Who should buy the On Cloud 5 Waterproof

This weatherproof On Cloud shoe is a solid choice for the following:

  • wet, rainy, and colder climates and seasons
  • all-day wear including long hours of standing and walking
  • a good-looking shoe for the urban conditions
  • a light and easy-to-slip-on shoe for traveling

On Cloud 5 Waterproof best for

Who should not buy this walking shoe

If you don’t think you’ll get caught in the rain a lot, then you might be better off with the regular breathable version of the Cloud 5.

And if you’d like to expand your options of waterproof shoes, have a look at our selection of the best waterproof running shoes. Some of them have more cushioning like the Brooks Ghost 13 GTX, others are more rugged to be used on the trails, like the Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GTX.

It’s a snug-fitting shoe

Those who have owned other pairs of On shoes generally agree that the On Cloud 5 Waterproof runs smaller and fits narrower. Someone with three pairs in the same size mentions that it is “visibly much smaller than [her] other Clouds.” Another person complained that the shoe ended up giving blisters on the heels in their regular size.

But for most people, going up by only half a size was enough to achieve a perfect fit.

On Cloud 5 Waterproof snug fit

Super easy on and off

The no-tie design of this On Cloud is highly appreciated by the wearers as the shoe can be slipped into really quickly. No need to bend down and tie laces.

And if you are a fan of the conventional lacing or need to get a more fine-tuned fit, a pair of regular laces is also included with the pair.

On Cloud 5 Waterproof easy on-off

On Cloud keeps you comfortable all day

The shoe offers a good amount of cushioning to keep your feet supported as you go about your day. There is an 8-mm heel-to-toe difference in the midsole, meaning that the heel receives extra cushion. A few wearers describe the foam as bouncy and “with a good amount of spring in each step.” As one reviewer also points out, the shoe is supportive and soft, yet structured and “not a hunk of material on your foot.”

Some of the shoe’s wearers include:

  • an ER nurse who is on her feet for 12-16-hour shifts
  • a busy person who runs around at work for 10 hours
  • a senior traveler planning a trip to Europe

All are happy with the way their feet feel after spending a day in a pair of On Cloud 5 Waterproof.

On Cloud 5 Waterproof cushioning

Waterproofing is excellent

This On Cloud shoe received praise from the people who live in colder, wet conditions. For example, one person wore the shoes for several really rainy days in NYC and was elated that he “never felt damp and they still look nice and clean.” Another tester has worn it in the slush with their feet remaining dry. A rainy area resident is also happy about “having something other than rain boots” to walk her dog.

However, some reviewers warn about the possibility of developing odor in the shoe because it is not breathable at all. One wearer resorts to febrezing the pair, while another recommends sticking some balls of paper to help the shoes dry more effectively.

On Cloud 5 Waterproof waterproofing

On Cloud 5 Waterproof is astonishingly light!

The shoe weighs 9.9 oz (281 g) in a men’s size 9. This is below the average weight of other waterproof walking and running shoes on the market (12.6 oz / 357 g). This is impressive for a shoe of this category.

“They make me feel so light on my feet!” exclaims a happy owner of the shoe.

Sole catches stones

This is such a common problem for On shoes and it is also present in the Cloud 5 Waterproof. According to the wearers, small rocks and debris tend to get stuck in between the CloudTec pods. However, it’s not that catastrophic as you only need to step on a rock of a certain size that could fit into the gap.

On Cloud 5 Waterproof catches pebbles

Environmentally-friendly design of the Cloud 5

Just like the original Cloud 5, the Waterproof version contains 40% of recycled materials in total. The highest concentration of sustainable components (90%) is found in the polyester upper fabric.

Appealing design for various occasions

Quite a few reviewers shared that the shoe gains them lots of compliments from the bypassers. Even though it looks a lot like many other On shoes, it still turns heads on the streets because it is something different from the commonly seen Nikes, Adidas, Skechers, New Balance, etc.

Their semi-casual appeal also allows the wearer to dress it up or down, depending on the occasion.

On Cloud 5 Waterproof style

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 9.9oz
Arch support: Neutral
Base model: On Cloud 5
Use: All-day wear, City, Europe, Travel
Closure: Lace-up, Slip-on
Material: Synthetic upper
Features: Orthotic friendly / Lightweight / Waterproof / Removable insole / Cushioned

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