Who should buy the On Cloud Nexus

Cloud Nexus is an interesting offering from On, especially if you are after the following:

  • a comfortable shoe for city walks
  • a unique design and color combinations
  • easy on-and-off

On Cloud Nexus easy on-off

Who should not buy the shoe

Nexus is reported to be a tight-fitting shoe, so it is definitely not the right option for people with wide feet or high arches. The On Cloud 5 and the On Cloud Monochrome appear to have more forgiving uppers.

Supportive all day long

The cloud-like platform of the Nexus is highly appreciated by people who spend most of their day on the foot. Some of these cases include:

  • a person who covers 20000 steps a day
  • someone who works 12+ hours in a surgery center
  • a nurse who is constantly on her feet

All of them are very happy with the comfort offered by this On Cloud shoe, which causes no pain, discomfort, or blisters.

On Cloud Nexus support

The shoe fits snug: sizing up is advised

The brand recommends getting half a size up when ordering the On Cloud Nexus. For some, it worked as they claim that the shoe has an excellent fit and “hugs [their] feet perfectly.”

But unfortunately, sizing up hasn’t been helpful for everyone. The large bands on top of the foot cause too much compression for people with high arches and there is “not a way to loosen the fit,” according to the reviewer.

On the other hand, people with wide feet also find the toebox too narrow, even when going with a larger size.

On Cloud Nexus toebox

If you have regular-sized feet but are still in doubt about which On size is right for you, consult with the brand’s size chart first.

Speed lacing does its job

The unique lockable lacing of the On Cloud Nexus has been welcomed by the wearers. “My favorite of the speed-lacing shoes,” says one of them. Another comment states that this lacing “makes for a fit that feels custom.” Based on the general users’ feedback, it is easy to get the right snugness with the lacing as well as put the shoe on and take it off quickly.

On Cloud Nexus speed lacing

Breathable mesh upper

As one of the reviewers puts it, Nexus is “brilliant for keeping the feet cool.” With its breathable mesh upper, you have nothing to worry about when it comes to ventilation.

On Cloud Nexus breathability

On Cloud Nexus looks like a durable shoe

While none of the testers has owned the shoe long enough to comment on its long-term durability, they generally agree that it looks like it’s going to last: “don’t feel like they will break down quickly.”

On Cloud Nexus durable

Amazingly light

The On Cloud Nexus beats records in the lightness department weighing at 8.4 oz (239 g). It is even lighter than the On Cloud walking shoes on average (9 oz / 257 g) and is significantly lighter than walking shoes across the board (11.1 oz / 316 g).

As some of the shoe owners describe it, it feels light “almost like slippers” and you “truly feel like you’re walking on air.”

Nexus is part of the sustainable range

Recycled content makes up 10% of the shoe. This is a welcome touch of sustainability that the brand gradually introduces into its footwear.

It’s a looker!

“Best looking On ever,” states one of the reviewers. Many people indeed find the Nexus a beautiful product with a unique style and color choices. Some of the other things that people loved about the shoe’s design include that:

  • It’s versatile: the shoe “can triple up” for casual suits, dressed down for a leisurely stroll, and even worn for a light gym workout.
  • It makes the foot appear smaller: “I walked around looking down and wondering why my feet looked so tiny.”

On Cloud Nexus style design

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 8.4oz
Arch support: Neutral
Use: All-day wear, City, Europe, Fitness, Travel
Closure: Bungee laces
Material: Mesh upper
Features: Lightweight / Breathable / Cushioned
BRAND Brand: On

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