Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Après Sport Shoes For Athletes - Todi USA Product Review

  1. Ergonomic Design: Ergo, go in comfort.

  2. Toe-gripping footbed.

  3. Cupped Heel.

  4. Coated cork - Physiform footbed contours to your foot.

  5. Rugged outsole.

  6. Perfect fit: pillow rim, seamless comfort.

  7. Cool construction: microperfed suede, bilateral stretch panels, odor resistant.

  8. Roomy toe box.

  9. Goat leather liner.

"WHO WE ARE

Todi is a shoe company focused on developing Après-Athletic footwear exclusively for aggressive souls. It's what you wear to and from the locker room.

THE STYLE

Our first shoe is the Original, currently available in Model T Black. Soon Todi footwear will be available in a variety of high school and college team colors. We have a deep bench of design ideas to bring to market over the next few years. As Todi athletes begin wearing the shoe, we will look to them to provide input on which styles they would like to see next.




THE SHOE

Athletes tend to beat their feet; soccer players cram them into cleats, ski racers force them into plastic vises, runners pound the pavement and the trail, climbers use them to grip a rock façade. No matter what the sport, your feet take the brunt of the abuse. Todi designed the Physi-Form Insole with enough support to help the foot relax and the versatility to gradually conform and accommodate many foot shapes.

WANT MORE?

Not much more to tell. We like to keep it simple.
See you after the game."


Todi USA sent me a pair of their recovery shoes (aka Après Sport Shoes) as well as a short sleeve T-shirt, to try out. I had first seen them in USA Triathlon Life magazine, who noted that they are "designed to be worn after a run, bike, swim or race, these leather shoes prioritize comfort." When I first received them, I noted 2 things: one, they are very forward-looking for a slip-on sandal and two, they have a cork footbed similar to Birkenstocks. In fact, I was planning on getting a pair of Birkies, but no longer need to, as the Todis easily replace them in terms of comfort and far surpass them in terms of a more fashionable look.

Most of us make an effort to plan our training, to put some thought into the nutrition plan we follow (or don't), but most people shortchange maybe the most important part of training, which is recovery. "Rest days are critical to sports performance for a variety of reasons. Some are physiological and some are psychological. Rest is physically necessary so that the muscles can repair, rebuild and strengthen. For recreational athletes, building in rest days can help maintain a better balance between home, work and fitness goals" (from Sports Medicine About.com). Many people have already embraced compression apparel as part of their recovery, now it is time to add some specialized shoes as well. Recovery shoes are especially important to those who are more inclined to lower leg or foot injuries, such as plantar fasciitis.

These shoes hands-down are some of the most comfortable shoes I have worn in a long time. They feel like a supportive pair of bedroom slippers on the one hand, but with the solid footbed and rugged outsole, they are equally comfortable to wear outdoors. I've worn them post-run, they are my go-to shoes around the house, and I've worn them out to run errands as well. As an added bonus, they have reflective trim in case you wear them out after dark. They are quite roomy and I would suggest possibly ordering a half size down if you do not like loose footwear.

Maybe skeptical at first, I'm a firm believer now in proper footwear being beneficial to recovery. These Todi USA shoes have everything I would look for in this niche. Highly recommended.

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(Disclaimer: I was sent these products for free to review on my blog - courtesy of Todi USA. I did not pay for these items, receive payment for this review, or agree to give a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)

Have a product you'd like reviewed? Contact me at lakotega@yahoo.com.

8 comments:

  1. I want one of those t-shirts where do I get it.

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  2. I can see why you need a bigger house now.

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  3. I like the shirts and the shoes. i love the shirt message.

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  4. Hey Kovas! On behalf of Todi, thanks for the kind words. And if you know any athletes that would be good candidates for Todi Team, send them our way http://www.todiusa.com/todi-team/. Keep charging hard!

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  5. I absolutely love both - how comfy do those shoes look - and the T shirt looks so super cool.

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  6. The shoes are cute! They have my approval from a stylish perspective!

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  7. Kovas - see my blog today for your award. Also, you sure do many reviews!

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