Frequently Asked Questions (and their answers)

Here are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions we get about Xero Shoes.

If you have any others, give a call or drop us a line or ask our Facebook Fans or Twitter Followers.

We would love to give you personal advice, but we are not doctors and can’t give a specific answer or medical advice.

However, we’ve written a few blog posts about plantar fasciitis that you might find helpful:

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-walking/plantar-fasciitis-and-walking-barefoot/

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running/will-barefoot-running-heal-my-injuries/,

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running-tips/can-cure-plantar-fasciitis-barefoot-running/

As you’ll see in the blog posts above, research shows that strengthening your foot can help with plantar fasciitis.

 

Xero Shoes is about promoting the benefits (and comfort and FUN) of natural movement, first and foremost. Whenever we can, though, we make vegan-friendly products.

Sometimes we aren’t able to due to the materials needed to construct a shoe that meets the requirements  of jobs that require, say, a leather shoe.

At this time, the only shoes not vegan-friendly are the Alston, Melbourne, leather Hana, leather Phoenix, which are made of leather, as well as the original Mika, which contains a small amount of wool on the collar. We previously had the Coalton (leather) and Pacifica (wool), though we no longer carry those.

 

Yes, all of our shoes and sandals are zero-drop.

That means the heel isn’t higher than the ball of the foot, for proper posture.

Since our soles are flat, with no built-in arch support, they’re probably the best shoe to use if you decide to add an insole.

So you know, though, our shoes are intentionally designed to let your feet bend, flex, and move naturally. Research shows that “supporting” your arch or immobilizing your foot with an orthotic can make your foot weaker in as little as a few weeks, while even just walking in a minimalist shoe can improve foot muscle strength.

 

We’ve heard from a number of customers who wear CorrectToes with their Xero Shoes.

Most of them are wearing the product with our sandals, but we know of some who wear CorrectToes with our closed-toe shoes also. It will depend, in part, about your foot’s width.

While our shoes are low to the ground for balance and agility, and flexible enough to let your feet bend and move naturally, our shoes are not electrically conductive.

We have heard from some customers who made their Xero Shoes conductive by putting a rivet or grommet through the soles but we do not have any personal experience with this.

Please keep in mind that any alterations to the shoes would not be covered under warranty.

 

Xero Shoes are designed to let your feet do what’s natural — bend, flex, move and feel the world.

Research shows that “supporting” your arch can make your foot weaker in as little as a few weeks, while even just walking in a minimalist shoe can improve foot muscle strength.

We want to let your feet be feet… and support you for life.

The more demand we have for particular shoes or colors, the more we’re able to offer.

Email [email protected] with your suggestions if you’d like to see a certain color or style.

 

Every product’s page gives a recommendation for selecting the correct size.

Also, see our size guidelines at xeroshoes.com/xerofit/.

We understand that ordering shoes online can be hard, especially when the sizing between shoes vary (trust us–we’re working on it!). If you’re still unsure, please email our Customer Happiness team at [email protected].

Also, keep in mind that we offer free domestic exchanges in case you get a size that doesn’t feel right.

 

We find that temperature ratings aren’t very accurate. They vary greatly depending on environmental factors, like humidity and typical weather (a Tennessee snowstorm is quite different from one in Colorado!)

Below is an overview that might help:

Sandals
We hope you don’t have to ask, but in case you do…our sandals will not keep your feet warm.  Add a pair of socks, like ToeSox and you can make it through colder weather. Find some waterproof, insulated socks and you can be one of those people who wears socks all year ’round. Check out what our CEO, Steven Sashen, has done in a Colorado winter

Closed Toe Shoes
Most of our closed-toe shoes are not designed to keep your feet warm. They’ll be just as warm as a traditional closed toe shoe.

Water Resistant Boots and Shoes

The following boots are water resistant, not waterproof. They’ll repel water to a certain degree and keep your feet warm, but they aren’t “trudge through a slushy puddle in the middle of winter” level weatherproof.

If you love the style of one of our water resistant shoes, you can enhance their ability to repel water by adding a waterproof coating, like a Scotch Guard spray or beeswax.

Hana
Mika
Denver

Waterproof Boots

Currently, the Xcursion Fusion hiking boots and Alpine snow boots are our only fully-waterproof options. These shoes are fully waterproof and will keep your feet dry in wet-weather conditions. Bring it on, monsoon!

We design all of our shoes here in Colorado. Xero Shoes are responsibly, ethically, and fairly manufactured in China.

While we would love to manufacture in America, it is literally not possible at this time, in the same way it’s not possible to domestically manufacture the device you’re using to read this answer.

Performance footwear manufacturing moved to Asia in the 70s and shows no likelihood of moving back. Note that some companies that claim “made in America” are still sourcing their materials from overseas (or the US companies from which they buy their materials are doing so).

We visit and work with our factories multiple times per year.  We also have an on-the-ground manufacturing agent who oversees the factories when we’re not there to ensure that conditions are good, workers are treated fairly, and the shoes are made in compliance with all local laws and regulations. The factories we use treat and pay their workers exceptionally well.

Companies much larger than ours use these same factories and have spent millions of dollars on audits to assure themselves and their wholesale partners about the quality and conditions.

 

 

 

Every time we release a shoe for some specific purpose, like the Speed Force for running, we find that people will do just about anything in it – from hiking to slacklining to weightlifting or using as a day to day shoe.

Trust me, we don’t want to stop you. We think it’s super cool when someone sends us a photo of them at the top of a mountain and the shoe that took them there was our casual Hana 😉

That said, if you’re looking for a specific recommendation, check out our shoe finder here, or contact us directly!
Otherwise, below are some of our most commonly worn shoes for specific activities:

Road Running
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
Z-Trek
EV Z-Trail
Cloud
Genesis

Trail Running
TerraFlex
Mesa Trail
Aqua X Sport
EV Z-Trail

Warm Weather Hiking
DayLite Hiker Fusion
TerraFlex
Mesa Trail
Aqua X Sport
Xcursion Fusion
Z-Trek
EV Z-Trail
Cloud
Naboso Trail

Warm Weather/Beach
Aptos
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
360
Aqua X Sport
Z-Trek
Z-Trail
Genesis
Jessie
Cloud
Naboso Trail
Cassie

Cold Weather Hiking
Alpine
Xcursion Fusion
DayLite Hiker Fusion (with warm socks)
TerraFlex (ditto about the socks)

Weightlifting/CrossFit/Fitness
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
360
Z-Trek
Genesis

Cold weather
Mika
Denver <!–Ashland—>
Xcursion Fusion
Alpine

Office wear
Cassie
Phoenix
Tari
Denver
Prio All-Day
Hana

Travel
All of our shoes are travel friendly because they’re so lightweight and versatile. But we’ve heard many people say they used just one of these for a whole vacation (depending on where they went)
Aptos
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
Hana
Z-Trail
Z-Trek
TerraFlex
Denver
Mika

Casual wear
Aptos
Hana
Prio All-Day
Jessie
Cassie
Alston
Phoenix
Tari <!–Ashland—>
Denver

 

Email [email protected] if you have a suggestion or request for a specific shoe, color, or size. The more demand we have, the greater our ability to make more shoes (this includes making men’s versions of our women’s shoes and visa versa).

The women’s styles will fit more narrow than the men’s. If you are a man with a narrow foot, then you may be prefer the “women’s” sizes. If you are a woman with a wider foot, then you may want to try the “men’s” styles.

