Best On running shoes in 2023
Looking for a pair of On running shoes but torn between the many different styles? Here's our testing team's top picks
Decided you only want a pair of On running shoes but not sure what pair is right for you?
Our test team continually reviews all the latest releases from On and other top brands. Below, we pick out some of the On running shoes that have scored highest over the past 12 months.
Best On running shoes in 2023
- Pros: Breathable, propulsive ride
- Cons: Comfort isn’t class-leading
On says the Cloudmonster is designed to deliver cushioning and energy in abundance.
In testing, our reviewer found them to be slightly firm when compared to shoes from competitors, and they also lacked in general comfort when compared to others on the market.
That said, the shoe delivers an impressive amount of forward propulsion, while Cloudmonster’s upper also proved breathable.
See our full On Cloudmonster review here.
On Cloudboom Echo
- Pros: Lightweight, speedy, looks great
- Cons: Lack of support and cushioning may be an issue for some
If you’re looking for a shoe to cover longer distances in a race environment, the Cloudboom Echo might just be the answer.
This stylish, classy shoe was awarded a score of 94% by our tester, who praised it for being light and incredibly propulsive, delivering that classic On bounce many of us have all come to enjoy.
It does feel pretty minimalist, though, with limited support and cushioning, so would be best suited for runners that don’t need a shoe to help with form or technique.
On Cloudsurfer 6
- Pros: Look great, responsive, decent propulsion
- Cons: Run slightly small, a little firm underfoot
The Cloudsurfer 6 shoes are pitched as the ultimate ride for everything from 5km to half marathons.
As ever, the CloudTec technology does a fine job at soaking up road impact and delivering a responsive ride, but we found the comfort underfoot a little on the firm side for our liking.
Sizing also seemed to run slightly small so, as ever, we’d recommend trying before buying.
Although toe-off is springy and there’s decent propulsion when moving at speed, a weight of 375g per shoe (UK11) is far from light, so they wouldn’t be our first choice on race day.
But if you’re after a stylish, neutral shoe for training runs and don’t like lots of cushioning, these are worth a try. The upper is made of 80% recycled materials, too!
Verdict: Stylish, responsive shoes, but firm ride and sizing runs small.
On Cloudventure Peak
- Pros: Lightweight, aggressive outsole offers great grip
- Cons: Not a huge amount of cushioning, white colourway (though black is also available)
If you’re looking for a lightweight trail running shoe that’ll perform well on rough, muddy ground, the On Cloudventure Peak may well be the answer.
They feel agile, nimble and responsive, making them ideal for sessions where you want to pick up the pace, while the 4mm drop helps you feel planted on uneven ground.
The traction afforded by outsole is also decent, particularly on soft, muddy ground, but they also perform well on hard-packed trails – just watch out for sections of smooth rock, as there’s less grip on offer on that type of terrain.
Protection from the rand at the front of the shoe was certainly appreciated, but there’s not a huge amount of cushioning underfoot.
See our full On Cloudventure Peak review here.
- Pros: Comfortable, solid mile muncher
- Cons: Slightly firm ride
If a stability trainer is what you’re looking for from On, this may be the answer for you.
The shoe provides a firm ride initially, but eases up in time. Meanwhile, the ride is comfortable and delivers a healthy amount of rebound, though some of that is absorbed by the outsole.
In testing, we also found the shoe wasn’t such a slouch on speed sessions, with the 6mm drop helping in that regard.
See our full review of the On Cloudstratus in our best cushioned running shoes test.
- Pros: Agile ride, traction on technical trails
- Cons: Hard to find any
Once again, On makes a pair of shoes that look fantastic. The Cloudventure was tested as part of our best trail running shoes test, scoring high marks for its agile feel and bouncy ride.
We also praised the shoe for the cushioning it offers when running on hard ground which, when teamed with the speedboard, would be more than at home for stints on the road, including the odd race.
Traction on technical trails is also decent, while the lightweight upper was another bonus, making for a breathable piece of kit.