Thinking about getting yourself some recovery shoes? Here's what you need to know...
Recovery footwear: yes, this is now totally a Thing. And before you hop off the page, let me keep you for just a couple of seconds longer. Recovery footwear is seriously one of the best things you can do for your running health and for injury prevention. That’s stopped you in your tracks, hasn’t it?
Plus – and here’s the good bit – if comfort is your thing (and let’s face it, 2020 has been a year when we’ve all needed a bit of comfort) then recovery shoes will put the biggest of smiles on your face. You know that feeling when you put on a brand new pair of slippers? You know how within a month, they’ve squished down into nothing? These have all of that first feeling, but none of the second – they are seriously *delicious* to wear.
But let’s back up a bit. What are they? And what are they for?
We’ve had a chat with OOFOS, the company behind a range of brilliant recovery shoes. The theory behind OOFOS’ shoes is this. All the shoes in the range are made with OOfoam technology: foam that absorbs 37% more impact than traditional form footwear materials. So while your running are designed to give you energy return: to push energy back up into your feet and legs and boost you up and propel you forward, what OOFOS’ shoes do instead is absorb all your energy – it doesn’t return it, it sucks it up.
And then there’s the footbed as well: this cradles and supports your feet, from toe to heel, with particular emphasis around the arch. It makes walking easier, it alleviates Plantar Fasciitis pain, it makes recovery faster. In essence, because your feet are so cleverly supported , you need less energy to walk. And that means you recover quicker.
The newest kid on the OOFOS block is the OOmg eeZee. While historically OOFOS have launched the sort of slides and flip-flops you can chuck on as soon as you’ve finished a run, these are closed toe, so brilliant for colder weather, and you can wear them everywhere. The OOmg eeZee has a 4-way stretch upper that hugs your foot snugly alongside that proprietary sole, with it’s incredible support for your feet, and a cushion that your feet and legs will just thank you for.
While you may not realise that recovery shoes are important, they really are – and I promise you will thank me if you invest, particularly after your long runs. And these days, with more of us only visible from the chest upwards on Zoom, there’s really no reason why you can’t wear them all day.