As a runners, we know the recovery process is just as important as the workout; whether it’s foam rolling, stretching, or focusing on refueling. However, in recent years, recovery sandals have become an increasingly popular option for runners. Which leads us to today’s showdown of Oofos vs Hoka recovery sandals.
The design differences between the two brands may come down to personal preference, but it’s important to choose a slide that offers the right level of support and coverage for your feet. So let’s do a little deeper dive today, to see how you can give you feet some extra love.
Main Differences Oofos Vs HOKA Slides
When choosing a recovery sandal for runners, prioritize cushioning, arch support, stability, breathability, durability, versatility, and a comfortable fit. These features will aid in post-run recovery, promote foot health, and enhance overall comfort.
Both Oofos and HOKA recovery sandals can be beneficial for athletes who are looking to recover after a workout or a long run. They can help reduce muscle soreness, alleviate foot and joint pain, and promote better blood flow and circulation.
With that in mind, here are some key differences in the two brands, then we’ll look at specific shoe options. What I’m going to tell you is there’s a lot of personal preference in choosing between these two options because both are top of the field and both are great.
- 100% focused on recovery footwear
- Higher level of arch support
- Oofos sandals are made from a proprietary foam material called OOfoam, which provides excellent cushioning and support.
- Larger size range, up to a size 16 in certain models
- Recovery sandals are part of their total line up of shoes
- Hoka uses a lightweight and responsive EVA foam (same thing you’ve seen in many running shoes)
- You’ll still see the expected HOKA stack height for stability and the metarocker outsole
- More traction on the outsole
- A more plush feeling (especially in the ORA)
Both foams are designed to absorb shock and reduce stress on your feet and joints, which can be especially beneficial for runners who put a lot of stress on their feet and legs.
HOKA vs Oofos Recovery Sandals
All right, now that we’ve looked at things from a high level, here’s a quick breakdown of the different types of recovery shoes offered by each brand. Technically recovery sandals come in several different models, including slides, thongs, and clogs.
The different models can offer varying levels of support and coverage, so it’s important to choose the right model for your needs as a runner.
It’s worth noting that while HOKA recovery sandals and Oofos are designed specifically for recovery, they can also be worn as everyday sandals. The lightweight and comfortable design makes them a great choice for anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet, whether you’re a runner or not.
The OOahh Slide by Oofos is a highly acclaimed recovery sandal that offers exceptional comfort and support for runners. With its unique design and specialized materials, it provides a soothing and rejuvenating experience for post-run recovery.
One of the standout features of the OOahh Slide is its proprietary foam material called OOfoam. This foam provides outstanding cushioning properties, absorbing impact and reducing stress on tired feet and joints. The generous cushioning helps promote faster recovery and alleviates discomfort associated with high-impact activities. (Again high cushion, but not as plush feeling as HOKA.)
The arch support of the OOahh Slide is another notable aspect. It offers moderate arch support, providing relief and comfort for individuals with low to medium arches. The supportive footbed design helps improve foot alignment and reduces strain on the arches, promoting proper recovery and overall foot health.
OOahh Sport Flex
They’ve also just released a new sandal with a Velcro top so you can better adjust the fit. This is generally my preference with slides because I can make them tighter so I don’t feel like they’ll be flying off. On the flipside, then I need to adjust them from summer to when I slip them on with my winter socks to run outside.
An option not provided by HOKA, is the clog.
These are a great choice for runners who want a more enclosed design that still offers plenty of cushioning and support. The clogs feature a closed toe and heel, but still have plenty of ventilation to keep your feet cool and comfortable.
I’ll probably never be able to look at a plastic clog and not have flashbacks to days when Crocs were so uncool in high school and thus you’ll never see me in these (famous last words).
Oofos OOriginal Thong
Thongs, or flip-flops, are another popular option for runners who prefer a more open design. It still features their patented footbed design that cradles your arches and provides support for your feet, while still allowing for plenty of airflow to keep your feet cool and dry.
HOKA ORA Recovery Slide
One of the standout features of the HOKA ORA Slide is its plush cushioning. The sandal utilizes a thick and responsive foam midsole that delivers excellent shock absorption, helping to alleviate the impact on tired feet and joints. The generous cushioning provides a luxurious feel, allowing for optimal recovery and relaxation after a run.
Designed with a contoured footbed and built-in arch support, this sandal caters to runners with medium to high arches, providing stability and reducing strain on the arches and plantar fascia. The arch support promotes proper foot alignment and helps alleviate common issues associated with high-impact activities.
Durability is a strong suit of the HOKA ORA recovery sandals. Constructed with high-quality materials, including a durable synthetic upper and a sturdy rubber outsole, this sandal is built to withstand regular use. The solid construction ensures that the cushioning properties and overall performance of the sandal remain intact over an extended period.
To me it has a sportier look that Oofos, which may or may not be what you’d like to have.
ORA Recovery Flip
The ORA Recovery Flip is a thong-style sandal that features a cushioned footbed and a soft, supportive strap. Like the slide, the flip also has a rocker sole design that helps promote a natural gait and reduce stress on your feet and joints.
Both models of HOKA recovery sandals are designed to provide maximum comfort and support for your feet, making them a great choice for athletes who need help recovering after workouts or runs. The main difference between the two models is the style of the sandal, with the slide providing more coverage and the flip offering a more open design.
Which is better Oofos or Hoka?
Either brand can be a great choice for athletes who are looking to recover after a workout or a long run. While they have some key differences, both brands offer comfortable and supportive footwear that can help alleviate foot and joint pain and promote better recovery.
Now it all comes down to what feels good to you. Do you want something a little plusher and sportier, or you like the simple style of the Oofos.
Whether or not you need recovery sandals depends on your individual needs and preferences.
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