Which Telic sandals should you get: Some comfy flippies? Or some sweet Z-straps? I tried ’em both out, to give you a review comparing the two. SPOILER ALERT: They’re both ultra comf.
So as you might know, running can come along with some foot pain. It’s true, I’ve dealt with some plantar fasciitis from time to time. It sucks! Plantar fasciitis can manifest itself as pain in the heel of your foot, or sometimes shows up as pain in your arch. You might notice it more when you’re running or walking uphill, since that movement can pull on the fascia. Treatments for it range from things like massaging your feet by rolling them on a tennis ball, to expensive custom orthotics to put inside your shoes.
Wearing recovery sandals between runs is one of my favorite ways to relieve the pain, speed recovery, and make sure it doesn’t prevent me from running. I’m talking about special cushy sandals, with a footbed that’s shaped to properly support your foot, especially the arch. They feel fantastic, so when the kind folks at Telic offered to send over a few styles of their sports recovery sandals to try out, I jumped at the chance!
I tested out two kinds of Telic sandals: The standard flip-flop, and the Z-strap style. Here’s what I thought of each.
Made in the USA.
Comfy shoe shape – The footbed is anatomically shaped, so it’s comfy and offers good arch support.
Roomy fit – These are plenty roomy enough for my feet, and I feel like they would also accommodate a wider foot.
Bouncy step – The fancy Novalon material they’re made of feels light, and has a bit of bounce-back.
Rocker shape – The sole has a little bit of a rocker shape at the heel, which feels nice when you’re walking.
Heat activated – As it warms to your body temperature, the material softens to conform to your foot.
Textured footbed – If you’re going anywhere near water, this is KEY! A few weeks ago, I tried to run through the sprinkler with my toddler while wearing another brand (which I won’t name, but it does rhyme with “schmoofos”). That other brand has a smooth footbed, which gets WAY SLICK when wet! My sandals squished out from under my wet feet and I almost went butt-over-teakettle. In comparison, I’ve already dumped out the inflatable pool on my feet while wearing the Telic sandals, and they performed admirably, with no slipperiness.
Colors – You can get these puppies in eleven colors! Including aqua, tangerine, grape and (my fave) cranberry.
They’re flip-flops – If you’re going someplace fancy, they aren’t the best choice for flying below the fashion radar – just by virtue of being flip-flops. DO NOT wear the Telic Flip-Flops to Great Aunt Margaret’s funeral. She will haunt you.
Made in the USA.
Comfy shoe shape – The same comfortable footbed shape and good arch support.
Bounce and warmth – Same bouncy Novalon material that softens to the heat of your foot.
Rocker shape – Also has that nice rocker shape at the heel.
Textured footbed – Same as above, won’t get slippery when wet, and send you careening across the lawn when you’re just trying to get your summertime on.
Colors – Yes, they come in nine colors! Although I really liked the dark navy color of the review shoe, as it’s more subtle.
Not a flip-flop! I feel like you could get away with wearing the Telic Z-Strap in slightly dressier situations. Like, if Great Aunt Margaret’s funeral is in the summer, and the service is outside, and she really appreciated foot comfort during her life.
Slightly narrower – Although perfectly comfy for my feet, they do seem to fit slightly narrower than the other style. So if you have wide feet, maybe go with the Flip-Flops.
The kind folks at Telic provided two pairs of recovery sandals for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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