Sandals, sandals and more sandals. Until there’s snow on the ground, that’s typically what I wear. If I could run in sandals, I probably would.
But the downside to sandals is that after a while, your feet start to protest. Especially you moms out there, it feels like you’re on your feet the entire day running errands, chasing after unruly kids and in general, trying to fit 26 hours into a 24-hour day.
But here’s the problem with comfortable shoes: they’re ugly. My running shoes are comfortable, but who wants to wear those all day? My favorite flip flops bug my feet after a couple hours. I won’t even talk about heels: that’s torture, plain and simple. The best shoes designed to help your feet recover look exactly like orthopedic footwear.
So I’m trying out some footwear designed to relieve pressure and keep my feet happy, but are also good-looking: Oofos. The name alone makes you think: Ooooh, that’s better. And that’s pretty much what they do.
Take a look at this arch support – this isn’t your typical sandal. It’s 1.25” high, but that height is all about giving your feet a break. Typical athletic shoes have a foam cushion that is designed to rebound and keep you moving. But Oofos says their shoes have a different goal: absorbing the shock of every step.
Especially after a run, my feet are tired. They want a break. But I don’t have time to sit on my butt. That run is supposed to be my kid-free break. Even if I’m pushing a stroller, running is my chance to think, relax and work off the leftovers of mac n cheese I know I’m going to eat later.
Is this shoe just for runners? No.
They’re for anyone who needs comfortable and cute sandals. But for people with feet problems, they’re bliss. Especially someone suffering from Plantar Fascitis, which is a fancy sounding word for heel pain, this sandal is heaven delivered to you in a shoe box. Plantar Fascitis happens when you strain the ligament that supports your arch. People with high arches or flat feet get this a lot.
Why does it help with foot pain?
Oofos says it’s because their ‘OOfoam’ helps take pressure off the bottom of the foot. But it’s not just for people with Plantar Fascitis. Any type of foot pain, including neuromas, bunions, hammer toes, even arthritis, can benefit from this shoe.
“These comfortable & cushioned shoes give my feet enough support so even after a 4-mile run, I can keep chasing after my kids.”Lana Medina
The shoes are water resistant, so you can wear them in the shower, on the beach, anywhere with water and not have to worry about soggy sandals.
When it comes to sizing: these fit about normal to my size 7. Oofos suggests if you’re a half size (aka, 7 1/2) – women go up size, men go down size.
Even though they come in a bunch of different colors and designs, I went with basic black because it goes with everything. Whether you’re wearing shorts, jeans, a dress – it’s a comfy black sandal that will keep me moving.
Interesting thing to note – these are a really light. I doubt they weigh much more than a plastic cup. I was curious what it’s made out of: Oofos apparently designed their own specialty ‘OOfoam’. They don’t say what’s in it, but the company does say it’s a “patented, closed cell foam that has non-toxic properties”.
As you can see in the video, my 3-year-old liked the shoes so much he put them on and took off running. I filmed it because I was amused, but after I put down my phone, it took me another 30 minutes to get the shoes back.
What I recommend these shoes: Yes.
Even if you’re not an athlete, or don’t suffer from foot pain, we all want comfortable shoes. When your day goes from easy to ‘chase your kids all over the Disney store to prevent them from destroying something expensive’, comfortable shoes will save your feet.