Arch support
M: 198g | W: 168g
Heel to toe drop
M: 6mm | W: 6mm
Heel height
M: 24mm | W: 24mm
Forefoot height
M: 18mm | W: 18mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Most runners took note of the lightweight construction of the On Cloud.

  • On Cloud offers flexibility and cushioning as mentioned in some reviews.

  • Runners were impressed with the CloudTec sole that responds to individual runner’s gait.

  • This shoe has the right impact protection most runners needed based on some comments.

  • It is available in several appealing colors.

  • The shoe has enough room in the toe box for toe splay.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some testers had durability issues since some parts of the shoe wore out quickly after few months of use.

  • There were cases where small stones entered the shoe while running.

Bottom line

The On Cloud allows runners to experience explosive toe-offs and soft landings due to its impressive cushioning and impact protection properties. Many were happy with this shoe because of its light weight with adequate cushioning. This shoe is for runners who are looking for a minimal running shoe with outstanding performance and comfort.

World wide, Cloud is in the top 5% most popular running shoes. The brand, On, is the 16th most popular.

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4.7 / 5 based on 257 ratings

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Expert reviews

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81 / 100 based on 16 expert reviews

  • 95
    TarenLevel 2 expert
    by Triathlon Taren
    I've got no hesitation to say that this is the best all-around running shoe of 2016.
  • 83
    WayneLevel 1 expert
    by Swim Cycle Run Coach
    Effectively light and minimalist they also offer cushioning.
  • 98
    Brandon WoodLevel 5 expert
    by Gearist
    I was impressed at its versatility in suiting my needs during all of these runs.
  • 80
    Peter LarsonLevel 5 expert
    by Runblogger
    The Cloud differs from other ON shoes in that the sole pods are built from the midsole rather than the rubber outsole – in other words, they are hollowed out foam and the pillars supporting the pods are thicker, so they don’t compress as much
  • 78
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    On the run, however, they provide the same sensation of smooth cushioning as they compress, transforming to a firm, stable platform for pushoff as they bottom out. 
  • 55
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    Testers universally disliked the stretch-cord lacing, but when they switched to the optional conventional laces, they rated the fit and support of the upper highly.
  • 88
    Men's HealthLevel 4 expert
    by Men's Health
    Not only does the shoe offer oodles of comfort – perfect for the shopping marathon your gal has planned for you – this quick kick is also good enough for races or tempo runs.
  • 91
    StanLevel 3 expert
    by 9 Run
    The shoes came through with flying colours leading me to a new PB by almost 4 minutes on a bitterly cold and windy day.
  • 90
    Samuel ChuaLevel 3 expert
    by RunRepeat
    The Cloudflash by On are the Product Of The Year of ISPO AWARD 2017 in the performance segment. It is described as a well executed, clean and coherent design with attention to detail, resulting in an extremely credible high performance product. One can guarantee the superiority of a product when it wins an award even before public release.
  • 85
    Samuel ChuaLevel 3 expert
    by RunRepeat
    The cloud is a light and casual-looking shoe for runners who want a cushioned and responsive ride without sacrificing comfort or speed. The Cloud excels on both the track and the road!
  • 75
    James WittsLevel 3 expert
    by 220 Triathlon
    We do have concerns about stones forcing their way into that podular design and upsetting the ride.
  • 80
    Christian LangeneggerLevel 2 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    On’s Clouds are an ultralight and highly cushioned shoe and shoes that the young company is willing to keep developing and not just ride on the laurels of its early success. Lighter runners with narrow to regular feet will love the ride.
  • 93
    Anthony Louis M. GuanzonLevel 1 expert
    by RunRepeat
    At first, I was very skeptic and figured it might just be a placebo effect of marketing it as “running on clouds” but based on how it felt, I must say, running with these shoes felt pretty darn good. It gave me an extra bounce during those uphill climb and the cushioning was pretty good.
  • 80
    Kev RichardsonLevel 1 expert
    by Kev Richardson
    These are extremely comfortable.
  • 80
    TylerLevel 1 expert
    by Ultrarunner Podcast
    I wear them in HIIT classes at the gym and they are great – they’re super grippy on the bottom so they were great for burpees, squats, etc.
  • 60
    Clayton GriffithLevel 1 expert
    by Obstacle Racing Media
    I love their beauty, their lightweight and fast design, and the feel of the foot in the shoe.  However, they could not be an all around go to running shoe for me.
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    They cushion horizontally for an incredibly soft landing.

Updates to Cloud

The On Cloud was improved to deliver outstanding cushioning and impact protection. It comes with a lighter built equipped with the brand’s premium CloudTec technologies to provide a combination of soft landing and powerful toe-off.

Cloud size and fit

The On Cloud is true to its size. The midfoot, forefoot and heel area are of standard measurements. This shoe can accommodate those with medium-size foot and those with slightly wide forefoot. This is available in standard D and B widths for men’s and women’s versions respectively.


The On Cloud uses the CloudTec sole that delivers added durability on high wear areas and additional cushioning for high energy return. The sole also has honeycomb slip pattern that delivers reliable grip on the road and off-road runs.


The midsole uses the high-grade EVA that gives durable cushioning. It also utilizes the brand’s Cloudtec midsole elements that provide enough cushioning for foot strike and delivers a solid rebound. The full length Speedboard plate distributes pressure for a more improved running performance.


The On Cloud features the 3D air mesh upper that delivers a breathable coverage. The air mesh allows efficient air flow, keeping foot well ventilated. The Sandwich mesh also gives maximum air intake to keep the foot cool.

The shoe also comes with a non-slip lining that holds that foot securely without any slippage. The shoe also has a reflective TPU cap that increases visibility while running on lights.


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