Facts

Terrain
Road

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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.

Arch support
Neutral

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.

Use
Daily running

Daily running

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

Competition

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.

Price
$140
Weight
Men: 10.1oz
Women: 9.7oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 7mm
Women: 7mm

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.

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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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.

Competition

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.

Summary

We spent 6.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Several runners commented that wearing the On Cloudsurfer was like running in socks, but with loads of cushioning.
  • A runner commented that they weren’t able to feel any pressure on their ankles or knees while using this shoe for long running sessions.
  • Some purchasers noted that they were able to run faster and longer with this shoe.
  • There were testers who noticed a springy sensation with every step and they wrote that it allowed them to be more efficient when performing.
  • According to many users, this shoe was able to deliver a soft ride and a secure fit.
  • A consumer commended the responsiveness of this shoe; they felt like running on air with it.
  • A number of testers stated that its cushioning systems were efficient when it came to preventing discomfort or injury during the running session.
  • There were runners who felt that the On Cloudsurfer didn’t need a break-in period, that it was comfortable from the get-go.
  • The upper unit felt like a ‘natural coating’ for the foot, wrote a consumer; they didn’t experience blisters or irritation because of it.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A number of reviewers didn’t consider the On Cloudsurfer as a racing shoe because, for them, it was heavy.
  • Some runners didn’t like the laces used in this shoe; they wrote that it was too long, too thin, and difficult to adjust & secure.
  • The tongue was too long and it dug into the skin, according to a tester.
  • A consumer reported that heel section of the cushioning system collapsed after only a few uses.

Bottom line

The On Cloudsurfer was able to bring satisfaction to a lot of neutral runners. Many of them were impressed by its performance on the roads, as well as its innovative design and solid performance. Some were not as hooked because they had some complaints about it. Still, this offering from On Running was generally welcomed with enthusiasm.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 251 ratings

5 star
78%
4 star
9%
3 star
6%
2 star
3%
1 star
2%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, 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.

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82 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 76 / 100 by Fueled by LOLz • Hollie • Level 4 expert

    I like the soft ride of the ON Cloud Surfer, but the shoe is too narrow for my foot.

  • 85 / 100 by The Running Shoe Review • Nick • Level 3 expert

    They are excellent for slogging out the hard miles, and are comfortable enough to wear for a long time. The heel cushioning layout is especially good for people who often experience heel pain.

  • 77 / 100 by Runners Need • James Reader • Level 3 expert

    This, so far, has not been a problem, but it could be a completely different story on more rugged, muddy trails.

  • 81 / 100 by Live Run Grow • Danielle • Level 2 expert

    For some reason with the little “clouds” on the bottom I had imagined it would be like running on springs, but they felt comfortable and stable, not overly springy.

  • 80 / 100 by CSA • CSA • Level 2 expert

    Moreover, the tongue is stitched in the medial side ensuring no movement while you are running. It is made from durable synthetic suede-like material that is comfortable and soft.

  • 100 / 100 by Running 4 Women • Libby • Level 1 expert

    Fit perfectly and super comfortable, it literally feels like you're walking/running on a cloud.

  • 92 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Peter Stuart with Sam Winebaum • Level 1 expert

    You get what you pay for here, Swiss quality design and attention to detail and the price is not out of line for "premium" shoecategory

  • 89 / 100 by Sarah • Sarah • Level 1 expert

    The cushion is amazing, the response is great, and they really do propel you forward and engage the muscles for proper running form. 

  • 82 / 100 by Luxniseko • Luxniseko • Level 1 expert

    These shoes feel fast with good grip on either dry or wet roads due to the quality of rubber and lightly grooved tread patterns.

  • 82 / 100 by Running for the Average Joe • Chadd Balbi • Level 1 expert

    I did have my struggles of breaking them in, but again this is shoe etiquette 101 that is more of a lesson learned for me. Once they were broken in I enjoyed every run in them.