The difference in length between men’s and women’s closed toe shoes is 1.5 sizes.

Below is a size conversion chart:

Men’s
Size
Women’s
Size
6.5 8
7 8.5
7.5 9
8 9.5
8.5 10
9 10.5
9.5 11

 

 

Our sandals, since they come in “whole sizes” only have only a 1 size difference between styles. A men’s 8, for example, would be comparable in length to a women’s 9.

 

Currently, our kids sizes range from 11 to youth 4 (Y4) in the Prio.

From there, a women’s 6 will be a half size larger than the Y4.

That means that if your kid wears a youth 5 or up, they can fit into our women’s sizes.

We’re expanding our kids line this year (stay tuned).

And if you want to recommend a new/different size or style, email [email protected]

We would love to give you personal advice, but we are not doctors and can’t give a specific answer or medical advice.

However, we’ve written a few blog posts about plantar fasciitis that you might find helpful:

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-walking/plantar-fasciitis-and-walking-barefoot/

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running/will-barefoot-running-heal-my-injuries/,

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running-tips/can-cure-plantar-fasciitis-barefoot-running/

As you’ll see in the blog posts above, research shows that strengthening your foot can help with plantar fasciitis.

 

Xero Shoes is about promoting the benefits (and comfort and FUN) of natural movement, first and foremost. Whenever we can, though, we make vegan-friendly products.

Sometimes we aren’t able to due to the materials needed to construct a shoe that meets the requirements  of jobs that require, say, a leather shoe.

At this time, the only shoes not vegan-friendly are the Alston, Melbourne, leather Hana, leather Phoenix, which are made of leather, as well as the original Mika, which contains a small amount of wool on the collar. We previously had the Coalton (leather) and Pacifica (wool), though we no longer carry those.

 

Yes, all of our shoes and sandals are zero-drop.

That means the heel isn’t higher than the ball of the foot, for proper posture.

Since our soles are flat, with no built-in arch support, they’re probably the best shoe to use if you decide to add an insole.

So you know, though, our shoes are intentionally designed to let your feet bend, flex, and move naturally. Research shows that “supporting” your arch or immobilizing your foot with an orthotic can make your foot weaker in as little as a few weeks, while even just walking in a minimalist shoe can improve foot muscle strength.

 

We’ve heard from a number of customers who wear CorrectToes with their Xero Shoes.

Most of them are wearing the product with our sandals, but we know of some who wear CorrectToes with our closed-toe shoes also. It will depend, in part, about your foot’s width.

While our shoes are low to the ground for balance and agility, and flexible enough to let your feet bend and move naturally, our shoes are not electrically conductive.

We have heard from some customers who made their Xero Shoes conductive by putting a rivet or grommet through the soles but we do not have any personal experience with this.

Please keep in mind that any alterations to the shoes would not be covered under warranty.

 

Xero Shoes are designed to let your feet do what’s natural — bend, flex, move and feel the world.

Research shows that “supporting” your arch can make your foot weaker in as little as a few weeks, while even just walking in a minimalist shoe can improve foot muscle strength.

We want to let your feet be feet… and support you for life.

The more demand we have for particular shoes or colors, the more we’re able to offer.

Email [email protected] with your suggestions if you’d like to see a certain color or style.

 

Every product’s page gives a recommendation for selecting the correct size.

Also, see our size guidelines at xeroshoes.com/xerofit/.

We understand that ordering shoes online can be hard, especially when the sizing between shoes vary (trust us–we’re working on it!). If you’re still unsure, please email our Customer Happiness team at [email protected].

Also, keep in mind that we offer free domestic exchanges in case you get a size that doesn’t feel right.

 

We find that temperature ratings aren’t very accurate. They vary greatly depending on environmental factors, like humidity and typical weather (a Tennessee snowstorm is quite different from one in Colorado!)

Below is an overview that might help:

Sandals
We hope you don’t have to ask, but in case you do…our sandals will not keep your feet warm.  Add a pair of socks, like ToeSox and you can make it through colder weather. Find some waterproof, insulated socks and you can be one of those people who wears socks all year ’round. Check out what our CEO, Steven Sashen, has done in a Colorado winter

Closed Toe Shoes
Most of our closed-toe shoes are not designed to keep your feet warm. They’ll be just as warm as a traditional closed toe shoe.

Water Resistant Boots and Shoes

The following boots are water resistant, not waterproof. They’ll repel water to a certain degree and keep your feet warm, but they aren’t “trudge through a slushy puddle in the middle of winter” level weatherproof.

If you love the style of one of our water resistant shoes, you can enhance their ability to repel water by adding a waterproof coating, like a Scotch Guard spray or beeswax.

Hana
Mika
Denver

Waterproof Boots

Currently, the Xcursion Fusion hiking boots and Alpine snow boots are our only fully-waterproof options. These shoes are fully waterproof and will keep your feet dry in wet-weather conditions. Bring it on, monsoon!

We design all of our shoes here in Colorado. Xero Shoes are responsibly, ethically, and fairly manufactured in China.

While we would love to manufacture in America, it is literally not possible at this time, in the same way it’s not possible to domestically manufacture the device you’re using to read this answer.

Performance footwear manufacturing moved to Asia in the 70s and shows no likelihood of moving back. Note that some companies that claim “made in America” are still sourcing their materials from overseas (or the US companies from which they buy their materials are doing so).

We visit and work with our factories multiple times per year.  We also have an on-the-ground manufacturing agent who oversees the factories when we’re not there to ensure that conditions are good, workers are treated fairly, and the shoes are made in compliance with all local laws and regulations. The factories we use treat and pay their workers exceptionally well.

Companies much larger than ours use these same factories and have spent millions of dollars on audits to assure themselves and their wholesale partners about the quality and conditions.

 

 

 

Every time we release a shoe for some specific purpose, like the Speed Force for running, we find that people will do just about anything in it – from hiking to slacklining to weightlifting or using as a day to day shoe.

Trust me, we don’t want to stop you. We think it’s super cool when someone sends us a photo of them at the top of a mountain and the shoe that took them there was our casual Hana 😉

That said, if you’re looking for a specific recommendation, check out our shoe finder here, or contact us directly!
Otherwise, below are some of our most commonly worn shoes for specific activities:

Road Running
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
Z-Trek
EV Z-Trail
Cloud
Genesis

Trail Running
TerraFlex
Mesa Trail
Aqua X Sport
EV Z-Trail

Warm Weather Hiking
DayLite Hiker Fusion
TerraFlex
Mesa Trail
Aqua X Sport
Xcursion Fusion
Z-Trek
EV Z-Trail
Cloud
Naboso Trail

Warm Weather/Beach
Aptos
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
360
Aqua X Sport
Z-Trek
Z-Trail
Genesis
Jessie
Cloud
Naboso Trail
Cassie

Cold Weather Hiking
Alpine
Xcursion Fusion
DayLite Hiker Fusion (with warm socks)
TerraFlex (ditto about the socks)

Weightlifting/CrossFit/Fitness
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
360
Z-Trek
Genesis

Cold weather
Mika
Denver <!–Ashland—>
Xcursion Fusion
Alpine

Office wear
Cassie
Phoenix
Tari
Denver
Prio All-Day
Hana

Travel
All of our shoes are travel friendly because they’re so lightweight and versatile. But we’ve heard many people say they used just one of these for a whole vacation (depending on where they went)
Aptos
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
Hana
Z-Trail
Z-Trek
TerraFlex
Denver
Mika

Casual wear
Aptos
Hana
Prio All-Day
Jessie
Cassie
Alston
Phoenix
Tari <!–Ashland—>
Denver

 

Email [email protected] if you have a suggestion or request for a specific shoe, color, or size. The more demand we have, the greater our ability to make more shoes (this includes making men’s versions of our women’s shoes and visa versa).

