review: running on clouds with on running

This is a sponsored post. I received complimentary shoes and apparel from ON Running and Fleet Feet Savannah, courtesy of my ambassadorship with Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

It’s hard to say what makes a perfect running shoe. Some people want the softest, most cushioned landing, while others prefer a responsive, bouncy ride. There are those who want flexible while other like firm. Some desire a structured upper while dissenters would rather a breathable fabric free of stitching and overlays.

We all have our favorites.

In 2010, Olivier Berhard, Caspar Coppetti and David Alleman joined forces to establish the ON company in Zurich, Switzerland. The goal? To create a running shoe that would provide “the perfect running experience.” Working with their own personal running backgrounds, as well as Swiss engineers, the end result was something pretty unique: shoes with a firm take off and cushioned landing.

Today, ON shoes and apparel can be found in run specialty stores internationally.

And you can find even a pair on my feet.

The Cloudflow are very different from any shoe I’ve ever owned. They fall into the neutral category where I tend to wear stability, but I never really noticed

The upper is incredibly lightweight and breathable, made of an adaptive engineered mesh. It was almost like wearing nothing at all, but at the same time, there was still the security of some structure and support.

The sole is really quite unique. I have never loved soft or cushioned shoes – I always preferred something with a little more pop – and the Cloudflow didn’t disappoint. Lined with 18 “clouds”, I got a really nice burst of energy on my take off, and was then rewarded with a cloud-like return to the street. The landing wasn’t at all mushy or heavy, which is my personal issue with heavy cushion – everything just felt very springy and right.

I also really liked the 6 mm offset on these. I’ve been working hard on maintaining proper running form, and I find I have been doing well with shoes that have a lower drop.

Paired with my trusty inserts, just for that added arch support, these might be my new favorite spadework shoes.

ON also carries a specialized line of men’s and women’s running apparel.

I took the Running Shorts out for a 6 mile spin and was very pleased.

They were incredibly lightweight and didn’t bunch up at all. I really appreciated the flat wide waistband, with drawstring, to ensure a perfect fit,

and the large zipped pocket in the back. It’s large enough for keys, but also for a gel or even some cards.

I have “athletic” thighs, so I also loved that the legs were roomy without being bulky, and I also liked the minimal, but nice detailing.

The fabric is fast drying (which is great for our humid Florida summers) and much lighter weight than any other shorts I own. Currently, they are only available in Black and Navy & Black (shown), but I would certainly purchase these in other colors.

Finally, I tried the Comfort T.

In the interested of full discretion, I don’t usually run in t-shirts, and I don’t love how technical t-shirts fit, so this shirt would be great for more casual days or even for me to wear cycling. The fabric is incredibly soft and wicking, the perfect combination of fashion and function.

The sleeves are a good length, not too full and not too tight.

And I liked that the shirt skimmed the body without being snug or tight. There is another hidden zipper pocket in the back, which again, would be great for keys or cash or gels.

The seams and stitching are flat and high-quality, so no chance of rubbing or chafing.

Ready to try ON for yourself? ON apparel and shoes are available exclusively Fleet Feet Sports Savannah – be sure to check them out at 3405 Waters Avenue when you arrive in town for the Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon!

There will also be ON products at the Fleet Feet Booth at the Fashion Fitness Expo on Friday, April 6 from 11AM – 7PM (DeSoto Hotel Savannah, 15 East Liberty Street), so be sure to check them out when you pick up your packet this upcoming weekend!

Don’t forget – online registration ends on Wednesday, April 4, so if you haven’t signed up yet, now’s the time! Code PUGS18 will save you 15%!

Have you ever tried ON shoes or apparel?

What makes the perfect running shoe for you: cushion or responsiveness?

