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Barefoot Freedom with Protection

4.83 out of 5 based on 18 customer ratings
(18 customer reviews)

$19.95$30.95

4.83 out of 5

Over 35,000 people in 92 countries have made their own sandals in minutes with a DIY Kit made with our exclusive FeelTrue® rubber soles.

Click here for help choosing between 4mm Connect and 6mm Contact.
Click here to see how to measure your feet to get the right fit.

Choose between 4mm Connect & 6mm Contact
This video explains the differences between the 4mm Connect and 6mm Contact
The important question is really just: How much barefoot feel do you want?The 4mm Connect is the closest thing you'll get to barefoot, but with a layer of protection. The 6mm Contact still has great ground-feel, but “smooths out the ride” a bit more.Some people prefer the 4mm on trails, because it lets them really grip the rocks and roots… others like the 6mm in that situation because it provides more protection.Similarly, some people like the 4mm on roads because it's really like being barefoot… and others like the 6mm because it's a bit stiffer and, therefore, makes even a smooth surface feel a bit smoother
Get the correct size
This video shows you how to measure your foot:Since many of us wear shoes that are the wrong size, you select your Xero Shoes kit based on the actual length of your foot.The best way measure your foot length is this: Place a piece of paper (newspaper if you have big feet) against a wall, stand on the paper with your heel lightly touching the wall, make a mark in line with the front of your foot (your first or second toe), and then measure the distance from the edge of the paper to that mark. Do not simply step on a ruler to measure since the angle that you'll be looking at rarely gives an accurate measurement.NOTE: The actual sole you'll get is 1/2″ (13mm) bigger than the measurement. If you order, say, the “Up to 10 inch”, the sole you'll receive is 10.5″ long. But, DO NOT order a size smaller than your foot measurement! If your foot is, say, 10 1/4″ order the size for “feet up to 10 1/2 inches”, otherwise you'll end up with the wrong size.

FeelTrue Outsoles

Xero Shoes come in Five Colors

Our exclusive FeelTrue™ outsoles are the only outsole developed specifically for barefoot sandals. Co-developed with the former lead designers from Nike and Reebok, FeelTrue™ soles give you total freedom, a barefoot feel, and the protection you want. That's why we call them "Barefoot... PLUS!®

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Laces

Xero Shoes Barefoot Sandal Laces

New and improved Xero Laces. Stronger. More comfortable. Bolder colors.

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Hole Punch Included

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Our hollow punches come FREE with every DIY Kit and Custom-Made pair of Xero Shoes (you don't need it for the Custom-made shoes, but we include it just in case).

But if you want to order one for any reason... here you go.

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Custom-made for you… by you!®

Enjoy the fun of being “Barefoot… PLUS!”® with our Xero Shoes DIY (do-it-yourself) kits.

You can make your own barefoot sandals in just minutes. See how easy it is in this video.

Get your choice of five fun sole colors, 22 lace colors, and either our 4mm Connect or 6mm Contact outsoles.

All of the soles are made with our exclusive FeelTrue® rubber and are the only outsoles designed specifically for barefoot sandals. Co-developed with the former lead designers from Nike and Reebok, our FeelTrue® soles give you great traction, a comfortable grip, wonderful barefoot feel, and the protection you want. They’re strong, yet flexible, lightweight — a men’s US 9, Eur 42, 4mm Connect weighs about 3.7 ounces, or 110g… the 6mm Contact weighs about 5.4 ounces or 153g. Plus, our FeelTrue® shoes come with our 5,000 mile Warranty!

Check out this video to learn more about the FeelTrue® soles.

Make Your Own Sandals or Get a Custom-made Pair?
Our DIY kits are really simple to make, but you may want us to do the work for you.To make your own sandals, you’ll measure your foot to get the perfect size outsole, you’ll punch the toe hole with our included hollow punch. If you need to, you can trim the sole with a pair of kitchen scissors. Then use one of our simple lacing styles that we’ll show you.Or, if you like, you can order a custom-made pair of Xero Shoes, send us a tracing of your foot and we’ll do all the work.