The women’s styles will fit more narrow than the men’s. If you are a man with a narrow foot, then you may be prefer the “women’s” sizes. If you are a woman with a wider foot, then you may want to try the “men’s” styles.

The difference in length between men’s and women’s closed toe shoes is 1.5 sizes.

Below is a size conversion chart:

Men’s
Size
Women’s
Size
6.5 8
7 8.5
7.5 9
8 9.5
8.5 10
9 10.5
9.5 11

 

 

Our sandals, since they come in “whole sizes” only have only a 1 size difference between styles. A men’s 8, for example, would be comparable in length to a women’s 9.

 

Currently, our kids sizes range from 11 to youth 4 (Y4) in the Prio.

From there, a women’s 6 will be a half size larger than the Y4.

That means that if your kid wears a youth 5 or up, they can fit into our women’s sizes.

We’re expanding our kids line this year (stay tuned).

And if you want to recommend a new/different size or style, email [email protected]

We would love to give you personal advice, but we are not doctors and can’t give a specific answer or medical advice.

However, we’ve written a few blog posts about plantar fasciitis that you might find helpful:

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-walking/plantar-fasciitis-and-walking-barefoot/

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running/will-barefoot-running-heal-my-injuries/,

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running-tips/can-cure-plantar-fasciitis-barefoot-running/

As you’ll see in the blog posts above, research shows that strengthening your foot can help with plantar fasciitis.

 

Xero Shoes is about promoting the benefits (and comfort and FUN) of natural movement, first and foremost. Whenever we can, though, we make vegan-friendly products.

Sometimes we aren’t able to due to the materials needed to construct a shoe that meets the requirements  of jobs that require, say, a leather shoe.

At this time, the only shoes not vegan-friendly are the Alston, Melbourne, leather Hana, leather Phoenix, which are made of leather, as well as the original Mika, which contains a small amount of wool on the collar. We previously had the Coalton (leather) and Pacifica (wool), though we no longer carry those.

 

Yes, all of our shoes and sandals are zero-drop.

That means the heel isn’t higher than the ball of the foot, for proper posture.

Since our soles are flat, with no built-in arch support, they’re probably the best shoe to use if you decide to add an insole.

So you know, though, our shoes are intentionally designed to let your feet bend, flex, and move naturally. Research shows that “supporting” your arch or immobilizing your foot with an orthotic can make your foot weaker in as little as a few weeks, while even just walking in a minimalist shoe can improve foot muscle strength.

 

We’ve heard from a number of customers who wear CorrectToes with their Xero Shoes.

Most of them are wearing the product with our sandals, but we know of some who wear CorrectToes with our closed-toe shoes also. It will depend, in part, about your foot’s width.

While our shoes are low to the ground for balance and agility, and flexible enough to let your feet bend and move naturally, our shoes are not electrically conductive.

We have heard from some customers who made their Xero Shoes conductive by putting a rivet or grommet through the soles but we do not have any personal experience with this.

Please keep in mind that any alterations to the shoes would not be covered under warranty.

 

Xero Shoes are designed to let your feet do what’s natural — bend, flex, move and feel the world.

Research shows that “supporting” your arch can make your foot weaker in as little as a few weeks, while even just walking in a minimalist shoe can improve foot muscle strength.

We want to let your feet be feet… and support you for life.

The more demand we have for particular shoes or colors, the more we’re able to offer.

Email [email protected] with your suggestions if you’d like to see a certain color or style.

 

Every product’s page gives a recommendation for selecting the correct size.

Also, see our size guidelines at xeroshoes.com/xerofit/.

We understand that ordering shoes online can be hard, especially when the sizing between shoes vary (trust us–we’re working on it!). If you’re still unsure, please email our Customer Happiness team at [email protected].

Also, keep in mind that we offer free domestic exchanges in case you get a size that doesn’t feel right.

 

We find that temperature ratings aren’t very accurate. They vary greatly depending on environmental factors, like humidity and typical weather (a Tennessee snowstorm is quite different from one in Colorado!)

Below is an overview that might help:

Sandals
We hope you don’t have to ask, but in case you do…our sandals will not keep your feet warm.  Add a pair of socks, like ToeSox and you can make it through colder weather. Find some waterproof, insulated socks and you can be one of those people who wears socks all year ’round. Check out what our CEO, Steven Sashen, has done in a Colorado winter

Closed Toe Shoes
Most of our closed-toe shoes are not designed to keep your feet warm. They’ll be just as warm as a traditional closed toe shoe.

Water Resistant Boots and Shoes

The following boots are water resistant, not waterproof. They’ll repel water to a certain degree and keep your feet warm, but they aren’t “trudge through a slushy puddle in the middle of winter” level weatherproof.

If you love the style of one of our water resistant shoes, you can enhance their ability to repel water by adding a waterproof coating, like a Scotch Guard spray or beeswax.

Hana
Mika
Denver

Waterproof Boots

Currently, the Xcursion Fusion hiking boots and Alpine snow boots are our only fully-waterproof options. These shoes are fully waterproof and will keep your feet dry in wet-weather conditions. Bring it on, monsoon!

We design all of our shoes here in Colorado. Xero Shoes are responsibly, ethically, and fairly manufactured in China.

While we would love to manufacture in America, it is literally not possible at this time, in the same way it’s not possible to domestically manufacture the device you’re using to read this answer.

Performance footwear manufacturing moved to Asia in the 70s and shows no likelihood of moving back. Note that some companies that claim “made in America” are still sourcing their materials from overseas (or the US companies from which they buy their materials are doing so).

We visit and work with our factories multiple times per year.  We also have an on-the-ground manufacturing agent who oversees the factories when we’re not there to ensure that conditions are good, workers are treated fairly, and the shoes are made in compliance with all local laws and regulations. The factories we use treat and pay their workers exceptionally well.

Companies much larger than ours use these same factories and have spent millions of dollars on audits to assure themselves and their wholesale partners about the quality and conditions.

 

 

 

Every time we release a shoe for some specific purpose, like the Speed Force for running, we find that people will do just about anything in it – from hiking to slacklining to weightlifting or using as a day to day shoe.

