If you were in Las Vegas on March 2nd at the Stratosphere hotel, you probably did.
In fact, you may have seen this mysterious barefoot beast climb the Strat!
While most people who claim to see bigfoot have grainy, fuzzy pictures or video, we have high-resolution proof of his existence. And, even more, we have proof that Bigfoot wears barefoot running shoes. Xero Shoes, to be exact! Continue Reading
Xero Shoes announced that Stepping Out Footwear of Sidney will represent Xero Shoes in Australia and New Zealand.
After the Colorado maker of barefoot-‐inspired footwear appeared on Shark Tank, and since the release of their ready-to-wear Sensori line of recreational performance sandals, Xero Shoes’ expansion has accelerated dramatically, with this being the first aggressive move into international retail.
Stepping Out Footwear’s Director, Hamish Lorimer, has 20 years of experience introducing international brands to the Australian market.
“When I saw the new Xero line of sandals at the Atlanta Shoe Market, I realized immediately that this was a perfect product for Australia. The simplicity, durability, and elegance all fit with the active lifestyle we lead down here. And with 8 months of sandal-‐wearing weather, it really is, well… a PERFECT fit,” said Lorimer.
Xero Shoes CEO, Steven Sashen, said, “We know that Australia and New Zealand have a big flip flop culture. And the comfort, performance, and style that Xero Shoes provide make our products a total ‘flip-flop killer.’”
Feel The World, Inc. of Boulder, CO, manufactures Xero Shoes, a high-‐tech upgrade on the traditional huaraches running sandal of the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico.
Needless to say, we are EXTREMELY excited about having more Aussies enjoying the fun and benefits of Barefootware®.
On Jan 15th, I was part of a GREAT conversation (podcast) about the state of footwear and barefootware, with 1980 Olympic marathoner, Benji Durden, Michael Sandler from Runbare, RL Smith from In-Step shoes and, of course… ME!
George Thomas from Over The Top Radio moderated and, well, not surprisingly, nobody pulled any punches when we gave our thoughts about the truth behind running shoes, barefoot running, minimalism, and “Big Shoe.”
Dr. Mark Cucuzzella and the Natural Running Center have put out a great ebook about the benefits of being barefoot and natural movement.
According to the NRC site, the premise: Healthy Feet = Healthy Running.
I’d add healthy walking, hiking, strolling, yoga, working out… and everything else you do on your feet.
The free ebook looks at a study done in 1905 by Dr. Phil Hoffman, where he compared the feet of barefooted and shoe-wearing (shod) people, and includes commentary on the study by Mark, Dr. Casey Kerrigan, and Dr. Phil Maffetone.
As they made their way to the medal ceremony, the sheer joy of victory remained etched in their faces. William Nichols and Frank Jones had just finished first and second in the Inaugural Xero Shoes Biathlon, sponsored by BareRunners.
The event, which took place today at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, was the brainchild of BareRunners founder, William Nichols. “Southern Illinois is a great locale for a variety of races and athletic events,” he told this reporter. “The goal of today’s race was to highlight and emphasize the healthy running benefits of minimalist running” or “barerunning” as Nichols and his fellow barefoot enthusiasts like to call it. To participate in today’s run, competitors were required to wear Xero Shoes. “The BareRunners love these shoes, and we encourage others to ‘feel the world’ with us!”, Nichols said.
The Xero Shoes Biathlon was held entirely indoors at the Scott AFB Fitness Center. It began with a grueling five-mile sprint on stationary bikes. From there, it was a quick transition upstairs for a tough three-mile dash…52 mind-numbing laps around the indoor track! Spectators stood in awe as the competitors completed this epic battle. In the end, Nichols pulled ahead of Jones for an overall first-place finish. “I may have finished first,” he said, “but we are all winners!”
Jones, a retired USAF colonel, and today’s runner-up, praised the event sponsors: “I’d like to thank [them] for putting on a great event!” He also credited his training partner, William Nichols, “for training with me, for always keeping me motivated, and for encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone.”
Scott AFB Exercise Physiologist, Mr. Al Bromley, credits Nichols and Jones for the blossoming minimalist movement at the air base. “I see these guys every day, and I’m amazed at what they accomplish in these Xero Shoes!” he exclaimed. Bromley has been a strong supporter of the BareRunners, offering support and advice as more and more athletes kick off their shoes and run barefoot or minimalist.
Congrats to both William and Frank for an impressive race!
Barefoot sandals don’t fit the same way as shoes, or other sandals. Just because you wear, say, a size 10 Nike Free, that doesn’t mean you’ll wear a size 10 Sensori Venture (and, I’m willing to bet you have other shoes that are 9.5 or 10.5… so are you really a 10 ?)
By following the instructions below, you’ll get the correct fit for your Sensori Venture sandals.
NOTE: Please follow these instructions to avoid ordering problems
3 Simple Steps to the Correct Fit
1) Measure your foot
Place a piece of paper against a wall (if you have VERY large feet, use a piece of newspaper.
Place your foot on the paper, with your heel against the wall.
Make a mark on the paper at the furthest point away from the wall… this will either be just in front of your big toe or second toe
Take a ruler and measure from the edge of the paper to the mark you made.
Here’s a video showing the process
2. Check your measurement against the chart, below
This will give you a good idea of your size… but PLEASE follow the next step whenever possible.
3. Verify the correct fit by printing the Sensori Venture size template and comparing it to your foot
I’ll never forget my first pair of Nike Waffle Trainers. I can’t recall exactly how old I was, 10-12?, but I remember putting the red nylon shoes on my feet, walking out of the shoe store (wow, remember when you used to go to ONE shoe store for all your shoes and there was someone there who KNEW you and your feet!?), leaning forward as I was about to run…
… and before I even took off, I loved them.
That’s the upward angle that most running shoes put your toes in so that when you roll forward, you rock onto your toes.
As a sprinter, I just run ON my toes. And when I leaned forward in these Waffles, they instantly put me in the position I ran in. I was elated. I remember thinking, “It’s like they made these shoes for how I run!”
The irony, of course, is now that I run barefoot, I HATE toe spring. Toe spring makes my foot move unnaturally, no matter how gentle the arc of it is (in the Waffles it was a sharp bend).
Toe spring doesn’t let my toes actually push, or bend, or flex.
And speaking of memories, which of these sneakers do you remember, or did you have in your closet at some time? Share it with friends and see if we can get a BINGO
I’m a triathlete, and I love the idea of barefoot running, or using your sandals… but how quickly can I put these on and then run with them? The time to transition between biking and running is important to me. And once they’re on, will they fall off?
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
“Winner 2011 "Best Huarache" A powerhouse of a sandal that has no apparent weaknesses.” -Christian Peterson
“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
“If you are a barefoot runner or plan on running barefoot, you need a pair of huaraches!...”
“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