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Barefoot Freedom with Protection

4.84 out of 5 based on 93 customer ratings
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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.
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FeelTrue Outsoles

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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Hole Punch Included

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).

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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 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: 4.83 / 5 based on 90 Reviews

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5
My feet feel free

I ordered the DIY kit and was impressed that they sent not only a hole punch but also a Bobby pin to help thread the lace. Took me less than 10 min to set up and figure out my favorite tying style(fishermans) the sizing guide worked perfect, no need to trim. I was out and running in no time, and my feet felt so free. In normal shoes my feet felt cramped and hot, from the sides and top. No longer! My feet were cool and comfortable, very excited I found these.

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4
My favorite sandals this year

I think they turned out nice. I had some problems, because I wasn't exactly sure about the right fit. It took me 3 days of trial and error, but now I feel like they are pretty much perfekt.
But I still have one problem: Sometimes the sole under my toes folds back and I step on it. I have the 4mm sole, so it is really flexible. it's not to bad an I never hurt myself by doing this. I hope this will go away, when I learn to walk propperly in them.
I haven't tried them vor a real run yet, because I feel like they are a bit slippery on the inside, when I sweat.

Anyway, I like them so much, that I didn't wear any other shoes for a couple weeks now. I put some decorative beads on mine, so I can combine them with dresses and skirts. I wear them in the rain and even to church. :)

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5
I love them all

I fell in love with Xero shoes when I bought the Ameri Clouds. I fell even more in love when I got the Ztreks. No I can definitely NOT decide which I like better since I recieved the 4mm DIY kit. I Iove the ability to customize my laces to fit exactly what I want. And thank you Stephen for all the instructional videos. I don't have to relearn the hard way what someone else has already figured out. Now, if I'm not at work where I have to were steel toe boots then I am in a pair of Zero shoes. Thanks for welcoming me into the brave new barefoot world!

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5
Half way through the warranty and going strong

I bought 3 pairs 4 years ago, the time when Sasha just started the Xero Shoes brand; 2 of them were the 6mm and 1 of the 4mm. I use the 6mm for my runs and 4mm for daily wear.

4 years later and I can say they are still going strong. My 6mm pair have clocked roughly 2,300 miles, and the base and sole had hardly worn down. I haven't even used or even punched the hole in my extra pair (!!!). My 4mm probably has clocked around 4,000 miles over the past 4 years.

The only thing I've had to change were the laces, which broke on me a few times when I was out and about (especially at the sole).

Who knows? With how good they are these Xero Shoes might outlive me.

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Disappointed

Seems like I am a rare case, but I am actually quite disappointed in these. I have read so much reviews and my expectations were too high perhaps. I got the lacing ok and I can not wear them any tighter but they are still not comfortable. The front of the soles under my toes get stuck to the ground when I'm walking and the knot under my toes are really painful. So I'm throwing them out.

[NOTE from Xero: tightening is probably not the answer, and you shouldn't be feeling the knot since it's between your toes and in front of the "webbing"... if you're able to send photos to us at support@xeroshoes.com, I'm confident we can diagnose the issue and help you have the same comfortable experience that people have been having for thousands of years with this sandal design.)

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5
Just Enough

This "shoe" has just enough protection for when it's needed. I've taken these camping; the 4 mm sole allowed me to feel the soft, spongey pine needles without the prickliness, and the rolling, tough gravel trails without the jabs. I can still grip with my toes up- and downhill, and they pack well. I recommend these when you cannot go barefoot. They stay on without rolling under, and I love that they're custom-made. I prefer to be barefoot, but when I can't, these are perfect.

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5
Perfect, Simple

Wanted to try the barefoot walking/running lifestyle so I ordered these, and have worn nothing else since! Customizable, very attractive (I get compliments all the time), and fun.

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5
Threw out my trainers the day my Xero Shoes arrived

Received my first pair last week and they have already changed my life. Threw out my trainers the same day. I'd starting working out barefoot a month ago and found my feet no longer ached. Wanted to move to being barefoot all summer, but what about all those situations you need some protection for? I'm thrilled with my Xero Shoes - now it feels like I'm barefoot all the time. After a little while you really do forget you're wearing them, and I feel much stronger and healthier barefoot or in Xero Shoes. As I bonus, these shoes are so small I can just slip them into my bag and go fully barefoot any time I like. I also like the fact that they are good for the environment, since they use minimal materials and last a long time, and the laces can be replaced if needed, instead of having to chuck a pair of standard flip flops as soon as the strap snaps. Well done Xero Shoes - you've made the ultimate sandals!

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5
Great Kit!!!

I ordered a pair for myself and my 2.5 year old. We are both loving them. They feel like nothing on and the instructions were so easy to follow when cutting and lacing. My order shipped to Canada very quickly and all my questions were promptly answered before I placed my order.
Wonderful product and company! I will give them my business again and definitely recommend to friends.

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5
My New Go-To Shoe!

After receiving these shoes, it was both fun to assemble them and rewarding to place them on my feet. After I put them on I have only worn these shoes and no others! I believe these will easily become my favorite shoes. They are simple, comfortable, and will hopefully help my back!

