How to Develop Better Mental Strength for Running

By Mel & Jon Sinclair, @ultrameljon “Running is 90% mental and the other 10% is in your head.” – Ray Zahab We’ve all heard it before…your mind will give up before your body. And after running a 90 hr 36 min 200 mile race…we can vouch for that statement. If this is such a big […]

Usain Bolt beaten by 56 year old Xero Shoes CEO?!

We’ve seen Steven run from bears, lions, racecars, and more…but Usain Bolt? We’ve put this pic on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and here, on the blog, where you can comment below. Head to one (or all) of those places and give us your best caption about Steven and the greatest sprinter of all time. One winner will […]

Will Maximal Running Shoes HURT You?

When you run, you can hit the ground with anywhere from 3-6 times your body weight. That’s a lot of force! Clearly you need a LOT of cushioning to deal with that force, right? Well, this is the argument that underlies all non-minimalist shoes, but it’s really the premise behind so-called MAXIMALIST shoes, like this […]

Lift Natural, Lift Stronger

By Allison Goldestein Think about the last time you went to the gym. You likely planned your outfit in advance. (How much will I be sweating? How good do I want to look? What’s actually clean?) However, unless you are a competitive weightlifter, you probably did not think much about your footwear. You just wore […]

Get Xero Shoes Z-Trail at REI and get a $10 Xeroshoes.com Gift Certificate

We are THRILLED to announce that you can now buy our best-selling Z-Trail sandal at REI stores across the country and at REI.com! Plus, we have a special offer for you: Buy a pair of Z-Trail at an REI store or REI.com and you can get a $10 XeroShoes.com gift certificate! Get all the details […]

Jumping Rope for Cardio

It might be a lot of fun, but jumping rope is not just for kids. The jump rope is a fantastic device for building stamina and athleticism, plus it’s also a great method for burning fat. In fact, a jump rope is one of the best cardiovascular conditioning tools out there–way better than a treadmill […]

More Buzz about Vibrating (and Parkinsons)

It’s happening again, I think. In the Thomas Industry, David Mantey reports on a new device designed to help Parkinson’s patients “walk with greater ease.” What does it do? It applies vibration your feet. A few years ago, I reported on a similar device. So… Q: What is vibration doing? A: Stimulating your nervous system, […]

Hiking for Health

Want to improve your health AND have fun? Take a hike! Hiking has significant health benefits. Here are just 5: Hiking on rugged trail surfaces is a natural way to engage your core muscles, Burn calories — Hiking on uneven terrain increases the amount of energy used by your body by 28 percent compared to […]

Comfy, Cushioned Shoes Can CAUSE Injuries

This just in from the “Tell me something I didn’t know” department. 😉 The UK’s Daily Mail reports, “Comfy trainers RAISE the risk of injury.” You would think that a major publication telling readers why “maximalist shoes” are bad for you would make me happy, but read on and you’ll see why my glee is […]

Bears Ears: Give Your Mind and Feet Permission to Explore

When was running reduced to merely an exercise and when did we abandon the discovery and connection to the world it provides us? If your run has hit a plateau, try pointing your soles towards a goal not measured by modern, wrist-worn metrics, and run for exploration and discovery. For the past 24 months, Bears Ears has […]