These Running Sneakers Helped Me Shed Minutes Off My Half-Marathon PR

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It's not often that I buy new running shoes, and I take doing so very, very seriously — but I recently learned that I wasn't doing so as often as you're supposed to. Upon googling, "How often should you get new running sneakers?," I discovered I was well above the recommended 300- to 500-mile range in my former pair. So on the quest to find the perfect sneakers ideal for half-marathon training, I visited Mill City Running in Minneapolis and tried all the buzziest brands, including styles from Nike, Hoka, and Brooks. But the new On Cloudmonster Running Shoe ($170) surprised me most. Straight out of the box, I was intrigued — and very much drawn to — their quirky design, boasting a giant cushioned sole. Just walking through the store, I was impressed by how lightweight, supportive, and deliciously cushiony they were.

As you might have guessed, they came home with me and have been my go-to running sneakers ever since, helping propel me through 30-plus miles a week and making this first-time marathoner's training more doable than I ever imagined. Ahead, I break down everything you need to know about them before adding them to your cart, too.

What I Like About These Sneakers

Not to be dramatic, but I'm obsessed with these sneakers for training and racing. The first time I took off running in them, I couldn't believe how they propelled me forward thanks to their ultrahigh stacked CloudTech foam pods (which measure a tall 30 millimeters, by the way). And I enjoyed them just as much during a recent half-marathon (the epically beautiful St. Croix Crossing Race, to be exact). They have a bouncy responsiveness that I've never experienced with any other sneaker, and for that reason, I'm convinced they're partly due to why I shed a few minutes off my PR. After all, as the name implies, they're born to make you feel like you're running on clouds — and they master that sentiment in a way I didn't know possible.

What's Worth Noting

I'm not completely obsessed with the colorway options for these sneakers, and I wish they came in a neutral option. That's not to say I don't appreciate their quirkiness — they're fun! I just appreciate them much more for their fit and function than I do their bold design. Let it be known that the brand knows they're different, having described them as its "weirdest creation yet."

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Who Are These Sneakers Best For?

These sneakers are best for road runners of all levels, but especially those looking for a shoe with serious cushioning to help rack up mileage in comfort — and maybe drop some seconds (or minutes!) off their personal best.

Additional Details

  • These sneakers come in sizes 5-11 in women's and fit true to size, per the brand.
  • These sneakers come in two different colorways: Glacier/Meadow (pictured here) and Acai/Lavender ($170).

Rating: ★★★★★