It has been almost a month since I first tried on my Oesh Elites, so I believe that I may now give a fair and accurate review. My review is: THESE SHOES ARE GREAT. I am in my early thirties, but I have always had ‘problem’ feet. A dancer since childhood, I damaged one of my arches at a very young age, and I think that I have broken more toes and metatarsals than I actually have. I also have a bunion on my left foot, my painful companion for the past twenty years. Needless to say, shoe shopping has always been difficult, daunting, and frustrating.
Finding shoes which accommodated my bunion without flopping off of my narrow heel was near impossible. My level of pronation always made me feel like I was ‘spilling over’ the mid-foot of most shoes, causing a painful digging sensation at my arches. The low toe-boxes on most shoes usually meant that one of my pinky toes (which sticks straight up due to multiple features and displacement) would ‘snag’ on the shoe’s upper and be yanked backwards with every other step. When I found shoes which were ‘good enough,’ I would wear them until I had walked holes all throughout them -and for I would feel forced to wear them for miles past that point.
Within the past eight years, I have read a lot more about how to care for my ‘problem feet. I tried multiple comfort brands, knowing that friends in the dance world loved clog-styles for their wide forefoot and structure, but the drop of those shoes ended up causing tension in my low back and hips. I saw physio therapists to help me take active, non-surgical steps to ease my foot pain. I then began to ‘dip my toes’ into the barefoot movement, and I have even taught myself how to make a few pairs of shoes on my own! Recently, one of my favorite ‘barefoot’ brands started to change the model of their shoes, making it impossible for me to use, and while I have enjoyed crafting my own casual shoes, I do not have the skills yet to make a ‘dressy’ shoe for work or more formal social events. I found your company through much research and review-reading, and I was hopeful that your shoes would offer a passable cross-section of my footwear needs.
I am proud to say that they are far more than passable. I have never been so happy with a first try of any shoe. Usually, I have to walk around in shoes for ages to try and decide what painful feature I am willing to accept. With my first try of Oesh, I kept walking around to try and FIND a painful feature. I could not believe the comfort, including the fact that with a raised sole, my mid-foot was not ‘spilling over’ the instep. My bunion is not pinched and the toe-box leaves room for all of my toes.
At my current place of work, I do a great deal of standing in one place. I had only been on the job a few weeks before my Oesh Elites arrived, but I could already feel pain on a daily basis in my low back, hips, and shins. After a few days in my Oesh Elites, I could feel the pain subsiding, no longer leaving each day with extreme body fatigue (and the onsetting shin splints were gone in full)! In fact, I often must run home during the work day, which involves a literal ten minute uphill run and climb up ten flights of steps, and I can do it with ease in my Elites -even after having stood for hours. In fact, the break-in period was about two days in these shoes. No painful blisters…no days of waiting for there to be room to spread my toes. The shape of Elites have the same upper benefit of clog styles, while offering a far superior, zero-drop sole which is flexible, responsive, and does not lock up one’s hips. I was ready to walk (and run when necessary) in my Elites from day one, and that has not changed.
Your company’s customer service is another HUGE reason why I must rave about these shoes. I cannot thank you enough for answering my questions, helping me make my purchase as soon as possible, and providing such fast shipping. I was shocked that, even though you are a small company, you would offer free back-and-forth shipping for exchanges. That was a huge reason to trust purchasing with you online, and I am so glad that I did. I was excited to receive my box which dubbed me an official “OESHer” -a title I now wear proudly and share with everyone I can. I am very excited to save up for my next Oesh purchase, and support your company’s creations and research.
Thank you for making a shoe which helps me to see my feet as more than a ‘problem.’ Thank you for giving me hope that I can continue to improve my mobility and comfort in shoes. Thank you for giving me options. Thank you for your excellent customer service and quality product.
I am sure you will not be able to post this entire tome on your website, but please feel free to use any part of it you would like. I also hope that you will share my gratitude and testimony with your staff because I am extremely grateful for their work!
With wishes for continued success,
Thank you for your clear explanation of how the sandal will help my toe stress fracture and hopefully prevent any future fractures. It is really great that I will be able to wear the sandals without a lift. And you will add a little length so my big toe won’t hang over – hooray! Love this shoe customizing 🙂
I have put the 6S sandals in the mail. I will take care of Paypal ASAP.
Magnificent customer service!
