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I tried the cushiony Hoka recovery slides loved by podiatrists — my feet are glad I did!

The Hoka Ora recovery slides in Aquarelle and Green Ash
The Hoka recovery slides will make your feet feel rejuvenated. (Photo: Zappos)

If you are someone whose feet ache long before the end of the day, then you understand what I experience. After a few hours of nonstop walking and standing, my high arches ache and the balls of my feet scream. Luckily I have a very wise podiatrist who suggested I give Hoka shoes a try.

I quickly ordered a pair of their Ora Recovery Slides, and I am passionately in love with how well they support and pamper my feet. I would be willing to pay a pretty penny for this sort of relief, but luckily I only had to shell out 50 bucks on Zappos. (I also found them at Amazon, but they surprisingly cost $22 more.)

If you aren't familiar with the Hoka brand, it's time for you to get acquainted. Their super-cushiony running shoes and sneakers have a growing cult following. While weekend warriors and athletes sing the praises of these shoes, it's the people with bunions, plantar fasciitis, arch pain and metatarsalgia (soreness and swelling in the balls of the feet) who really feel the difference.

$55 at Zappos$77 at Amazon

Hoka recovery slides in black
Your aching feet will thank you. (Photo: Zappos)

I suffer from a bunion and extremely high arches that require orthotics. I hate wearing shoes at home, but walking barefoot isn't an option. Even on days when I wear my orthotics for every waking minute, my feet still ache in the place that squeezes my bunion. Enter the Hoka slides and ... bam! My feet feel so much better.

My podiatrist isn't the only medical professional who recommends Hoka shoes for people with foot issues.

"The sole has a rocker bottom, which is helpful for people who have metatarsalgia because it helps with propulsion," says New York-based podiatrist Dr. Polina Zaydenberg, who is board-certified by the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry in the Prevention and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Wounds and in Diabetic Footwear. "The sole is also a good shock absorber.”

If you scroll through the reviews of the Hoka Ora Recovery Slide, you'll see that plenty of hard-working nurses are devotees of the shoes.

"I have unhappy nurse feet and have tried many recovery sandals," says one shopper who gave the shoes a perfect five-star rating. "These Hokas are by far the best for pain relief. Customer for life here."

Another nurse who works 12-hour shifts says that these are the only shoes that relieve her foot pain. "Many times I hardly get to sit at all, and my feet hurt so bad that there are days I can hardly walk. I have tried so many different types of shoes and spent hundreds trying to get relief. Between the recovery slip-on that I can wear at work and the recovery sandals that I wear around the house, MY FEET DO NOT HURT AT ALL ANYMORE!!! ... I can't express enough how thankful I am!"

Nurses and podiatrists even recommend Hoka Ora recovery slide to their patients. "My podiatrist recommended these because my feet hurt every morning getting up," says a relieved customer. "After one day of wearing these around the house, I noticed a huge difference! ... Overall happy!"

No matter what part of your foot hurts, these are shoes worth trying out. You just might get your own happily-ever-after story.

$55 at Zappos $77 at Amazon

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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