Cloud/Venture Size Guide

Get the right size for your Amuri Cloud and Venture

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 Amuri Cloud or 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.

NOTE: Please follow these instructions to get the right fit

3 Simple Steps to the Correct Fit

1) Measure your foot

Measure your feet for huarache barefoot sandals

  • 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 size template and comparing it to your foot

Foot Length
Inches
Foot Length
millimeters
Men’s Women’s Print Template
Up to 8 7/8″ Up to 223mm 4 5 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
Up to 9 1/8″ Up to 231mm 5 6 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
Up to 9 1/2″ Up to 240mm 6 7 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
Up to 9 3/4″ Up to 248mm 7 8 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
Up to 10 1/8″ Up to 256mm 8 9 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
Up to 10 1/2″ Up to 265mm 9 10 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
Up to 10 3/4″ Up to 273mm 10 11 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
Up to 11 1/8″ Up to 281mm 11 12 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
Up to 11 1/2″ Up to 290mm 12 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
Up to 11 3/4″ Up to 300mm 13 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
Up to 12 1/8″ Up to 309mm 14 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template

Note: Print the templates at Actual Size or 100% Scale.

Here’s a video showing how to use the Template:

We want to make sure you get the correct size and enjoy your Xero Shoes. If you have any questions, call us at 303.447.3100 or email us

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The Lightweight Performance Recreation Sandal

4.87 out of 5 based on 15 customer ratings
(15 customer reviews)

4.87 out of 5

The ready-to-wear barefoot sandal you can use for walking, hiking, yoga, working out, paddling, biking, even running 100-mile ultramarathons.

Do everything. Go everywhere. Naturally.

This product is currently out of stock and unavailable.

Start enjoying your Xero Shoes just moments after they arrive in your mailbox.

Unlike our DIY kits, or even our Custom-Made Xero Shoes, the Amuri Venture is 100% ready-to-wear.

Why you’ll love the Venture:

  • Fun colors — Charcoal (with a reflective black toe lace), Royal Blue (with a reflective blue toe lace), and Tangerine.
  • Our exclusive FeelTrue® rubber outsoles, the only sole material made specifically for barefoot sandals. 5.5mm thick for great ground feel with the protection you want.
  • Elegant contour to hold your foot, but without unnecessary support.
  • Pre-laced — just slide in your foot and go.
  • Patent-pending tension adjustment system — find the perfect fit in seconds, and then you can slide your Xeros on and off in a flash.
  • Super soft toe post — since the huaraches-inspired lacing goes around your entire foot, you don’t feel the toe post the way you do in a flip flop or other thong sandal
  • Super STRONG toe post — won’t pull through the sole like flip flops do.
  • Heel cup — keeps your heel in place, helps keep out debris, and adds a splash of color.
  • Nylon Achilles strap with Silicone grip — holds on securely and comfortably
  • Elevated ankle holes — the lace never touches the ground, and so it won’t abrade.
  • 5,000 mile sole warranty! Wear out your Ventures in under 5,000 miles and we’ll replace them for the cost of shipping and handling (details here).

And check out how you can Xpress yourself with Xero Shoes with our NEW Instant Bling Snap-on Beads!

Get the right size for your Amuri Venture

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 Amuri 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 Amuri Venture sandals.

NOTE: Please follow these instructions to get the right fit

3 Simple Steps to the Correct Fit

1) Measure your foot

Measure your feet for huarache barefoot sandals

  • 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 Amuri Venture size template and comparing it to your foot

Foot Length
Inches
Foot Length
millimeters
Women’s
Size
Print Template
Up to 9 1/8″ Up to 231mm 6 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
Up to 9 1/2″ Up to 240mm 7 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
Up to 9 3/4″ Up to 248mm 8 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
Up to 10 1/8″ Up to 256mm 9 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
Up to 10 1/2″ Up to 265mm 10 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
Up to 10 3/4″ Up to 273mm 11 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template

Note: Print the templates at Actual Size or 100% Scale.

Here’s a video showing how to use the Template:

How to adjust your Ventures for a perfect fit

Follow these simple video instructions to get the “just right” tension.

We want to make sure you get the correct size and enjoy your Amuri Ventures. If you have any questions, call us at 303.447.3100 or email us

FAQS

What’s the difference between the Amuri Venture and Cloud and your Kits?

