any heaviness or clunkiness and the wide tongue gives support without restriction.
If you run on the forefoot, you might not like these – it seems that the quality control is a little off and a small amount of these are uncomfortable on the forefoot. They are a little small and narrow on occasion, so you might want to consider buying a size up. They are otherwise a great shoe with great technology.
Another average price!
- Great if you’re looking to work on your speed.
- Nice comfortable feel on the inner part of the shoe.
- Evenly distribute the pressure of the strike.
- Nice support without restriction.
- Very lightweight.
- Sizes sometimes run a little small and narrow.
- Not suitable if you run on the forefoot.
- Some find that they aren’t cushioned enough.
There we have it – On creates great shoes and there’s something for everyone. Get some “On” your feet!