Bob, thank you so much,
I purchased a pair of Elite size 6.5 brown shoes for work and love them. I had read on another website to order Elites 1/2 size smaller and that worked. Thanks very much. Your shoes are life savers!
Thank you SO much for rushing my replacement Slates! I wore them once for about 30 minutes before I wore them to fly to China only a few days after I picked them up. Here, I wear them to walk at least 2.5 miles a day (between the hotel and the University building where I am teaching) and sometimes 5 or 6 miles around the city or hiking at some local mountain. From the very first day, they have been incredibly comfortable. I don’t generally wear the same shoes two days in a row because I find most shoes uncomfortable in some way and so alternate between various mildly uncomfortable pairs. However, I did not have room in my luggage to bring a lot of shoes, which is why I decided to give these a try. I have worn them every single day for the three weeks I have been here and they have been PERFECT. I initially balked at the price, especially because I had not been able to try them on, but I am so glad that I decided to buy them. I can’t imagine how I would be feeling if I didn’t have them! Less likely to walk a mile to try some restaurant my students recommended, for sure! Thank you for giving me the comfort to be able to happily explore during my time in China. I really appreciate the rush.
To Whomever It May Concern,
I placed an order, #7650, and received it very quickly. I have two neuromas in the same foot and have been buying shoes like crazy trying to find something that will work so I can not be in constant pain and these shoes are it! Thank you in advance for your assistance and thank you so much for making such a life changing shoe! I will make sure to let my podiatric surgeon know about this amazing product so he can start promoting it!
Just had to let you know—I just came back from a wonderful 12-day trip in Austria and Hungary. I took 3 pair pair of OESH LaVida’s along and I walked 65 miles in them. I am 13-months post-Neuroma surgery (successful). I did not experience a single foot/shin/calf or other leg pain or fatigue during the entire time. I credit this to my OESH, and wouldn’t go anywhere without them. I find this remarkable, because pre-OESH, I know what it’s like to experience the leg pain and fatigue in other footwear—it was just not apparent to me at that time that it was due more to the footwear than the walking itself. I enjoyed myself thoroughly on this trip because I knew my OESH would take me anywhere!
Thank you OESH!
I started out with a Stress Fracture in my right foot last year followed by pain in my left foot which required surgery. My diagnoses were Hallux Rigidus right great toe and Craw toe 2nd metatarsal left foot. I had surgery in January 2017. I am over 60 and found out that going bare foot is the worse thing I can do. As we age we lose the padding in the bottom of the foot and the pressure as we walk is exerted on our toes. Prior to surgery my Orthopoedic Clinic had me try the Clark Wedge with a short Birkenstock insert which just made the pain worse. Two months before surgery I decided to look online and found your site. We went on vacation for 2 weeks prior to the holidays and the only shoe I wore was your La Vida. No pain at all including an ALL DAY trip to Disneyland with our grandkids. I can’t believe how comfortable they are. I am going back to my Orthopedist on Monday for my 6 week post op check up and I want to give him information on your shoes. I was told to order a half size larger and the was perfect. I also own a pair in Blue.
Hey Bob & Team Oesh —
You have just completely redefined “customer service” — at least for me.
Any place else would have just taken my return and that would’ve been the end. But you picked up on my comment when I said I wish your shoes had worked for me, and you worked with me to suggest a different style (one that addressed my issue with the wide heels) and to help me when my new Spectrum-powered email kept spamming and losing the return label.
I’m happy to report that you were oh so right, the new pair is perfect. We are going on our first walk today, and the original pair is on its way back to you in exchange.
Customer service to the absolute max.
Many many thanks,
Thanks for triple checking my size. Yes, please send me size 9.0 Elites. I appreciate the superb customer service. Thank you.
Hello wonderful people over there,
Your customer service is So Great! and Wonderful!
Very thorough, professional and fast even though it is weekends!
Thanks again, have a Blessed new week!
A lot of toe room. I can jump in these shoes.
Hi Bob, thanks for your prompt response, tip regarding cutting the laces, and unbelievable customer service!
I am happy to report that my feet seem to be improving and it’s helpful to have footwear that does not exacerbate the pain from my Morton’s neuroma. (I have 3 pairs of your shoes).
Today’s sunshine is making quick work of the snow and we are speeding into mud season. I bet Spring has sprung in beautiful Charlottesville–I was in DC last week and the cherry blossoms were still lovely.
