Xero Shoes’ 7th Anniversary Sale is ON!

Lena and I started Xero Shoes out of a corner of a spare room on November 23rd, 2009… we thought, “Maybe it’ll generate enough money for a car payment, and we’ll get some minimalist/barefoot running sandals onto a few people’s feet.” We even had a debate about whether to buy a folding table and take […]

Huarache Running Sandals of the Tarahumara – Kits and Custom huaraches

Okay, so the big question is, “WHY use huarache, the Tarahumara running sandals?” The answer is pretty obvious, but there are some important-yet-surprising pieces to the puzzle. The obvious answer about huarache is: It’s the closest thing there is to barefoot running, without some of the hazards of barefoot running. Namely, you’re adding a layer […]

What’s the WORST surface for running barefoot?

When I tell people that I run barefoot (or when they see me out running without any shoes), the first response I get is “Oh, so you run on the grass?” Or when I suggest to people that they might want to try running barefoot, the first thing they say is, “With my feet/knees/ankles/eyelashes, I’d […]

Transition to barefoot running

Do not “transition slowly” to barefoot running

The more time you spend around barefoot running and minimalist running — the more articles you read in magazines and newspapers, the more interviews you hear with doctors or runners, the more stories you see on the news, the more websites you see about it, the more research you hear about it — the more […]

Why Barefoot Running?

While barefoot running isn’t new, it’s popularity has been going through the roof since Christopher McDougall’s book, Born To Run, became popular in 2009. Ironically, Born To Run isn’t really about barefoot running. It’s about the Tarahumara Indians in the Copper Canyon of Mexico and how they’re able to run pain-free and injury free for […]

Xero Communication

All footwear was minimalist prior to the early 70s. Every shoe was, basically, a “barefoot shoe.” But now we’ve had over 40 years of heavily padded, motion-controlled shoes. And when you combine 4 decades of time with billions of dollars of marketing, everyone thinks that you NEED those shoes… even though there is no evidence […]

Do you have the Barefoot Personality?

Birds of a feather may flock together, but do barefoot runners flock as well… psychologically, at least? Nicholas Hanson and Janet Buckworth think they might, as they describe in the paper they’ve published in Sport Sciences for Health, “Personality characteristics of barefoot runners: openness and conscientiousness as the defining traits” They put 692 runners through […]

Improve your foot and ankle strength and your balance

If you want to improve your foot and ankle (and leg and hip!) strength — and you do — then you need to see this video. In it, I share something I’ve never made public before, a very personal story about why strength and balance are so important to us at Xero Shoes. But I […]