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Help Xero Shoes test our newest barefoot sandal

new barefoot running shoes productLove Xero Shoes? Want to help us make them even better?

Apply to become a Xero Shoes Wear Tester!

We have an exciting new product and need some “on the road” feedback.

If you:

  • are an existing customer who has been wearing Xero Shoes for at least 2 months
  • live in the continental US
  • wear a Men’s size 8, Women’s 9-9.5, or Men’s 11 (double-check by downloading and printing one of these templates: M8/W9 or M11)
  • do not work for a shoe or other competing company
  • are able to put 50 miles of hard use (running or hiking) on these shoes between approximately Sept 27 and October 15.
  • can offer clear written feedback about your experience with the product
  • are good at keeping secrets and able to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement
  • can’t wait to find out what we’re doing next!

If all of those describe you, then we want to hear from you.

Send us an email to support@xeroshoes.com with your shoe size, your mailing address, and a few words about why you’ll be a perfect Xero Shoes Wear Tester.

We have a very limited number of pairs and we need to get feedback as quickly as possible, so if you’re selected, we’ll email you a Non-Disclosure Agreement to sign and will send the shoes out to the first people who get their forms back in.

Thanks for your interest and support!

The Xero Shoes Team


Xero Shoes September Giveway!

Win a complete Xero Shoes Gear package — including a pair of Amuri Cloud barefoot sandals, a Xero T-Shirt, a pair of ToeSox (for the cooler weather), and an Earth Ball massager.

Total value of the giveaway is over $90 (actually, $82.89 plus shipping)

Enter below (give it a few seconds for the giveaway app to load)… the more you do, the more points you get… the more points you get, the better your odds of winning!


a Rafflecopter giveaway
Here’s a picture of what you could win:

Xero Shoes Giveaway!

You’ll get your choice of available colors/sizes of the Amuri Cloud sandals and T-shirt. “Grip” ToeSox come in black (in your size, of course).

Good luck! We can’t wait to see if you’re a winner!

Share this with anyone else who you think would want to win.

 


What are Xero Shoes? This video explains it

Xero Shoes are lightweight, flexible, performance recreation sandals that let’s you go everywhere and do everything… naturally.

If sport sandals and flip flops had a baby with super powers, that would be Xero Shoes. ;-)

Xero Shoes let you have total natural, barefoot-style movement, with the protection you want, a style you can make your very own, an affordable price, and a 5,000 mile warranty.

People ages 2-92, all around the world, enjoy Xero Shoes for walking, hiking, yoga, Crossfit, a day at the beach, a walk in the park, a night on the town, approaching a climb, taking a jog, and even running a 100 mile ultra marathon through the jungles of Costa Rica.

The perfect travel footwear, it’s water resistant, naturally odor-resistant, rolls up to fit in your pack or pocket, and ready to handle whatever you want to do.

Get either our ready-to-wear/ready-to-play sandals, or discover how you can make your own footwear in just minutes with one of our do-it-yourself kits.

Feel The Freedom. Feel The Fun. Feel The World… with Xero Shoes


Can You Cure Plantar Fascitiis with Barefoot Running?

A new study by Michael Rathleff and his colleagues offer a new approach for treating plantar fasciitis: strength training. More specifically working on foot and calf strength.Click here to read about the research.
I can’t say I’m surprised by this.It’s often the case that gaining strength cures many movement-related problems.But what’s most interesting to me is that this research suggests why many barefoot runners report an elimination of plantar fasciitis.Specifically, when you look at the report about the research and read the recommendations for the type of strength training to do, you’ll see that the movements are very similar to what you do when you run with a forefoot or midfoot landing.Strengthen your feet and calvesRunning this way “pre-loads” your plantar fascia, positioning your foot in a strong position when it contacts the ground, rather than being in the pre-streteched and weak position that you’re in when you heel strike, especially in a highly padded shoe.


What are zero drop shoes?

“Zero Drop” is a term originally coined by the makers of Altra Shoes to describe footwear where the heel is at the same height as the ball of the foot. This is what your foot does, naturally, when you’re standing on a level surface in bare feet.

But most running shoes are, essentially, high-heeled shoes, with a “differential” between the height of the heel and the height of the ball of the foot as high as one inch.

Now that you can find minimalist shoes, big shoe companies are now joyfully advertising their minimalist shoes as zero drop, or low drop. But does that really matter for you? And are Xero Shoes zero drop, especially the new Amuri Cloud.

This video, inspired by a question on our forum, should answer that.

 


What do you think?


How to run on a treadmill

When the weather starts turning colder (or months before that, often), people ask me, “Can I run barefoot on a treadmill?” Or, “Can I wear Xero Shoes on a treadmill?”

The answer to both questions is a resounding Yes.

In fact, some of you may know that my office “desk” is a treadmill.

If you are going to use a treadmill for colder weather training, please take this one piece of advice:

Do it like this:

 


And then send us video of your best treadmoves!


24 Hour Barefoot Running World Record

Andrew Snopes sets a barefoot running world recordIf you bump into someone who opines, “You can’t run in bare feet!” show them this.

Andrew Snope ran 131.43 miles, barefoot, in 24 hours!

Yup. Ran for 24 hours (with just a few bathroom breaks). Did it barefoot.

And if that same opinionated person counters with, “Yeah, but the world record is 188.59 miles from a guy wearing shoes,” you can reply with, “But Andrew’s only been a runner for 3 years, and he wasn’t trying to beat the record. Geez!”

We say a big congrats to Andrew and can’t wait to see what he does next!



Is barefoot running really BS?

Marc Lindsay recently posted what I’m sure he thinks is a scathing critique of barefoot running at Active.com called “Why Barefoot Running is BS.”

Sadly, it’s not the well-researched, well-considered investigation I think he believes it to be. In fact, given that the top of the article clearly says “Sponsored by Brooks,” one has to wonder if this anti-barefoot running article isn’t just a piece of shoe industry propaganda. Continue Reading


How do you learn barefoot running?

I received a message from Bryan on Facebook, asking if I had some advice about the fact that when he goes for a run in Xero Shoes, sometimes he can do 3-4 miles without a problem, but sometimes he gets some soreness after a mile or so.

I decided to add my response as a Barefoot Running Q&A video (it’s much more fun that typing).

What do you think?

Add your comments and thoughts, below… then share this with others.


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