This sandal is touted as a recovery sandal, but frankly…
Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer (I kept the product after testing.)
This sandal is touted as a recovery sandal, but frankly I use it as an everything sandal. I walk the dog in them, use them at the beach, use them after running, use them around the house, use them at the campsite after a long day of hiking… they are so comfortable that I don’t really care to wear any other sandals.
- Higher price point
As mentioned above, I use these sandals for everything. They have been on all surfaces and help up very well. There was no break-in time needed. They have felt great from day one and never rubbed my feet the wrong way. The extra cushy foam, apparently called Oofoam, really does make your feet and legs feel better. The thick sole took a little bit of getting used to, but like a day not a week.
The grippy bottoms give you great traction on all surfaces and my feet fit comfortably yet snugly in the slide, no worries about them slipping off.
For our backpacking trip they were a great post 6-8 hour hike shoe. I’d throw off my hiking shoes and throw on the sandals. I really felt this allowed for a quicker recovery and less leg pain and fatigue for the next day's hike. What was also great was popping them off right before I got in the tent. No struggling with wet muddy shoes as I crawl into my ultralight 2p tent (aka no room at all).
Speaking of light, these puppies were attached to the outside of my pack and added a whopping 10 ounces. As far as the pricing goes, these tend to be mid to upper range compared to other recovery sandals. I’ve had a different brand of sandal at a similar price and while nice they only lasted a couple years. For the pricing and the fact that they’re not used for hard use (hiking, running, etc.) I feel they should have lasted longer.
Only time will tell if these Oofos will do the same. If they do last longer then they are worth the price.
Disclosure: The reviewer received a sample of this product from the brand or its representatives in exchange for a review.