Kit Review: OOmg Recovery Shoes, £110

In the summer, we reviewed the OOfos sandals and loved them. Now, for the winter they’ve brought out a shoe. Here’s what we thought…

 

When it comes to running, their are so many claims about shoes that help improve your running or prevent you over-pronating but few products that focus on helping you to recover. Step forward Oofos. According to the manufacturers,  these recovery shoes absorb 37% more impact than other shoes thereby helping to support the body after a hard training run or race. While not scientific studies have been conducted, on anecdotal evidence alone, these make a huge difference.

I’ve worn them after the Berlin Marathon, the Valencia Half Marathon, park runs, trail running,  pace runs, you name it and they enable me to walk lightly and fluidly as if I’m a mere twenty-years old again. Remember, your legs and feet take two and half times your body weight with every stride you take when you run. Which, personally, leaves me exhibiting a slight wince as a walk (or mince, perhaps?) after a hard race as my calf muscles and  Achilles struggle to recover.

My only note of caution would be not to wear them ALL the time. It’s tempting, because they are as comfortable as slippers except you can wear them outside without attracting strange stares. However, the soles are so cushioned, I personally think you could be in danger of overworking the stabilising muscles in the ankles if you rely on them too much.  But as a recovery shoe, which is what they are intended as, these and the Oofos sandals have been a revelation.

For further information visit www.oofos.com

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REVIEW & GIVEAWAY – Oofos

If you’ve ever run a marathon,  you’ll appreciate how much your feet feel pummelled by the end. Which is why you’ll love Oofos recovery footwear

 

Even if you haven’t run 26.2 miles, chances are that you finish a run, perhaps stretch your legs on a good day while your feet barely get a look in.  But there are 34 muscles in your feet, and those muscles get tight just like everywhere else. Except when they get overused and tighten, it restricts ankle mobility, which affects your calf muscles, which affects you knees and so on, right the way up your body. (Or it starts from the top and travels down – but more about your biomechanics in our online course coming soon).

Suffice to say, you SHOULD be looking after your feet if you want to stay injury-free and running long into your old age. Which is why we LOVE Oofos footwear.

My feet have taken a massive battering of late; in 2017, I ran every day of the year, which included a half Ironman distance triathlon, marathons, off road triathlons, you get the picture. My feet had begun to feel as though someone was regularly taking a hammer to them. And that was even WITH all the massage and ball rolling under the feet that I do regularly.

But these sandals – I have been trying out the Ooriginal Sport Graphite, £48 have been so amazing (and really, I am pretty rigorous in my reviews – I won’t say something is good if it’s not) that I’m so relieved it’s summer, because I’m wearing them all the time. Well, other than when I’m running.

The footwear are part of a move by many sportswear manufacturers into recovery wear – products that can help you recover more quickly so that you can lead a full, active, athletic life no matter what level of runner you are.

They are super light and consist of a special foam that is engineered to absorb 37% more shock than traditional footwear, so helping your feet and calves recover after a run. They also have great arch support so, unlike flip-flops (and in the past, this is what I usually wear straight after a race in the summer) they really help to support the foot, helping to minimise ankle, knee and back pain.

Without any scientific studies to prove that these work, there is only anecdotal evidence to go on. And on the evidence so far from my feet, these are fantastic. I’ve run a tonne of races lately, have been cycling hard for a big ride in Majorca and have been pounding the trails uphill and down as part of training for a race across the South Downs Way. So, my feet need some care. And these have been amazing.

If you’ve ever got out of bed and walked a bit like a robot because your feet and calves are stiff, then pop these on the feet and they help to make you feel less Tin Man and more Darcey Bussell.  And they look good too, coming in a variety of pretty shades.

 

If you fancy trying a pair for yourself, then you’re in luck because we are giving away a FREE pair of your style choice. All you have to do to enter is click here to fill out the competition entry form.

 

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  • Entry closes midnight April 21st 2017.
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Oofos footwear start from £40. Available from www.oofos.co.uk