Trust me, we don’t want to stop you. We think it’s super cool when someone sends us a photo of them at the top of a mountain and the shoe that took them there was our casual Hana 😉

That said, if you’re looking for a specific recommendation, check out our shoe finder here, or contact us directly!
Otherwise, below are some of our most commonly worn shoes for specific activities:

Road Running
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
Z-Trek
EV Z-Trail
Cloud
Genesis

Trail Running
TerraFlex
Mesa Trail
Aqua X Sport
EV Z-Trail

Warm Weather Hiking
DayLite Hiker Fusion
TerraFlex
Mesa Trail
Aqua X Sport
Xcursion Fusion
Z-Trek
EV Z-Trail
Cloud
Naboso Trail

Warm Weather/Beach
Aptos
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
360
Aqua X Sport
Z-Trek
Z-Trail
Genesis
Jessie
Cloud
Naboso Trail
Cassie

Cold Weather Hiking
Alpine
Xcursion Fusion
DayLite Hiker Fusion (with warm socks)
TerraFlex (ditto about the socks)

Weightlifting/CrossFit/Fitness
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
360
Z-Trek
Genesis

Cold weather
Mika
Denver <!–Ashland—>
Xcursion Fusion
Alpine

Office wear
Cassie
Phoenix
Tari
Denver
Prio All-Day
Hana

Travel
All of our shoes are travel friendly because they’re so lightweight and versatile. But we’ve heard many people say they used just one of these for a whole vacation (depending on where they went)
Aptos
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
Hana
Z-Trail
Z-Trek
TerraFlex
Denver
Mika

Casual wear
Aptos
Hana
Prio All-Day
Jessie
Cassie
Alston
Phoenix
Tari <!–Ashland—>
Denver

 

Email [email protected] if you have a suggestion or request for a specific shoe, color, or size. The more demand we have, the greater our ability to make more shoes (this includes making men’s versions of our women’s shoes and visa versa).

The women’s styles will fit more narrow than the men’s. If you are a man with a narrow foot, then you may be prefer the “women’s” sizes. If you are a woman with a wider foot, then you may want to try the “men’s” styles.

The difference in length between men’s and women’s closed toe shoes is 1.5 sizes.

Below is a size conversion chart:

Men’s
Size
Women’s
Size
6.5 8
7 8.5
7.5 9
8 9.5
8.5 10
9 10.5
9.5 11

 

 

Our sandals, since they come in “whole sizes” only have only a 1 size difference between styles. A men’s 8, for example, would be comparable in length to a women’s 9.

 

Currently, our kids sizes range from 11 to youth 4 (Y4) in the Prio.

From there, a women’s 6 will be a half size larger than the Y4.

That means that if your kid wears a youth 5 or up, they can fit into our women’s sizes.

We’re expanding our kids line this year (stay tuned).

And if you want to recommend a new/different size or style, email [email protected]

We would love to give you personal advice, but we are not doctors and can’t give a specific answer or medical advice.

However, we’ve written a few blog posts about plantar fasciitis that you might find helpful:

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-walking/plantar-fasciitis-and-walking-barefoot/

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running/will-barefoot-running-heal-my-injuries/,

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running-tips/can-cure-plantar-fasciitis-barefoot-running/

As you’ll see in the blog posts above, research shows that strengthening your foot can help with plantar fasciitis.

 

Xero Shoes is about promoting the benefits (and comfort and FUN) of natural movement, first and foremost. Whenever we can, though, we make vegan-friendly products.

Sometimes we aren’t able to due to the materials needed to construct a shoe that meets the requirements  of jobs that require, say, a leather shoe.

At this time, the only shoes not vegan-friendly are the Alston, Melbourne, leather Hana, leather Phoenix, which are made of leather, as well as the original Mika, which contains a small amount of wool on the collar. We previously had the Coalton (leather) and Pacifica (wool), though we no longer carry those.

 

Yes, all of our shoes and sandals are zero-drop.

That means the heel isn’t higher than the ball of the foot, for proper posture.

Since our soles are flat, with no built-in arch support, they’re probably the best shoe to use if you decide to add an insole.

So you know, though, our shoes are intentionally designed to let your feet bend, flex, and move naturally. Research shows that “supporting” your arch or immobilizing your foot with an orthotic can make your foot weaker in as little as a few weeks, while even just walking in a minimalist shoe can improve foot muscle strength.

 

We’ve heard from a number of customers who wear CorrectToes with their Xero Shoes.

Most of them are wearing the product with our sandals, but we know of some who wear CorrectToes with our closed-toe shoes also. It will depend, in part, about your foot’s width.

While our shoes are low to the ground for balance and agility, and flexible enough to let your feet bend and move naturally, our shoes are not electrically conductive.

We have heard from some customers who made their Xero Shoes conductive by putting a rivet or grommet through the soles but we do not have any personal experience with this.

Please keep in mind that any alterations to the shoes would not be covered under warranty.

 

Xero Shoes are designed to let your feet do what’s natural — bend, flex, move and feel the world.

Research shows that “supporting” your arch can make your foot weaker in as little as a few weeks, while even just walking in a minimalist shoe can improve foot muscle strength.

We want to let your feet be feet… and support you for life.

The more demand we have for particular shoes or colors, the more we’re able to offer.

Email [email protected] with your suggestions if you’d like to see a certain color or style.

 

Every product’s page gives a recommendation for selecting the correct size.

Also, see our size guidelines at xeroshoes.com/xerofit/.

We understand that ordering shoes online can be hard, especially when the sizing between shoes vary (trust us–we’re working on it!). If you’re still unsure, please email our Customer Happiness team at [email protected].

Also, keep in mind that we offer free domestic exchanges in case you get a size that doesn’t feel right.

 

We find that temperature ratings aren’t very accurate. They vary greatly depending on environmental factors, like humidity and typical weather (a Tennessee snowstorm is quite different from one in Colorado!)

Below is an overview that might help:

Sandals
We hope you don’t have to ask, but in case you do…our sandals will not keep your feet warm.  Add a pair of socks, like ToeSox and you can make it through colder weather. Find some waterproof, insulated socks and you can be one of those people who wears socks all year ’round. Check out what our CEO, Steven Sashen, has done in a Colorado winter

Closed Toe Shoes
Most of our closed-toe shoes are not designed to keep your feet warm. They’ll be just as warm as a traditional closed toe shoe.

Water Resistant Boots and Shoes

The following boots are water resistant, not waterproof. They’ll repel water to a certain degree and keep your feet warm, but they aren’t “trudge through a slushy puddle in the middle of winter” level weatherproof.

If you love the style of one of our water resistant shoes, you can enhance their ability to repel water by adding a waterproof coating, like a Scotch Guard spray or beeswax.

Hana
Mika
Denver

Waterproof Boots

Currently, the Xcursion Fusion hiking boots and Alpine snow boots are our only fully-waterproof options. These shoes are fully waterproof and will keep your feet dry in wet-weather conditions. Bring it on, monsoon!

We design all of our shoes here in Colorado. Xero Shoes are responsibly, ethically, and fairly manufactured in China.

While we would love to manufacture in America, it is literally not possible at this time, in the same way it’s not possible to domestically manufacture the device you’re using to read this answer.

Performance footwear manufacturing moved to Asia in the 70s and shows no likelihood of moving back. Note that some companies that claim “made in America” are still sourcing their materials from overseas (or the US companies from which they buy their materials are doing so).

We visit and work with our factories multiple times per year.  We also have an on-the-ground manufacturing agent who oversees the factories when we’re not there to ensure that conditions are good, workers are treated fairly, and the shoes are made in compliance with all local laws and regulations. The factories we use treat and pay their workers exceptionally well.

Companies much larger than ours use these same factories and have spent millions of dollars on audits to assure themselves and their wholesale partners about the quality and conditions.

 

 

 

Every time we release a shoe for some specific purpose, like the Speed Force for running, we find that people will do just about anything in it – from hiking to slacklining to weightlifting or using as a day to day shoe.