Deciding between 4mm Connect and 6mm Contact? The 4mm Connect outsoles give you the closest-to-barefoot feeling. The 6mm Contact still has great ground-feel, but with a bit more protection and, since it’s a bit stiffer, a slightly “smoother” ride. Check out this video for more about Connect vs. Contact.

Choose between 4mm Connect & 6mm Contact
This video explains the differences between the 4mm Connect and 6mm Contact
The important question is really just: How much barefoot feel do you want?The 4mm Connect is the closest thing you’ll get to barefoot, but with a layer of protection. The 6mm Contact still has great ground-feel, but “smooths out the ride” a bit more.Some people prefer the 4mm on trails, because it lets them really grip the rocks and roots… others like the 6mm in that situation because it provides more protection.Similarly, some people like the 4mm on roads because it’s really like being barefoot… and others like the 6mm because it’s a bit stiffer and, therefore, makes even a smooth surface feel a bit smoother

Get the right fit: Xero Shoes are not sold by shoe size, since shoe size is notoriously inaccurate (you probably have shoes in your closet that are different sizes, but all fit you!). Instead we ask you to measure your foot to get the correct size. Watch this video to see how.

Get the correct size
This video shows you how to measure your foot:Since many of us wear shoes that are the wrong size, you select your Xero Shoes kit based on the actual length of your foot.The best way measure your foot length is this: Place a piece of paper (newspaper if you have big feet) against a wall, stand on the paper with your heel lightly touching the wall, make a mark in line with the front of your foot (your first or second toe), and then measure the distance from the edge of the paper to that mark. Do not simply step on a ruler to measure since the angle that you’ll be looking at rarely gives an accurate measurement.NOTE: The actual sole you’ll get is 1/2″ (13mm) bigger than the measurement. If you order, say, the “Up to 10 inch”, the sole you’ll receive is 10.5″ long. But, DO NOT order a size smaller than your foot measurement! If your foot is, say, 10 1/4″ order the size for “feet up to 10 1/2 inches”, otherwise you’ll end up with the wrong size.

Our FeelTrue® DIY Xero Shoes kits come with

  • 1 Pair of 6mm FeelTrue® rubber outsoles in your choice of thickness, color and size
  • 2 6′ nylon/polypropylene laces in your choice of fun colors
  • NEW – 4mm hollow punch for the lacing holes — FREE!
  • Complete instructions for making your bare foot shoes

If you want a bit more style, personalize your Xero Shoes by adding a pendant, charm or beads.

SPECIAL: Get your DIY kit for as little as $19.95  (kids size, 4mm Connect)

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Average Rating: 4.82 / 5 based on 17  reviews

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5
Like the whole world is smooth

I'm not a runner - unless something large and toothy is chasing me. What I am is someone who loves to live barefooted. Wearing my Xeros is like the whole world is paved in something smooth and foot friendly. I love mine so much that I ordered a pair for my son. Also, these are great traveling shoes - take up NO space. They may be the only shoes I travel with when I go to SE Asia next year.

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5
I am in love!

I am in love with my DIY Barefoot Freedom sandals! I've had other minimal sandals, which I still like very, very much. But the DIY Barefoot Freedom soles hug the bottoms of my feet in THE most delicate and delicious way! They feel like they are almost a part of me. Walking on ANYTHING, even cement, brings so many good sensations up through my feet that it makes them happy to go anywhere. I also love how empowered I feel having put these sandals together myself. It's like knowing how to change a tire or jump-start your car. I feel like I really understand them. And there is this wonderful knowledge that when it's time to change the laces I can just do it myself in a flash. I also love how this product takes so few material resources, will last me 3 seasons here in Iowa and liberates me from having to be connected to sweat shops where workers are exploited in third world countries. Ahhhh! Thank you!

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4
Great shoes but my feet slip when sweaty

This is one of my favorite shoes to wear. The lacing takes a little time to get right. I love the feel, most close to barefoot shoe I have. My only gripe is when my feet sweat I can not grip the shoes itself with my feet. I am looking for something I can apply to the surface to make the tops stickier.