Hello OESH Team,
I just got my shoes and I just HAD to write to you immediately [after] I got home and tried the shoes on. I don’t know how to express my delight and sudden satisfaction. I can’t say enough about how extremely comfortable these shoes are. Honestly, no exaggeration I’m dumbfounded. Shoes have been such a struggle for me because of my bunions and I just resigned to accepting the fact that every pair will hurt…. that is until I wore these! They’re the La Vida v2.0 by the way. I don’t want to take them off, I’m just walking around the house with them on, it’s ridiculous how ecstatic and elated I am. So I want to sincerely thank you, specifically thank you Dr. Kerrigan! My sincere gratitude! And they look great too!! I’m going to surf your site and look for more shoes 🙂 You’ll hear me again soon 🙂 Thank you again and again and again!!!!!
-A very happy Sarah
Just got my new shoes. It is amazing. I want to get a pair to my mom who is living overseas. Do you ship international?
Thank you so much for getting this resolved. I got the label and I will return the duplicate pair that I received.
I love the sandals. My knees are so much better when I wear them.
Have a nice day!
I wanted to comment on the impeccable customer service I have received through dealing with Oesh. The product in itself is superb- and I will be sure to order more of these comfortable shoes (ahhhh, my feet have finally found relief!) in the future- but what has earned my loyalty here in Canada is the attentiveness and warmth in my interactions with Customer Service.
Phenomenal product, phenomenal people behind the product.
Thank you Oesh! From my feet and my heart!
Everything about the experience was fantastic! Ease of purchase, exceptional customer service, timeliness in receiving product etc….
Your shoes are amazing! I LOVE them 🙂
Thanks so much for extending the promo for me. I just placed the order for the Wisterias. This is my sixth pair of OESH so I guess you can tell how much I love them!
Love my shoes! Once I put them on I don’t want to take them off! Best,
Thanks so much for your quick response. Based on your response, I put on my greenies and out the door I went. Again, that feeling of walking on a plush pillow and, boy, did I feel steady on my feet. For the first time in almost two and a half months, I walked the complex at my normal pace. I felt the problem in my foot but there wasn’t pain. I know I’m in for long-term foot exercises and massage on a regular basis to try to loosen things up but how great to have a pair of shoes that work and won’t sabotage my efforts. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’ll be ordering again.
I purchased some navy blue tennis shoes at your Charlottesville facility in December. I have bad bone spurs in the bottom of both of my feet, and have also had plantar fascitis in the past. I have found your shoes to be comfortable, with a very nice toe box.
I bought the navy La Vida 2.0 size 7. I usually wear a 6.5W or 7M. I love them. I love the wiggle room for the toes and find the foot bed comfortable. I was concerned about my big toe nail creating a hole in the top which they assured me in email had never happened before. And after 6 months of almost daily use, the fabric has stretched but hasn’t torn. The mesh in the winter wind is a bit chilly but I imagine it will be welcome come summer. I like the all-navy design – unassuming and goes with jeans and other pants. Worth every penny.
I have loved my 2 new pair of sandals and my black tennis shoes. I am telling many people in my area about your wonderful shoes and customer service.
OESH return policy and customer service is unbelievable! I ordered Elite/Dark Earth slip ons in my normal size but they were too big. I exchanged (free shipping again) for 1/2 size smaller which – still too big, so I did another exchange (free again!). I always received an immediate response on any inquiry.
Just wanted to tell you how much I love your shoes. I have arthritis in my knees as well as Plantar Fasciitis, so I did an online search and discovered your shoes. I was a little nervous to buy shoes online, but I figured I should try them because store bought shoes haven’t helped my knees much. I bought a pair of the LaVida 2.0s. I. LOVE. THEM. I can now do much more walking than I could do with other tennis shoes. My feet don’t feel cramped or sore afterwards. I also bought a pair of the Elites to wear to work. They look really good with nicer pants or with jeans, and again my feet feel so good in them. I did have to send my first pair of those back because they were a little too big (my personal opinion is that those shoes run big) so I got a half size smaller, and the new ones fit perfectly. Exchanging them was really easy. In a few months I’ll be trying out the sandals. So thanks!!
OESH keeps getting better and better. I began wearing OESH shoes when they first came out due to long standing foot and knee pain, which are now gone. Family members have gotten on board and now family from 20 to 90 years old wear OESH shoes. They are so comfortable – like wearing pillows on your feet, but still supportive. With the varied style and color options and amazing customer service there is no need for any shoe but an OESH.