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33 Responses to review: running on clouds with on running

  1. I’ve never heard of ON shoes/apparel before! They look pretty sweet though!! I love hidden pockets!
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  2. I’ve never heard of ON…I’d be leery of the shoes, though. My over-pronating feet need major stability ;-(
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  3. Kim G says:

    I’ve seen this brand a lot on Instagram lately and I love the look of the sneakers. Glad that you had a great time running in them!
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  4. I haven’t heard of this brand before but the shoes do sound lovely. I may have to try them! I’ve been not loving any of my current sneakers lately. The newer of my Mizunos are a little more narrow than the old ones. And the Adidas that I was loving are kind of meh now too. I mean, it COULD be the girls scout cookie weight gain… but I’m gonna blame the shoes cause that’s just who I am as a person.
    Will have to see if I can find these nearby to try on. Thanks for the review!
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  5. Rachel says:

    I haven’t tried ON but I have eyed them a few times. I need a lower drop than 6mm so I guess they won’t work for me. Whomp whomp. Good review, though! Thank you!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      These are now my lowest drop – I run in a pair with a 12 mm and one with an 8 mm. However, I’m finding that the drop doesn’t matter as much for me as it once did because of how much I’m trying to watch my form, but if you need lower, these would probably be right out.

  6. I haven’t heard of this brand. That’s a pretty funky sole design on those shoes! Great to hear that you like them!
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  7. Andrea says:

    These look really cool! I’ll have to keep these in mind next time I need a new pair of shoes!

  8. Wendy says:

    I’ve seen other bloggers wearing ON shoes and I’m intrigued! Glad to hear that they worked for you.
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  9. Chrissy says:

    I’ve never tried this brand – definitely need to check them out! I love cushiony shoes and tend to veer towards those on the more supportive end. It’s always fun testing out new options across product lines though, as I find some better for track work and some better for long runs.
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  10. Coco says:

    Oh, these look really cool. I am always nervous about trying out new shoes, but sometimes that risk is worth taking.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      There are times when I do feel like I just need to go for it – especially when a model I like makes a drastic change. I always test them out a few times over shorter distances to see if they are ok. That seems to be the best way for me to go about it.

  11. That’s a really good question – I’ve never really thought about why exactly I like the running shoes I like!
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  12. Chelsea says:

    I’ve never been a huge fan of tech shirts myself. But, depending on the material–it can make all the difference!

    I love running shoes with responsiveness for sure!

    Have a great weekend!!
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  13. These all seem very cool and interesting. I love the colors of the shoes, too! I have no idea what type of shoe I wear in terms of stability and such. I just picked a pair and went with it!

    • runswithpugs says:

      I liked all the colors, too. It’s fun to see how the different brands all have such a variety of color options and styles.

      You’ve never been fitted for shoes??? On the one hand, I’m totally jealous that you can just go for it, but on the other, I’m glad that I have been analyzed (and now that I work in the run speciality business, know how to analyze myself), so that I have a shoe that works well for me.

  14. Renée says:

    my husband has two pairs of ON shoes, I’m not sure which models but he does really like them! One he wears for everyday use and the other is a training shoe. I think his opinion is that the shoe is for him only good for training but not racing (but he’s fast and runs races on super lightweight nike shoes). He has said that maybe I should try them – I’m only weary because I have such messed up feet (I’m currently in a zero drop shoe with insoles from the podiatrist).

    The shorts and shirt look and sound great too! I have not seen apparel here, but last year ON were at Liverpool RnR expo – maybe I will catch them there again this year!

    • runswithpugs says:

      If you are happy in zero drop, I would absolutely stay there. People have such different preferences and needs, so it’s really hard to determine the “perfect” shoe for a large group. For me, this ended up being a great option for specific kinds of runs. I would love to try out one of their more stable models, to see if it works even better.

      Love that your husband enjoys the ON brand, though!

  15. This is a brand I had not heard of before, but it sounds great! I really like the shorts, they look super comfy!!
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  16. Esther says:

    This is my first time seeing ON products!
    The shoes look really interesting! I would def try those out.
    I am not a fan of shorts, but those look comfy to run in for those who like shorts!
    Thanks for sharing your experience with ON gear and good luck with the upcoming race 🙂

    • runswithpugs says:

      I used to hate shorts, but they became fairly necessary in the Florida heat and humidity. Now that I’ve found some great options I don’t hate them quite as much anymore.

  17. Jina says:

    Hey Jenn, these shoes look very nice and lightweight.I am a fun of ASICS brand and I have been using them almost six years! I think this is the time for me to get accustomed to a new brand! How many sizes available in these shoes?
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