For those that recall, we called the On Cloudmonster feels like the most well-constructed true “running” shoe in On’s arsenal. The recently reviewed the Cloudrunner, and the Cloud X3? Our next exploration is not geared for running – but is a PNW outdoors dream – and a great option to keep your feet locked in and happy when you aren’t putting in miles on the roads. See the On Cloud Hi.
I think that many runners are pretty loyal to their companies if the experience is good, and On definitely has a strong following in the running sphere. It makes sense, as those who have good experiences want/need these characteristics to keep coming back in the same (yet different) options.
So for those who love On shoes, a solid option to keep your feet supported when you are not running is the Cloud Hi.
There is not really any mistaking the Cloud Hi for anything but an On shoe. It has the distinctive cloud features on the outsole and the same beautiful profile that I think pretty much all On shoes possess.
There are two color options and they are both very muted – the Pearl/Camel (pictured) and Glacier/Grey.
Fit & Function:
From their website:
Born from our expertise in running, made for every squat, every lunge, every interval, every burpee, every… However you move, the improved fit, star lacing, 3-layer mesh, CloudTec and Speedboard all combine to support you. Feel the confidence – unleash your fitness.
Say Hi to a new breed of shoe. The Cloud Hi takes the comfort and performance of the iconic Cloud to a new level, ready to find adventure in every day and inspiration on the move. For travel and exploration, it’s literally a cut above. It’s Never Not On.
Hi by name, high in tech and performance. The Cloud Hi is engineered with a
The upper really shines and stands out. Its almost the perfect take on an “urban hiking boot”. But the positivity do not just end with the looks – as the upper is made from a combo of vegan leather and suede, alongside a more durable canvas construction.
Although it may not be completely necessary in a shoe designed more for casual wear, it comes equipped with the Looplock speed-lacing system. This allows the wearer to avoid tying altogether and just clip and head out.
As I can easily attest to with most all of my casualwear shoes, looks can only get you so far. I mean, another great looking boot in my closet (NOT this one) – which has gotten a fair amount of comments upon wear – is one of the more uncomfortable pieces of footwear I own. I love the way it looks and hate the way it feels.
That’s what a casual shoe or boot option, with a design rooted in running, is so appealing. It’s also why we don’t balk at reviewing this on Run Oregon. If our feet aren’t happy – then our running is going to suffer. And nobody wants that.
The Cloud Hi takes components from its run line and embeds them here. It features the same specially crafted Speedboard as well as the CloudTec cushioning that they are known for.
Read any of our reviews from On and you will get a good sense of the outsole. The cloud “pods” come standard in On shoes and this is no exception. The grip is on par with other On shoes, though fantastic grip is probably the least necessary in a boot like this.
Even if you aren’t an On convert yet, this is an option that we think can work for anyone looking for the ideal collaboration of amazing looks with a comfortable construction.
Cloud Hi | $150
- 10.3 oz
- 2mm drop
Best for everyday wear, travel, urban exploration and adventure
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