After walking into my favorite running store and realizing they were no longer going to sell my favorite Adidas Energy Boost, I began my quest for my next favorite. Yes there was a scene like an 80's movie with the mall fitting room montage complete with runway walks and short test jogs through the store.
The On Cloud were the pair who came home with me and the very next morning were strapped on with the regular laces. Twenty miles/32.2km later my feet were hurting more than I am used to. Bummer. But, I thought it probably wasn't best to take out a new pair of shoes on a long run like that. So, the last 2 days I have worn the Cloud shoes regularly to let my feet adjust to slightly less of a drop from heel to toe and get a feel for the shoes. It's getting better and I'm enjoying them a bit more ... on my short runs during the week, I will certainly be getting a better feel for them.
The shoes themselves: while at first they did not feel like the little pillows on my feet I had gotten used to with the Energy Boost, they did fit nicely and snugly which my smaller, more narrow foot needs, I have learned. While stepping and running is where that 'cloud' feeling is more noticeable and, as a heel striker, I really need the cloud-like love back there. These certainly are providing that. I am hoping as they see a few more miles, the overall foot pain I felt on that first run goes away.
So far I would give these 3 stars from my perspective very early in our relationship ...I am hoping for an 'arranged marriage miracle' of sorts in that I grow to love these Clouds and my feet soon say "Energy Boo-who?". We shall see.