The Amuri Venture and Cloud are ready-to-wear barefoot-inspired sandals. For our kits you, well, have to make them 😉

Both products use our exclusive FeelTrue® rubber, the only outsole product made specifically for barefoot style sandals.

The Venture’s sole is 5.5mm thick, compared to either 4mm or 6mm on the DIY kits. The Cloud has 3mm of Barefoam™ in the forefoot for a bit of extra comfort and lighter weight (the Clouds float!)

The Cloud and Venture have a soft toe post, so there’s no knot under your foot.

The Cloud and Venture have a simpler lacing system with a patent-pending adjustment technology that let’s you get a perfect fit in just seconds.

The ankle holes on the Cloud and Venture are raised off the ground so the lace can’t abrade.

The heel cup helps keep stuff from getting under your foot (not perfectly, of course), and keeps your heel in place.

Can I get the Venture in a 4mm sole?

The Venture is pre-made with a 5.5mm sole.

If you want something thinner, check out our 4mm Connect outsole on our DIY kit.

Can I change the laces on the Cloud and Venture?

We don’t currently have a way to let you select different laces when you order, but if you’re adventurous, you can buy extra laces and swap them out with the ones that come with your Clouds and Ventures. (It’s actually not that hard to do.)

How does the Venture compare to Luna Sandals?

The Sensori Venture uses our exclusive FeelTrue® rubber, the only outsole product made specifically for barefoot running sandals.

It has an unmatched 5,000 mile sole warranty.

The retail price is only $39.95.

There are a number of fun color options for the Sensori Venture, including 2 with reflective laces.

Our lacing system is patent-pending and easily adjustable.

The Venture’s silicone heel tube and ultra-soft toe post are really comfortable.

With elevated ankle holes, your laces never touch the ground, so they won’t wear out.

Our 5.5mm sole gives great ground-feel while still offering protection.

I don’t like things between my toes!

Okay, that’s not a question, but I’ll talk about it anyway 😉

Most people who say this are thinking of flip-flops. Xero Shoes are very different than flip-flops, and people who don’t like things between their toes are usually fine in Xero Shoes.

What’s the difference?

  • First, because of the heel strap, Xero Shoes stay on your foot comfortably, no matter what you’re doing with them. You don’t need to scrunch your toes to hold them on (like you do with a flip-flop).
  • Second, also because of the heel strap, you don’t need to jam your foot into the toe strap with every step (like a flip-flop)
  • Third… Speaking of the toe strap, it’s a soft, flexible bit of lace, not a hard rubber door stopper (like a you-know-what)
  • And finally, you can adjust the tension of the toe strap, unlike a… Well, you get the idea.

Can you really run in these things?

Tens of thousands of people all around the world of all ages use Xero Shoes for running… and walking, hiking, biking, camping, going to the beach, hitting the gym, doing yoga, even running 100-mile ultramarathons. Our former Customer Service Manager, Bill, ran from his house to the bus, from the bus stop to the office, back home, and then around with his dogs… then he does his fun runs on the weekend! He put about 120 miles on his Xero Shoes each week!

How do you run in these huaraches sandals?

Light and easy.

I can’t give you a barefoot running lesson here (for that, see the links on our home page).

But just by wearing them, you’ll find quickly that you don’t want to land hard on your heel as you walk or run in Xero Shoes.

The best advice I can give is: play with your gait and stride, looking for the thing that feels the most comfortable and is the easiest. But, most importantly: TAKE IT EASY at first… remember, Xero Shoes are just like barefoot, only with protection and style. If you’re not used to walking barefoot, that alone could take some time to get used to.

Plus, since you’re not putting as much stress on your skin when you wear huaraches, which means it hurts less, it’s tempting to do too much, too far, too fast at first. I know that no matter what I say you’ll probably overdo it (I did). Besides, how do you know what “too much” is, unless you do too much!?

Well, even though that’s true, I recommend you break into your huaraches SLOWLY. Walk around in them for a while first. Maybe only a half mile or so. When that’s comfortable, extend the time you’re walking and, when you feel ready, try running. If you’re already running a mile a day, try half a mile in these one day and see how you feel. Give yourself a day or two off and then repeat. If that’s not a problem, build up SLOWLY.

I also use the “slap-test.” If my sandals are slapping on the ground when I walk or run, I need to make some kind of change, probably by not reaching my foot out as far, or using better posture, etc.

Will running in huaraches (or barefoot) cure my running problems and injuries?

