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SELF and On present: Krystal Cantu is Built Different

In 2013, Krystal Cantu’s life changed in a single moment. After a car accident resulted in the amputation of her arm, Cantu realized she had to make a decision. How would she choose to move through life? Discover the SELF x On film, where Cantu opens up about her relationship with strength and vulnerability.


“The minute I walked into the waiting room and saw everybody in tears, is the minute I created Krystal Cantu, The Strong One. I didn’t let her go until last year.”


Just one month after she was discharged from hospital, a determined Krystal stepped into the gym, returning to Crossfit. Overnight, she unintentionally became a sensation. “I was put in the spotlight as a Crossfit adaptive athlete.”


Eventually, Krystal felt the weight of being in the public eye, and the pressure to always be strong, and appear unaffected by her accident. “I started experiencing anxiety on a completely different level,” she tells SELF. 


“This fear was taking over my life. I knew I had to change.”


In a partnership between On, and SELF, the health, beauty and style magazine, Cantu shares an untold side of her story. Watch the second film in our four-part series, where we celebrate the new Cloud 5 through inspirational people who have embraced differences and overcome challenges.



An iconic shoe re-introduced with even more comfort and more options to provide the ultimate combination for everyday adventures. The fast-firing Speedboard® and ultralight Cloud elements provide On’s signature all-day cushioned step.


A re-engineered heel works with upper reinforcements and an updated midsole for a seriously secure fit. Wrapped up with a layered woven fabric and vegan suede tongue to bring the fresh colors to life. Topped off with our signature speed lace system. Power. Comfort. Styling. The perfect combination. 


The Cloud 5 Combo
The everyday performance shoe for long-lasting comfort with textured accents.
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