FAQ

How do you pronounce OESH?

“OESH” is pronounced like the sound in ‘ocean’…a one syllable o sound with a silent e.

Where did the name OESH come from?

A supercool friend from college came up with the name. Much as we’ve done with the idea of footwear, “O-E-S-H” are the letters of s-h-o-e turned around and inside-out.

Is OESH a women’s shoe or a men’s shoe?

The core footwear and physiology aspects which OESH addresses apply to either gender. But, given that women have a greater need (women are, on average, twice as prone to running, walking and other lower extremity injuries as compared to men and have always had the worst footwear choices), OESH manufacturing “responds” to women, first. But certainly OESH works for both men and women. Our new OESH La Vida now fits up to size 11 men’s (our size 12 OESH). Moreover, the feedback and response from men wearing OESH has been overwhelmingly positive, just as it has been from women. As we continue to grow we will offer more variety and larger sizes for men.

Where are OESH sold?

OESH are only sold from our website, www.oeshshoes.com & click “Buy“. This distribution system allows us to present you the lowest possible price for a pair of OESH, without having you incur the retailer’s price markup. Also, our highly-regarded customer service policy allows you to ship your OESH back to us FOR FREE in the event the size you first order is off. The hidden benefit of the OESH distribution system? You work directly with OESH during the information-gathering & fitting process (our email is always open: service@oeshshoes.com), ensuring superior communication for each and every OESHer!

How should I care for my La Vidas?

We’ve been pleased with the ease with which the La Vidas are kept looking great. Simply send them into your washing machine on a normal cycle and then pop them into your dryer for about 20 minutes. The amazing sole will not mark the machines while being tumbled. And best…they’ll sparkle like new!

Is OESH a running shoe or a walking shoe?

It’s both. We actually like to say that OESH is an “All Purpose Trainer” because it works well for any weight bearing activity, whether/not it is sport-specific. OESH has proven to be especially impressive as a training shoe for runners.

Can I wear OESH to the gym?

Yes! The concept promotes wearing OESH all day, every day–whether you are working out or simply busy. Once you get them, you may never want to take them off, precisely the way OESH were designed for you.

Is there any special size I need to order?

The length of OESH is accurate in relation to typical athletic footwear sizing, but width is a frequently underestimated issue in obtaining an optimal fit. For this reason, the La Vida sizing, practically, runs about a half-size small (e.g. if you wear a size 8 runner, buy the La Vida 8.5) as we seek to optimize your forefoot and toe roominess. As a result, the word on the OESH Fit has been universally spectacular. OESH are constructed to fit the unique anatomy of a female foot, leading to tremendous consumer satisfaction. If you wear inserts/orthotics, we especially encourage you to go up a half-size to accommodate them and allow you appropriate roominess–and by the way, the effectiveness of the OESH Sole is not diminished by inserts. If the OESH you ordered are too long or short, just send them back to us and we will immediately ship you the appropriate size you need.

Does OESH come in size 6.5?

Yes, finally! Our new La Vida starts at size 6.5.

Is the OESH La Vida vegan?

Yes. There are no components of the La Vida shoes derived from animals or animal bi-products. In fact, all four models of the OESH Athletic Sandals are vegan, as well.

How should I clean my OESH after a muddy walk?

The outsole of the Classics, Lizards and Sandals can be cleaned like any shoe or sandal (including prying dirt from the flex grooves) and the interior can handle most anything (kitchen knife, chopstick, skewer, screwdriver, etc.) to knock out mud and debris. The uppers of the Classics and Lizards are made of standard footwear materials, athletic leathers and mesh—if they get messy, we use a soft scrub brush with soap and water. Letting these OESH air dry is best.

Does OESH promote overpronation?

OESH does not promote overpronation. Rather, OESH provides space for uninhibited, free-floating movement (from supination to pronation back to supination) as your foot cycles through 1. ground impact; 2. midstance; and 3. toe-off. OESH provides an unobstructed platform that allows your foot to move as nature intended. Further, the responsiveness of OESH allows a healthy relay of information to occur throughout your body with each step you take. This allowance for clear proprioception is another wholly unique and significant bonus of the sole structure in OESH.

What is the OESH sole made from?

A proprietary manufacturing blend of products including carbon fiber composite material, also known as graphite. The physical structure was conceived and perfected by Dr. Kerrigan during her time first at Harvard Medical School and the University of Virginia and finally in the OESH factory in Charlottesville, VA.