If you have a headache because you’re hitting yourself on the head with a hammer, wearing gloves won’t stop the pain.

In other words, it’s not just a question of taking off your shoes and experiencing magical healing powers.

Running barefoot, or in running sandals, gives you a lot of feedback about your running form. In short, if it hurts, you’re probably doing something wrong.

If you are willing to listen to that feedback and use it as an opportunity to change the way you run, to adjust your stride, to find a way to move that doesn’t hurt, then there’s a good chance any problems you had that were caused by bad form sure might clear up.

In other words, barefoot and minimalist running could show you how to let go of the hammer.

Being barefoot, or in huaraches, is an opportunity to find a cure, not a cure in and of itself.

Check out this post to read about people who, instead, thought barefoot running was about putting on gloves.

How long will the Xero Shoes huaraches last?

Frankly, we don’t know. We’ve had people put over 10,000 miles on a pair… and they’re still going!

Like any shoe, how long they last depends on your running style. If you use good barefoot technique and are light and easy, without scraping your foot on the ground, you’ll enjoy them for quite a while.

Besides, considering how inexpensive they are compared to big, padded, running shoes, we expect that you’ll be saving a fortune by using Xero Shoes.

And, more importantly, Xero Shoes come with a 5,000 mile sole warranty!

I don’t like things in between my toes!

Okay, that’s not a question, but I’ll talk about it anyway 😉

Most people who say this are thinking of flip-flops. Xero Shoes are very different than flip-flops, and people who don’t like things between their toes are usually fine in Xero Shoes.

What’s the difference?

  • First, because of the heel strap, Xero Shoes stay on your foot comfortably, no matter what you’re doing with them. You don’t need to scrunch your toes to hold them on (like you do with a flip-flop).
  • Second, also because of the heel strap, you don’t need to jam your foot into the toe strap with every step (like a flip-flop)
  • Third… the toe post is REALLY soft and flexible, not a hard rubber door stopper (like a you-know-what)
  • And finally, you can adjust the tension of the lacing, unlike a… Well, you get the idea.

Why don’t you use leather or hemp laces?

You can use almost anything for lacing huaraches.

In my testing, though, I found some issues with hemp and leather that I didn’t like:

  • Both leather and hemp tended to stretch, especially when moist
  • Both leather and hemp tighten and stiffen when they dry
  • Both leather and hemp wear out faster than our polyester laces
  • Leather is much more expensive
  • Most leather laces are rectangular, and the edges can dig into your skin
  • Leather, isn’t vegan (for those who care about that)
  • Leather and hemp don’t give you as many fun color choices

The 100% polyester cord we use is strong, light, and doesn’t stretch or tighten, especially when wet.

Also, I prefer the “slip-on” method of tying which works best with a round lace, rather than a flat one (like leather).

Needless to say, you can replace the lace we send you with whatever you like.

 

Do you ship internationally?

We do! We’ve sold Xero Shoes to people in more than 85 countries around the world.

We use the US Postal service to send our shipments. The cost to ship will depend on the weight of the package and the delivery speed you select; several options will be provided at checkout.

All domestic shipments come with tracking.  Limited tracking is available for some first class international shipments depending on the country, and full tracking is available with all Priority Express and Express International shipments.

Though almost all of our international orders arrive without incident, we strongly advise you to select Priority Express International or Express International if you live in a country with a less reliable postal service, including (but not limited to) India, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, and Indonesia.  We cannot guarantee delivery of packages shipped using First Class International.

International delivery can take anywhere from 3 days to 8 weeks depending on how long your order spends in customs at the border.

Please note that some countries do require the payment of import duties for international shipments above a certain value. We advise you to know the import regulations of your country and understand that you will be responsible for payment of any duties and fees imposed by your government at the border.

All packages will be marked as merchandise; as a commercial shipper, we are not able to mark a package as a gift (if you’re giving Xero Shoes as a gift, that’s not the same as us sending a gift).

Also, check our Stores page. There may be a Xero Shoes dealer closer to you.

What’s your return policy?

Some people get their Xero Shoes, put them on, and immediately love them. They walk and run painlessly and with the freedom that Xero Shoes provide.

