7 Best On Running Shoes, 20+ Shoes Tested in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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7 Best On Running Shoes, 20+ Shoes Tested in 2022

They may be new to the running scene, but On running shoes have got what it takes to compete against established brands like Adidas and Nike. Whether it’s for the road or the trail, these running models are set for performance. 

We’ve carefully screened different models from On in five different categories to help all runners. Through our own shoe testing lab, we gather data that solidify our decision to choose the shoes on this list.

How we test running shoes

Apart from having our independent RunRepeat shoe testing lab, we also buy all the running shoes from On we scrutinize with our own money. This is to make sure we give you a 100% honest review. 

To be more objective, we also carry out the following: 

  • Run in each shoe for 30-50 miles to see how they perform and how sturdy they are
  • Slice the shoe into pieces to see what’s inside
  • Measure them in 30 different parameters like breathability, softness, thickness, weight, etc. 

And to find out how they stand up against other running shoes, we also collect expert and user reviews to come up with a CoreScore. It’s a rating that ranges from 0-100, showing how good or bad the shoe is. 

Best On running shoes overall

On Cloudswift
On Cloudswift

CoreScore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 8,384 users
90 / 100 from 16 experts

Pros

  • Durable
  • Flawless grip
  • Wow looks
  • Great for the gym
  • Excellent laces
  • Feels like a slip-on
  • Laces stay tight

Cons

  • Weird lockdown
  • Lacks cushioning underfoot
  • Not so breathable

Verdict

If we can only pick one On running shoe, choosing the Cloudswift is a no-brainer. It’s the superlative of sexy and durable, we can’t get enough of it! 

Want to turn heads in your next run? This shoe can do the job. Hammering it on the pavement wasn’t enough for us to examine its strength. We had to see the numbers.

Through our lab tests, we can confirm, it’s built like a tank. In our durometer test, we’ve gathered that it’s 45% stiffer than the average running shoe. 

Yes, it can take a beating. 

And if it’s grippy traction you’re after, this shoe is stellar. No cap, it can bite any surface. On asphalt, cement, gym floors, and more, it’s been the absolute best. 

True to its name, the upper has been cloud-like in comfort. It’s so plush, it’s one of the best-feeling uppers we’ve tried. We didn’t even want to take it off! 

At 9.9 oz, the On Cloudswift is not the lightest shoe on our roster (average is at 9.4 oz), but with the unmatched comfort, sturdiness, and not to mention, looks it gave us, it’s the kind of heft we can move past.

On Cloudswift full review

Best On running shoes for flat feet

On Cloudflyer
On Cloudflyer

CoreScore

88
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 7,912 users
85 / 100 from 34 experts

Pros

  • Plush
  • Snug fit
  • Supportive upper
  • No heel slip
  • Cushioned
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Durability issues
  • Outsole catches pebbles

Verdict

Falling in love with the Cloudflyer is easy. It supported our feet, and above all, it paced us. 

As nitpicking kings, we just can’t find one thing that we don’t like about it. 

When we slipped it on, we were awestruck with the plush comfort it delivered. From the upper down to the midsole, it was like heaven to the feet. And if we had to describe what luxurious feels like, this is IT. 

Even more, the upper’s padding didn’t just provide top-tier comfort, it also gave us all the lockdown we craved. Heel slips should be the least of your worries. 

Despite it being a stability shoe, it wasn’t overbearing, which is why it tops this category. It’s not stiff at all. If anything, it was a couch to our feet. 

And wow, what a ride! Apart from it being supportive, it was also very propulsive. We didn’t have to push forward, IT launched us forward. Hands down, one of the best speedsters we’ve ever come across. 

To top it all off, all the amazing features we’ve mentioned are loaded in a featherlight package. It’s so dang light, we found ourselves zooming through the blocks.

On Cloudflyer full review

Best On running shoes for speed

On Cloud X
On Cloud X

CoreScore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 20,131 users
88 / 100 from 27 experts

Pros

  • Do-it-all shoe
  • Good grip
  • Lightweight
  • Very comfortable
  • Perfect fit
  • Like new after 90 miles
  • Fresh feeling post-run
  • Easy to switch gears

Cons

  • Expensive

Verdict

It felt great during our easy runs, was comfortable during high mileages, but it showed us its true colors in tempo efforts. The Cloud X is crazy responsive, it felt like we were bouncing from one step to another. 

Now this is what we call fun! There’s so much spring underfoot, running sprints was an easy feat. 

