5 Best On Road Running Shoes in 2022

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5 Best On Road Running Shoes in 2022

Famous for its uniquely designed platform, a patented cushioning technology that delivers softer landings and firm toe-offs, On running shoes have become a new favorite among runners, and even world-class triathletes.

Whether it's for marathons, a daily trainer on cobbled paths, or all-day wear, On has the shoes for every runner of all types and experiences. They’re also offering its fully recyclable running shoe for eco-warriors out there.

But in a world of information at your fingertips, it’s too easy to find a gazillion of different opinions and choices for choosing the right pair of On shoes. To help navigate it all, we’ve handpicked and tested 20+ running shoes from the On brand and narrow down your best options.

How we test road running shoes

Using our own knowledge and years of experience in both running and the running shoes market, we’ve reviewed the best road running shoes (19 of them as of this writing) that the On brand has to offer. We put each pair to the wringer to see which ones are really the best in different categories.

Here’s exactly how we approach our selection process:

  • In the spirit of transparency and freedom from bias, we purchase all the road running shoes from On using our own funds.
  • Inside our shoe lab, we perform stringent mechanical tests on each model by cutting them all into pieces. We then measure and weigh 30+ parameters of the shoe, from cushioning technology, durability, stability, and many others.
  • Our testers log at least 30 to 40 miles of running on each pair in various training and racing conditions.
  • We collect more extensive feedback from other shoe experts and regular users.

To come up with an overall rating on each model, we go to our proprietary CoreScore system that calculates all the aggregated data above. The final score is assigned on each pair of shoes ranging from 0 to 100, showing their respective rankings on the list.

Best On road running shoes overall

On Cloudflow 3.0
On Cloudflow 3.0
£95
£110
£112
£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 neutral road running shoes

On Cloudmonster
On Cloudmonster
£150
£150
£150

Corescore

90
Superb!
5.0 / 5 from 5 users
90 / 100 from 11 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.
See our full review and facts

Best On road cushioned running shoes

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.
See our full review and facts

Best On road wide running shoes

On Cloudboom Echo
On Cloudboom Echo
£210
£282

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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What are the cheapest On road running shoes in 2022?

  1. On Cloudflash - from £86
  2. On Cloudswift - from £89
  3. On Cloudflyer - from £93
  4. On Cloudflow 3.0 - from £95
  5. On Cloud X - from £130
  6. On Cloudrunner - from £130
  7. On Cloud Waterproof - from £135
  8. On Cloudflyer Waterproof - from £140
  9. On Cloudsurfer - from £143
  10. On Cloudmonster - from £150
  11. On Cloudstratus - from £150
  12. On Cloud Dip - from £155
  13. On Cloud Hi - from £165
  14. On Cloudboom - from £170
  15. On Cloudace - from £188

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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.