For others, there could be a process of learning how to tie huaraches, and how to walk and run in minimalist footwear. In fact, one of the points of going barefoot/minimalist is to let any discomfort teach you how to move in a different way… a way that will be more efficient and potentially healing. Getting a blister, or feeling some tension in the cord isn’t a sign that there’s a problem with your sandals, but rather they’re working as they should: They’re giving you important feedback about your form (usually overstriding and/or landing too hard). Once your body/mind naturally figures out how to adjust, those issues resolve themselves. If you have any questions, check out Xero Shoes Forum to see if someone else has already answered your question or solved your problem (they probably have). We’re also happy to help, and we’re really good at coaching over the phone, so don’t hesitate to call: 303.447.3100

All that said, please go to Xero Shoes Return Policy page to learn about our 45-day return policy and free exchange policy.

What’s your Warranty?

Please check out this page for the details about our 5,000 mile sole warranty and our manufacturer’s guarantee.

Average Rating: 4.87 / 5 based on 15 Reviews

Amuri Venture Ready-to-Wear Women’s Barefoot Sandals
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5
The only shoes I wear!

I love these shoes. I'm on my 2nd pair. I wear them everyday, everywhere, even in the winter! They help me keep my balance while running and doing other exercise. I've always preferred being barefoot and these make it possible.

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5
runner...

ok, I bought a pair of these a year ago, they are pink and black.... :( sad that color is no longer offered. anyway I tried them out, mostly around the house and for walking. we have REALLY cold winters and snow on the ground for months. I was not able to get used to using the in any kind of wet or snowing weather. However last summer I spent some considerable time in them on packed trails and really enjoyed them. my feet got sore though after a couple miles and honestly it's a challenge to go back and forth between shoes and "xero shoes" no kidding, you use different muscles and different strides. This summer I plan to run my first 10k. or at least go for it. not so much to compete, but to complete. I started running with trail shoes but pulled these out and thought i'd give them a try since my knees were getting sore. Guess what? WAY better with the barefoot shoes. so now I'm running with barefoot shoes every other time. until I can run in these full time. I love the feel of the grip and how snug but lightweight they are, and I've had no blisters of negative "side effects" essentially i'm looking forward to running every day more or less, and using the barefoot shoes almost exclusively. thank you Steve! I've been following this site since you were on SharkTank. it's exciting to see someone looking out for our foot and health who's not just trying to "sell the lastest fad" good on you guys,
R

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5
No issues even with Hallux Rigidus!

Having a bunion-like growth of bone spurs on top of both my big toe joints severely limits the kind of shoes I can still wear, mainly a well-known canvas slip-on shoe which are really hot in the summer. I heard the Minimalists podcast where an audience member asked what kind of shoe one of the speakers was wearing which led me to your awesome website! Not being a runner I ordered these simple sandals in hopes of possibly getting some joint pain relief. I am amazed these shoes did not bother me at all! I did overdo it walking my neighborhood recently (even after watching your videos stating to work up to longer distances LOL!) but have recovered and will be wearing them as much as possible in hopes of strengthening my feet (I even got the Toesox for winter wear)! I believe these shoes will last me many years and look forward to trying some of your other options in the future! Keep up the great work and I will spread the word on my end too!

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5
I love the design

What is running? For me its a finding my inner strength and capability’s and letting go. These grey and black sweet xero sandals do just that.
It has taken me over 1 year to assume responsibility for the performance of my xero sandals. I have had these for more then 1 year but I didn’t use them in the winter. So I wanted to give a fair review.
I needed to be at the point where the sandals were natural for me so an extension of my stride my balance. At first I was almost tripping up in them so my review would be negative simply because I did not allow adaption and trial as to how much tension to use with the straps and to adjust to simply minimalist.
These are what I found in these incredible sandals.
Extreme durability yes I ran on some hard core terrain including small rocks and lumpy dirt but I haven’t seen so much as a scuff on them. The straps have also kept perfectly intact.
The stability...... I have found excellent. Once I made the sandals to the right tension. I am in control. I decide not to have any movement so yes they are like I am barefoot. I ran on the track and was able to run 100m strides in 18 secs no problem.
I am very happy I spent the time to love and appreciate hard work and exciting creativity to run in.
No more blisters as at first I didn’t have the sandals tight enough so I allowed the space to cause friction.
I can freely lift my feet up high when I stride and I enjoy the stability of the straps around my foot.
I love the design v catchy and comfortable.
Allow an adaption period. This is barefoot style running and many people expect too much too soon. I have changed my workouts to v short so running a 3 miler in these is great .
What would I change.... everything and nothing.lol. Seriously I would love to try out a slip on style sandal or I guess I should say a sandal with a toe covering but lighter.
I am not sure if its because I put weight on in the winter or I simply love weightless shoes but I want steve to creat a shoe for sprinting so sandal style but a toe cover and under 5 ounces please so 4 ounces!
8 out of ten for your xeros. I deducted 2 as I want 2 ounces less.

