The Cloudace is a brand new, highly cushioned shoe from ON. As most readers and followers know by now, I prefer a well-cushioned shoe for training. The more cushion, the better. When On created the On Cloudace, I knew it would be a shoe I would eventually try.
If you are someone who is injury prone or likes a well-cushioned shoe, the On Cloudace is going to be a good fit for you.
If you have never run in ON before, they will feel different. I’ve run in the ON Cloudflow and the ON Cloud Surfer before. On claims it’s cushioning that doesn’t change or break your stride but supports you how you need it.
The “Clouds” at the bottom of any of their shoes are adaptable and cushion both horizontal and vertical forces. This means it will feel soft but also responsive. When you strike, the Cloud technology lock and form a supportive foundation. For the most part, I’ve always felt that in each model I’ve run in.
Watching videos of this visibly happening is cool. I actually appreciate brands you can see their technology.
Like many running shoes, there are no seams in the upper. Usually, in women’s sizes, I wear between 10-11 wide.
On doesn’t make wides at this point, so I chose a 10.5. It fits well, but given the option, I would have preferred a 10.5 wide. Other than that, it fits fine, and I haven’t had any issues with needing a different size.
If you have bunions or extremely wide forefront, your feet might not fit well into On.
To date, the Cloudace is one of the stiffest shoes I’ve tried. You can feel it’s that it’s maximum cushioned shoe without feeling weighed down. Like mentioned, it’s supported where I personally need it.
The Cloudace itself is stable and responsive. With the weight, that is rare for shoes. When I tried it on, I wasn’t sure how responsive it would actually be. Would my foot melt into the cushion? Would I be able to run “fast” in the shoe?
I’ve done a few short workouts in it, and I have run about the same pace. I’ve also done a few easy runs in it and felt good. For me, it will fit in nicely as a recovery run shoe. I can run fast, but I prefer other shoes to run fast in. Having such a wide range for a shoe is rare. If you’ve never worn On before, you’ll notice the “Clouds” at the bottom of the shoe.
If you have ever run in Newton or adidas, you might appreciate On, because they do feel fairly similar. (I ran through 17 pairs of 4 lug Newton Gravities many years ago).
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Before the workout, I drafted a post in my mind about how it was 100% humidity and you have to judge by effort not pace. I fully expected it to be a slower one. . But then I began grinding and felt good. . 3×1 mile at 6:20 pace. . So today’s lesson is still judge by effort and not pace but also wait until your done with the workout to write a caption.
The only, drawback of the Cloudace is the price point. While most shoes that are of similar cushioning level are between $140-$160, the On Cloudace comes in at $200. It’s definitely one of my most expensive running shoes but I’m hoping it will be more durable than many others. So far I’ve put about 100 miles on the shoe and it could easily be mistaken as brand new.
Current Shoes I’m running in:
Recovery Runs: Hoka One One Clifton 5, On Cloudace
Workouts/Races: Nike Fly, Nike LT Racer, New Balance 1400
Questions for you:
Have you tried On?