Barefoot Sandal Tying

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Adjust the Venture and Cloud for a perfect fit

There are a few adjustments you can make on the Amuri Venture and Cloud barefoot style sandals to get a perfect fit.

Start with this video:

Most people aim for “snug and comfortable”.

You can adjust the tension of the front section (above your foot) by pulling lace through the ankle holes (pull more toward the heel to make things tighter, pull more toward the toes to make things looser).

You can adjust the tension of the heel section by moving the OUTERMOST lace through the tensioner — pull more “through” the tensioner to make things tighter, and pull more “back” to make things looser.

If you tighten your heel lacing and end up with “too much lace”, you can move the tensioner forward by moving BOTH laces through it.


Barefoot Pat’s Xero Loop Variation

Pat's Xero Loop Barefoot Sandal tying style

Pat made a tweak to the Xero Loop style that you may like.

His video is in French (with a couple of English words tossed in, like “slip on” ;-) )

First, a few tying tips and notes:


Tying the Lace knot:

This is the knot we most commonly use, especially with our 100% polyester laces.


The “Lace Bead”:

This is the smallest “knot” you can make for your Xero Shoes.


Tying a Figure-8 knot:

If you have our original laces with the nylon core, you’ll want to use this knot.


Lacing tips:


The basic running sandal tying pattern


Barefoot Pat’s Xero Loop Variation

Notice that he also found it more comfortable to move the toe hole forward about 1/4″-1/2″.

This shows how flexible the huarache concept is; find what’s best for you and enjoy!

Step-by-Step instructions coming soon!


Even MORE new Xero Shoes Laces

We’ve just added 5 new lace colors, perfect if you want to make Xero Shoes with your school colors:

  • Navy Blue
  • Maroon
  • Orange
  • Violet
  • Gold

Here’s what they all look like, next to our 5 colored FeelTrue outsoles:

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You get your choice of any of the 22 colors above when you buy Xero Shoes DIY kits or Custom-Made sandals.

And if you want an extra pair of laces, or want to pick up one of our new “school colors”, click here.

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Uber-Ultra Minimal to the Max

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Okay, it doesn’t get more minimal than this (hence the name).

Arguably, this is even more minimalist than the Ultra-Minimalist Hitch since there’s no knot.

Our first customer service manager, Bill Babcock, came up with this idea, and he uses it for running 100+ miles/week.

To make this style, you’ll need 2 of the Crow Beads (one for each shoe), pictured below (click on the picture and you’ll be taken to that product’s page):

Silver Plated Brass Crow Bead

First, a few tying tips and notes:


Tying the Lace knot:

This is the knot we most commonly use, especially with our 100% polyester laces.


The “Lace Bead”:

This is the smallest “knot” you can make for your Xero Shoes.


Tying a Figure-8 knot:

If you have our original laces with the nylon core, you’ll want to use this knot.


Lacing tips:


The basic running sandal tying pattern


Uber-Ultra Minimal to the Max Style

Step-by-Step instructions coming soon!



Lee Chase’s “Extra Comfy” Huarache Tying Style

Lee Chase's Barefoot Sandal Tying Method

Lee Chase developed this variation of one of the tying styles on the Tying page (third from the right).

The only thing I’d do differently: Take the end of the lace and put it back through the half hitches to lock it in place.

First, a few tying tips and notes:


Tying the Lace knot:

This is the knot we most commonly use, especially with our 100% polyester laces.


The “Lace Bead”:

This is the smallest “knot” you can make for your Xero Shoes.


Tying a Figure-8 knot:

If you have our original laces with the nylon core, you’ll want to use this knot.


Lacing tips:


Lee’s “Extra Comfy” style

Step-by-Step instructions coming soon!


A lacing tip for your Xero Shoes

Here’s a fun lacing tip/trick you can use with your Xero Shoes.

Basically, it’s making a “lacing loop” out of a small section of our new laces.

There are two reasons you may want to do this:

1) It’s a cool decorative element (especially if you use a different color for the loop than you do for the rest of your lacing), and lets you re-lace your Xero Shoes really fast.

Here’s what our sales manager, Rudy, did with this idea, when he added a loop at the ankle holes and toe hole:

Rudy's Xero Shoes barefoot sandals

2) The other thing this lacing loop is good for is “addressing” a form problem.

A very small number of people will create abrasion at the outside ankle hole which wears out the lace at that spot (FWIW, I and all the Xero wearers I know have put tens of thousands of miles on their shoes without ever wearing out a lace).

If you do this, you can “fix” the problem, by attending to your gait (and stopping creating the extra horizontal friction that causes the problem).

OR… you can “address” the problem by making the lace more resistant to abrasion. One way to do that is by rubbing some Shoe Goo on the lace. The lacing loop is another.

The video below explains how to make the lacing loop and why you would use it.

I can’t wait to see what you do with this idea!


Ah, Knots – a huarache tying decoration

One cool thing you can do with the “extra” lace on your Xero Shoes huaraches sandals is what I like to call “Ah, Knots!”

For those of you who are hip to different knot names, you’ll recognize this as just a bunch of half-hitches tied down the length of the toe strap. This idea came to us from Mark Myers, a.k.a. Barefoot TatMan (bonus points if you know why he has that name and what tatting is).

Mark shows how to do Ah, Knots starting at 8:00 into the video.

After I’ve gotten to the “end” of the toe strap, near my toes, I take any leftover lace and tuck it into the knots on the underside.

Enjoy!

 

 


Foot tattoos and barefoot sandals

On Facebook, Sarah asked:

I’m getting the tops of my feet tattooed and need to find a way to tie them so that none of the laces touch the top of my feet! My big toe too! I figure a loop over my 2nd and 3rd toe….but anyone have tying suggestions for the heel?

I said, “Well, that’s a tricky one. A ‘flip-flop’ style will touch the top of your foot, and SOMETHING has to hold in on around your heel or it’ll slip off…”

But then I came up with the perfect answer. I’m going to use this tying style from now on!

A new huarache sandal tying style

And, yes, this is an early April Fool’s joke… there’s no way you could actually run/walk with this… oh, wait, if I made the strap out of elastic… ;-)


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