Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overpronation / 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
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.
WeightMen: 8.8ozWomen: 7.6oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 6mmWomen: 6mm
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.
Heel heightMen: 24mmWomen: 24mm
Forefoot heightMen: 18mmWomen: 18mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.
Are you an expert? Apply to contribute here.
81 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews
On Cloud Waterproof: Floating on waterproof Clouds
Swiss engineered. Waterproof. Unique and cool looking. Clouds. So, I couldn’t wait to try these works of running architecture, especially in December in the muddy countryside.
Although these are fundamentally ‘road’ shoes, I also test-drove them in the beautiful rain-sodden Dordogne valleys to see if they lived up to their waterproof name.
Initial impressions: despite being rather stiff right out of the box, these neutral waterproof Clouds were comfortable and lighter than they looked. The sturdy ‘pod’ treads offer a great grip in the mud, but they look starkly urban chic when thrown into rural bogs.
Were they going to be worth the £135 asking price? Let’s look in more detail.
Heel-toe offset 6mm Weight 250g (men's) 216 (women's) Heel height 24mm Forefoot height 18mm
Size & fit
As for sizing of the On Clouds, I’d recommend sticking to your normal size. I had read reviews recommending that the On Cloud Waterproof fitted a bit small so I went for half a size bigger than my usual shoes.
This was a mistake I think as I found I had to either lace the shoes super tight (not so comfortable) or wear extra socks to stop my narrow feet sliding around. However, for my walking recovery days, they were perfect over thick socks through drizzle, puddles, up rough trails and down slippery fields as well as on tarmac.
The ‘speed lacing system’ short laces, (perfect for swift triathlon transition or rushing to jump in the shower after a long/cold/wet/hard run or general ease of slipping on and off) only seemed to lace half the loopholes. I then found an extra pair of traditional, longer, thin spaghetti laces and preferred the conventional lacing system for my rather narrow, bony feet.
The tongues are slightly unconventional in the sense that they are cut on askew, to lie rather cleverly over the contours of the upper foot and don’t get folded uncomfortably as some fatter tongues can.
Made from waterproof materials, the shoe is well insulated and warmer than my Salomon Speedcross trail shoes. The special Antimicrobial sock liner is an unseen but practical bonus. I have only tested these in winter, for which they are well suited, but I am not sure how cool or breathable they would be in warmer temperatures.
The shoes look relatively slim but are medium width for both the men’s and women’s versions. I had to lace up tight which caused a bit of pressure over the navicular, but overall they are comfortable.
The grip water-logged conditions, as advertised, is great. But, after running through the limey clay of a recently ploughed field in the French countryside, I had to stop and kick-unpick some of the mud out which had got packed in between the ‘pods.’
These little rubber clouds in the midfoot compress magically on landing and give a cloud-like ride whereas the heel is a little firmer. On road, they have the traction of a wise old four-wheel drive, and I felt I could put my 100% trust in getting me safely down and up slippery wet roads.
Minimalist and neutral - thanks to the shoe’s technical design. The shoe has a Speedboard which is a high-grade ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam.
The Speedboard is acting like the skeletal muscles of the upper, providing good arch support and spreading pressure from pavement pounding evenly across the foot (as long as you don’t lace too tightly as I did).
Once I’d broken the shoe in, and the initial stiffness had softened, I found it encourages a light, swift foot-strike.
A good-looking shoe I would be proud to wear for general walking around as well as galloping in, the uppers are engineered for functionality. Compared to the non-waterproof Clouds, the toe-cap and upper material on the On Cloud Waterproof are sturdier and water repellent.
The microfiber 3D air mesh material enables foot ventilation on the run and on arriving home after puddle stomping my socks felt surprisingly un-sweaty and fresh!
Even after running over a dung heap! How? With the On membrane! Clever. Think of a tough cell membrane, whose primary function is to protect the cell (your foot) from its surroundings.
