Things to think about:
Your experience level
Our bodies are made to run, but modern conveniences and supportive shoes mean we don’t use some of the muscles that help us run strong and injury-free as often as we should, and they become weaker over time. This means if you’re new to running you might initially benefit from more cushioning than a racing flat has to offer, at least at first. But don’t worry, cushioning doesn’t mean sacrificing speed entirely. Check out the Cloudsurfer, the Cloudflyer and the Cloudflow for lightweight shoes that offer soft landings. Not sure which to go for? Our Shoe Finder tool can help.
Your foot type
Let’s face it; racing flats are all about speed. They need to be ultralight, so you can forget you’re wearing them and concentrate on your running style instead. With that in mind, where your foot means the ground when you run and your individual foot shape influence whether a racing flat may work right for you. Not sure where you land? Get advice from your local On dealer.
- Forefoot runner: Land on the front of your foot when you run? Congratulations, you’re in. The fastest runners tend to favor the front of the foot, meaning you’re probably no stranger to speed.
- Midfoot runner: Also works. Speed is your friend, and so the racing flat may be too.
- Heel-striker: It may be worth exploring more cushioned options first. Due to how direct racing flats can be, and the lack of cushioning, excess running on racing flats might do you (and your PB) more harm than good. See the section above for some other options.
Ok, we're in the home straight. Here are five last quick-fire questions to find out if you really could be a racing flat fan. What do you think about:
Not that needed (racing flat could work)
I need it (less likely a racing flat’s the way to go)
Just from the crowd (racing flat looks good)
From the shoe (not so good for racing flats)
Less is more (racing flat)
More is more (not a racing flat)
Can go without (could be racing flats)
Can’t go on without (less likely to be a racing flat fan)
Lifetime of a shoe
Is as long as it is (racing flats yes)
Should last as long as I do (racing flats no)
If your answers indicate a racing flat could be the shoe for you, it's time to make your choice for the fast lane:
For racing flat purists: the Cloudflash
The On closest to the traditional running flat. This shoe uses the latest technology for a pure direct feel and explosive speed.
For the road runner: the Cloudrush
True to the sock-like upper of the old-school racing flat, with pure rubber technology below, the Cloudrush offers a flat-like run with more cushioning thanks to the Cloud elements below.
For the trail racer: the Cloudventure Peak
The Cloudventure Peak does what few shoes can do: brings a racing flat’s speed to the peak of the mountain.
Still unsure? Head over to our Shoe Finder tool and see if there’s a racing flat (or another shoe) that might be best for you with a few simple questions.
And for the ultimate lightweight racing sensation, combine your chosen speed shoe with On Performance Running Gear that’s engineered to help you hit top speed, from the Tank-T and Performance-T to the Running Shorts.
Whatever you choose, here’s to making 2018 your year of speed.