Thank you Robert. I work on my feet all day as a teacher and the OESH Elite are the most comfortable shoes I have right now. I am also pregnant and the little bit of extra room is for when my feet swell up near the due date. I am excited to try the sneakers. OESH actually came up in an article I found when I googled “best shoes for pregnancy”. That is how I discovered them.
Thank you thank you thank you for the shoes. I received the 8.5 today and after a 12 hr shift at work I wanted to see if the shoes could really make a difference. Well….I was able to walk my 2 miles in 30 mins. That is so good for me. I had no knee pain ankle pain or FOOT pain. These shoes are incredible!
I just bought my first pair of OESH shoes last weekend. Feet never felt better! I very quickly increased to an hour walk in my Wisteria La Vidas, and it feels like walking on clouds! Thank you!!!
You went over and beyond what i expected and I am so pleased with not only your customer service but your product as well. Thanks to you and your team.
With much appreciation,
I am an 8 in your Athena and your clog. But I wear a 41 or a 9 in Lems running shoes. I really want the oxford color in your running shoes, but you don’t seem to have any 8.5 left so I was thinking I might try the size 9. What do you think?
I have to say, I love the Lems, but your shoes are a whole new foot experience. I had foot surgery for bone spurs on first metatarsal on right big toe almost two years ago and have other bone spurs and very “sensitive feet” my whole life. Bloody and blistered —that’s how I would describe my feet from shoes hence, all the issues with them now at 62 and very active. I will be starting to work again after not being able to do so because of my physical issues with spine and feet. It will require standing and using my body for an hour at a time. I really need more pairs of your shoes to give me the “spring” from gravity that my spine needs to stay decompressed and elongated. And my feet from not bleeding and aching. I can feel myself reaching up and away from the ground in your shoes!!!
The oxford color would be a good work option for me.
Thank you for following your passion—which will in turn—allow me to follow mine and not be in pain!!!
I have had plantar fasciitis for five years which flares up off and on. It is in the flare up stage right now. I am concerned about what size shoe to order.
I wear a dress or sandal size 7 medium shoe. I have special orthotics (sort of half size) that fit into my dress shoes. (I rarely wear heels as I am too uncomfortable walking in them). I also have full orthotics that I wear in my walking shoes. I found your discussion of how athletic shoes are not made for women extremely enlightening. Because I have full orthotics, I wear a size 8.5 walking shoe to give me enough toe room to comfortably walk.
It would be wonderful not to wear my orthotics but would like your advice about what size shoe to order and whether to wear them with orthotics or not. It might affect the size I order. Thanks for your assistance.
…and two years later, from September, 2015:
Thanks so much, Bob! You guys are the best! Have been bragging on these shoes for some time now. They have changed my life because my feet don’t hurt every day.
I have worn out my other three pair and really want to try the new color. Someone gifted me with the third pair. Also, I appreciate free (and fast!) shipping. All the best,
Your customer service is the best only equaled by the wonderful LaVida Oxford shoes. Having knee/back problems and Morton’s Neuroma, I searched for a shoe which would address these issues, offering COMFORT and SUPPORT while being worn for various activities. These shoes meet my needs beautifully; it is a treat to wear them! Keep up your good work and further success will come to OESH!
Hi, my name is Kimber, and I’d like to first tell you how amazing your shoes are. So, here goes. In my mid 30’s, I developed Morton’s Neuroma, passed down from my mother. She has it, my aunt has it, and it limits not only what shoes you can wear, but how long you can wear any shoes or even stay on your feet. I’ve searched for shoes or anything that would allow me to be more active again, even though I know I will never be able to run like I used to. When I ordered my first pair of Oesh shoes, La Vida v2.0 – deep wisteria, I put them on and it was like walking in fuzzy socks, they felt so great. This past summer, I started walking a lot, and I’m up to 5 miles a day! It’s amazing, a miracle! I can walk for 40 minutes before the pain begins, but if I walk twice a day, I can get the exercise I want and need on a daily basis, thanks to your shoes. So thank you so much for designing and selling them, you have literally changed my life in terms of physical activity. Thank you for listening and I am so grateful for your company, I love your shoes! I recommend them to everyone I know who has foot problems.
