When I first learned that I was going to have the opportunity to review these sandals in exchange for my honest review, I was very excited. I have owned several pairs of recovery sandals since I’ve been running, and without naming names, I haven’t found any that actually feel like they are “treating my feet”.
As most everyone knows, I’m in the process of completing 14 half marathons in 2014. Completing the Womens Running Magazine Half Marathon in Nashville brought my total to ten completed half marathons in the quest. While I’ve worn the PR Soles Recovery Sandals by Gone For A Run a couple of times after short runs, I really wanted to wait until after my next half marathon to get a true idea of their recovery abilities.
When I originally ordered the sandals, I ordered a size Large. Because I wear a size 9 running shoe and an 8.5 in most other shoes I should have ordered Mediums. I returned them and got a replacement pair a size smaller. Either the sizing is a bit wonky, or they really prefer you measure your foot or something because the Medium was still big on me!! (I will also say that the return/exchange process went very well, was very quick and I had no problems – that’s always good to know with online ordering.)
PR Soles are a plastic slide with a cushion egg-crate-like lining. They are lightweight, breathable, waterproof and the acupont soles provide ultimate massaging comfort for refreshing and energizing your feet. I’m not going to tell you that these are the most attractive sandals I own, but they do come with a really cute shoe bag. The shoe bag has all these awesome positive affirmations written all over it and is perfect for storing the sandals.
These sandals are slides, which are my favorite kind of sandal. With these sandals, there is plenty enough space for all of my toes to spread out, which is always nice after a long run. I can’t speak for anyone else but when I cross the finish line, one of the first things on my mind is to get my race shoes and socks OFF so my feet can breathe.
While I tend to suffer those stiff calves and tight quads, the bottom of my feet often hurt after long runs. I am so happy to report that following the race, I stripped off my race shoes and socks and popped these sandals on instead of limping around barefoot! With every step on these “egg-crates” I felt my feet and calves engaged, and I think that this is part of the “recovery” process. The cushion-like feeling of these sandals made me feel like I was walking on clouds.
Because it was an out of town race – Nashville – I really wanted to do some sight seeing, so I took a chance and wore these sandals. I’m thrilled to report that they are definitely RECOVERY sandals and they did what they were supposed to do! I felt so great all day that was able to put on another bunch of miles walking around sight-seeing! These sandals definitely cradled my feet and I am truly convinced they helped in my recovery. We went to an outdoor craft festival and walked for two or three hours after the race.