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4
Perfect... almost. Will choose custom next time.

As someone who is mostly barefoot and wears shoes only when most necessary, I love what xero shoes is doing. I bought the Venture because I needed the extra width across the toes. My toes still ooze over the sides a little, but doesn't seem to be a problem. The lacing system is surprisingly adjustable, and it took me a bit of experimenting to get it set just right for my feet. The part that makes these shoes less than perfect for me: Even though I tighten the lacing around my foot snuggly, the shoe still feels floppy. Perhaps I haven't learned how to walk in them yet. The sole still can flip and bend in places when it gets caught on an uneven surface. I've minimized this by cutting some sole off around the arch of my foot. But I am unable to trim the heel area. The heel area is too wide for my foot, so my foot moves around. The attachment points for the heel lacing sit wide, so I am considering cutting the sole to allow those attachment loops to lift and get closer to my foot.
Customer Support has been super helpful with info and question-answering.

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4
Need to break them in

The first time I tried these on, I hated it. I'm one of those people who can't stand flip flop thongs - however, I bought these based on the reassurance in the product description that these thongs were different and comfortable. The sole was also firm and inflexible, but it did soften and mold to my foot after the first few times wearing them. I'm fairly comfortable with wearing them now, but I found that I did need to break them in. The thong doesn't bother me so much anymore, and the sole makes it feel like walking barefoot for sure. One negative thing I noticed is that dirt gets on the inside sole really easily, and gets compacted from all the pressure of your foot - it tends to gather especially around the heel cup. I like how compact and light it is, very packable. I love the reflective stripes on the lace!! They give the shoes some bling when seen from the right angle - a very understated glamour. I need to wear them more for my final verdict, but so far, I'm pleased.

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5
Great shoes! Great service!

Janice really helped me out to get the right size.
I walk only barefoot or with these shoes. I really love them!

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5
New to XeroShoes Women check out Men's page

I was debating between the Venture and the Cloud sandal. According to the template, I would wear a women's 6. There were no size 6 Clouds available so I bought the black and gray Ventures. After ordering I discovered there were Clouds available, but I needed to go to the men's page to get the corresponding size 5.

As I stated, the paper template showed I needed a size 6 with a bit of sole showing around all of my foot. When I actually tried on the sandal, I was concerned at first because my outside edges of both the big and little toes were very close to the edges of the sandal. I walked a bit on carpet and didn't feel like my toes were hitting the ground. Also when I looked at photos on the website and watched the videos about adjusting the straps and shortening the length of the strap, I noticed most models also had toes very close to the edge of the sandal. I am still walking on carpet testing the various positions to wear the straps. The videos are very helpful.

I also contacted customer service about the sizing and they were not concerned with the size. They were concerned however that the center strap was not tight to the top of my foot. I tried different positions for the straps. I had trouble getting them tight across the top of my foot and have decided the problem might be my very high arch combined with my very thin area where my toes join the rest of my foot. I'll keep trying different positions because it is so easy.

I bought a pair of the beads and I like the look of them without feeling any rubbing or discomfort.

I'm looking forward to getting outside and off the carpet.

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5
Just for walking

I am so excited for these shoes!
I am not a runner so I cannot speak about running in them but for walking on anything--they are amazing!
I live on a farm that is rocky, muddy, grassy--you name it! They feel amazing!
I am usually a US women's size 8 shoe but ordered these in a 6 and they fit perfectly. I would suggest measuring your foot as they suggest so you don't get sandals that are too large. My foot measured 9 inches long and the 9 1/8" were perfect for me.
I am a total fan! I am going to tell all my friends about these and hope that they consider them since they are high quality and great for your feet.

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5
Best All-Around Shoe

I am on my second pair. The first pair finally broke after a couple of years of almost daily wear (we were on a hike and were able to punch a new hole with a pocket knife and creatively tie them on to finish the hike). I wear them to work with both pants and dresses, on walks, hikes, and around town. I get "those are cute" comments all the time. I went hiking over the weekend and my co-hikers were horrified (in their uber-supportive boots) that I was going to wear a pair of sandals. I was able to go everywhere they did, didn't get the blisters they did, and had the advantage when we were rock-hopping. Because I have an enormously high instep, I have great difficulty getting shoes to fit. With these, there is no problem. Last year I bought 3 pair on sale, just in the off-chance they ever disappear. Hopefully they don't, because my nieces have already raided my stash!

