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We have an exciting new product and need some “on the road” feedback.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.Running 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.
“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.
If 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!
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
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.
There are LOTS of reason you'll want to get out of your regular shoes and go barefoot or wear Xero Shoes. But the "barefoot world" is full of mythology, contradiction and, frankly, lies told to you by giant shoe companies. Even ones that sell minimalist shoes.
How do you discover the truth? How do you find the fastest and easiest way to start enjoying being barefoot or minimalist, whether you're a walker, hiker, paddle boarder, or runner? Simple. By signing up and receiving our free 7-part series: "Feel The World: How to enjoy the fun and benefits of being barefoot"
“An almost-barefoot feel, but with some protection... provides barefoot-like balance. It's so light you hardly feel it...” -Los Angeles Times
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“I was extremely surprised and delighted by how well the Invisible Shoes fit my feet... the closest to going barefoot without actually going barefoot...” -Jessica Lee
“It wasn’t until Steven made me my first pair that I understood how much fun they are to run in. My feet feel like they’re completely bare...” -Scott McLean
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“Xero Shoes for kids make an awesome summer sandal. They can be tricked out with beads and charms to make them even more fun. My daughter's daycare teachers always want to know where to get them!” -Justin Owings
“These are soooo cool!! It really is like running barefoot, but with a little protective mat under your feet. Your foot is completely free, unlike the Vibram FiveFingers...” -Joy Frantz
“Running in my Xero Shoes is really enjoyable – they maintain almost all of the fun barefoot feel, and give me enough protection to take on more challenging terrain..." -Donald Buraglio
“These are pretty much the only shoes I wear now. It makes sense that being barefoot (or close to it) is the way to walk..." -Tracy Jones
“Xero Shoes are the closest thing to actual barefoot running. Putting them on made me feel like a Native American warrior! They're great for my strength training workouts as well as running..." -Al Kavadlo