Trust me, we don’t want to stop you. We think it’s super cool when someone sends us a photo of them at the top of a mountain and the shoe that took them there was our casual Hana 😉

That said, if you’re looking for a specific recommendation, check out our shoe finder here, or contact us directly!
Otherwise, below are some of our most commonly worn shoes for specific activities:

Road Running
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
Z-Trek
EV Z-Trail
Cloud
Genesis

Trail Running
TerraFlex
Mesa Trail
Aqua X Sport
EV Z-Trail

Warm Weather Hiking
DayLite Hiker Fusion
TerraFlex
Mesa Trail
Aqua X Sport
Xcursion Fusion
Z-Trek
EV Z-Trail
Cloud
Naboso Trail

Warm Weather/Beach
Aptos
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
360
Aqua X Sport
Z-Trek
Z-Trail
Genesis
Jessie
Cloud
Naboso Trail
Cassie

Cold Weather Hiking
Alpine
Xcursion Fusion
DayLite Hiker Fusion (with warm socks)
TerraFlex (ditto about the socks)

Weightlifting/CrossFit/Fitness
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
360
Z-Trek
Genesis

Cold weather
Mika
Denver <!–Ashland—>
Xcursion Fusion
Alpine

Office wear
Cassie
Phoenix
Tari
Denver
Prio All-Day
Hana

Travel
All of our shoes are travel friendly because they’re so lightweight and versatile. But we’ve heard many people say they used just one of these for a whole vacation (depending on where they went)
Aptos
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
Hana
Z-Trail
Z-Trek
TerraFlex
Denver
Mika

Casual wear
Aptos
Hana
Prio All-Day
Jessie
Cassie
Alston
Phoenix
Tari <!–Ashland—>
Denver

 

Email [email protected] if you have a suggestion or request for a specific shoe, color, or size. The more demand we have, the greater our ability to make more shoes (this includes making men’s versions of our women’s shoes and visa versa).

The women’s styles will fit more narrow than the men’s. If you are a man with a narrow foot, then you may be prefer the “women’s” sizes. If you are a woman with a wider foot, then you may want to try the “men’s” styles.

The difference in length between men’s and women’s closed toe shoes is 1.5 sizes.

Below is a size conversion chart:

Men’s
Size
Women’s
Size
6.5 8
7 8.5
7.5 9
8 9.5
8.5 10
9 10.5
9.5 11

 

 

Our sandals, since they come in “whole sizes” only have only a 1 size difference between styles. A men’s 8, for example, would be comparable in length to a women’s 9.

 

Currently, our kids sizes range from 11 to youth 4 (Y4) in the Prio.

From there, a women’s 6 will be a half size larger than the Y4.

That means that if your kid wears a youth 5 or up, they can fit into our women’s sizes.

We’re expanding our kids line this year (stay tuned).

And if you want to recommend a new/different size or style, email [email protected]

We would love to give you personal advice, but we are not doctors and can’t give a specific answer or medical advice.

However, we’ve written a few blog posts about plantar fasciitis that you might find helpful:

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-walking/plantar-fasciitis-and-walking-barefoot/

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running/will-barefoot-running-heal-my-injuries/,

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running-tips/can-cure-plantar-fasciitis-barefoot-running/

As you’ll see in the blog posts above, research shows that strengthening your foot can help with plantar fasciitis.

 

Xero Shoes is about promoting the benefits (and comfort and FUN) of natural movement, first and foremost. Whenever we can, though, we make vegan-friendly products.

Sometimes we aren’t able to due to the materials needed to construct a shoe that meets the requirements  of jobs that require, say, a leather shoe.

At this time, the only shoes not vegan-friendly are the Alston, Melbourne, leather Hana, leather Phoenix, which are made of leather, as well as the original Mika, which contains a small amount of wool on the collar. We previously had the Coalton (leather) and Pacifica (wool), though we no longer carry those.

 

Yes, all of our shoes and sandals are zero-drop.

That means the heel isn’t higher than the ball of the foot, for proper posture.

Since our soles are flat, with no built-in arch support, they’re probably the best shoe to use if you decide to add an insole.

So you know, though, our shoes are intentionally designed to let your feet bend, flex, and move naturally. Research shows that “supporting” your arch or immobilizing your foot with an orthotic can make your foot weaker in as little as a few weeks, while even just walking in a minimalist shoe can improve foot muscle strength.

 

We’ve heard from a number of customers who wear CorrectToes with their Xero Shoes.

Most of them are wearing the product with our sandals, but we know of some who wear CorrectToes with our closed-toe shoes also. It will depend, in part, about your foot’s width.

While our shoes are low to the ground for balance and agility, and flexible enough to let your feet bend and move naturally, our shoes are not electrically conductive.

We have heard from some customers who made their Xero Shoes conductive by putting a rivet or grommet through the soles but we do not have any personal experience with this.

Please keep in mind that any alterations to the shoes would not be covered under warranty.

 

Xero Shoes are designed to let your feet do what’s natural — bend, flex, move and feel the world.

Research shows that “supporting” your arch can make your foot weaker in as little as a few weeks, while even just walking in a minimalist shoe can improve foot muscle strength.

We want to let your feet be feet… and support you for life.

The more demand we have for particular shoes or colors, the more we’re able to offer.

Email [email protected] with your suggestions if you’d like to see a certain color or style.

 

Every product’s page gives a recommendation for selecting the correct size.

Also, see our size guidelines at xeroshoes.com/xerofit/.

We understand that ordering shoes online can be hard, especially when the sizing between shoes vary (trust us–we’re working on it!). If you’re still unsure, please email our Customer Happiness team at [email protected].

Also, keep in mind that we offer free domestic exchanges in case you get a size that doesn’t feel right.

 

We find that temperature ratings aren’t very accurate. They vary greatly depending on environmental factors, like humidity and typical weather (a Tennessee snowstorm is quite different from one in Colorado!)

Below is an overview that might help:

Sandals
We hope you don’t have to ask, but in case you do…our sandals will not keep your feet warm.  Add a pair of socks, like ToeSox and you can make it through colder weather. Find some waterproof, insulated socks and you can be one of those people who wears socks all year ’round. Check out what our CEO, Steven Sashen, has done in a Colorado winter

Closed Toe Shoes
Most of our closed-toe shoes are not designed to keep your feet warm. They’ll be just as warm as a traditional closed toe shoe.

Water Resistant Boots and Shoes

The following boots are water resistant, not waterproof. They’ll repel water to a certain degree and keep your feet warm, but they aren’t “trudge through a slushy puddle in the middle of winter” level weatherproof.

If you love the style of one of our water resistant shoes, you can enhance their ability to repel water by adding a waterproof coating, like a Scotch Guard spray or beeswax.

Hana
Mika
Denver

Waterproof Boots

Currently, the Xcursion Fusion hiking boots and Alpine snow boots are our only fully-waterproof options. These shoes are fully waterproof and will keep your feet dry in wet-weather conditions. Bring it on, monsoon!

We design all of our shoes here in Colorado. Xero Shoes are responsibly, ethically, and fairly manufactured in China.

While we would love to manufacture in America, it is literally not possible at this time, in the same way it’s not possible to domestically manufacture the device you’re using to read this answer.

Performance footwear manufacturing moved to Asia in the 70s and shows no likelihood of moving back. Note that some companies that claim “made in America” are still sourcing their materials from overseas (or the US companies from which they buy their materials are doing so).

We visit and work with our factories multiple times per year.  We also have an on-the-ground manufacturing agent who oversees the factories when we’re not there to ensure that conditions are good, workers are treated fairly, and the shoes are made in compliance with all local laws and regulations. The factories we use treat and pay their workers exceptionally well.

