Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Oofos Ooriginal Recovery Sandal Review


Many people know, recovery is as important as your training runs.  If you don’t allow yourself to recovery properly, you increase your risk of injury.  Run training builds off your previous runs and recovery.  When you don’t properly recover, your body is building off of stressed muscles, which is when the injury can happen.  There are a few things that I have implemented into my recovery plan that might help you too.

I started stretching every night.  My wife and I sit down to watch tv.  I lay on the ground and stretch for about 10-15 minutes.  I like the OPTP Stretch Out Strap.  I have been focusing mostly on my hamstrings and IT Band, because those are the areas that I need it the most.  The other thing that I have implemented is the use of a recovery sandal.  I have tried a few different brands, but there is one that is my favorite by far. 

Walking in my Oofos Ooriginal recovery sandal is like walking on clouds.  I use them whenever I am home, even if I didn’t run that day.  They are the most comfortable sandals that I have ever put on, by far.  The Ooriginal comes in 4 colors for men and 11 colors for women. 

Most foams that are used in running shoes are made to propel you forward.  The foam used in Oofos is designed to absorb the shock.  This in turn reduces the impact on your back, knees and feet.  This allows you to recover faster.  The one thing that took a little while to get used to was that the arch really comes up into your foot.  This is designed to cradle your arch and take the stress off of your joints.  After about 30 minutes, it felt natural.   It is also designed to flex with your foot, which allows you to walk with a more natural gait.

Oofos are not only awesome because they feel great and let you recover more quickly, but they provide other benefits as well.  They have a closed cell foam, which keeps bacteria and moisture out of your sandals.  You can use these in the shower or even throw them in the washing machine when they need a good cleaning.  The foam is durable and will last the life of the sandal without breaking down as well. 

Pros:
Most comfortable sandal I have ever tried
Great arch support
Many colors and styles to suit your fashion needs
Easy to clean
Foam will not break down over time

Cons:
More expensive than many sandals ($32.96-44.95 depending on where you buy them)

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I am in love with my Oofos recovery sandals and I have no doubt that you will be too.  From the cushion to the arch support, this is the perfect items to add to your running gear stash.  It has made a huge difference in relieving my tired feet and legs after my long runs.   You should definitely give them a try.  You can buy them at the Oofos website, at Amazon, or at your local retailer (Click here to find a retailer near you).


Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.

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