The launch of On running shoes in South Africa has many athletes wondering: what sets this footwear apart from its competitors? With an array of running shoes on the market, choosing the right shoe for you is a daunting task, but one that should come with ample consideration of the benefits a specific shoe has for an athlete.
How is On different?
RunRepeat.com, an independent website where 134,867 runners have already reviewed more than 1000 running shoes, gave the On Cloud a runscore of 93 out of a possible 100.
Runners who reviewed the On Cloud, mentioned that the shoe’s lightweight construction made it worth buying. The weight of a running shoe is especially important to runners. Weighing in at a mere 198g (men’s On Cloud) and 168g (women’s On Cloud), wearing the On Cloud might very well feel like not wearing trainers at all – were it not for the shoe’s exceptionally snug and comfortable fit, that is. This is due to special dual-density sockliners and cushioning that make landings soft and toe-offs explosive.
Reviewers stated that the shoe’s flexibility and cushioning provide the right impact protection when running. The Cloud’s easy-entry speed-lace system doesn’t require tying shoelaces when putting on the shoe, but the Swiss engineering behind this system ensures that it stays securely in place during activity.
The shoe’s CloudTec sole was another feature that impressed reviewers. The sole responds to the individual gait of a runner – a factor that is of special importance during long periods of activity.
Allowing for toe splay is something that many runners require in a running shoe, and many reviewers commented in favour of the On Cloud’s wide toe box.
Of course, almost everyone cares about the look of a running shoe, too. In this respect, the Cloud came out tops, with many reviewers mentioning that they like the fact that the shoes come in a variety of appealing colours.
The people from RunRepeat.com conclude the review by stating that the On Cloud “is for runners who are looking for a minimal running shoe with outstanding performance and comfort”.
On running shoes are set apart from the rest because they are just different from other brands in every way. Ultimately, we’d say the best judges of footwear are the wearers themselves.