The 8 best shoes to wear for post-run recovery

Plush cushioning and textured footbeds provide maximum comfort.

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Recovery is just as much a part of sport as the exercise itself. Allowing your body to rest will let you come back stronger and faster, especially when you spend your downtime in the right gear. Dedicated recovery shoes can stimulate muscle recovery and thwart fatigue.


Designed specifically for athletes, recovery footwear helps feet relax better whenever its worn. Find the cushioned shoe fit for you with these eight options.

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Salomon Off-White RX Slide 3.0 Sandals, $110

Salomon is already known for its high quality hiking shoes, so you can trust its recovery shoes live up to the same standards. The RX Slide 3.0 boasts a lightweight design for minimal energy exertion, while an oversized EVA midsole offers energy return for tired feet. A non-marking Contagrip outsole ensures you’ll still have good traction but won’t leave scuffs or marks on any surface.


Nike Offline 3.0 Mules, $100

Debuted in 2020, Nike’s Offline mules are one of the most stylish recovery shoes available. Beneath their padded uppers, the mules feature drop-in footbeds for maximum comfort and a ribbed insole to massage feet with every step. Wavy edges around the midsole mimic the calm movement of water — helping you get into a relaxed state of mind — while a plush foam midsole translates that feeling physically.


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Ooahh Sport Slide Sandal, $70

Per its name, the Ooahh Sport Slide is meant for total relaxation. Built with Oofos’s Oofoam technology, the shoes reportedly absorb 37 percent more impact than traditional footwear, while their proprietary footbed design reduces stress on the knees, ankles, and other joints. As a bonus, the slide’s closed-cell foam minimizes odor and is machine-washable.


Hoka One One Ora Recovery Slide, $55

Hoka’s Ora Recovery Slide has been praised as one of the best recovery shoes out there. Made with the same supple midsoles seen on the brand’s hiking, walking, and running shoes, the Ora Slide delivers ultimate comfort. Lightweight materials and a wide platform enhance this feeling, allowing feet to relax and splay. Some wearers have even found that the shoes ease plantar fasciitis pain.

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Keen Yogui, $50

Keen’s Yogui sandal may be the most head-turning foam shoe you’ll find. A perennial favorite in Japan, the recovery shoe cranks up the dial on both style and comfort with an injection-molded EVA foam upper that features a protected toe. Its backless construction and hole-filled upper maximize breathability and allow easy on-and-off.


Colorful designs are available, too.


Deckers Lab KO-Z Slide, $130

The KO-Z Slide is the lead offering from Deckers Lab, an experimental footwear company created by former Salomon CEO and Hoka One One founder Jean-Luc Diard. Perhaps the fanciest recovery shoe on this list, the sandal features layers of memory foam, soft leather, and cozy wool for extra support (and luxury).

Deckers Lab

Under Armour Alpha Slides, $55

The Alpha Slide’s ultra-beefy footbed ensures plush cushioning with every step, while a textured EVA outsole provides durability should you want to take these kicks out for errands. Up top, webbing straps and a gore band provide stability and structure.

Under Armour

Salomon RX Snow Moc 2 Advanced, $140

Recovery footwear typically arrives in the form of a sandal or slide, but those options are best suited for warm weather. When it gets colder, athletes should consider Salomon’s RX Snow Moc 2, which pairs its oversized EVA midsole with a treaded outsole and soft ripstop fabric for more weather protection.


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