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Barefoot Freedom with Protection

4.83 out of 5 based on 12 customer ratings
(12 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 11  reviews

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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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4
I like them so far, but still having some issues getting them to fit perfectly

Shipping was very quick and getting them laced up was pretty easy. I love how light they are and they deliver on the promise of ground feel with just enough protection (I have the 4mm). I'm still having some issues getting the laces just right, and I've been wearing them for longer than I hoped it would take, but I'll figure it out little by little, I'm sure.
So far I've been using them as camp shoes and have been hiking in them a little every day and then switching back to my trail runners to slowly get my feet used to them. I hope to eventually be able to hike in them longer distances.
Anyway, aside from the not-yet-perfect lacing, I'm quite happy with my xeros

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4
I like them so far, but still having some issues getting them to fit perfectly

Shipping was very quick and getting them laced up was pretty easy. I love how light they are and they deliver on the promise of ground feel with just enough protection (I have the 4mm). I'm still having some issues getting the laces just right, and I've been wearing them for longer than I hoped it would take, but I'll figure it out little by little, I'm sure.
So far I've been using them as camp shoes and have been hiking in them a little every day and then switching back to my trail runners to slowly get my feet used to them. I hope to eventually be able to hike in them longer distances.
Anyway, aside from the not-yet-perfect lacing, I'm quite happy with my xeros

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5
Love it! Cured My Flat Feet!!!

I am using Xero Shoes (DYI 4mm sandals) for about a year now.
In the beginning it took some adjustments to get it right but when I got it right it was GREAT.
The closest to running barefoot, with your foot completely ventilated and feeling every curve and stone in the earth.
My feet developed strength, flexibility and balance like never before, and the most amazing thing is that all my life I had flat feet, and after less than a year of running with these they have completely changed and they are not flat anymore.
Quite amazing.
I run mostly off road and in pretty rough terrain and the sole is very durable.
Another great advantage is that if you run properly (and it is hard not to run properly without the cushioning of "running shoes") the chances of twisting your ankle seem to drop stiffly.
I never once twisted my ankle with these, even though I run in steep & rough terrain.

Note for beginners: if you are not used to running barefoot style, it is very recommended that you start, BUT, start very very slowly.
In the beginning I would suggest to run on hard surface like pavement, asphalt or in a basketball field, and just a short distance each time. Don't try to be fast or run long distance. That will come later on. Just run barefoot and listen to your body adjusting.
It is also recommended to do some simple exercise like running in place or others you can easily find in YouTube.
Give your body a couple of months to get the idea.
Once you get it you will know you got it and you will not understand how you ever ran differently and you will ran faster with way fewer problems, but in the beginning give yourself time to avoid injuries.

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5
In Love With These Sandals!

I am a textile artist, so as soon as I saw that I could get a kit--I bought it! It took about an hour of playing with tying styles, laces and beads before the first sandal was finished. The second one took about 5 minutes to make. Since then, I wear them almost all the time. I have pretty severe ankle and foot issues, and these sandals are soooo comfortable. I get compliments all the time for my blue sandals with the great beads. My next purchase will be soles for my husband and another pair for me! Thanks so much for affordable, comfortable, fashionable, fun footwear.

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5
Good for the whole family

I bought a pair of these last year to try out, and soon ordered kits for my wife and three kids. Delivery was quick. The instructions on fitting and cutting on the website helped me set up all 5 of us with the sandals. My kids and I were the most enthusiastic, spending much of our summer in them. My wife didn't like hers until I reconfigured them with a different tying style. Now she is running in them with no pain. This year, I ordered new pairs for the kids (the sandals are great, it's the feet that grow...), and my 7 year old daughter came up with her own tying style and bead decorations. She gets compliments and questions on them all the time, and I confidently tell them where they can get their own kits.

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5
Just ordered

I just got these in the mail, it was amazing how fast I put the order in and found them at my door within a few days. I love them already, I have been experimenting with barefoot running for several months, but just needed something for protection. I can already tell I am going to love these shoes on my long runs. The only down fall is all the wonderful designs you can make with the laces. I honestly highly recommend these to anyone that wants to jump into barefoot running and don't want to destroy their socks! Thank you for these amazing shoes!

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