A Track athlete with personal bests of:
1.51 for 800m
3.44 for 1500m
4.03 for 1 Mile
8.11 for 3000m
I first became aware of OOFOS with a spontaneous chat with Giles as he was doing some technical training for the brand with another outdoor store.
I was intrigued as I had noticed a lot of people were starting to wear slides after finishing runs and they seemed to becoming a bit of a fashion accessory with runners!
The reason I was interested in the OOAHH Sport Slides was that this year I had two seperate achillies reconstruction surgeries on my left and my right side. The surgery involved removing the achillies tendon to reshape part of the heel bone that was causing stress on the achillies, then reattaching the achillies tendon back to the bone.
Post surgery was going to be a painful experience for me as I would not be able to wear shoes post surgery due it rubbing on the wound, therefore the Sport Slides seemed a perfect solution.
As I said previously, I had seen a lot of the Sport Slides being worn from runners, which made me initially scepticle as to what was different with the OOFOS OOAHH Sport Slides from the generic Nike, Adidas and other branded Slides.
I was pleasantly surprised when I initially put my foot into the Slide, the cradling effect in the arch area combined with the very soft memory-like foam really gave my foot a luxary cushioned feeling.
Post surgery the OOAHH Slides were the only footwear that I could wear until the wound was fully healed so it proved invaluable to me as it allowed me to start weight-bearing about 2 weeks sooner that what the expected time-scale was.
Fast forward to the present day where I am now 9 months post surgery for my right achillies and almost 3 months post surgery on my left side and I am able to wear shoes on a daily basis without a problem.
I rotate during the day at work into my OOAHH Sport Slides for a couple of hours which I find keep my feet fresh. I am looking forward to getting back into running in December and feel that the OOFOS Slides will play a vital part as I build back up my training.
A recent addition to the OOFOS range has been the OOFOS OOMG Shoe which is a full shoe with the OOFOS Foam, I am intrigued to see how this feels when it is released for Men as it could be a game-changer for those who are on their feet for long periods during the day at work but can't necessarily wear the Slides all day at work!
I hope to bring another post in future with my return to training so watch this space!
If you follow me on social media, you may have gathered that I am rarely seen without my OOFOS OOriginals on. They’re my post-race or post-run recovery shoes, and I often wear them for walking the dog and even for shopping. The problem with having my toes on show though, is that my toes – as a marathon and ultra-runner – aren’t that pretty, and they’re also not that practical in the rain (although I’ve never let that stop me). You can read my OOriginal review here.
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When I heard that OOFOS were bringing out a closed toe shoe, I was really excited. The week they arrived, I had just shredded my poor feet by wearing some awful cardboard-soled shoes for a five mile dog walk (not my brightest moment) so my feet were in pieces.
The OOmg shoes arrived in lovely sturdy packaging, and as soon as I put them on, I made that familiar ‘Aaaaaaaah’ sound as they were so comfortable. I had ordered a size 8, which is my normal shoe size, and they fit perfectly. The upper material hugged my feet comfortably and there were no seams anywhere that could rub. The first thing I noticed about them was that they felt so light.
OOFOS appeal to me as a runner as a recovery shoe as they promise their OOfoam absorbs 37% more shock than other materials, and reduces stress on sore feet, knees and lower back. They certainly feel like walking on air, and I love putting my tired feet into them after a run.
The thing I wasn’t overwhelmed about initially was the colour – I have the grey upper – so I was a bit concerned about getting them dirty, but having taken the dogs on a few walks across muddy fields with them (and had them trampled on by a few excitable larger dogs) and the mud doesn’t stay. The fact they are machine washable is a bonus, but to be honest the mud seems to slide off them, and the soles are quite high off the ground so the uppers don’t tend to get dirty anyway.
Image credit: @mileswithmichelle
They’re so comfortable, I have worn these shoes for a solid month. I’ve walked the dogs in them; I’ve worn them after runs as recovery; I’ve worn them driving to races; I’ve worn them to the beach; I even wore them to an impromptu weight lifting session at the neighbour’s house. As you do. They’re smart enough to wear on the school run, and for a shopping trip, and did I mention how comfortable they are?
The shoes are currently available in ladies’ sizes 4-8 in grey or black. This seems a small colour choice, but given the price point of these shoes I think the neutral colours mean you really do get good value out of them as they go with everything, and you’ll want to wear them all the time. They’re designed to look good without socks, and are really comfortable. They’re also surprisingly warm, despite the porous nature of the upper material, but also let my feet breathe.
As you might have gathered, I LOVE these shoes. You’ll be pleased to hear I threw away the cardboard-soled feet shredders.
Running Coach Michelle Mortimer, Miles with Michelle
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