Companies much larger than ours use these same factories and have spent millions of dollars on audits to assure themselves and their wholesale partners about the quality and conditions.

 

 

 

Every time we release a shoe for some specific purpose, like the Speed Force for running, we find that people will do just about anything in it – from hiking to slacklining to weightlifting or using as a day to day shoe.

Trust me, we don’t want to stop you. We think it’s super cool when someone sends us a photo of them at the top of a mountain and the shoe that took them there was our casual Hana 😉

That said, if you’re looking for a specific recommendation, check out our shoe finder here, or contact us directly!
Otherwise, below are some of our most commonly worn shoes for specific activities:

Road Running
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
Z-Trek
EV Z-Trail
Cloud
Genesis

Trail Running
TerraFlex
Mesa Trail
Aqua X Sport
EV Z-Trail

Warm Weather Hiking
DayLite Hiker Fusion
TerraFlex
Mesa Trail
Aqua X Sport
Xcursion Fusion
Z-Trek
EV Z-Trail
Cloud
Naboso Trail

Warm Weather/Beach
Aptos
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
360
Aqua X Sport
Z-Trek
Z-Trail
Genesis
Jessie
Cloud
Naboso Trail
Cassie

Cold Weather Hiking
Alpine
Xcursion Fusion
DayLite Hiker Fusion (with warm socks)
TerraFlex (ditto about the socks)

Weightlifting/CrossFit/Fitness
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
360
Z-Trek
Genesis

Cold weather
Mika
Denver <!–Ashland—>
Xcursion Fusion
Alpine

Office wear
Cassie
Phoenix
Tari
Denver
Prio All-Day
Hana

Travel
All of our shoes are travel friendly because they’re so lightweight and versatile. But we’ve heard many people say they used just one of these for a whole vacation (depending on where they went)
Aptos
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
Hana
Z-Trail
Z-Trek
TerraFlex
Denver
Mika

Casual wear
Aptos
Hana
Prio All-Day
Jessie
Cassie
Alston
Phoenix
Tari <!–Ashland—>
Denver

 

Email [email protected] if you have a suggestion or request for a specific shoe, color, or size. The more demand we have, the greater our ability to make more shoes (this includes making men’s versions of our women’s shoes and visa versa).

The women’s styles will fit more narrow than the men’s. If you are a man with a narrow foot, then you may be prefer the “women’s” sizes. If you are a woman with a wider foot, then you may want to try the “men’s” styles.

The difference in length between men’s and women’s closed toe shoes is 1.5 sizes.

Below is a size conversion chart:

Men’s
Size
Women’s
Size
6.5 8
7 8.5
7.5 9
8 9.5
8.5 10
9 10.5
9.5 11

 

 

Our sandals, since they come in “whole sizes” only have only a 1 size difference between styles. A men’s 8, for example, would be comparable in length to a women’s 9.

 

Currently, our kids sizes range from 11 to youth 4 (Y4) in the Prio.

From there, a women’s 6 will be a half size larger than the Y4.

That means that if your kid wears a youth 5 or up, they can fit into our women’s sizes.

We’re expanding our kids line this year (stay tuned).

And if you want to recommend a new/different size or style, email [email protected]

We would love to give you personal advice, but we are not doctors and can’t give a specific answer or medical advice.

However, we’ve written a few blog posts about plantar fasciitis that you might find helpful:

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-walking/plantar-fasciitis-and-walking-barefoot/

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running/will-barefoot-running-heal-my-injuries/,

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running-tips/can-cure-plantar-fasciitis-barefoot-running/

As you’ll see in the blog posts above, research shows that strengthening your foot can help with plantar fasciitis.

 

Xero Shoes is about promoting the benefits (and comfort and FUN) of natural movement, first and foremost. Whenever we can, though, we make vegan-friendly products.

Sometimes we aren’t able to due to the materials needed to construct a shoe that meets the requirements  of jobs that require, say, a leather shoe.

At this time, the only shoes not vegan-friendly are the Alston, Melbourne, leather Hana, leather Phoenix, which are made of leather, as well as the original Mika, which contains a small amount of wool on the collar. We previously had the Coalton (leather) and Pacifica (wool), though we no longer carry those.

 

Yes, all of our shoes and sandals are zero-drop.

That means the heel isn’t higher than the ball of the foot, for proper posture.

Since our soles are flat, with no built-in arch support, they’re probably the best shoe to use if you decide to add an insole.

So you know, though, our shoes are intentionally designed to let your feet bend, flex, and move naturally. Research shows that “supporting” your arch or immobilizing your foot with an orthotic can make your foot weaker in as little as a few weeks, while even just walking in a minimalist shoe can improve foot muscle strength.

 

We’ve heard from a number of customers who wear CorrectToes with their Xero Shoes.

Most of them are wearing the product with our sandals, but we know of some who wear CorrectToes with our closed-toe shoes also. It will depend, in part, about your foot’s width.

While our shoes are low to the ground for balance and agility, and flexible enough to let your feet bend and move naturally, our shoes are not electrically conductive.

We have heard from some customers who made their Xero Shoes conductive by putting a rivet or grommet through the soles but we do not have any personal experience with this.

Please keep in mind that any alterations to the shoes would not be covered under warranty.

 

Xero Shoes are designed to let your feet do what’s natural — bend, flex, move and feel the world.

Research shows that “supporting” your arch can make your foot weaker in as little as a few weeks, while even just walking in a minimalist shoe can improve foot muscle strength.

We want to let your feet be feet… and support you for life.

The more demand we have for particular shoes or colors, the more we’re able to offer.

Email [email protected] with your suggestions if you’d like to see a certain color or style.

 

Every product’s page gives a recommendation for selecting the correct size.

Also, see our size guidelines at xeroshoes.com/xerofit/.

We understand that ordering shoes online can be hard, especially when the sizing between shoes vary (trust us–we’re working on it!). If you’re still unsure, please email our Customer Happiness team at [email protected].

Also, keep in mind that we offer free domestic exchanges in case you get a size that doesn’t feel right.

 

We find that temperature ratings aren’t very accurate. They vary greatly depending on environmental factors, like humidity and typical weather (a Tennessee snowstorm is quite different from one in Colorado!)

Below is an overview that might help:

Sandals
We hope you don’t have to ask, but in case you do…our sandals will not keep your feet warm.  Add a pair of socks, like ToeSox and you can make it through colder weather. Find some waterproof, insulated socks and you can be one of those people who wears socks all year ’round. Check out what our CEO, Steven Sashen, has done in a Colorado winter

Closed Toe Shoes
Most of our closed-toe shoes are not designed to keep your feet warm. They’ll be just as warm as a traditional closed toe shoe.

Water Resistant Boots and Shoes

The following boots are water resistant, not waterproof. They’ll repel water to a certain degree and keep your feet warm, but they aren’t “trudge through a slushy puddle in the middle of winter” level weatherproof.

If you love the style of one of our water resistant shoes, you can enhance their ability to repel water by adding a waterproof coating, like a Scotch Guard spray or beeswax.

Hana
Mika
Denver

Waterproof Boots

Currently, the Xcursion Fusion hiking boots and Alpine snow boots are our only fully-waterproof options. These shoes are fully waterproof and will keep your feet dry in wet-weather conditions. Bring it on, monsoon!

We design all of our shoes here in Colorado. Xero Shoes are responsibly, ethically, and fairly manufactured in China.

