I have done many running shoe reviews in my years of blogging, but I think I’ve finally met my match. My one true shoe love. I swore up and down I’d always be a Brooks Ghost girl, with the occasional Mizuno Wave Rider mixed in. But alas, I’ve been convinced otherwise! If you’ve been following my running since about mid-November, then you’ve probably noticed my new shoes occasionally on my Instagram – the On Cloudflyer. And ya’ll, they.are.amazing. I’m officially an On gal, for the foreseeable future!
I first heard about Ons through Adam’s training partner. Eventually, Adam gave them a shot too and quickly became obsessed with them. And I’m talkin’ like, fan-boy status. Ons = LIFE. So, right before my half marathon, I desperately needed a new pair of shoes and Adam suggested I try a pair of Ons for myself to see what all the hype was about. So, I did. I went to our local running store and tried on a pair of Cloudflows, which is the model they’re probably most known for, and what Adam and his training partner both wear. And honestly, I was super disappointed. They were super lightweight and super cute, but something about them just felt uncomfortable and I couldn’t imagine running a half marathon in them. The sales lady then suggested I try a different model before I gave up. She handed me a pair of On Cloudflyers, and I immediately was like, THIS IS IT!
The On Cloudflyer felt PERFECT on my feet. I typically run in a neutral shoe, but the Flyer is a semi-stability/support shoe. There’s just enough extra support around the heel to keep your feet from rolling/pronating too much. The Cloudflows would be considered their neutral shoe, which is why I was shocked they didn’t feel right to me. The Cloudflows though are so neutral that unless you’re a very efficient runner and can handle running in a very minimal shoe, you may not be able to handle them. The material around the heel of the Cloudflows is super minimal, but in the Flyers, it’s basically thicker and more rigid. So, the Cloudflyer is the perfect compromise, at least to me. They’re incredibly lightweight, and just feel far and above better than any running shoe I’ve ever owned. They’re great for distance running, and being on your feet for long periods of time.
I’m still a little sad about not feeling good in the Cloudflows because they come in a super cute black w/a rose pink heel that are TO DIE FOR! I’m counting down the miles until I can pick up the Flyers in black. I like the blue, but prefer black and they just didn’t have my size when I purchased them.
On is a Swiss company – so OF COURSE they make amazing shoes, right?! They’ve been around since 2010, but you probably didn’t hear about them until at least 2016 or 2017. Or if you’re me, umm, 2019!
The technology they use is best described as “running on clouds.” They’re known for making the world’s lightest fully cushioned running shoes. The cloud pods underneath provide a soft landing, but there’s also a “Speedboard” built in that helps propel you forward. They use a special foam that contains a lot of energy return so it almost bounces you and improves agility. (Think – the foam within the cloud pods absorb energy and transfer it into forward motion. So they say!)
“The Cloudflyer is a fully cushioned support shoe that weighs next to nothing. So your long run now feels shorter.”
The only downside I’ll say about them is they very easily pick up rocks in the sole. Because of how the pods are split down the middle, small rocks get stuck super easily. But, if you do your running mostly on pavement, it’s not an issue!
So, if you’re looking for a new running shoe, give On a chance! They are AMAZING.
Have you heard of On? What kind of shoe do you run in? Would you change up your running shoes even if you’re loyal to a certain brand?