NEW research – Shoes can make you weak and injured

It’s time for another episode of “stupid research.” Not that the research itself is stupid. But that those of us who understand the value and benefits of natural movement, and how most “normal” shoes get in the way of letting your feet do what’s natural, are stunned that people need research to prove something obvious: […]

Kelly C’s Super Cool DIY Sandal Tying Style

We believe anyone can have the superpower of making their own shoes. Our DIY Kit allows you to cut your footbed and lace away as you wish. However, some of our customers, like Kelly Culp, take it a step further and create extraordinary lace styles like this one, to share with the Xero Shoes world.  […]

A Rubber Band is the Secret to Better Running?

Could a new form of foot binding be the secret to better running? I don’t mean wrapping up your feet in the infamous style of ancient China, but something developed by some mechanical engineers at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In short, they attached some rubber tubing between runners shoes and found that they […]

Why Barefoot Running?

While barefoot running isn’t new, it’s popularity has been going through the roof since Christopher McDougall’s book, Born To Run, became popular in 2009. Ironically, Born To Run isn’t really about barefoot running. It’s about the Tarahumara Indians in the Copper Canyon of Mexico and how they’re able to run pain-free and injury free for […]

Transition to barefoot running

DO NOT “TRANSITION SLOWLY” TO BAREFOOT RUNNING

The more time you spend researching barefoot running and minimalist running — the more articles, interviews with doctors or runners, news stories, and research you dive into — the more you’ll hear one particular warning. Actually, if the piece supports running barefoot, you’ll hear it as a recommendation. If the piece is “anti-barefoot,” then it’ll […]

4 Exercises to Strengthen Your Feet

4 Exercises to Strengthen Your Feet (And Ankles) This article was recently updated on April 10, 2023 I’ve always been a fan of shoes as a fashion statement. However, when looking cool or sexy becomes the priority over feeling good, we have a problem. It is no secret nowadays that the health of our body […]

Lydiard Training Plan for Runners

Arthur Lydiard was one of the most accomplished running coaches of all time and his training methods revolutionized the sport. The Lydiard Foundation is carrying on Arthur’s teachings, led by Lorraine Moller, a 4-time Olympian and Olympic bronze medalist in the marathon, and Nobby Hashizume. If you’re looking for a distance running training program, the […]

Proper foot placement when running

If someone tells me they’re having almost any problem or issue with natural running, the odds are well over 75% that the issue comes from “overstriding.” Overstriding is when you land with your foot further out in front of your body than is necessary or ideal. Watch little kids run and they almost never do […]

From “broken” to barefoot to Xero. Greg Makuch’s amazing story

Greg Makuch’s story is one that EVERY runner — barefoot or shod — should hear. I won’t say any more until you watch it, below. What I LOVE about Greg’s story is how he brought a sense of wonder and curiosity to his journey. “I’ll never run again… really?” “These sandals make noise… wait, if […]

Run faster and stronger with the Exer-Genie

I know, I know… “Exer-genie” sounds like the name of a fitness gadget that women in the 1950’s would have used. But don’t let the name fool you. This is one serious piece of equipment, all rolled up into a tiny, travel-friendly, package that anyone of any fitness level can use to get stronger and […]