While we would love to manufacture in America, it is literally not possible at this time, in the same way it’s not possible to domestically manufacture the device you’re using to read this answer.

Performance footwear manufacturing moved to Asia in the 70s and shows no likelihood of moving back. Note that some companies that claim “made in America” are still sourcing their materials from overseas (or the US companies from which they buy their materials are doing so).

We visit and work with our factories multiple times per year.  We also have an on-the-ground manufacturing agent who oversees the factories when we’re not there to ensure that conditions are good, workers are treated fairly, and the shoes are made in compliance with all local laws and regulations. The factories we use treat and pay their workers exceptionally well.

Companies much larger than ours use these same factories and have spent millions of dollars on audits to assure themselves and their wholesale partners about the quality and conditions.

 

 

 

Every time we release a shoe for some specific purpose, like the Speed Force for running, we find that people will do just about anything in it – from hiking to slacklining to weightlifting or using as a day to day shoe.

Trust me, we don’t want to stop you. We think it’s super cool when someone sends us a photo of them at the top of a mountain and the shoe that took them there was our casual Hana 😉

That said, if you’re looking for a specific recommendation, check out our shoe finder here, or contact us directly!
Otherwise, below are some of our most commonly worn shoes for specific activities:

Road Running
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
Z-Trek
EV Z-Trail
Cloud
Genesis

Trail Running
TerraFlex
Mesa Trail
Aqua X Sport
EV Z-Trail

Warm Weather Hiking
DayLite Hiker Fusion
TerraFlex
Mesa Trail
Aqua X Sport
Xcursion Fusion
Z-Trek
EV Z-Trail
Cloud
Naboso Trail

Warm Weather/Beach
Aptos
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
360
Aqua X Sport
Z-Trek
Z-Trail
Genesis
Jessie
Cloud
Naboso Trail
Cassie

Cold Weather Hiking
Alpine
Xcursion Fusion
DayLite Hiker Fusion (with warm socks)
TerraFlex (ditto about the socks)

Weightlifting/CrossFit/Fitness
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
360
Z-Trek
Genesis

Cold weather
Mika
Denver <!–Ashland—>
Xcursion Fusion
Alpine

Office wear
Cassie
Phoenix
Tari
Denver
Prio All-Day
Hana

Travel
All of our shoes are travel friendly because they’re so lightweight and versatile. But we’ve heard many people say they used just one of these for a whole vacation (depending on where they went)
Aptos
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
Hana
Z-Trail
Z-Trek
TerraFlex
Denver
Mika

Casual wear
Aptos
Hana
Prio All-Day
Jessie
Cassie
Alston
Phoenix
Tari <!–Ashland—>
Denver

 

Email [email protected] if you have a suggestion or request for a specific shoe, color, or size. The more demand we have, the greater our ability to make more shoes (this includes making men’s versions of our women’s shoes and visa versa).

The women’s styles will fit more narrow than the men’s. If you are a man with a narrow foot, then you may be prefer the “women’s” sizes. If you are a woman with a wider foot, then you may want to try the “men’s” styles.

The difference in length between men’s and women’s closed toe shoes is 1.5 sizes.

Below is a size conversion chart:

Men’s
Size
Women’s
Size
6.5 8
7 8.5
7.5 9
8 9.5
8.5 10
9 10.5
9.5 11

 

 

Our sandals, since they come in “whole sizes” only have only a 1 size difference between styles. A men’s 8, for example, would be comparable in length to a women’s 9.

 

Currently, our kids sizes range from 11 to youth 4 (Y4) in the Prio.

From there, a women’s 6 will be a half size larger than the Y4.

That means that if your kid wears a youth 5 or up, they can fit into our women’s sizes.

We’re expanding our kids line this year (stay tuned).

And if you want to recommend a new/different size or style, email [email protected]

We would love to give you personal advice, but we are not doctors and can’t give a specific answer or medical advice.

However, we’ve written a few blog posts about plantar fasciitis that you might find helpful:

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-walking/plantar-fasciitis-and-walking-barefoot/

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running/will-barefoot-running-heal-my-injuries/,

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running-tips/can-cure-plantar-fasciitis-barefoot-running/

As you’ll see in the blog posts above, research shows that strengthening your foot can help with plantar fasciitis.

 

Xero Shoes is about promoting the benefits (and comfort and FUN) of natural movement, first and foremost. Whenever we can, though, we make vegan-friendly products.

Sometimes we aren’t able to due to the materials needed to construct a shoe that meets the requirements  of jobs that require, say, a leather shoe.

At this time, the only shoes not vegan-friendly are the Alston, Melbourne, leather Hana, leather Phoenix, which are made of leather, as well as the original Mika, which contains a small amount of wool on the collar. We previously had the Coalton (leather) and Pacifica (wool), though we no longer carry those.

 

Yes, all of our shoes and sandals are zero-drop.

That means the heel isn’t higher than the ball of the foot, for proper posture.

Since our soles are flat, with no built-in arch support, they’re probably the best shoe to use if you decide to add an insole.

So you know, though, our shoes are intentionally designed to let your feet bend, flex, and move naturally. Research shows that “supporting” your arch or immobilizing your foot with an orthotic can make your foot weaker in as little as a few weeks, while even just walking in a minimalist shoe can improve foot muscle strength.

 

We’ve heard from a number of customers who wear CorrectToes with their Xero Shoes.

Most of them are wearing the product with our sandals, but we know of some who wear CorrectToes with our closed-toe shoes also. It will depend, in part, about your foot’s width.

While our shoes are low to the ground for balance and agility, and flexible enough to let your feet bend and move naturally, our shoes are not electrically conductive.

We have heard from some customers who made their Xero Shoes conductive by putting a rivet or grommet through the soles but we do not have any personal experience with this.

Please keep in mind that any alterations to the shoes would not be covered under warranty.

 

Xero Shoes are designed to let your feet do what’s natural — bend, flex, move and feel the world.

Research shows that “supporting” your arch can make your foot weaker in as little as a few weeks, while even just walking in a minimalist shoe can improve foot muscle strength.

We want to let your feet be feet… and support you for life.

The more demand we have for particular shoes or colors, the more we’re able to offer.

Email [email protected] with your suggestions if you’d like to see a certain color or style.

 

Every product’s page gives a recommendation for selecting the correct size.

Also, see our size guidelines at xeroshoes.com/xerofit/.

We understand that ordering shoes online can be hard, especially when the sizing between shoes vary (trust us–we’re working on it!). If you’re still unsure, please email our Customer Happiness team at [email protected].

Also, keep in mind that we offer free domestic exchanges in case you get a size that doesn’t feel right.

 

We find that temperature ratings aren’t very accurate. They vary greatly depending on environmental factors, like humidity and typical weather (a Tennessee snowstorm is quite different from one in Colorado!)

Below is an overview that might help:

Sandals
We hope you don’t have to ask, but in case you do…our sandals will not keep your feet warm.  Add a pair of socks, like ToeSox and you can make it through colder weather. Find some waterproof, insulated socks and you can be one of those people who wears socks all year ’round. Check out what our CEO, Steven Sashen, has done in a Colorado winter

Closed Toe Shoes
Most of our closed-toe shoes are not designed to keep your feet warm. They’ll be just as warm as a traditional closed toe shoe.

Water Resistant Boots and Shoes

The following boots are water resistant, not waterproof. They’ll repel water to a certain degree and keep your feet warm, but they aren’t “trudge through a slushy puddle in the middle of winter” level weatherproof.

