6 Best On Running Shoes For Men in 2022

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6 Best On Running Shoes For Men in 2022

On running shoes don’t only look good. But the brand also backs it up with brilliant performance. If there is any secret to On’s meteoric rise in the running shoe industry, the great combination of innovative technologies and performance-driven design is definitely it.

From newbies to professionals, weekend warriors, triathletes, and ultra runners, On offers a wide array of great fits for every runner of all types.

Whether you want a carbon-plated running shoe for race days or a comfortable daily trainer, we can help you choose the perfect pair. We’ve rounded up and tested 20+ of the best men’s On running shoes available out there. Check out our top picks in different categories.

How we test running shoes

All the pairs of shoes on this list have been through our meticulous testing process. That means performing mechanical tests and analysis on each shoe in our RunRepeat lab. We also have our wear-testers clocking up high mileage running on each model and reporting back to us their on-foot impressions.

To make the final cut for our best selections, we strictly follow this approach:

  • We purchase all the men’s On running shoes using our own funds to avoid any brand loyalty.
  • We cut the shoes into pieces in the lab. We then measure 30+ parameters of the shoes from cushioning and energy return, to upper breathability, outsole, and many more.
  • Our runners log 30-50 miles on average on each pair in various on-road or off-road environments.
  • We collect additional info from other shoe experts and regular users.

To get the overall ratings, we calculate the scores of all On running shoes using our CoreScore. Based on the above data, the CoreScore system gives the final evaluation and assigns each model a rating that ranges from 0 to 100. The best picks are highlighted on this page.

Best men's On running shoes overall

On Cloudflow 3.0
On Cloudflow 3.0
£95
£110
£129
£130

Corescore

87
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 3,239 users
93 / 100 from 4 experts

Pros

  • Fits true to size
  • Great ground feel
  • Durable
  • Surprisingly good grip
  • Steadfast lockdown
  • A super speedy energy return
  • Perfect as an all-rounder
  • Okay for wider feet

Cons

  • Debris can get caught between the pods
  • Not the best if you want lots of padding
  • Grip is only good on pavement
  • Inconsistent flex in different climates

Verdict

The ON Cloudflow 3.0 is an all-rounder running shoe that brings some of the best elements of the previous Cloudflow and improves on as much as it possibly can. We love the rigidity and durability of the shoe, making sure it’ll push you further and faster on whatever pavement you pound.
See our full review and facts

Best On road running shoes for men

On Cloudmonster
On Cloudmonster
£150
£150
£150

Corescore

90
Superb!
5.0 / 5 from 5 users
89 / 100 from 9 experts

Pros

  • All-day comfort
  • Bouncy cushion
  • Smooth heel-to-toe transitions
  • Protective for long runs
  • Stable when cornering
  • Weighs less than it looks
  • Grippy on wet & dry roads
  • Can work on light trails
  • Perfect lockdown
  • Built to last
  • Sustainable upper

Cons

  • Firm for recovery days
  • Not for wide feet
  • Expensive

Verdict

The On Cloudmonster is the brand's max-cushioned running shoe that "changed everyone's mind." From firm to forgiving, it's a new take that's perfect for daily training and long runs. True to its name, it has a "monstrous" amount of foam that will keep your feet protected and comfy all day. So much so that you can take it out on your walks as well.
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Best On trail running shoes for men

On Cloudultra
On Cloudultra
£167

Corescore

82
Good!
4.0 / 5 from 91 users
87 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • Comfort for long runs
  • Good traction
  • Cloud-like feeling
  • Feels light
  • Stable
  • Breathable
  • Durable
  • Great midfoot lockdown

Cons

  • Break-in is a must
  • Not for cold days
  • Not true to size

Verdict

Although a devoted trail running shoe. the On Cloudultra made our runs equally surefooted on both the trail and the road. Not only is it very stable, but it's also highly cushy (cloud-like even), making it a star in long-distance runs. And if you're to tackle the technical terrain, take this shoe. It's VERY grippy, we had zero issues with slippage.
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Best On neutral running shoes for men

On Cloudboom
On Cloudboom
£170

Corescore

89
Great!
5.0 / 5 from 5 users
87 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • Soft
  • Versatile design
  • Springy platform
  • Lightweight
  • Affordable
  • Grippy

Cons

  • Sloppy lacing system
  • Outsole traps pebbles
  • Narrow toe box

Verdict

If you are looking for a shoe to wear on race day, the On Cloudboom is a considerable choice. The shoe boasts of a durable platform, snappy ride, and lightweight structure, all while being affordable. This is certainly for runners who want a fresh running experience.
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Best On cushioned running shoes for men

On Cloudboom Echo
On Cloudboom Echo
£210
£284

Corescore

86
Great!
5.0 / 5 from 5 users
79 / 100 from 6 experts

Pros

  • Fast and stable ride
  • Lockdown fit
  • Race-shoe light
  • Breathable
  • Good-looking

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Not for wide feet
  • Firm
  • Slippery outsole

Verdict

Is it a fast racing shoe? Definitely, yes. Is it worth the price? No. The Cloudboom Echo from On delivers the speedy run that it promises. But, as a marathon version of the first Cloudboom, it's a letdown. For long distances, it's way too firm to be comfortable. However, if it's a short to mid-distance racer you're after, it can do the job.
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Best value On running shoes for men

On Cloudvista
On Cloudvista
£129

Corescore

81
Good!
4.7 / 5 from 17 users
85 / 100 from 2 experts

Pros

  • Grippy on mud, soft trail, and wet rocks
  • Great for road-to-trail transitions
  • Bouncy ride
  • Secure and snug fit
  • No heel rubs
  • Tonge stays in place
  • Runs lighter than its weight
  • No lace bites
  • Breathable for summer runs
  • Environmentally friendly upper
  • Also for hiking
  • Looks good

Cons

  • Firm on hard-packed trails
  • Lacks grip on technical terrains
  • Not for wide feet

Verdict

Dubbed as the "swiss army knife of shoes," you no longer have to switch gears from road to trail with the Cloudvista from On Running. It's a lightweight road-and-trail hybrid that excels at short-distance runs. Even more, it's not your typical rigid trail shoe; it's a fun and forgiving shoe that will make your daily runs—whether on the pavement or mildly technical terrains—enjoyable and even fast.
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What are the cheapest men's On running shoes in 2022?

  1. On Cloudflow 3.0 - from £95
  2. On Cloudmonster - from £152
  3. On Cloudultra - from £168
  4. On Cloudboom - from £172
  5. On Cloudvista - from £195
  6. On Cloudboom Echo - from £212

See all men's On running shoes sorted by lowest price

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.