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These are no gimmick, when I'm not in my trainers I'm in my OOFOS. best piece of kit for my feet and have been part of my equipment since 2016
OOFOS??? Is what you first ask and I will be honest I asked the same question when their Twitter account followed me way back in 2016. Being nosy I did my homework and was rather intrigued by their product. Their tagline is “Your feet earned this”. We are all looking at things to help us recover, shakes, cross training, stretching, compression socks etc but what about your feet. Heck they get pounded mile after mile in training and races yet we probably all neglect them in our recovery routine. I have had two pairs in past 4 years and actually wearing a pair as I update my original review from 2016!
We began as a team of footwear veterans — friends dating back to the athletic footwear and running shoe boom of the ’70s and ’80s. What brought us together was a desire to fill a need for footwear that could help fitness enthusiasts recover from repeated workouts on hard surfaces. Stores are filled with athletic shoes designed to offer rebound and energy return — shoes that spring you forward when you’re exercising. What was missing was a material that could do the opposite: actually absorb shock after a workout. Two and a half years of tireless development later, we had a breakthrough on our hands. Revolutionary foam technology combined with a biomechanically engineered footbed. We’re proud to bring you OOFOS… footwear that can truly make your hard-working feet and body feel better.
After-sport recovery makes a bold, graphic statement — and the eye-catching, two-tone upper is just the beginning. Behind the good looks: OOfoam’s ground-breaking impact absorption and arch support, plus a patented footbed for natural motion. Shower-ready, with moisture and bacteria-resistance.
With the amount of training and races I do I wanted to give them a go and they were good enough to send me a pair to test I selected Men’s OOAHH Slide in black, there are other options, colours for both men and women, my review pair retail in the UK for £50. They look like a sleek flip flop but don’t let that fool you as boy these are worth considering if you are serious about running and want to improve your recovery. I wear mine daily in the house.
After a track session I always get sore heals the day after, since wearing my OOFOS that issue has pretty much gone. My version slip-on and they are so comfortable and conform to my feet perfectly, getting a pair of anything for my feet in my size is a massive bonus. So how do they help?
Well as mentioned above they fit snug to your feet insuring a comfy support. The OOFOS are designed to absorb 37% more shock with every step taking that away from your recovering feet, I’ve found they reduce the stress on the sore bits after a hard training session and combined with my Absolute 360 calf guards my lower legs having been recovering so much better. Thanks to there unique design unlike flip-flops, the OOFOS foot bed has great arch support to take the pressure off of the ankles, knees and hips, as well as your lower back, this would be good for those who suffer from plantar fasciitis symptoms.
I have to admit I though at first they might be a gimmick but far from it. These come with me to all my races and soon as I’m back at my car off go my racing flats and on go the OOFOs and my tender spots I usually get after races just don’t happen anymore, they have been a gift to be honest. I am for ever recommending them to people especially those who suffer Plantar Fasciitis (see this article)
People are always happy to spend money on new racing shoes and race gear but sometimes neglect the recovery stage and I’m as guilty as anyone but if anything my challenge has taught me is that your body is like a machine, the more you look after it the better it performs. Recovery is as vital as any training day so anything that can aid the recovery process is most welcomed.
I’m glad I now followed them back and was nosy enough to find out more.