on logo

From a revolutionary idea, a Swiss running shoe has evolved that is still amazing the running scene. The On provides a new running sensation, and one that puts fun firmly center stage.

It’s not just a love of running that former top athlete Olivier Bernhard and his friends David Allemann and Caspar Coppetti share. They’re all also dedicated to developing a perfect product. And this is what has turned a revolutionary idea into a new running shoe.  It all began with a simple concept that has since helped numerous top athletes to new personal bests at World Championship events.

After retiring from professional competition, three-times World Duathlon Champion and multiple Ironman Winner Olivier Bernhard devoted himself to finding a running shoe that would give him the perfect running sensation. In doing so he crossed paths with a like-minded Swiss engineer who had an idea for a new kind of running shoe. And it was this ideal symbiosis of running experience and engineering expertise that allowed this original idea to be steadily refined over the following years.

Prototypes were developed. The basic concept – cushioned landing, firm take off – remained paramount throughout. It was this unique running sensation that convinced Caspar Coppetti and David Allemann to come aboard too. The On Running Company was formally established in Zurich in January 2010.  Their mission is to develop a product range fully engineered in Switzerland using the latest technology.

After that, things started to move swiftly. In February the prototype shoes won the ISPO Brandnew Award, one of the most important prizes for innovation in sports. Test runners were enthusiastic and spoke of “running on clouds”. In July 2010 the first running stores had the On on their shelves.

You can try the latest shoes by On Running at Endurance House Twin Cities.  You will love the “Cloud”, which is the lightest fully cushioned running shoe on the market!