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5
Easy fit

The sole is thick enough to resist thorns or goat head seeds. Slipped shoe on, tightened back straps amd was on the go. Nice color, kind and easy customer service.

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5
I wore mine all winter in the snow and ice and slush

This pair that I recently ordered "size 8" was a gift for someone that was in need.
That person absolutely loved this pair and set her flip flops aside.
I called last night to inquire if the sandals were worn all through out the day and was told yes that they were the most wonderful and comfortable experience. This is a honest and heart felt review as the cost of this gift is nothing compared to the value of the gratitude of the recipient .

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5
Love these sandals!!

I bought these for my daughter who will be going to Thailand for yoga instruction. The ready to wear lightweight preformance sandal in 6oz will be the perfert sandal for her trip. Ordering was a breeze, measure your foot and follow the size chart and you cant miss!! The order arrived super fast and packaged nicely. These sandals fit perfectly, were comfortable, and very stylish...

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5
My Everything Shoe

I have been wearing my sandals almost daily for over a year. I wear them to work, hiking, walking, on vacations, in and around the water, and pretty much everything else. I like that they don't slip on most slick surfaces and are easy to clean by hosing them off after a particularly dusty hike.

They have held up well there is some fraying on my laces, but I honestly didn't think the shoe would hold up this long. Not only do I have a great barefoot feel, but I get lots of "those are cute" comments from other people (not something that normally happens with barefoot-type shoes!).

I can't imagine every wearing any other type of sandal!

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5
First run at 17F/-8C!

When given the opportunity in early March when the Z-Trek was launched, I eagerly ordered one of each of the three ready-to-wear/ready-to-play Xeros. I've got about 5 pairs of the DIY Xeros (when they were Invisible shoes) but I'll admit, even though I was a Girl Guide, knot tying isn't my strong suit. My new Xeros had been delivered to a friend's home in upstate NY, where they (and I) anxiously waited for a few weeks until I could get there. With our Around the Bay race coming up March 29, I wanted to wear a pair on race day, but try them out on a run or 2 before I wear them for the 15K relay. I was eager even though it was 17F/-8C. I'd run in colder but was soooooo hoping for a nice spring run.

Nevertheless, I chose the Amuri Venture as there was still lots of gravel and rock salt on the roads and I thought the thicker sole would cushion a bit. I also had some wool toe socks that I've been using with my VFF over the loooooong winter. It was a perfect pairing and a lovely, but chilly, run along the waterfront of Wilson, NY. I was out for about 45 minutes. I noted a bit of abrasion on the fabric of the socks next to the big toe, so I may wear socks during the race, just to avoid any potential blistering. The ability to slide the top strap into place closer to the toes or the ankles was fantabulous. On the run, it took a split second to adjust, as did the heel straps. Great plan to have 2 adjustments on either side of the heel. I noted they loosened a bit and had to be re-adjusted, but again, it was only a second. Great system! With the Invisibles, I had to loosen and re-tie several times on the first run until I had the right fit. The new design and innovation makes it so simple. The ground was obviously frozen so when I had to cross through a park I could REALLY "feel the world" beneath my feet. The sole was thick enough to protect but still pliable and light to feel every frozen rut. :)

The Venture run was perfect but I’m considering a test-run for the Cloud as I may wear that during the race. Its lightness and cushioning, when just wearing it around the house, makes me think I may fly in them on race day. Review to come!

The sizing was also ideal. I followed your template and although I wear a ladies’ size 9, I ordered the Size 10 as indicated, and I don’t need to trim any of the styles. I really don’t like saying I wear a Size 10; it’s a vanity thing but the colours and styles make them fun and fashionable at any size! The friend I was visiting really likes the look, cushioning and colour of the Cloud as a summer sandal which I may order for her birthday in April. I told her each shoe has a 5,000 mile warranty and I now have 40,000 miles worth of Xeros!

I love watching the progress of your shoes and your company. For that reason I wanted all three styles. I really don’t need any more but I do love the variety of styles and colours and will probably order more! I see the method in your minimalist madness!

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