Gear Review: Recover with the new OOFOS OOmg Fibre Low shoes

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Here’s a shot of the OOFOS OOmg Fibre Low shoes at this weekend’s Wicomico County Fair. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

Disclaimer: I received a pair of OOFOS OOmg Fibre Low shoes to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find and write race reviews!

Another pair of OOFOS to test? Sign me up! I love OOFOS, so I was excited to have the opportunity to try the new OOFOS OOmg Fibre Low shoes through BibRave.

The women’s version came out Aug. 7, with the men’s version released shortly before that. As a BibRave Pro, I got them before they were released to the public. The shoes seem similar to the other OOmg pair that I have, with a different type of fabric on the upper part. The OOFOS website describes the gray part of the shoes as “OOtex Fibreflex fabric.”

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Here are the new OOFOS OOmg Fibre Low shoes. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

I tested the OOmg when it came out last year, and I loved the shoes, but I did note that I would have preferred a black bottom because the white got dirty. So, I’m happy that the OOmg Fibre Low shoes have a black bottom, which doesn’t show as much dirt. In the time since I wrote the review last year, OOmg shoes with the mesh upper part are also now offered with a black bottom.

I also thought the material of the OOmg Fibre Low shoes made them fit in a little more at work. I’m not positive that they fit in with my work dress code, but a couple days that I was doing something casual right after work or during work — volunteering one day and working at the Wicomico County Fair the other — I wore them for some of the workday, and I thought they worked with the pants that I wore.

Here’s what OOFOS says about the shoes on its website:

“OOFOS footwear, powered by OOfoam technology, speeds up your Recovery Process. Our shoes are scientifically proven to reduce stress on your body and help you feel better after a workout or during a long day on your feet. Recover faster and feel better – try on a pair and feel the OO!”

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This photo shows the OOfoam from the inside. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

The OOfoam, which your feet rest on, absorbs 37 percent more shock than regular shoe foam, according to the OOFOS website. OOFOS are comfortable and are good for not just your feet, but your body. Read more about the shoe benefits here.

One of the first times I wore this pair of OOFOS, I went for a five-mile walk. I will say that was not the best idea for breaking them in. Although I haven’t really had to break in other OOFOS, these are made out of a different material. And, I also probably didn’t start them out with a lengthy walk. The left shoe rubbed against the back of my ankle — as other types of new shoes have in the past — and I also ended up with blisters on my heels.

I think this is because it was such a long walk when the shoes were still new-to-me, and I have adjusted now. I wore them for several hours walking around the Wicomico County Fair at work on Friday (I work for Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism, which helped put on this year’s fair). I did have a spot on the back of my other ankle from another pair of shoes, which was slightly irritating, but it wasn’t the fault of the OOFOS.

I wear them without socks. Some of the fellow BibRave Pros wear them with socks, but for me, I’m not sure I would be able to fit my feet in there if I were also wearing socks.

Although OOFOS can go in the washing machine (not the dryer), I wasn’t completely sure about doing that, so after something got on them, I did wash them in the tub. I noticed what look like little rings on the tops of the shoes. It won’t keep me from wearing them, but just thought it was something to note.

When I’m not running, at work or barefoot, OOFOS are my go-to type of shoe. As runners, we put our bodies through a lot, so aiding recovery just by wearing shoes is a great idea.

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Here I am with my OOFOS and ice cream.

The women’s OOmg Fibre Low shoes are available in sizes 5-12, and the men’s OOmg Fibre Low shoes are available in sizes 8-14. The men’s shoe — OOFOS’ first men’s-specific shoe — has a similar look to the women’s shoe, but with some differences.

I got my normal size of shoe, 7, not my running size, 8, and this is what I normally do for OOFOS. The shoes fit well.

The shoes only come in full sizes, but for those who are half-sizes, women are advised to order a size up and men are advised to order a size down on the website.

Another cool thing about OOFOS is that 3 percent of all orders are donated to Dana-Farber Breast Cancer Research. There are also some shoes that are part of a Project Pink line, for which $10 per pair is donated to the organization. Read more about Project Pink here.

The new OOmg Fibre Low shoes retail for $139.95. This is $20 more than the mesh versions, but I do think they have a sleeker look.

With my long run tomorrow, I expect to hit my highest-mileage week of marathon training in this cycle, and I’m happy that I have OOFOS to recover in. Next week’s mileage will be even higher.

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