It’s no surprise runner’s feet take quite a beating and need all the help they can get. So when I got the opportunity to test out OOFOS, I jumped on it because I had heard a lot about these shoes in runner chat groups, Instagram and Twitter but never saw the point in buying another pair of flip flops that I may or may not like.
That mindset completely changed from the moment I stepped into them – literally a pillow cloud for your feet that also provided a ton of support. And while I loved how they felt, I wanted to learn more about the technology behind them so we got on a call with the OOFOS team and came back with a ton of knowledge.
They first explained that while wearing running shoes, your body is constantly bouncing like a spring, eventually taking a toll on your energy. OOFOS however, are made with closed-cell foam that absorbs that bouncing motion therefore opening the blood flow and making it easier to walk and providing all day comfort. The closed-cell foam also ensures that you can get them wet and not soak up the water which would cause bacteria. OOFOS are the closest you can get to walking barefoot because of it’s natural foot fall and arch.
While all of this sounded great, I didn’t fully believe it until I had the chance to wear them while in Vancouver for the SeaWheeze Half Marathon. Since this was my first time to the city, I knew I would want to spend the 3 days leading up to race day exploring, very unlike my normal race routine. While I was hesitant sandals wouldn’t be the best choice to walk several miles in each day, I took a chance and they did not disappoint! Each morning, I ran 6 miles then continued to walk a minimum of 5 miles around the city. Come race morning, my feet actually felt rested, even though the rest of my body did not. Post-race, I slipped those babies on and my feet kept on feeling great even as my hips tightened up with each passing minute. Even now as I sit here writing this, my feet have never felt better post-race and I fully attribute that to my OOFOS. 10/10 recommend.