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5
Fantastic

For a while I have been interested in DIY footware. That stems in part from my interest in disaster preparedness. In the event of a long term disaster eventually people's shoes will wear out. So being able to create shoes is important. In my research on DIY shoes I came across the Ho Chi Minh sandals. Further research lead me to the Tarahumara sandals. I really appreciated their simplicity over the Ho Chi Minh sandals. The fact that I have a Mexican heritage also helps. So I decided my first DIY sandal project would be a Tarahumara sandal. Somewhere along the line I encountered Xero Shoes. I figured a Xero shoes DIY kit would be a simple way to get antiquated with Tarahumara sandals. Much less hassle than having to scrounge up a tire and cut it up. So I ordered a pair of the 6mm. They came a few hours ago. I am really impressed. They provide a an almost barefoot feel with some protection. We have some red rocks in our backyard that can be tricky to walk on barefoot. In the Xero's I can feel the rocks but they don't poke like they do barefoot. I also tried running around the backyard a little. Keep in mind that I am not a runner and I am currently obese and in the process of losing weight. I haven't done much research on barefoot running form. So this was a "lets try it and find out" kind of thing. I found these pretty easy to run in. The feedback you get lets you know if you are doing it wrong. It's pretty simple. If it hurts, you're doing it wrong. Once I lose more weight I may take up running more seriously as a form of exercise and recreation. I would also like to try hiking in these. For now I will just use them as simple sandals for walking around. Thanks Steven for making such an amazing product. I must also give you props for donating to a Tarahumara charity. It's nice that you are giving back to the people you drew inspiration from.

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5
Love the feeling

I am almost 70 years old. I have had trouble finding shoes that work well for me. I have the original Invisible shoe to the AmuraZ's. I had a little trouble adapting to the Amuri's, but an email from Steven fixed me up. I love these and wear them throughout the day even after running in them. My feet have adapted well.

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5
Comfortable - Stylish - Great VALUE!!

I've had the 4mm sandals for 3 years and absolutly love them!! I used to walk 3 miles to work and in tennis shoes my feet would hurt but in these barefoot sandals my feet feel great. I am always getting compliments on these shoes and people think I made them myself. I wear these almost all summer long and they've lasted 3 years so far - for $30 these comfy flats are a bargin!!

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5
Simply THE best footwear I've owned

A little background. I do parkour, martial arts, occasional trail running, road running, crossfit, meditation, and business. I have tried Vibram's five fingers, many different styles. I have tried other barefoot alternatives. These are hands down THE BEST "shoes" ever! My Vibrams always used to smell horrible, they just held all the moisture. They also gave me blisters on my upper foot. These results may or may not be typical, but they were enough for me to decide I didn't want a fourth pair. Or to spend another hundred dollars. So I did a ton of research, and these seemed like a phenomenal option. For only $27 plus a 5000 mile warranty, I couldn't say no. I've had my ONE pair for a year and a half. They have been water shoes, running shoes, climbing shoes, yoga shoes, and even dress shoes, when worn with black toe socks. I have put countless miles on them with no serious defects. They are my go to footwear. I have replaced the laces 4 times. Once my cat peed on them. The other times I just wanted some new colors. I've found that paracord laces are the best option, as they're a bit smoother and more durable. On another note, these provide the absolute best feedback on your form. My shin splints and arch pain have disappeared over time while using proper technique. Overall, these sandals cannot be beat. I love them, customer for life! ! Now I just need the electric mint soles :)

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5
best barefoot option around

I feel like I've tried everything in existence that claims to be barefoot and this is the best thing I've found. Best price and fit. I used to make my own out of car mats glued to yoga mats. Those worked quite well but they would always break after a 2 months or so. These are super durable and are a much simpler process to put together.

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5
Love these shoes!

I start wearing these shoes as soon as the weather allows. It usually takes me a couple of days to a week to get my muscles reacclimatized to working again, but once I do, I feel free! My feet are so much stronger, I feel so much better. I love being able to personalize the fit. Sure, that means sometimes I have to readjust them, but what a relief to have shoes that I can get to feel just right.

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5
Perfect Fit

I love the thin soles, they really feel like the ground under your feet. I got some for my son and I - we love to barefoot and this helps get around town. Best Summer shoes! I went with the most simple tying method as I found the double strap in back kept getting underfoot.

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