And unlike all the other speedsters in our arsenal, it’s not rigid to the feet. Its midsole is the epitome of comfort, we can run in it all day long. 

What made us go even faster is the shoe’s lightweight design. At 8 oz, it’s not just light on paper, it’s also practically weightless on the run. We completely forgot about it! 

Sharp turns? Don’t worry. This has got all the support you could ask for. The upper provides a locked-in fit, it’s hard to lose your step in this bad boy. 

Cementing the On Cloud X’s position on this list is its durability. After 150 miles of heavy pounding on the pavement, the outsole still looks and sticks like brand-new.

On Cloud X full review

Best On road running shoes

On Cloudflow 3.0
On Cloudflow 3.0

CoreScore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 5,781 users
91 / 100 from 5 experts

Pros

  • Fits true to size
  • Great ground feel
  • Durable
  • Surprisingly good grip
  • Steadfast lockdown
  • A super speedy energy return
  • Perfect as an all-rounder
  • Okay for wider feet

Cons

  • Debris can get caught between the pods
  • Not the best if you want lots of padding
  • Grip is only good on pavement
  • Inconsistent flex in different climates

Verdict

The On Cloudmonster is the brand's max-cushioned running shoe that "changed everyone's mind." From firm to forgiving, it's a new take that's perfect for daily training and long runs. True to its name, it has a "monstrous" amount of foam that will keep your feet protected and comfy all day. So much so that you can take it out on your walks as well.
On Cloudflow 3.0 full review

Best On neutral running shoes

On Cloudultra
On Cloudultra

CoreScore

85
Great!
4.2 / 5 from 226 users
87 / 100 from 23 experts

Pros

  • Comfort for long runs
  • Good traction
  • Cloud-like feeling
  • Feels light
  • Stable
  • Breathable
  • Durable
  • Great midfoot lockdown

Cons

  • Break-in is a must
  • Not for cold days
  • Not true to size

Verdict

If you are looking for a shoe to wear on race day, the On Cloudboom is a considerable choice. The shoe boasts of a durable platform, snappy ride, and lightweight structure, all while being affordable. This is certainly for runners who want a fresh running experience.
On Cloudultra full review

Best On running shoes for trail

On Cloudventure
On Cloudventure

CoreScore

85
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 1,183 users
85 / 100 from 32 experts

Pros

  • Durable
  • Great traction
  • Reflective details
  • Looks good
  • Wide toebox
  • Feels light

Cons

  • Very thin laces
  • Expensive

Verdict

The Cloudventure from On is the superlative of grippy. On exceedingly slippy and muddy terrain, steep uphills and downhills, it blew our mind! The outsole clutched onto the ground exceptionally well, not once did we find ourselves slipping. 

It doesn’t cut corners on traction, and it also doesn’t cut corners on durability. It’s a solid tank! From the bottom up, your feet are protected. And after pacing it through some of the gnarliest terrain, it remained unscathed. 

Want to log serious miles in the great outdoors? This shoe can do the job. And if your feet start to swell after quite some time, there’s plenty of space in the toe box. 

The Cloudventure, as a whole, is a solid ace. But it took our breath away with its lightness. Despite its “chunky” appearance, it’s nowhere near heavy. Not once did we feel it weighing us down.

On Cloudventure full review

Best value On running shoes

On Cloud
On Cloud

CoreScore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 54,662 users
86 / 100 from 29 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Secure, sock-like fit
  • Breathable
  • Durable outsole
  • No lace bite
  • Fresh feeling even after a half-marathon
  • Responsive, bouncy ride

Cons

  • Traps stones, mud
  • Toes can't wiggle
  • Laces too thin

Verdict

At $130, the On Cloud stunned us! It didn’t just deliver its job, it excelled at it. And for such a pocket-friendly price, it’s got the makings of an expensive running shoe. 

If you want proof that quality and performance don’t always come at a steep price, this is the shoe. It’s crazy bouncy and responsive, you can set and beat PBs with no sweat. 

The ride is not just amazing for its snappiness. It’s also great because of its stability. There’s a hint of stiffness underfoot, our feet were very supported. Even more, the upper wrapped so securely, our feet never slid out of place. 

To keep everything cozy, the stiffness of the shoe is coupled with ample cushion. This helps absorb the impact, and promotes a nice and comfy sensation. After some miles, our feet and legs remained fresh AF! 

To wrap it up, the On Cloud is made to last. After putting it through the wringer, the outsole is still as solid as it was when we took it out the box.

On Cloud full review

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Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.