Best Flip Flops for Running Recovery because nothing beats a pair of comfy flip flops after a long, hard run!
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Best Flip Flops for Running Recovery: Happy National Flip Flop Day!

Happy National Flip Flop day, everyone, may your soles be cushy, your straps be comfy, and puddle calf splatter be few!

Today, the Joyful Miles blogging crew is celebrating by sharing our favorite brands of flip flops for recovering after a long, hard run. (Well, there’s more than five. We got carried away.) So let your tooties breathe by putting on a pair and let’s flip to it!

Our favorite flip flops for running recovery! There's nothing like letting your dogs breathe after a long, hard run.

1.) Oofos … top pick for both me and Jackey!


Hey all, Jackey, here! I will flat out say my life became a bit better after I purchased my first pair of Oofos. I’ve always struggled with severe foot pain. (Even when I wear my sneakers.) Oofos completely hug my high arches and after running a full marathon, I was able to walk around Disney World with pain-free feet, thanks to Oofos.

I wear them all the time, (except in the snow,) even just hanging around my house cleaning I have these on. They really give my feet the support they need.

Also, for every pair of OOFOS sold on, they donate 3% towards the Dana-Farber Breast Cancer Research team to support new medical breakthroughs as part of their Project Pink Mission!

I highly recommend and I’m not the only one with major Oofos love. From Melanie Bearce Tarka:

Oofos! Not the cutest but by far the most comfortable flip flop ever! I have plantar fasciitis and can’t wear regular flat flip flops for more then a few hours before my feet hurt. I can wear Oofos all day and feel good!

Sage DeJackome Myers agrees:

Oofos definitely. Great support. Feels like walking on a cloud.

So does Melanie Shoults King:

Oofos! I swore by my Sanuks before that and tea mush before those. But oofos have them both beat for me.

More love from Debbie Smeriglio Hartlett:

Oofos are my favorite!!!

And even more love from Michelle Tisdale:

I bought some Oofos after people were talking about them here and they are amazing!! Wore them at Disney last week and my feet felt great!

Laura, here, again! Ditto to all of the above, Oofos are PURE HEAVEN and when I was recovering from my partial plantar plate tear, they were perfect for the later stages because they put pressure on my arches rather than metatarsal joins.

I especially love these Black/Latte Oofos and wear them just about everywhere in warmer weather.

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2.) Sanuk’s Yoga Mat

Best-Flip-Flops-for-Running-RecoveryThese are Melissa Huskey Buckley’s top pick!

A yoga mat for your feet and they are cute!

Denise Gagne Minear agrees with both #1 and #2:

Oofos but not for all day wear, then Sanuk yoga mat.

3.) Spenco Yumi Nubuck

best-flip-flops-for-running-recoveryLynn Thompson Murray is a big fan of these orthotic flip flops:

I love my Spenco Orthotic flip flops. They are awesome for helping with PF issues. I tried oofos and couldn’t wear them.

4.) Teva Mush

Best-Flip-Flops-for-Running-RecoveryLaura, here, again, with my second top pick, the Teva Mush Sandals! Although I do love my Oofos, Teva’s are still another favorite. They’re just so squishy and comfy, like walking on pillows.

For over a year now, I’ve been really loving the Teva Mush Mandalyn  – maybe they’re proper for recovery, but the raised heel feels good on my sore legs!


5.) Crocs – Megan’s Pick


Hi everyone, Megan here! Okay, when you think of Crocs, you usually think the clog. I grew to love Crocs flip flops (with the canvas or leather strap) for their arch support and comfort. I can walk all day in them without an issue – even in the extreme heat. There are these little beads on the bottom that feel great for tired feet and are easy to walk and stand in.

Oh, and I love them because of the fun mickey!

I was never able to wear the cheapy flat flip flops – the thong irritated my feet and caused blisters, but these were comfortable from the moment I started wearing them – no break in time required.

6.) Fit Flops

Best Flip Flops for Running Recovery - because nothing beats slipping on a pair of comfy flip flops after a long, hard run!These are Stephanie Winter’s pick! She’s one of the gals I ran the Princess Half Marathon with.)

I love my fit flops and bring them to every race to put on as soon as run is over. I’ve even wore them at Disney pre and post race without issues! So cute and stylish!

7.) Vionic

Best Flip Flops for Running Recovery - because nothing beats slipping on a pair of comfy flip flops after a long hard run!Jamie Boedeker loves these!

Vionic ortho heel flip flops are amazing. Arch support and help with PF

8.) Birkenstocks

Best Flip Flops for Running Recovery - because nothing beats slipping on a pair of comfy flip flops after a long hard run!

For Marisa Richardson, these are a must-have!

I have to have something with an arch support or my PF flares up. Birkenstocks have been one of the few sandals I can wear.

So there you have it, our top picks for the best flip flops to slip into for running recovery. Have we missed your favorite? If so, please mention it in the comments below!

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Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, blogger, vlogger, wife to an amazing guy for 26 years, mom of two wonderful boys, excellent chili maker, and obsessive list keeper. She still thinks Spice World was an awesome movie and feels no shame about that plus she can quote most lines from Talladega Nights. Shake and bake!

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  1. I have a pair of Sanuks and I love them. Super comfy!

  2. I’m a huge fan of my Oofos. They’re so comfortable that I even have a second pair now, so one will likely become my beach ones, or at least no worry about beating them up wearing them some outside of running.

    1. That’s a good idea, saving old ones for the beach! They’d be easy to clean. I always wear cheap Old Navy ones at Ocean City and sand always gets trapped in the thong hole. Yes, I’m a beach lover who doesn’t love sand. 😉

      Thanks for stopping by and happy running! 🙂

  3. My first comment went to spam I think! Ever since I had PF last year the Birkenstocks are the only sandals I can wear that don’t make my feet hurt. I just got some OOfus for the pool and yes they are like walking on a cloud

    1. Argh, I had responded already but it got lost too!! My apologies – we obviously still have some kinks to work out with this website. 😉

      Anyway, yes, I love my Oofos too and rotate between them and my Tevas! I wish I had them after the Dopey Challenge, because my Tevas weren’t getting it, though. 😉

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂 Now, let’s see if this comment posts …

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