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.
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WeightMen: 8.1ozWomen: 6.6oz
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: 28mmWomen: 28mm
Forefoot heightMen: 22mmWomen: 22mm
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard
Release dateNov 2017
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91 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews
A lightweight and flexible design paired with fantastic comfort, the On Cloud X delivers a unique running experience that can handle anything from tempo runs to daily training.
It's a comfortable shoe to wear around so that's why would recommend it for someone who's not looking for high mileage maybe runs 12 miles a week and then does their workout. This would be a great shoe for that.
Tempo’s [sic], races and workouts for me. [The On Cloud X] shined so well on the track as well. Don’t count this out for the oval office.
The Cloud X is a spectacular looking shoe with great versatility for a number of faster running and potentially for other “purposes"of the gym and lifestyle variety.
Updates to On Cloud X
- On Running introduces the Cloud X, which boldly declares itself to be the world’s lightest fully-cushioned running shoe. The shoe is marketed towards athletes who do running mixed with other types of workouts.
- The Cloud X pays attention to the minute details: With its dual-density sock liner and seamless tongue, the shoe provides comfort unlike any other.
- Using a high-quality engineered mesh, the upper promises optimum performance while also providing breathability. It aims to support the foot without restricting its movements.
- The shoe features a CloudTec® sole built from the latest-evolution Zero-Gravity foam, thus enabling movements that are natural yet flawless. It is aided by Speedboard, their very own cushioning pad technology that gives a precise fit while keeping the foot in place.
On Cloud X size and fit
The Cloud X is a running shoe that is true to size. Runners are recommended to get a size that follows their usual shoe measurements. The shoe’s moderate construction will accommodate narrow to medium foot volumes. Width profiles are available in D – Medium for men and B – Medium for women.
The outsole of the Cloud X comprises On’s patented CloudTec® outsole. Like the other running shoes from on, the Cloud X’s outsole is engineered to provide cushioning that adapts to any activity, whether all-day wear or active training time. The On Cloud running shoe also features this technology.
CloudTec® uses Zero-Gravity foam, which works under the concept of support without pressure, resulting in a shoe that feels almost weightless. This technology allows for an efficient full-speed run, such as races.
Similar to previous releases from On, the Cloud X also uses CloudTec Elements, the brand’s midsole technology that comes in the form of pods with hollow channels in the middle. These pods work by deflecting under pressure to help the shoe flex and give the foot a stable push-off from the ground. The CloudTec Elements are recognized in the ability to provide a springy ride, as the pods add bounce to each step and distribute impact during the landing phase.
On top of the CloudTec Elements is the Speedboard, a full-length synthetic plate that flexes to enable a smooth transition and a soft landing. The Speedboard is designed to work on various aspects – flexibility, energy distribution, torsion guidance, and dynamics; thus, the foot achieves a more efficient running gait and maximum performance.
The upper of the Cloud X uses a soft outer material made of engineered mesh and an inner mesh layer. With this two-layer upper system, the foot is wrapped snugly and comfortably while ensuring breathability and dynamic movement.
There is an external heel counter that offers support to the area, as well as reinforces and keeps the foot fitted in a variety of 360-degree movements.
The Cloud X uses a traditional lacing system to promote a more accessible yet more secure way of tightening the shoe.