7 Best On Running Shoes For Women in 2022

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7 Best On Running Shoes For Women in 2022

On running shoes for women are more than their sleek and fashion-forward looks. They are performance-oriented, and are ready to swallow miles on the road and trail. 

Want to make the most out of your money? We’ve carefully examined and selected the ten best On running shoes for female runners from across categories. These are On’s best ones yet, and we’re more than confident they can get you through your miles.

How we test running shoes

We have allotted time and money to create our own shoe testing lab. Here, we scrutinize each model, gathering data to compare one against the other. This gives us a clear picture of which is best and second best. 

To be as objective as possible, we strictly follow these: 

  • On running shoes for women can be quite expensive. That said, we buy them with our own money. 
  • Our testers clock up at least 30-50 miles in each model to assess their durability and performance. 
  • To see what’s inside, we slice them open in our lab. 
  • We then measure each aspect of the shoe using our durometers, scales, calipers, and more.
  • Gathering thousands of expert and user reviews, we then generate their CoreScore to see how they stack up against other running shoes.

Best On running shoes overall for women

On Cloudswift
On Cloudswift

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 4,416 users
91 / 100 from 14 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

Among all the On running shoes that we own, nothing can top the Cloudswift when it comes to style and performance. 

It’s sleek and unique, it’s the sexiest running shoe on our roster! 

What’s great about it is it goes beyond its looks. Style aside, it’s also the absolute best in traction. Whether it’s on asphalt, cement, gym floors, and more, it clings like claws. 

The Cloudswift is also built tough. In our durometer test, we found out that it’s 45% stiffer than the average running shoe. You can pound and hammer it on the pavement all you want, but it’s a full-fledged tank that will eat up miles. 

We thought its solid build forgoes comfort, but no. The On Cloudswift is really the byword for cloud-like plushness. It’s upper is so soft, it’s as luxe as luxe could get. 

It may be a tad heavier than other daily trainers. But with all the features it comes with, its weight is more than justified.

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Best women's On running shoes for flat feet

On Cloudflyer
On Cloudflyer

Corescore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 7,203 users
86 / 100 from 32 experts

Pros

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

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Durability issues
  • Outsole catches pebbles

Verdict

Stability shoes, in general, tend to be very dense. They can become a tad uncomfortable and overbearing. 

But what makes the On Cloudflyer number one in this category is it’s the exact opposite of support shoe stereotypes.

 It’s anything but taxing to the feet. From the bottom up, it’s extremely cushy. We didn’t want to take it off. 

The upper is well-padded, it pampered our feet just as the midsole made our feet cozy and at home. 

And of course, it wouldn’t make the cut without its unrivaled support. The upper hugged the contours of our feet and the midsole had some hint of stiffness. Not once did we feel tippy in it. 

But what took us by surprise was the shoe’s awesome ride. Apart from stabilizing our strides, it also bolted us forward. It’s springy, we were bouncing from one step to the next. 

To top it all off, the On Cloudflyer nails it in keeping weight at the absolute minimum. It’s so light, it felt like air. The weight (or the lack thereof) seals the deal for us. It’s not just a one-of-a-kind stability shoe, it’s also a great speedster.

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Best women's On running shoes for speed

On Cloud X
On Cloud X

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 13,642 users
88 / 100 from 25 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

Fun is the name of the game. 

The On Cloud X was like a couch to the feet during easy days. It gave us 360-degree comfort during long miles. And when we picked up pace, it wowed us. 

This speedster is not just fast. It’s also a joy to run in. Its springiness made us zoom through the blocks and made our strides come to life. 

The Cloud X is not a remarkable shoe just because it’s speed-ready. It’s also because it’s unlike any other tempo shoes we’ve laced up. It’s not stiff. We even swear we can run in it all day long. 

Support is also at the forefront. The upper has a lockdown fit, misstep is not in this shoe’s vocabulary at all. 

And like a true speed devil, the Cloud X is light AF. It felt like we had nothing on. 

To seal the deal, it’s also true to its On Running roots. It’s made durable. After raking in 150 miles of rough wear testing, the On Cloud X remained bouncy and scratch-free.

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Best On road running shoes for women

On Cloudflow 3.0
On Cloudflow 3.0

Corescore

87
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 3,239 users
93 / 100 from 4 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.
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Best On neutral running shoes for women

On Cloudultra
On Cloudultra

Corescore

82
Good!
4.0 / 5 from 91 users
87 / 100 from 15 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.
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Best women's On running shoes for trail

On Cloudventure
On Cloudventure

Corescore

85
Great!
4.2 / 5 from 864 users
85 / 100 from 32 experts

Pros

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

Cons

  • Very thin laces
  • Expensive

Verdict

We can’t stress it enough - traction is king in the Cloudventure. It bit its way through everything we threw at it. On muddy terrain, steep uphills and downhills, the On Cloudventure is your reliable go-to. 

And like a true On shoe, it’s heavy-duty. After putting it through paces in gnarly and unfriendly terrains, it proved itself a beast. It had no wear and tear from the upper down to the outsole. Even more, the midsole is not showing any signs of packing out. 

If you’re logging many miles on the trails, consider the Cloudventure your friend. It has so much room up front, your toes and feet will have enough space to splay comfortably, especially when they start swelling. 

In this shoe, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. The On Cloudventure may look bulky and clunky. But when you put it on, it’s the exact opposite. Not once did it drag our feet down.

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Best value On running shoes for women

On Cloud
On Cloud

Corescore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 32,958 users
85 / 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

It didn’t break the bank, and it delivered its job with flying colors. We were impressed with the On Cloud, to say the least. 

As a speedster, it went above and beyond our expectations. It was even better than all the other tempo shoes we’ve ever tried. It’s bouncy and springy, it literally launched us forward. 

And because it’s snappy, it has some touch of firmness underfoot, making the ride stable. To take it up a notch, the upper wrapped around our feet like a glove, we never had any slips. 

To balance out the rigidity, there’s ample cushion underneath. It cradles the feet with softness and dampens the impact. 

And last but definitely not least, the Cloud wouldn’t be a true On running shoe without its signature durability. For such an affordable price, it’s fantastically solid. After miles of hammering, the outsole almost looks completely untouched.

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What are the cheapest women's On running shoes in 2022?

  1. On Cloudflow 3.0 - from $110
  2. On Cloudvista - from $114
  3. On Cloudultra - from $169
  4. On Cloudmonster - from $170
  5. On Cloudboom - from $200
  6. On Cloudboom Echo - from $270

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Author
Jovana Subic
Jovana Subic

Whether it's a vertical kilometre or an ultra, climbing in the Alps or exploring local mountains, Jovana uses every opportunity to trade walls and concrete for forests and trails. She logs at least 10h/week on trails, with no off-season, and 4x more on research on running and running shoes. With a background in physics and engineering management, she prefers her running spiced with data.