On Running Cloud Waterproof running shoe: What is it?

A pair of contemporary classics that've been given a slick, waterproof update. Engineered in Switzerland, On's range of Cloud running shoes have become more and more popular over the last couple of years, both as out-and-out running shoes and as casual trainers for daily wear. They work like this: two rows of hollow 'cloud' pods on the soles expand and contract as you run, providing you with better traction and giving you better energy return as you go. In these, an in-built waterproof membrane keeps your feet dry, too. Bonus.

On Running Cloud Waterproof running shoe: Why do I need it?

For a start, the Cloud is the world's lightest fully supportive running shoe, and despite weighing in at just 250g they're surprisingly well-cushioned. Eschewing regular laces for an easily adjustable elastic system, the Cloud WP is easy and fast to pull on and off, and there's no chance of your lace untying half way through a longer run. Add the new, all-black-everything look (and reflective details) and you're onto a winner that's perfect for hitting the road on long runs in the city and beyond – or just giving you a spring in your step on when walking around the office.

On Running Cloud Waterproof running shoe: Should I buy it?

If you're looking for a pair of versatile, waterproof shoes for active lifestyle that look every bit as good as they perform, yes. Although primarily built for all-day wear and running on roads, these are comfortable when moving fast on trails and fells, too, which is a bit of a bonus. If you're looking for something a bit more fit for purpose, you might look to the Cloudventure range, which is made with a slightly more aggressive sole for softer, slippier ground. Also bear in mind that any waterproof shoe is unlikely to drain well once it has water inside it. For that reason, avoid longer grass and deep puddles (or just go for the non-waterproof model). But for smart looks and yomping around the city and your average park trails, these are a stellar partner.

On Cloud Waterproof running shoes are available from £125. on-running.com