However, it is selectively permeable and allows some air circulation. A stretchable filmy layer that both stops the elements water and wind leaking in or out. The On membrane is skin-friendly and ‘free from harsh chemicals.’ I have pretty sensitive feet, and these uppers didn’t irritate at all.
The thin reflective strips hugging the heel make it a good safe choice for a night or low visibility running.
Any reasons not to buy?
Slightly clumpier than my Salomon Speedcross. May not suit narrow footed runners.
The On is a very cool looking, well-engineered shoe for road training in wet conditions and for venturing off the beaten track as long as it’s not cross country. A bit too wide for my narrow feet but good for medium width neutral runners who like some cushioning.
This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.
During an easy run, however, I found the Cloud a little too firm for my taste, and when not running at tempo pace the ride was a little flat. Over time the ride did ease a little, but it was never as soft as I’d like.
Some testers thought the shoe was too hefty, yet changed tact after logging a few more miles in it, describing the Cloud’s feel as comparable to other (non-waterproof) shoes they’ve tested.
The Cloud Waterproof is a well-designed, lightweight and attractive trainer for city road running or casual/lifestyle wear. It’s my go-to commuting shoe for comfort and style (even looking good when worn with workwear), as well as my casual weekend shoe of choice for wearing with jeans, shorts or leggings around town or walking light trails.
Updates to On Cloud Waterproof
- The flagship shoe of the On Running brand gets an upgrade in the form of the On Cloud Waterproof. A road-running shoe, the Cloud Waterproof is designed to perform in all conditions while maintaining its lightweight structure. Like many other of the brand’s running shoes, the Cloud Waterproof encourages a more forward foot strike and a centered running position, both of which are essential for an efficient running style.
- This shoe presents a mesh upper with synthetic overlays; a structure that provides support on the crucial areas of the foot. It is specially engineered to be 100% waterproof and windproof, making it suitable for wet conditions. It also features the popular lacing system used in the original version for quick and hassle-free wear.
- A zero-gravity foam makes up a part of the Cloud Waterproof’s sole unit. It combines minimal weight and exceptional cushioning for a comfortable foot strike and an efficient toe-off. It is complemented by a rubber outsole made from a compound that gives it low-abrasion durability and excellent grip.
On Cloud Waterproof size and fit
The On Cloud Waterproof follows the structure of a standard running shoe; thus, runners should expect a perfect fit with their usual size preference. The shoe’s silhouette is slightly elongated and slender, accommodating wearers of low to moderate foot volume. The Cloud Waterproof comes in medium width for both the men’s and women’s versions.
The CloudTec is the brand’s proprietary outsole technology that is constructed very differently from conventional outsoles – it is made of foam rather than rubber. In the Cloud Waterproof, the CloudTec outsole comes in the form of hollowed pods, making it lightweight and flexible, and therefore allowing more speed. The unique formula of the CloudTec compound also gives the shoe exceptional grip in various types of surfaces, most notably, wet ones.
The CloudTec outsole comes with deep flex grooves that encourage a wide range of foot movements. The entire unit is directly attached to the midsole to reduce bulk and to permit adaptability to the footprint.
A high-grade ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam, called the Speedboard, gives the Cloud Waterproof a minimalist and neutral design. The Speedboard is connected sturdily to the upper, thus promoting adequate arch support. It also evenly distributes pressure across the foot for an energized, efficient running performance.
The upper of the Cloud Waterproof boasts of a sleek design, with its microfiber 3D air mesh. The material allows optimal air circulation to keep the foot well-ventilated throughout the run. The air mesh is supported by synthetic overlays, which also provide structural integrity.
To give the shoe its waterproof quality, it employs the On membrane, a layer of stretchable film that not only repels water but also protects against the harsh effects of wind. Without the use of harsh chemicals, the On membrane is skin-friendly, which makes the upper irritation-free.
There are reflective strips around the heel, and the logo is also made of the same material. This feature allows for low-light visibility.
The On Cloud Waterproof comes in a slip-on construction with a speed-lacing system that encourages easy wear. However, a set of regular laces would also be available with each purchase of a pair.