What are “Recovery Shoes” and what do they actually do?
Slide into comfort and support after your strenuous activity for health and happiness
As runners, walkers, or those who are on their feet all day as part of their job, wearing high quality shoes have some significant short-term and long term impacts when it comes to treating our bodies right. We spend hours researching and trying on different brands and models, looking for the perfect fit and performance. But what about recovery shoes?
Recovery shoes, also known as post-run shoes or lounge shoes, can be just as important when it comes to maintaining the health of our feet, legs, and overall wellbeing in general. They play a crucial role in aiding in the recovery process after a run in three important ways:
- They help to alleviate pressure on the feet thanks to added cushion
- Uniquely designed to be lightweight and roomier to help with muscle fatigue and swelling
- Offer increased arch support to maintain good posture and balance, especially when your muscles are tired and need a little help in that department
Room to recover
One of the main benefits of recovery shoes is that they are designed with a wider and more spacious toe box, allowing for more room for the toes to spread out and relax. This can help to prevent blisters and other foot injuries caused by cramped toes and tight shoes. The extra space can also help to reduce swelling and inflammation in the feet, making them a great option for runners who struggle with foot pain and discomfort.
Birkenstocks are synonymous with comfort. The Arizona Birkibuc Sandal is a go to for our customers. The contoured cork footbed adapts to the shape of your foot and provides the arch support you need. Plus, the adjustable straps offer just the right space to let your feet breathe and relax.
Cushion is comfort
Recovery shoes are also typically made with a softer, more cushioned sole, which can help to absorb shock and reduce impact on the feet and legs. This and the shoes overall lightness can help to prevent fatigue and soreness, and can even help to improve sleep quality by reducing muscle tension.
For the ultra-cushioned in a recovery shoe, look to Oofos. Slide into the Ooclog after your long day on the job, run, or workout, and enjoy.
Need something with a bit more support? Look to the new Ora Recovery Slide 3 from HOKA that is sustainably designed with an earth-friendly sugarcane footbed!
Make recovery wear (and accessories) part of your ritual
In addition to their physical benefits, recovery shoes can also play a psychological role in the recovery process. After a vigorous run, the simple act of changing out of our shoes and into a pair of comfortable, supportive recovery shoes can signal the end of our activity and the start of your recovery.
While you’re at it, keep the blood flowing with a good pair of compression socks to promote good circulation, and roll in this wonder product into your ritual as well; The Foot Rubz Massage Roller.
Next time you're shopping for running or walking shoes, don't forget to invest in a good pair of recovery shoes as well. Your feet, your body, (and your mind) will thank you!
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