I have Morton’s neuroma and have suffered in both feet for 30 years. I had one operation but it grew back. Even as a youngster I had bad feet (pronated feet). I have searched for years to find shoes that specifically address Morton’s Neuroma and just last week located the OESH Shoes website. I ordered them, got them in two or three days and put them on last night. My world has changed. These shoes are unbelievable! Never in my life have I experienced comfort on my feet! I have had to wear all kinds of inserts, I have had several podiatrists prescribe orthotics which I paid a fortune for. I have purchased other orthotics at specialty stores and even at fairs. What a relief to have a pair of shoes that need no inserts. My bad feet have held me back from exercise, running, standing on my feet for long periods, traveling where a lot of walking is required. I have paid a fortune on shoes I couldn’t wear. These shoes are a miracle. My friend has similar problems and after telling her about the shoes last night, she ordered two pairs. I will be buying more as well! Thank you!
Thank you so much for the quick response. The first pair of Oeshs that I purchased I had only worn them a few days when I found that we were going to Universal Studios in Orlando Florida. Hoping that I made the right choice I decided to wear my new Oeshs. I was on my feet for twelve hours and not once did I have any problems. They are the most comfortable shoe that I own.
Thank you again,
I don’t know what I would have done had I not found OESH a year ago to deal with my neuroma…I applaud you and thank you all. You allow me to continue to do what I love most, which is stand on my feet in my kitchen and cook, sometimes for hours!
I am overdue in sending this rave: I DO love love love the Athenas. Great feel, great fit, great look, puts a whole new bounce in my summer. I feel like I am walking on air at my son’s 3 day lacrosse tournament at Colgate University. Stand all game? Carry the cooler for miles? No problem!
Thank you, Kellyn for the quick fix, and I am rooting for you in The Great College Quest. That school in New Haven could use a make-it-happen person like you. (See “Risky Business” if you haven’t already, even though the writers’ choice of ideal college was a little off. It will also explain why Tom Cruise got to be such a star before he went completely gonzo.)
Hello from Canada
I just wanted to let you know that since I started wearing the OESH tennis shoes I have lost 1/2 size in shoe size. I have worn orthopaedic shoes, had very expensive inserts fit for me over many years and had the supportive shoes that also cost a small fortune.
I have metatarsal osteoarthritis along with fallen arches and pronated feet.
Now that I wear OESH shoes I have rebuilt the muscles in my arches and because of this my feet are back to my smaller size and stronger. The osteoarthritis bothers me much less.
I am a nurse and work 8 hr shifts and they prefer I wear white leather when possible but have been wearing you tennis shoes. If you have a call for nurses shoes it would be awesome to have white leather elites.
I never leave reviews but these are worth a word from a very satisfied customer.
Great Sandals! I don’t know what magic you did with these sandals, but all the problems are gone- fits my foot, no slipping and sliding- fits perfectly. I’ll wear them around the house a bit and it feels really comfortable.
By the way, the Wisteria are great exercise for the legs and thighs- took a 4 mile walk and really felt a good healthy exercise stretch.
Thanks oh patient one,
I haven’t been able to take the Elites off since receiving them.
I have literally lived in my original pair of Oeshs all spring, summer, and fall–at least when I’m not at work–so I’m very glad indeed to have a pair of leather Oeshs that I can wear for the office and for winter (that covers just about every shoe season/opportunity).
Thank you again for everything! I truly appreciate all that you’ve done to help get me your remarkable shoes. Have a wonderful 2016!
Awesome!!! Thank you for the discount!! You guys worked out the kinks on the Athenas—I wore these this morning for a 90 min brisk walk with no blisters, no Mortons neuroma pain, and no clanking like the older model. I LOVE them!! They are so light and fit so perfectly, like wearing nothing–same orthopedic relief of foot pain as with earlier generation Oesh, but lighter and easier to wear.
Bob your prompt reply was great, thanks! I just went ahead and ordered a pair, and, have sent out notes to all my friends w/ailing feet… I won’t say they number in legions, but, there’s a bunch. We are going away Friday for ten days, so I cannot come in on Saturday. I am in hopes the shoes arrive b/f leaving and that they fit so I can take them with me. If they don’t that’s OK, we’ll have someone getting our mail and I can try them when we get home. There’s perhaps a gender thing with women and shoes and I think you addressed many great points in your site as well as the DP article. Years of literal abuse has caused such dysfunction and pain, so these new designs are really exciting. And if the first pair we try doesn’t work, we’ll try another.
Thank you so much,
I loved my Elites so much that I just ordered the LaVida v2.0 Oxford.
Can’t wait to receive them! The soles on these shoes are amazing. I love wearing my Elites!!! Thanks again for the great customer service!