OOOOOOOOOH… These feel GOOD!!!
First off, I owe Oofos an extreme apology. I was sent these while I was at Counterkicks.com, over 6 months ago, and I am just now getting the review done. They have been very gracious in waiting, and I can’t thank them enough for the support. Now, for something a little different, a NON-performance review from me.
Oofos is all about recovery. Well, here, I’ll let them tell it. “Designed to jumpstart the recovery process, our incredible footwear offers unparalleled impact absorption and arch support. Whether you’ve just finished running, playing, lifting, or just a long day, keep in mind that the last step is the most important. Take yours into a pair of OOFOS.”
At first, they appear to be Crocs, and feel a lot like the footwear of all retirees across the country, but as soon as I put them on I knew they were different (yes, I have a pair of Duke Crocs my mom gave me). There is a pronounced arch and a serious rocker effect from heel to toe. This let’s your foot ease back into relaxation after running or sports but also keeps your foot from becoming too relaxed and unsupported.
I have never been big on recovery – when I get off the court I usually just grab my runners and load my bag and get out. The Oofos stayed with me and honestly did make my feet feel comfortable after long days at 24 or some roadwork. I won’t say, scientifically, that there is a distinct advantage. I will say the cushion from the Oofoam stayed resilient and bouncy as day one until now. Think Lunar that doesn’t bottom out – then make a whole shoe out of it. There it is.
The straps over the foot were my only complaint – I have a tall instep and the straps kept my foot from sliding completely into the shoe with ease. I got in, but after a few steps I could feel my feet moving to the back of the shoe. Probably just my foot structure (same reason I had trouble with KD’s shoes from Nike), but there was that.
So, if you are looking for ultimate foot massage after games or workouts, definitely give Oofos a look. I know after playing, especially outdoors, my heels and ankles are hurting. Oofos comes through with an extremely cushioned and supportive model that won’t let your foot ache or cramp after playing. They are a little more expensive than your normal slides, but not much – around $40 a pair. If I was spending $30 on some Jordan or adidas slides without the recovery technology, I would definitely try these instead. They may not look as good (they are a little bulky), but think this through – who REALLY thinks slides look GOOD?
One more thing – they are a one-piece upper and a part of the “zero waste manufacturing” movement – environmentally friendly. So besides supporting your feet, they also support our ecosystem. Recover right – check Oofos out.