Lightweight, responsive, feel like ‘slippers’? It would be true to say that this pretty much sums up a number of training shoes on the market right now. That’s why I was intrigued to try out one of the most distinctive brands on the market: On Cloudflow shoes.
If you’re new to running or are not one of those people who checks out other runner’s gear all the time (yep, guilty as charged), On Cloudflow trainers stand out (see below for images) because of their distinctive sole.
Whether you call them ‘mini pillows’ or they remind you of Flumps (childhood marshmallow sweets), this bouncy sole absorbs more shock when your foot makes contact with the ground. So you feel like you’re running barefoot without some of the so-called dangers. Other benefits include the idea that they allow you to build on foot stability and increase your control on take-off. You get to run more naturally but with added support.
Sounds too good to be right?
Well, I have to say that after two and a bit months of wearing a pair of On Cloudflows, I’ve come around partly to their way of thinking.
Not only are these trainers super lightweight (190g) but they feel, dare I say it, bouncy. I enjoy wearing them to train in and never feel like I have not got enough support (I have a neutral strike).
What’s more, they are incredibly comfortable. And I’m not the first to say this, but they really do feel like slippers. My On Cloudflows have become my go-to for races, including the Vitality North London Half and the Lidl Kingston Breakfast Run.
As the spec says, they are road trainers so I wouldn’t put them anywhere near a trail or even track when it’s been raining. In a similar way to my adidas adizeros, they simply don’t have the grip to cope with slippery surfaces.
A few times, I have found myself knocking stones from between the crevices in the sole. It’s not a huge problem just slightly irritating. I’ve also almost outrun them, as in they are already starting to wear away at the sole. Now, this may be down to my incessant running but at around £119 a pair, I’d expect them to last a little bit longer. I mean, it’s not like I’ve been training for the Marathon Des Sables or anything.
Am I sold?
I do really like the On Cloudflow but if I was to get another pair, I may leave them for races or ensure that I rotate my training shoes enough to ensure they don’t wear out too quickly. Lightweight and comfortable, they are a racing shoe that gives you flexible support.