  • 81 / 100 by Miles of Abbie • Abbie Mood • Level 1 expert

    I felt the rolling motion and it felt like my legs were going around in a cycle.

  • 79 / 100 by Run Jen Run • Jen Skiba • Level 1 expert

    They weren’t as springy as I had expected but they do appear to propel you forward.

  • 77 / 100 by Runner Transformed • Haley • Level 1 expert

    The rubber bottoms aren’t as soft and springy as I thought they would be during my regular run.

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Updates to On Cloudsurfer

  • The On Cloudsurfer is a running shoe that’s created for those who have neutral foot-pronation. It features robust and high-quality materials that make the entire package more long-lasting and appealing to look at. The overall structure of this version isn’t much different from its predecessor, though it has employed some changes that allows it to distinguish itself from the previous iteration.
  • The upper utilizes a single-layer knitted mesh. The material is thin, soft, yet durable enough to withstand many running sessions. It accommodates the natural motion of the foot, ensuring exceptional comfort and flexibility as the runner moves forward. Thin overlays are fused to the upper, giving a snug and secure fit to the wearer at all times.
  • To shed weight and bulkiness, On Running has done away with the use of stitched overlays, as well as much of the padding in the tongue, where a thin comfort-layer has been utilized. The tongue also has perforations, which allow air to enter the shoe and cool the foot inside. A handy pull-tab is present to assist the runner when it comes to wearing and removing the shoe.
  • The mid-sole unit of the On Cloudsurfer makes use of high-grade EVA. It is the platform on which the foot rests. This version of the industry-standard foam is less prone to breakdown, making it more long-lasting.
  • The outsole features an arrow pattern, which provide more traction over the asphalt. High-rebound rubber is utilized for the individual cushioning elements known as the Clouds. This material delivers additional protection and responsiveness on top of its capability to grip the surface securely.
  • The different colorways for the On Cloudsurfer allow the runner to have more freedom when it comes to choosing the aesthetics of its façade.

On Cloudsurfer size and fit

The On Cloudsurfer is half-a-size smaller than the standard. Runners are advised to go ½ up when purchasing this product. The available width for both the men and women’s versions is medium. It is more accommodating of those who have medium sized feet. The semi-curved shape of this shoe follows the natural curvature of the human foot.


Outsole

The external sole unit of the On Cloudsurfer features the Clouds, an innovative technology from On Running that’s actually meant to provide additional cushioning and responsiveness to the runner. For this product, the individual units are made from high-rebound rubber and they also deliver reliable surface traction.

An arrow pattern is employed in the outer side of the Cloud units. This design has a more practical use than just being aesthetically appealing: they enhance traction by allowing the rubber to hold onto the asphalt with ease and sureness.

Flexibility is enhanced by the presence of vertical and horizontal grooves on the surface of the outsole.


Midsole

The mid-sole unit of the On Cloudsurfer features high-grade Ethylene vinyl acetate, a sturdier version of the industry-standard foam. It makes up the platform that carries the foot. It’s comfortable, responsive and long-lasting.

The Speedboard is a layer in the underfoot platform that delivers torsional rigidity. It protects the foot’s muscles from straining too much when going through the gait cycle. It also enables more energy-return during the toe-off phase.


Upper

Engineered mesh is the material used for the On Cloudsurfer. This knitted one-layer material offers comfortable coverage and breathable support. It wraps around the foot securely and prevents it from wobbling while inside the shoe.

The overlay system features thin, fused layers that assist in providing a snug and precise wrap. Some stitching is used in the mid-foot section, but it serves as a means to reinforce the upper.

A protective toecap shields the toes from any debris or harsh surfaces on the road. It’s also made from a thin, yet durable material.

To reduce the overall weight and bulk of the shoe, the tongue only has a thin layer of padding to keep the foot comfortable. It has tiny perforations that accommodate airflow into the shoe, maintaining ventilation for the runner.

A handy pull-tab helps the runner when it comes to wearing the shoe and removing it.