Get Stronger. Run Faster.

I’m a total fitness geek. I’m always on the lookout for a new workout, a new exercise, a new challenge. I’m also an efficiency geek. I like things that give the maximum bang for the minimum buck, if you will. And, I’m a sprinter, so I pay the most attention to anything that will make […]

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Barefoot Sandals, Triathalons, and Speed

I got a call today from someone asking: I’m a triathlete, and I love the idea of barefoot running, or using your sandals… but how quickly can I put these on and then run with them? The time to transition between biking and running is important to me. And once they’re on, will they fall […]

Are Barefoot Shoes Good for Plantar Fasciitis? – Xero Shoes

Are Barefoot Shoes Good for Plantar Fasciitis? It is estimated that around 10% of the population suffers from heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis. Interestingly, though the condition is quite common, we don’t know as much as you might expect about what causes it and how to treat it. I often hear from runners who […]

Pronation and barefoot running

Whenever we’re selling Xero Shoes at a public event, a few people will come up to our booth, examine our barefoot sandals, and claim (with a strange tone of almost arrogance), “I can’t wear these. I pronate.” Sometimes they’ll pull out the third party endorsement, “My doctor says I pronate.” Or the less-convincing, “The shoe […]

Lee Chase's Barefoot Sandal Tying Method

Lee Chase’s “Extra Comfy” Huarache Tying Style

Lee Chase developed this variation of one of the tying styles on the Tying page. The only thing I’d do differently: Take the end of the lace and put it back through the half hitches to lock it in place. First, a few tying tips and notes: Tying the Lace knot: This is the knot […]

Barefoot running efficiency

Is barefoot running more or less efficient than running in shoes? Who cares?! Barefoot is fun! And we think barefoot is good for you, too. Besides, the recent studies that say barefoot is less efficient are riddled with holes (including that one only showed that “barefoot-style” running was less efficient for people who had no […]

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The Death Of Barefoot Running

Imagine for a moment that you did extensive research into something, only to conclude that you need more research before you could make a meaningful statement about that something. Is that news? I don’t think so. Would any newspaper publish a headline: Scientists discover: We’re not sure yet! Nope. No news is not news. So, […]

Minimalist sandals are our life!

When Lena and I started Xero Shoes in November 2009, we thought, “Oh, this’ll be a nice little hobby business.” We never anticipated it growing as much as it has, or working as hard as we work 😉 After appearing on Shark Tank last night, we’ve been SWAMPED with orders, emails, phone calls. I’ve been […]

Xero Shoes Barefoot Sandals on Shark Tank

Xero Shoes on Shark Tank… AGAIN!

We just got the word from ABC and Mark Burnett Productions that our Shark Tank episode is re-airing on Friday, May 31st. Frankly, we’re still reeling from the effects of our original air date in February. We sold over 3,000 pairs of Xero Shoes barefoot sandals after the show aired… and that was in the […]

A lacing tip for your Xero Shoes

Here’s a fun lacing tip/trick you can use with your Xero Shoes. Basically, it’s making a “lacing loop” out of a small section of our new laces or using our toe loops. There are two reasons you may want to do this: 1) It’s a cool decorative element (especially if you use a different color […]