A Retreat for the Feet: Best Post Workout Footwear

Search ‘top running shoes’ and you will get a whole host of content thrown at you explaining the rapidly evolving features of running footwear technology. Today’s product lines span fully supported maximum designs to lightweight barely there minimalist. However, search the term ‘post workout footwear’ and the first listing on Google is from 2011. After a long-run, ninety-minutes of hot yoga, a day of skiing or a day of rocking climbing your feet deserve tender love and care.

Though there are many larger, better-known shoe brands that offer post-race comfort footwear, there are emerging brands that are quickly carving out their place with new technology, social-conscious manufacturing and reasonable price points. Here is the Amateur Athlete’s top list:

1. OTZ Shoes 300GMS ($80)
OTZDesigned with an anti-microbial cork footbed one can wear this gem with or without socks, although the boxy basic style is not for everyone. The footbed is lined with 1.8mm suede leather to create a combination sole which naturally molds to individual foot shapes making this a perfect way to make your feet smile post workout. The more they are worn the more comfortable they become. Unisex design available in several colors can be found at Tom Brown, 331 Newbury Street and The Tannery, 711 Boylston Street here in Boston. Need more convincing – they are just cool. Check out a vine video here.

2. Cushe Slipper Hellyer ($50)
Still fresh on the scene (founded in 2004) this comfort wonder is reflective of the brand name, pronounced Slipper Hellyer Shoes  by Cushe Footwear - Moroccan Multi‘cushy’. The design is made with a premium canvas textile upper, microfiber lining and molded EVA (dense foam shock absorber) sole marrying foot luxury with stability. The 2014 Spring/Summer line will feature fabrics from Hoffman California Fabrics known best for their innovative screen-print designs.
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3. BOGS Summit Waterproof Boot ($100)
BOGSThe Cadillac of fall/winter boots– the BOGS Summit offers a plush retreat for the feet! Insulated with Neo-Tech™ they are best suited for temperatures around 14 degrees Fahrenheit. They can be rolled down or worn at mid-calf. “Hands-down, the best shoe I’ve ever worn post run,” said one tester, a sentiment echoed by many others. Headquartered in the Pacific Northwest, these folks know a thing or two about constantly changing weather. A versatile shoe that is perfect for destination races where weather is unpredictable or for Boston where one minute there is rain and the next snow. Men & Women’s styles available.

Don’t forget about the socks!

And for inside the shoes – or in the comfort of your home, Point6 delivers the best in quality merino wool socks. Point6 socks got their name from our optimal body temperature level of 98.6.

Running Bellis Extra Light Mini Crew ($16.45)Point 6 - 1

Temperature regulating Merino wool is an ideal choice for winter or summer. The merino fibers remain cooler than body in hot humid conditions and in cool climates can absorb moisture and repurpose as body-warming heat. All products are machine washable – but no worries if you cannot wash them after every use (nobody will judge you), they have a natural resistance to odors. This women’s style comes in three stylish designs.

Compression Ultra Light OTC ($37.95)Point 6 - 2

Perfect for on the plane, post race or any activity that keeps you on your toes! This is the blend of compression
and merino wool you have dreamed of – improving blood flow, reducing soreness and shortening recovery time. Boston Fitness Magazine is not the only publication raving about this product – Point6 has been seen in Sunset Magazine, Outside Magazine, Wall Street Journal and Bicycling Magazine. Once you experience Point6 your feet will never be the same!

 

 

 

 

Katelyn Nadeau believes in the novice athlete and finding innovative ways to reach obtainable health goals. Through her column ‘Amateur Lab’ she curates the best of lifestyle to help her readers simplify and feel inspired for the everyday workout. Her musings incorporate the knowledge of health experts, highlight local events and provide practical tips all with a touch of fun. She has a professional background in Digital Media Marketing and works for a Boston based advertising agency.