Disclaimer: I received a pair of OOFOS OOlalas 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!
Running a marathon a month and training for a 100 mile race puts your feet, and everything above the feet, under a lot of stress. It’s really important that in between runs and during my daily life in general, that my feet and body have the chance to recover. Since I work out almost every day, and sometimes more than once per day, there’s not much time for recovery. The ability to engage in active recovery while I’m going about my normal day-to-day activities is key. Adding OOFOS to my post-race uniform, and daily wardrobe where possible makes my body feel a lot happier. Simply put, the key to OOFOS success is the company’s goal of making it’s customer’s “feel better.”
This is my 4th pair of OOFOS, and I opted for the OOlala. I’ve reviewed them twice in the past. Check out my review of their full coverage shoe, the OOmg, and the OOriginal made it to my list of Top 10 Gear for the Multitasking Athlete. We had the opportunity this time around to chat with OOFOS on a conference call about the history and science behind their products. Some key highlights from that call include:
- The reason the brand is called OOFOS – everyone who put them on in the testing process would just go “OO”.
- OOFOS helps the foot to move naturally post-run.
- Close cell foam, which means that you can get them wet and water just drips off, no water stays in the shoe, no bacteria (I wash mine in the sink or dishwasher and leave on rack to dry).
- When you’re wearing a sneaker/running shoe the foam is bouncing your body – like a spring. That impact takes a toll and energy (makes you tired). With OOFOS because that impact is absorbed (absorbs 37% more shock than traditional foam shoes) – instead of being on a spring, it’s walking on hard packed sand (your foot sinks in but it’s easier to walk). Pressure points in your feet tell your nervous system to activate.
- Great for injuries such as plantar fasciitis, neuropathy, fractured/broken feet when recovering/rehabbing, stiffness.
- Closest thing you can to walking barefoot, with natural planes of motion.
- The shoe has a natural foot fall. The footbed has enough curves/textures and is softer – but your foot does have to work to wear them (strengthening your muscles).
- Not a hard arch – regular shoes force you to move the way that the shoe/orthotic wants you to move. OOFOS have just enough impact to give it it’s natural state.
- Typical wear is 6 months – 1 year, depending on the amount of wear, body type and how heavy your foot strike is. The bottoms will wear out before the foam is condensed.
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I think after 4 different pairs I can safely say that at least one pair of OOFOS should be in every closet, gym bag, or car you own. I wear them after every workout, as well as around the house, to school, errands, etc. and my feet, knees, and hips especially feel so much happier. My recovery time has greatly reduced and I feel refreshed and ready to go for the next adventure.
Still not convinced? Check out what other BibRave Pros have to say:
- Do you already #FeelTheOO? Tell me how?
- What are your other go-to recovery items?