Migo Sports

It was at the London Marathon Expo this year, the day before the biggest run I have ever done, that the range of ON Running shoes caught my eye. Their stand was busy and I wanted to know what the fuss was about. The interesting sole and lightweight feel was different to anything I had worn before and as I looked around the stand all of their seats were occupied with people trying them on. They are not cheap shoes, coming in at £120, but they were flying off the stand at the expo and they didn't even have my size left for me to try on. I took a few weeks off after the marathon to recover, but as thoughts of what my next challenge was going to be began to surface, I knew I wanted to try a pair of these interesting shoes that had caught my eye.    
     
I have been running in Asics GT2000 for a while, a very popular shoe which I really enjoy running in and have always looked after me. The GT2000 weighs 312g and has a heel to toe drop of 10mm, the ON shoe weighs 220g and has a lower drop of 6mm. The lower drop encourages the runner to land further forward towards the mid or forefoot. The first couple of runs in the new shoes gave me a small ache in the Achilles and calf as my body wasn't used to how they held the foot on impact, by the third run this wasn't an issue. As well as the lower drop and lighter weight, the clouds on the bottom provide great cushioning as well as a good spring into your next stride. The fit of the shoes is perfect for me, nice and rigid at the ankle, snug across the forefoot, with the right space at the toebox. Although they are lightweight they do not compromise on support.
I was intrigued but sceptical to begin with and thought these were a light shoe that I would use primarily over 5km to 10km distance. As time has gone on and confidence in them has grown I have started to use them over longer distances, including a 17km run on road and trail today, and they felt great. The lightweight construction and lower drop is more like the characteristics of shoe an elite runner would use, and that I certainly am not, but whilst feeling cushioned, supportive and light, they also force you further forward on your foot on landing and encourage a more aggressive running style.

I won't be throwing my GT2000's in the bin just yet, but these ON Running shoes are fast and fun and I can't wait to see if they can help me achieve my goals!

Written by Michael Gowans — July 16, 2017