I’m sure I could do a better job with post-run and post-race recovery. I’m not sure if I should be admitting these things, but here goes… I have a foam roller, but I can’t remember the last time I used it. I rarely stretch pre- or post-run. But one thing that I can do for my recovery without effort on my part is wearing the comfy OOFOS OOmg low shoes.
I was excited to opt-in for this new OOFOS product when the opportunity arose through BibRave. Before I became a BibRave Pro, I purchased a pair of the OOFOS OOriginal sandals after a #BibChat, and they are great.
The OOFOS OOmg have been a go-to shoe for me when I’m not at work. I’ve worn them a variety of places, a few of those being out to restaurants, while volunteering at a triathlon, at a friend’s house and to-and-from yoga. If I thought they’d fit into the dress code, I’d wear them at work, too!
Earlier this year, I went to Louisiana for The Louisiana Marathon and my boyfriend and I ended up walking around a lot — one day I think it was about 10 miles (I have a Fitbit, but the mileage isn’t always accurate). I was wearing strappy, flat sandals and remember my feet hurting. I didn’t have the OOmg at the time, but they would have been great for walking around, particularly post-marathon.
They are very comfortable shoes. The day I received them in the mail, I had run a half marathon, and I wore them after that. That day, I noticed my right pinky toe felt like it was pushing against the shoe, but I didn’t notice that again until slightly yesterday, when I also ran a half marathon. At some point earlier in the testing, I felt something near my heels, too, but I’m not sure what that came from and it went away.
I’ve been wearing the shoes barefoot, although I have seen on social media that some of the other BibRave Pros wear them with socks. The feet rest on OOfoam and some highlights of the shoe include the absorption and the way the shoe works with the foot’s arches, benefiting other parts of the body as well. OOFOS can do a better job of explaining the benefits than I can. A short video explaining how the shoes work and information can be found on the OOFOS website.
The top of the shoe is mesh: it’s described on the website as a “4-way stretch mesh upper.” There is also a non-adjustable strap. I found the shoes easy to slip on and off.
I chose the white and black color as I thought that would pretty much go with everything — and the OOFOS OOmg shoes do go with a lot of outfits, although I haven’t worn them with a dress or skirt. Of course, with wear, the white part has gotten dirty, as would be expected. The shoes can be washed in the washing machine, but I didn’t know if I should wash them with clothes and I didn’t want to run a whole load, so I just washed them in a bucket. I didn’t scrub them and the white part did not return to bright-white. The other color choices are black and gray and black and citron. There are warnings not to put the shoes in the dryer.
I wear a women’s size 7 in regular shoes, but I wear an 8 in running shoes. Because my OOFOS OOriginals are a size 7 and fit well, I went for the 7 and definitely think I picked the right size. The website does mention that women who wear a half-size should go up rather than down.
The shoes are available in women’s sizes 5-12, and men can also wear the shoes — some of the BibRave Pro testers are men. The other OOFOS I bought were unisex and the women’s size 7 was also the men’s size 5. The FAQ on the OOFOS website does recommend going down the half-size for men who wear a half size.
The shoes are $120, so if I were purchasing them, I’d try to find them on sale or with a discount, which is generally what I try to do with all my running shoes — aside from the newspaper-print ones. With non-running-related shoes, the amount I’ll spend is much less.
I think if you buy them, you’ll be happy with them.
According to a call with OOFOS, the shoes generally will last about six months to a year, but I hope to be able to get more than that out of them. I got my OOFOS OOriginal shoes back in August 2016 and I have not had problems with those so far. I also don’t wear any shoes every day — and, I wouldn’t really be wearing the OOriginal sandals in the winter.
Here’s the page that goes directly to the OOmg shoe on the website. Let me know what you think if you decide to get them!
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