I've been on the quest for a new pair of running shoes for a little while now. I have been a faithful Vibram's wearer for about 2 years now. But I've been looking for something different. After many hours of research and reading reviews (I do this with almost everything I buy) I decided on a pair of Brooks Pure Cadence's. I got them and excitedly laced them up and off I went. I only lasted about 2 miles before calling it quits. I felt like the soles were rounded and I was going to get injured. I wasn't a fan of them so I returned them. The search continued. I went to my local running store and he hooked me up with the On Cloudrunner's.
I never heard of On before buying these shoes. And I was honestly skeptical at first. I don't usually steer away from the well known brands just because I usually know what I'm getting when purchasing things. But I put these on and went for a small run down the street. I knew these were the ones for me as soon as I hit the sidewalk.
The bottoms of the shoes have a Speedboard which supports your foot but pushes you forward at the same time. It evenly distributes your foot throughout the shoe with each stride. I found it very comforting due to the fact that my toes still had enough room to spread out at the tip of the shoe and become distributed evenly with each step.
On is a fairly new company. It was created in 2010 and is engineered in Switzerland. The three co-founders are very passionate about creating the "perfect running shoe" and are doing a good job on their journey to that point. Olivier Bernhard one of the founders of the company has won the Ironman six times now and has began using that experience as a tool to create the ideal shoe.
With the purchase of your shoe you get an owner card to "join the cloud." After you registered you're able to use their Feed on their website and browse things from Events, Shoes, Athletes, etc.
I am very pleased with these shoes. They're definitely worth the $140 price tag. Which is something that I wouldn't typically pay for running shoes, but this is definitely worth it. If you're thinking about investing in a new pair of running shoes to get you through this summer, these are definitely a pair that you should put on your list to check out!