There was a hiccup with USPS, but that has not dampened my excitement for these shoes.

Fingers crossed for future experiences! I highly recommend.

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5
Favorite shoes

I have two pairs of the DIY Xero shoes and they are by far my favorite shoes to wear. I wear them for everything...hiking, walking, shopping, errands...anything that shoes are required for really. They are so comfortable and I love that I can design them to look the way I prefer.

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5
Oh so cool!

I have had a pair for a couple of years and never looked back. I run exclusively in them and have recently started wearing them around the house. Occasionally I need to replace the laces but that is okay because I feel like I have a whole new pair...and it gives me opportunity to try new lacing details.

Just got a pair for my wife in our attempt to resolve some foot issues she is experiencing. So far, they are doing just that.

Keep up the great work XeroShoes.

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5
Glad it's warm

that means I get to wear my Xeroshoes FeelTrue kit again. Great ground feel & theyre helping to strengthen my feet & ankles. Great product !

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5
Nate and Simi

You are the best company I have dealt with ever and I want to say thank you for everything that you did to make my experience great. I was having some problems with the soles flapping and not sticking to my foot but I think that I have solved that by trimming the excess sole around my foot. Now I'm obsessed with trying not to heel strike and I would love to stop kicking my left ankle. It didn't matter before when my shoes were all cushion and gel and whatever else was in them to hide my bad form. I love these shoes and so does my partner. We have been on hikes in central IL and I now wear them everywhere. I even took a nap in them today. I have never taken a nap in my shoes before. But I forget that these are on. In a few months we will be taking them with us to New Orleans, Panama and then Madagascar.
5,000 miles here we come.

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5
when 'shoes' are required

When I can't be barefoot, these are what we prefer. I've had my 4mm DIY XERO for 2 years, and love them. My 4 year-old daughter is on her second pair. We call them 'flippy-flips' because they don't make the 'flop' sound, and are so much healthier for the feet. They're fun to make, and now we have matching pairs.

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5
Great Option

These are great options for someone who is minimalist in both footwear and spending. There are lots of other options out there that cost way too much to be truly considered a minimalist option. These are great. I got the 6mm sole as I plan to use them for backpacking and am enjoying the feedback I get (slapping taught me I was over striding) and the safety from my often glass laden streets in my city.

One recommendation (which is in the instructions) is to trim it before you punch the hole. I wasn't sure if I wanted to trim it at first and then after I did the hole was in the wrong spot so I had to make a new one. Not a big deal really but I wish I would have thought twice.

These are not only a great way to go "barefoot" with protection and still be allowed in stores and such but also a good tool to help you develop your running technique.

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5
The best shoes I've owned

Put together a DIY while on vacation: best pair of shoes I've owned. Hiked about ten miles thru the Muir Woods trails in San Francisco, and had a great easy hike. I'm a big fan of barefootwear and may actually prefer these to my Merrell TrailGlove2s.
Easy to assemble, and i get a real sense of satisfaction wearing something that I [kinda] made that gets comments and compliments srsly everywhere I go.
Good stuff.

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5
Great value, long lasting, exactly what they say they are

I've been running in the first pair (4mm) I bought for the past 3.5 years and I still love them. I've bought pairs for each of my kids and am considering buying 6mm for trail running and hiking. Love them!

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5
Works so well even for clubbed feet!

I am new to 'minimalist footwear'. I was born with a clubbed foot and have had a compound fracture on the same ankle. I have always been squeezed in to motion control stability shoes and orthopedic soles, because no one wanted me to actually move my 'mangled' ankle, I guess. Well, I finally decided to call BS to that whole idea and splurge on this DIY xero kit. I have spent very little of my life barefoot or without padded shoes or very 'bouncy' flip flops. I was under the impression I couldn't even walk well without them. Well, 4 days in and I am walking BETTER than I ever have before. These were easy to make thanks to the videos. They are even easier to wear. I feel like nothing is on my feet and I have had no pain whatsoever. There was a downpour yesterday here in Tennessee and I didn't slip in them at all! I now want all the Xero shoes and want to get them for everyone I know. I started out with the 6mm and will definitely be trying to 4mm next!

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5
Works so well even for clubbed feet!

I am new to 'minimalist footwear'. I was born with a clubbed foot and have had a compound fracture on the same ankle. I have always been squeezed in to motion control stability shoes and orthopedic soles, because no one wanted me to actually move my 'mangled' ankle, I guess. Well, I finally decided to call BS to that whole idea and splurge on this DIY xero kit. I have spent very little of my life barefoot or without padded shoes or very 'bouncy' flip flops. I was under the impression I couldn't even walk well without them. Well, 4 days in and I am walking BETTER than I ever have before. These were easy to make thanks to the videos. They are even easier to wear. I feel like nothing is on my feet and I have had no pain whatsoever. There was a downpour yesterday here in Tennessee and I didn't slip in them at all! I now want all the Xero shoes and want to get them for everyone I know. I started out with the 6mm and will definitely be trying to 4mm next!

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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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