Heel-toe drop: 7 mm
Weight: USW 7: 265g / USM 8.5: 295g
I was slightly skeptical at first. Having come from wearing very neutral, almost minimal shoes for years now, these little bumps (otherwise known as Cloudtec elements) for cushioning seemed very foreign. However, the run was very smooth, and almost springy (but not the dreaded "cushiony" that many of us fear, which leads to lazy form and heel striking. Or at least in my case.) The company claims that once these Cloudtec elements are fully compressed, they allow and assist in a firm push off the ground, which is probably the explanation for the "pep in your step" feeling, and reducing the impact of the harsh pavement we all love to run upon. I'm all for anything that maximizes return and minimizes impact and effort, especially when you plan to be on your feet for hours at a time.
Other positives include:
Fit: nothing chafed, blistered, irritated, or felt out of place. Lightweight, easy lacing. No bells and whistles in the fit, just comfort that lasted for hours.
Color and design. Many compliments and questions from passers by, especially for the Black /Lime color scheme
Con (slight one):
The sole is a bit stiff. This may not be noticeable to those running in traditional sneakers, but for some of us who spend our lives in VFF's and Merrell gloves, it's noticeable. Not enough to not want to run in the shoe, but it's certainly something to consider.
On shoes are a little pricey, ranging from $119-$139 retail , but as we all have come to learn in the shoe world: you get what you pay for.
Want to learn more? Check out On's facebook page , website , or find a dealer near you to try out a pair (scroll to the very bottom of the page for U.S. locations)
Oh and in case you were wondering, On shoes are NOT just for the streets. Check out this awesome video of Ben Allen, Australian Xterra Triathlete, tearing up some trails and mountainsides:
In conclusion, if you are looking for something new to put on your feet, something light and efficient, but are a fan of having a little more stability than all of the super minimal shoes on the market, I would suggest giving On CloudTec shoes a try.
FTC disclaimer *While I was provided with a free pair of Cloudsurfer shoes, this review was uncompensated, and all opinions expressed are 100% mine....and Geoff's, since he ran in them too.*