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Barefoot Freedom with Protection

4.88 out of 5 based on 26 customer ratings
(26 customer reviews)

$19.95$30.95

4.88 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: 4.88 / 5 based on 24  reviews

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5
New favorite shoes

I've been wearing these everywhere since I got them, even around the house. Still playing with ideas of what to do with extra lace, currently I've made a loop that goes around my big toe, with half hitches closing the opening on my upper, they look pretty sandaly, but remain nice and tight for short neighborhood jogs I've been doing. Its going to take some adjusting, but already I can tell its a much more natural way to run, with much less jarring of my wacky spine and uneven hips. They seem to make me more conscious of my arches too, and I hope that consistent usage may yield salvation from flat feet that have always bothered me with old running shoes (especially after going the custom orthotic insole route).
I wish more than anything I'd discovered these during cross country in high school (or at least for last year's Tough Mudder), I trashed many pairs of running shoes and was never happy with any of them. I always wondered why I was way faster in my track spikes running on my toes, but could never train that way for risk of shin splints. Now I'm assuming said issue was exsacerbated by the insane heel-toe drop of all my shoes (which had an extra thick heel to take the shock of heel striking off of my spine).
Thanks Xero for making a sweet product, now to talk all my hippy friends into switching over to these au naturale huarache's. If the pavement here in the southwest weren't hot enough to cook pancakes, I'd go barefoot, but this simple 4mm sole is the next best thing and keeps my feet from frying! Its cool to be able to feel the temperature change between surfaces though, it gives a much more grounded feeling than stupid shoes that now feel like foot-ovens on stilts. Now to go throw out all the socks I just bought, unless there's a toe-sock conversion diy kit hiding in your inventory... :)

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5
Xeros are A-ok.

I started with the minimalist shoes a couple years ago without realizing it. I bought a pair of NB minimus on a clearance rack and away I went. My feet have gotten stronger and my balance has improved tremendously in that time.

As I got more into taking care of my feet, I've gotten a couple different brands. Vivos, soft stars, and now xeros. I really enjoy all of them and they all provide great ground feel. I have had the xeros about a month and they have become my go to, mainly because I like having my foot in the open elements as much as possible. The diy kit was fun and with all the videos, a snap.

The only draw back I have noticed is driving. My heel gets sore as I work the gas pedal over time and the knot is a little in the way going clutch to gas. I think some of the other sandals they have would be different based on their construction, but I'm a diy-er and don't have much interest in straps and clips. Thanks xeros. I'm off to test the 5000mi guarantee.

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5
Awesome

These shoes are amazingly comfortable for every day wear and I'm looking forward to trying them out running soon. $30 is a bargain on a product as good as this. I will be making another purchase of a pair that's more vibrant in color for racing in!

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5
Great Backup for Hiking/Backpacking

I have been looking primarily for lightweight footwear to take when backpacking to use during stream crossings and as camp shoes. I was considering the Amuri Clouds due to their light weight, but noticed that this set was customizable; the fact that I can trim these down to the exact shape of my foot to shave weight is fantastic. I've shaped them as nearly as possible to the shape of my footprint, which required the inside lace hole to be moved backward, closer to the heel; there are no issues with the stability/integrity of the sole having much of the material removed, and the laces hold with no issues. I've done some testing through water, and the standard lacing technique holds the foot in place just fine with minimal slippage, and I have not experienced any slipping with regards to the bottom grips. My only gripe (and this may just be due to user error through overstepping), is that when the foot does slip on the sole, the lace digs sharply into the space between the toes.

I am also experimenting with hiking barefoot, and I take these as a backup for rough terrain, gravel paths, etc. They are light enough and allow enough freedom so as not to notice wearing them, but provide just enough protection underfoot. They are quick to put on and hassle free while in use. They may be uncomfortable if the laces are too tight, but the beauty of these is that everything is adjustable.

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5
So glad I bought these!

Finally, shoes that don't hurt my feet. I find it nearly impossible to find shoes on the high street that fit. Even when the size is right the excessive support in most styles leaves me with persistent pain. The Xero shoes kit was easy to use, with excellent instructions, and high quality materials. They are super comfy. My plantar faciitis stopped almost immediately. This had been dragging on for over 6 months so I'm really impressed. Feet were a bit tired for a couple of weeks. Adjusted now. Been wearing them everywhere except to drive and at the gym (dress code requires closed shoes). I hike with my dogs daily on stony trails and think the "natural massage" is brilliant. I will definitely be buying more colours.

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5
Fab shoes!

I've been looking for a quick and easy transition to barefoot shoes. I literally live in bare feet in the summers and having to put on a sandal to go somewhere is so unpleasant. After loads of reading and research I decided these sandals would suit best to start, they're really basic and I can customise the fit and look of them. I ordered a pair for myself, and then my mum and husband saw them and had to have a pair too! We love them! I use mine every day for running, chasing my toddler around, was on the beach in and out of the water yesterday (pretty decent grip on the rocks even when wet!). I love that they don't disrupt my walking at all. I can still feel everything and grip the earth when I need to. And walk for hours without my feet getting tired like they do in 'regular' shoes. These are the start of my switch to barefoot and they've been a fab experience so far. Also, the company ships them out ridiculously quickly, which is a major plus! Cheers :)

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5

As a lot of people I love to go barefooted and it is been amazing to be able to wear the zero shoes wherever I go . I took them on a trip with me and I was driving in them when I drive barefooted it's easy to slip them on when I get out of the car to go into a store. ..everywhere I go I find a way to be able to be barefooted by putting on zero shoes because of stores not allowing you in them without shoes . I have personalize them with a few beads and made them my own which I love, that is why I chose to buy the ones that you can make your own, and I have made them my own . I am trying to talk my daughter into them because I think she would enjoy them as well and I just maybe buying a pair for her for her birthday what a wonderful idea zero shoes has been for me ! They Rock!!!!

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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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“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"

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Tynan

“The shoes basically fade away, and you feel like you’re barefoot all the time. I’ve put hundreds of miles on them, both walking and running, and have never wished for another shoe."

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Jerrod

“There is nothing I enjoy more than putting on my Xero Shoes and running on trails. My feet have gotten much stronger. And the other day I actually snuck up on a deer!"

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Tracy Jones

“These are pretty much the only shoes I wear now. Within a week of putting them on, my plantar fasciitis completely disappeared. I did some arch stretches during this time, but that’s all it took."

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