What are Xero Shoes


Xero Shoes® are a modern spin on the traditional barefoot running sandal — durable, stylish and affordable — and so light and low-profile it’s like you’re not wearing anything. Yet, you get a strong layer of protection, your feet and legs work the way nature intended, your posture can naturally realign, and you awaken your senses and stimulate your brain as you Feel The World™.

Thanks to Chris McDougall’s inspiring and exciting best-selling book, Born to Run, and research from Harvard’s Daniel Lieberman, people all around the world are re-discovering the magic of barefoot running and natural movement.

Many people describe how barefoot running has improved their running, healed old injuries, strengthened their feet and legs, turned flat feet into feet with arches, and much more.

One big worry about barefoot running, not surprisingly, is all the stuff on the ground that can hurt and cut your feet, plus all the dirt you have to wash off when you’re finished running. And most stores and restaurants won’t let you in without shoes.

That’s why you’ll want a pair of Xero Shoes. If you can’t or don’t want to be totally barefoot, these are “better than barefoot”.

In his book, Chris McDougall describes huaraches, the running sandals of the Tarahumara Indians: a strip of rubber from an old tire and some string or lace to hold it on.

Xero Shoes are a hi-tech update of huaraches. They’re lightweight — 3.4 ounces in a men’s size 9 — comfortable and flexible. If you like the feeling of being barefoot, you’ll love wearing Xero Shoes.

Award Winning! Xero Shoes won the Grovie Award for Best Huaraches Running Sandal. “Xero Shoes took innovation to the next level. The result is a powerhouse of a sandal that has no real apparent weaknesses.”

The Running Clinic gave Xero Shoes the highest rating for barefoot footwear — a 94/100. And Barefoot Running Magazine gave Xero Shoes the highest rating, too — 4.75 out of 5 “bare feet.”

Backed by our 5,000 Mile Warranty. People ask us “How long will these last?” And, frankly, we have no idea! So far nobody has outworn the soles of their Xero Shoes. But if you wear yours down to thinner than 1mm in under 5,000 miles, simply return them to us and we’ll replace them for just the cost of shipping and handling (more details).

Compare this to regular running shoes that tell you to replace them every 300-500 miles. You could save thousands by wearing Xero Shoes. And then compare Xero Shoes to other “barefoot” shoes, where these are clearly closer to barefoot and at a fraction of the cost.

BFor everyone and every thing. Over 25,000 people, ages 1-91, in over 87 countries use Xero Shoes for everything from walking, to hiking, to working out, to hitting the beach, running, and even tackling 100-mile ultramarathons. They’re perfect for tossing in your backpack for camping.

Made for being barefoot. Our huaraches sandals are made with either our exclusive FeelTrue® rubber or 4mm Vibram Cherry sole material. The FeelTrue® outsoles are the only rubber outsole made specifically for barefoot sandals, co-developed with 2 former lead designers from Nike and Reebok. You can get either the 4mm Connect, for the closest thing to a barefoot feel, or the 6mm Contact if you want a bit more protection or a “smoother” ride.

Get a perfect fit. Unlike flip-flops, or even most shoes, Xero Shoes are made to fit YOUR foot, no matter what size you wear or what shape your foot is. Wide, narrow, curved, or straight… short toes or long toes, your Xero Shoes are made for you.

Express yourself with your Xero Shoes. First, pick one of 9 colors of our nylon/polypropylene laces. These laces are strong, soft, don’t stretch, have no edges to dig into your feet, are waterproof, colorfast and, maybe best of all, look really cool. Plus, they keep your cost down.

Support the Tarahumara (Rarámuri) — When you buy Custom Xero Shoes we donate 10% of the price to The Tarahumara Childrens Hospital Fund (TCHF) to support the indigenous people of the Copper Canyon.