The Lena minimalist casual shoe for women is here!

We announced our first closed-toe shoe in October 2016, the Hana. The Hana is mostly a “men’s” shoe, even though there are LOTS of women who wear it. Well, we’re thrilled to announce the “sister” to the Hana… the Lena. And, yes, technically the Lena is a “women’s shoe,” but if you’re a man with […]

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 […]

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 […]

Can I get you a 3-D printed deck chair for your trip on the Titanic?

It’s the newest, greatest, thing to ever hit footwear. 3-D printing! Under Armour is launching 3-D printed shoe components made with their “5-axis simultaneous machining center.” And New Balance returns the volley with 3-D printed midsoles made with “selective laser sintering.” Other “Big Shoe” companies are also fast tracking 3-D printed products. If there were […]

Why you want flexible footwear

m c schraefel (yes, that’s how she writes her name) offers not only an awesome review of our new Umara Z-Trail sandal, but a great explanation of WHY you want flexible footwear. As you’ll see, it’s not rocket science: Almost 1/4 of all the bones and joints in your body are in your feet. Your […]

Introducing our newest sport sandal – Umara Z-Trail

We’re extremely proud to announce our newest Xero Shoes product — the Umara Z-Trail sandal. Why are some people calling it “The Ultimate Sandal 2.0”? Well, last year’s Z-Trek seemed to be the Ultimate Sandal… but the new Z-Trail takes it a step further. It gives you an unparalleled combination of: Protection Comfort Light Weight […]