Ultra-minimalist Hitch

Minimalist Sandal Tying Style - Xero Hitch

Perhaps the simplest tying style for minimalist running sandals there is!

In fact, for some it feels TOO simple

Once you get the tension just right, you slip ’em on and off in a second. People use this tying style for everything from walking to running marathons.

First, a few tying tips and notes:


Tying the Lace knot:

This is the knot we most commonly use, especially with our 100% polyester laces.

How To Make Barefoot Running Sandals - Tying the Toe Knot


The “Lace Bead”:

This is the smallest “knot” you can make for your Xero Shoes.

How to Make Tarahumara Huaraches - Lace Bead - Xero Shoes


Tying a Figure-8 knot:

If you have our original laces with the nylon core, you’ll want to use this knot.

How To Make Tarahumara Huaraches - Figure 8 Knot - Xero Shoes


Lacing tips:

Barefoot Running Sandal Lacing Tip - Huaraches Barefoot Shoes - Xero Shoes


The basic running sandal tying pattern

How to Tie the Basic Huarache Running Sandal Tying Pattern


Ultra-minimalist Hitch Tying Style

(this video was made with our old name, from our old site, Invisible Shoes)

Minimal Tying for Huaraches Barefoot Shoes (version 1)

4 thoughts on “Ultra-minimalist Hitch

  1. Hey Steven – the end of a shoestring is called an “aglet” (thanks to my daughter’s addiction to the Phineas and Ferb cartoon)

    1. Another winner! 😉

  2. Add three cordlocks and make knots to prevent sliding at ankle holes and it’s also most easily adjustable huarache. You can adjust all three lace sections separately with cordlock, no huarache on markets has such easy adjustability yet… Like this: http://postimg.org/image/g3hxz5r55/6353fb7e/ …but with that better lacing.

    1. Very cool.

      The challenge with off-the-shelf cord locks is how they handle tension under pressure and time.

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