The 6 Absolute Best ON Running Sneakers to Snap Up During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

For every activity level

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has finally arrived, and I, for one, cannot wait to invest in a new pair of ON Running sneakers. During the epic sale, Nordy Club members can score incredible deals on best-selling brands, like ON Running, to refresh their wardrobes ahead of fall. The sale start dates are broken into tiers, with Icon members, or those who have spent $15,000 or more at Nordstrom in the last year, gaining first access, but anyone and everyone can add these sales to their wishlist to jump on the moment their tier opens up. (P.S. You can still sign up to become a card member and gain instant Influencer status.) These are the dates to keep in mind so you don’t miss out on your favorite must-haves:

  • Icons: July 11 through August 6
  • Ambassadors: July 12 through August 6
  • Influencers: July 13 through August 6
  • Public: July 17 through August 6

As for why ON is top of my wishlist, the brand has been recommended to me so many times, by avid runners, gym aficionados, daily walkers, etc., that I feel its finally time I see what all the fuss is about—especially since so many top styles are included in Nordstrom’s Anniversary deals. Rachel Gulmi, PureWow's operations director of branded content, is an avid walker who says, “I have the classic Cloud 5 sneakers ($140) and I’ve loved those so much, I decided to get a second pair of ON’s but in a more sporty style. The Cloudstratus ($170) are seriously so comfortable and I love the colorways offered. Admittedly, I’m not a runner, so I can’t speak to how they feel hitting the pavement, but I wear them every day for all sorts of different activities and they are the best. They fit like a glove from the moment you put them on and aren’t constricting at all (and I have wide feet). I’m already eyeing my next pair!”

Other fans of the brand rave about just how comfortable the sneakers are for a wide range of activities. While the styles Gulmi mentioned aren’t part of the Anniversary Sale, there are similar super-cushioned options marked down, like the Cloud X 3 (was $150; now $113), for those who want extra support while lifting at the gym, as well as sleek minimalist styles, like the Cloudswift (was $140, now $113), for folks who want to cut down on weight for speedy sprint workouts.

As Gulmi noted, you don’t have to be a runner to reap the benefits of ON Running’s most popular styles. Case in point, this review from a Nordstrom customer after wearing the Cloudswift sneakers. “I bought these shoes for work, I am a medical assistant and I walk or stand all day. I like that this shoe has a lot of heel support and also feels bouncy with out being overly bouncy.”

Another nurse, who also runs, writes, “I bought this brand for the first time as running shoes and once I finally ran my first pair dead, I bought a second pair bc these are amazing! I’ve worn them at work as well, working a 12-hour shift as a nurse they kept my feet from hurting!”

Convinced? Here are the top six ON Running sneakers to snap up during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

  • Discount: 25 percent
  • Size Range: 5 to 11
  • Pros: fits true to size, partially made from recycled materials
  • Cons: minimal cushioning, limited color options

This lightweight sneaker is a great “do it all” option for walking, running and gym workouts. It was originally designed for running, and boasts a nice springy sole with a weight of roughly 7 ounces (which, according to the experts at Nike, makes it a great option for race day, since it's considered lightweight at less than 8 ounces, though you may not want to do all your long runs with these), but reviewers say it’s still plenty comfortable for all-day wear. ON Running ranks its level of cushioning as low, so if you do feel you need a higher level of support, you might want to opt for something with a higher cushion rating or nab an insole ($40) for extra padding.

  • Discount: 19 percent
  • Size Range: 5 to 11
  • Pros: great for running on hard cement, sleek design for everyday wear
  • Cons: reviews suggest these run a bit small

If you tend to run on sidewalks or in the street, this is the sneaker for you. It features ON’s proprietary Helion superfoam, which was specifically designed to help lessen the impact of running on hard surfaces. The outsole has also been shaped to help your feet naturally roll along to really ensure you receive the benefits of that super-cushy foam. Reviews suggest this style shoe is a bit narrow in the midfoot, but that it should stretch some with use, meaning you’re likely best off ordering your usual size.

  • Discount: 25 percent
  • Size Range: 5 to 11
  • Pros: made from 90 to 95 percent recycled materials, great for everyday use
  • Cons: limited color options

This sneaker was made for running, but the incredibly lightweight design and sleek upper make it a good shoe for just about anything—running, walking, training, hanging out at home. It weighs just 8.5 ounces and has a very responsive insole to help you feel light on your feet with plenty of bounce throughout your day. The third iteration of the Cloud X, this model is made from about 90 to 95 percent recycled materials as an added eco-friendly bonus.

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