Why barefoot sandals and not minimalist shoes? - Xero Shoes

Why barefoot sandals and not minimalist shoes?

New to “barefoot shoes”? Trying to decide between the minimalist shoe options?

I know the feeling. Back in 2009, when I knew I wanted the benefits of being barefoot, but with a bit of protection (and something that would let me get into restaurants), I tried everything.

Here’s why I think barefoot sandals are the best choice:

  • Better Bare Foot Feel — You want to feel the ground as much as possible, without having to worry about what you’re stepping on. With our FeelTrue® outsoles, you get the closest thing to a barefoot feel, but with the protection you want. BTW, don’t be fooled by some shoe companies that claim to have a 4mm or 6mm outsole. If the sole is stiffer, it’ll reduce the ground-feel. And if they add any padding on the inside of the shoe, that contributes to the thickness.
  • Natural Movement– You want to let your feet move and your toes flex and wiggle without anything getting in the way. With the dual-direction chevron treads and the flexibility of our FeelTrue® rubber, our outsoles let you grip the ground. And with nothing restricting the top of your foot, your toes can lift and splay as much as you want.
  • Anti-bacterial/Anti-Odor — The air circulates around your foot, instead of having your feet wrapped up and sweaty!
  • Better Fit — Our sandals will fit your foot, no matter what shape it is — curved, straight, narrow, wide. And you can trim them with a pair of kitchen scissors for a perfect fit.
  • Lightweight — At 3.4 ounces for a men’s size 9, you’ll have a hard time finding anything that feels like, well, you’re almost barefoot. We’ve had customers forget they were wearing their Xero Shoes and go to bed with them still on!
  • Multi-purpose — People all around the world use Xero Shoes for everything from walking, to hiking, to camping, to yoga, to stand-up paddleboarding, to sea kayaking, to sky-diving, to running, to tackling 100-mile ultra-marathons!
  • Convenient — Xeros roll or fold and fit in small spaces. Stick ‘em in your pocket so you have them handy for a hike or to get through the airport faster.
  • Personal Style — With 5 different sole colors, dozens of lacing styles, and even more decorative add-ons, you can have sandals that are high-performance, ultra-minimalist or fashion-forward and ready for a night on the town. In fact, those could be the same pair!
  • Inexpensive — I don’t get how minimalist shoes and sandals can be $100-$200! Xero Shoes are a fraction of that price. You could get 5 pairs (one in each color! ;-) of Xeros for the price of some minimal running shoes.
  • Long-Lasting — People often ask how long Xero Shoes will last. Well, we don’t know; nobody has worn out a pair yet! True to our tire-sandal heritage, Xero Shoes come with a 5,000 mile warranty. Compare that to running shoes that you’re supposed to replace every 300-500 miles!
  • E

    I live in an area where winter is often long and cold. While I would love to go barefoot year round, it’s not often really an option– I don’t really want to condition my feet to withstand the cold and wet. What do you suggest for keeping my feet a bit warmer in the winter time?

  • Michael_Rudd

    Long-Lasting, that’s a joke, mine only lasted about 15 miles, shame because I really liked them, comfortable and cool, very disappointing :-(

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