Frequently Asked Questions
How do you pronounce OESH?
“OESH” is pronounced like the sound in ‘ocean’…a one syllable long o sound with a silent e.
Where did the name OESH come from?
A great 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 body wellness aspects which OESH addresses apply to both women and men. Given that women have a greater need, however (women are more than 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 plenty of guys love identifying as an OESHer, and our OESH Lea now fits up to size 12 men’s (the size 13 OESH) and we even created a line of Sandals–Apollo and Ares–just for guys, too!
Where are OESH sold?
OESH are only sold from our website, OESHshoes.com & click “SHOP“. This distribution system allows us to present you the lowest possible price for a pair of OESH, without any retailer price markup. Also, our highly-regarded customer service policy allows you to ship your OESH back to us FOR FREE for any size or style exchange.
How should I care for my Sandals? How about the La Vida and Lea shoes?
We’ve been pleased with the ease with which both the Sandals and these shoes are kept looking great. Simply send them into your washing machine on a gentle cycle. Sandals should then be air dried, but your shoes can even be popped into the dryer for about 20 minutes on a low temperature setting. These amazing soles will not mark the machines while being washed or tumbled. And best…they’ll sparkle like new!
Are the OESH La Vidas and Leas a running shoe or a walking shoe?
They are both. We actually like to say that the La Vida and Lea are “All Purpose Trainers” because they both work so well for any weight bearing activity, whether/not it is sport-specific. La Vidas and Leas have proven to be especially impressive as a training shoe for runners.
Can I wear my La Vidas and Leas to the gym?
Yes! Our design concept promotes wearing all OESH footwear all day, every day–whether you are working out or simply busy. Also, the sole is non-marking. 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 footwear 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) to optimize your forefoot and toe roominess. 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. OESH are very orthotic-friendly shoes.
Does OESH fit a size 6 woman’s foot?
Yes! Our shoe sizes begin with a size 6.5–and our experience has been an over 95% success rate for women at size 6.0 wearing the smallest La Vida size.
Are the OESH La Vidas, Leas, and Sandals vegan?
Yes. There are no components of these shoes derived from animals or animal bi-products.
What is the OESH sole made from?
A proprietary elastomeric material. The physical structure and material composition 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.