The On Cloudswift was refreshed and improved in 2021. On Running tweaked the upper, the support wing, and the midsole’s Cloud placements. Does it all add up to a good running shoe? Let’s find out.
Similar to the On Cloudflyer, the cushioning is Helion Superfoam arranged in a cloud formation with a TPU speedboard stacked on top. The cushion feels softer and the rocker shape is more pronounced than most On models. That said, it’s still minimal cushioning aimed at short runs. It’s a great option for casual wear or walking with a 7mm drop and a plush insole that provides ample step in comfort.
As is the norm with On shoes, I didn’t have any issues with the On Cloudswift’s traction. No slipping or sliding on wet or cold days.
The shoe is sock-like with a midfoot cage that reminds of recent Lebron 19. On’s cage is less plasticky and more forgiving. The fit is true to size with plenty of room for wide footers. And while the shoe does have a little bit of extra volume in the toebox, the heel lockdown is solid.
The Cloudswift’s support is very good. You sit inside the midsole at the heel, have a TPU heel counter around the base of the heel, and then a beefier u-shaped one that wraps the top of the heel and connects to the midfoot cage. The midfoot cage does the heavier lifting of keeping you secure on the footbed on tight turns and uneven ground. On built this shoe for urban environments and beefed up the support to match the many urban challenges.
The upper is made of 100% recycled engineered mesh. Once again On takes standard air jordan 1 materials and makes them look super clean. On continues to excel in the good looks department despite using the same base materials as many other brands.
Overall, the On Cloudswift is a casual shoe that can handle short runs. It’s got a smooth ride but gets a little too jarring at speed. And while the looks are fantastic, $150 is a high price for a shoe built for shorter runs. It’s a shoe focused more on fashion than performance. As long as you go in knowing what niche this shoe fills, you’ll be happy with your purchase.