Monday, October 16, 2017

Product Review: OOFOS Pink Project OOriginal Sandals

OOFOS Project Pink OOriginal Sandals are the only flip flops I will wear.
 Disclaimer: I received a pair of Men's OOriginal Project Pink Sandals to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to find and write race reviews.

As some of you may know, I have been battling a case of Plantar Fasciitis off and on for about a year.  One of the things which has helped I discovered this Summer through a product test: OOFOS.  (OOFOS OOahh Sport Slide Review)  Between running and retail work, I am on my feet a lot during the week, and these shoes have really aided in recovery and healing for my feet.

Therefore, I was really excited when the opportunity came to test a product from their Pink Project line.  Not only did I already love the sandals, but, as with many of you, I have known both family and friends that have battled breast cancer. OOFOS gives $10 for every pair of sandals they sell in their Pink Project line, (year round, not just October!), to breast cancer research at Dana-Farber.

OOFOS and my RUBZ ball are used every day to keep my feet going for both work and pleasure.

I may have written this elsewhere before, I cannot remember, but I don't really enjoy wearing flip flops like so many in this generation.  I prefer to go barefoot.  However, because of this year long battle with PF and my discovery of OOFOS, I've changed my mind, but only in regards to OOFOS sandals.  (I wish they made a shoe for retail work!)  The foam in OOFOS sandals absorbs 37% more shock than traditional footwear foam which means that it takes pressure off already sore feet.  Since the pain in our feet often affects our knees, hips, and low back...guess what...relief, just like pain, adds this case to reduced physical stress on the body.  The shoes are active recovery for your feet, meaning that while they take some of the pressure off, they also use a natural foot motion which makes your legs and feet still activate as you walk.  

The foam is closed cell, meaning you can get them wet without worrying about it ruining the shoe or causing bacteria because the water will drip off, not be absorbed.  While the shoes do have an arch, it's not a "hard" arch like in some sandals, again allowing your feet to have room to move more naturally.  They are machine washable and usually will last 6 mos - 1 year depending upon wear, body style, and foot strike.

OOFOS Sandals and toe socks could be a rockin' style for going out on the town!!!

OOFOS have been a lifesaver for me, and I do truly wear one or both of my pairs almost every day at some point.  Often I will even wear them while I drive to work, only taking them off just before I start, so that my feet can have the rest that they need before I start an 8 hour shift in which I will be on my feet usually 85%+ of the time.

If you haven't tried OOFOS yet, I would definitely give them a try.  If you have sore feet, they are a must.  If you know another runner and are wondering about Christmas gifts...this would be a great idea that they would thank you for over and over.


Oh, and P.S. A friend of mine, Lobbie, while he couldn't quite get his large..."feet" fully into my sandals, did appreciate being able to use them enough to navigate around on the ocean floor, taking the pressure off his sore claws as he dodged traps and predators off the New England coast...remember, they are closed cell foam.  He loved I guess that they are Lobster Approved!

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