The design of performance running shoes is to footwear what low-profile tyres are to sports cars – it makes for better handling at greater speeds. What differentiates this type of shoe from its athletic counterparts is its lighter weight, along with being built to be closer to the ground, making for quicker take-offs.
In the case of performance running shoe brand, On, the signature cloud elements on the sole of each On shoe are both the driving force behind each Swiss-engineered pair, but also make for landings that are unconventionally soft, and take-offs that are propelled by the innovative Speedboard™.
If you are a runner that is looking for a shoe which will help you maintain lightning speed across a variety of surfaces, considering some of these, which are among the most highly regarded performance running shoes today.
The On Cloudflow
Who and what it’s for: Road runners, marathon athletes, triathletes, interval training
Distinguishing features: This training and racing shoe provides superior cushioning and explosive take-offs with 18 cloud elements, Helion™ superfoam, and a re-engineered Speedboard™. Breathable upper mesh enhances airflow, while the new lacing system keeps laces tucked in and out of the way. You won’t believe how light it is.
The On Cloudsurfer
Who and what it’s for: Road runners, short and medium distance runners, tempo training
Distinguishing features: This is a responsive ride like none you’ve had before. Utilising On’s unique CloudTec® technology, the rebound-rubber clouds under the forefoot are the secret, along with a Speedboard™ designed to combine the comfort (double layers of EVA foam-level comfort) of a training shoe with the speed of a racing flat. Engineered mesh of varying densities covers the upper, supporting the forefoot and aiding breathability and hold.
The On Cloudace
Who and what it’s for: Road runners, long distance runners (including marathon, half marathon and ultramarathon)
Distinguishing features: If it’s comfort you’re looking for, even after long distances on the road, we have a Cloudace up our sleeve. A combination of CloudTec® and zero-gravity foam, along with an extra-wide, liquid-injected Speedboard™, make this a pleasure to wear, while never compromising on the zippy take-off you’ve come to expect from On. The foot sits in the shoe snugly, thanks to the dual-density sock liner made from memory foam and compression EVA, while the premium technical mesh upper features no-sew tape on the midfoot for evenly-distributed pressure. You haven’t come across a speedier support shoe than this one.
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The On Cloud X
Who and what it’s for: Road runners, mixed-sport training, gym and workouts, HIIT
Distinguishing features: The On Cloud X is the all-purpose shoe you’ve been looking for. Just as suited to the road as it is to the gym or track, this shoe is built for versatility. CloudTec® and Helion™ superfoam on the sole let you bound explosively in any direction, and moulded cushion pads in the heel provide extra stability and comfort. The function-focused weave pattern in the mesh upper makes the Cloud X agile, durable and breathable while doing any fitness activity. Lightweight and ultra-reactive, you’ll wear this just about every day.