If you love the style of one of our water resistant shoes, you can enhance their ability to repel water by adding a waterproof coating, like a Scotch Guard spray or beeswax.

Hana
Mika
Denver

Waterproof Boots

Currently, the Xcursion Fusion hiking boots and Alpine snow boots are our only fully-waterproof options. These shoes are fully waterproof and will keep your feet dry in wet-weather conditions. Bring it on, monsoon!

We design all of our shoes here in Colorado. Xero Shoes are responsibly, ethically, and fairly manufactured in China.

While we would love to manufacture in America, it is literally not possible at this time, in the same way it’s not possible to domestically manufacture the device you’re using to read this answer.

Performance footwear manufacturing moved to Asia in the 70s and shows no likelihood of moving back. Note that some companies that claim “made in America” are still sourcing their materials from overseas (or the US companies from which they buy their materials are doing so).

We visit and work with our factories multiple times per year.  We also have an on-the-ground manufacturing agent who oversees the factories when we’re not there to ensure that conditions are good, workers are treated fairly, and the shoes are made in compliance with all local laws and regulations. The factories we use treat and pay their workers exceptionally well.

Companies much larger than ours use these same factories and have spent millions of dollars on audits to assure themselves and their wholesale partners about the quality and conditions.

 

 

 

Every time we release a shoe for some specific purpose, like the Speed Force for running, we find that people will do just about anything in it – from hiking to slacklining to weightlifting or using as a day to day shoe.

Trust me, we don’t want to stop you. We think it’s super cool when someone sends us a photo of them at the top of a mountain and the shoe that took them there was our casual Hana 😉

That said, if you’re looking for a specific recommendation, check out our shoe finder here, or contact us directly!
Otherwise, below are some of our most commonly worn shoes for specific activities:

Road Running
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
Z-Trek
EV Z-Trail
Cloud
Genesis

Trail Running
TerraFlex
Mesa Trail
Aqua X Sport
EV Z-Trail

Warm Weather Hiking
DayLite Hiker Fusion
TerraFlex
Mesa Trail
Aqua X Sport
Xcursion Fusion
Z-Trek
EV Z-Trail
Cloud
Naboso Trail

Warm Weather/Beach
Aptos
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
360
Aqua X Sport
Z-Trek
Z-Trail
Genesis
Jessie
Cloud
Naboso Trail
Cassie

Cold Weather Hiking
Alpine
Xcursion Fusion
DayLite Hiker Fusion (with warm socks)
TerraFlex (ditto about the socks)

Weightlifting/CrossFit/Fitness
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
360
Z-Trek
Genesis

Cold weather
Mika
Denver <!–Ashland—>
Xcursion Fusion
Alpine

Office wear
Cassie
Phoenix
Tari
Denver
Prio All-Day
Hana

Travel
All of our shoes are travel friendly because they’re so lightweight and versatile. But we’ve heard many people say they used just one of these for a whole vacation (depending on where they went)
Aptos
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
Hana
Z-Trail
Z-Trek
TerraFlex
Denver
Mika

Casual wear
Aptos
Hana
Prio All-Day
Jessie
Cassie
Alston
Phoenix
Tari <!–Ashland—>
Denver

 

Email [email protected] if you have a suggestion or request for a specific shoe, color, or size. The more demand we have, the greater our ability to make more shoes (this includes making men’s versions of our women’s shoes and visa versa).

The women’s styles will fit more narrow than the men’s. If you are a man with a narrow foot, then you may be prefer the “women’s” sizes. If you are a woman with a wider foot, then you may want to try the “men’s” styles.

The difference in length between men’s and women’s closed toe shoes is 1.5 sizes.

Below is a size conversion chart:

Men’s
Size
Women’s
Size
6.5 8
7 8.5
7.5 9
8 9.5
8.5 10
9 10.5
9.5 11

 

 

Our sandals, since they come in “whole sizes” only have only a 1 size difference between styles. A men’s 8, for example, would be comparable in length to a women’s 9.

 

Currently, our kids sizes range from 11 to youth 4 (Y4) in the Prio.

From there, a women’s 6 will be a half size larger than the Y4.

That means that if your kid wears a youth 5 or up, they can fit into our women’s sizes.

We’re expanding our kids line this year (stay tuned).

And if you want to recommend a new/different size or style, email [email protected]

We would love to give you personal advice, but we are not doctors and can’t give a specific answer or medical advice.

However, we’ve written a few blog posts about plantar fasciitis that you might find helpful:

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-walking/plantar-fasciitis-and-walking-barefoot/

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running/will-barefoot-running-heal-my-injuries/,

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running-tips/can-cure-plantar-fasciitis-barefoot-running/

As you’ll see in the blog posts above, research shows that strengthening your foot can help with plantar fasciitis.

 

Xero Shoes is about promoting the benefits (and comfort and FUN) of natural movement, first and foremost. Whenever we can, though, we make vegan-friendly products.

Sometimes we aren’t able to due to the materials needed to construct a shoe that meets the requirements  of jobs that require, say, a leather shoe.

At this time, the only shoes not vegan-friendly are the Alston, Melbourne, leather Hana, leather Phoenix, which are made of leather, as well as the original Mika, which contains a small amount of wool on the collar. We previously had the Coalton (leather) and Pacifica (wool), though we no longer carry those.

 

Yes, all of our shoes and sandals are zero-drop.

That means the heel isn’t higher than the ball of the foot, for proper posture.

Since our soles are flat, with no built-in arch support, they’re probably the best shoe to use if you decide to add an insole.

So you know, though, our shoes are intentionally designed to let your feet bend, flex, and move naturally. Research shows that “supporting” your arch or immobilizing your foot with an orthotic can make your foot weaker in as little as a few weeks, while even just walking in a minimalist shoe can improve foot muscle strength.

 

We’ve heard from a number of customers who wear CorrectToes with their Xero Shoes.

Most of them are wearing the product with our sandals, but we know of some who wear CorrectToes with our closed-toe shoes also. It will depend, in part, about your foot’s width.

While our shoes are low to the ground for balance and agility, and flexible enough to let your feet bend and move naturally, our shoes are not electrically conductive.

We have heard from some customers who made their Xero Shoes conductive by putting a rivet or grommet through the soles but we do not have any personal experience with this.

Please keep in mind that any alterations to the shoes would not be covered under warranty.

 

Xero Shoes are designed to let your feet do what’s natural — bend, flex, move and feel the world.

Research shows that “supporting” your arch can make your foot weaker in as little as a few weeks, while even just walking in a minimalist shoe can improve foot muscle strength.

We want to let your feet be feet… and support you for life.

The more demand we have for particular shoes or colors, the more we’re able to offer.

Email [email protected] with your suggestions if you’d like to see a certain color or style.

 

Every product’s page gives a recommendation for selecting the correct size.

Also, see our size guidelines at xeroshoes.com/xerofit/.

We understand that ordering shoes online can be hard, especially when the sizing between shoes vary (trust us–we’re working on it!). If you’re still unsure, please email our Customer Happiness team at [email protected].

Also, keep in mind that we offer free domestic exchanges in case you get a size that doesn’t feel right.

 

We find that temperature ratings aren’t very accurate. They vary greatly depending on environmental factors, like humidity and typical weather (a Tennessee snowstorm is quite different from one in Colorado!)

Below is an overview that might help:

Sandals
We hope you don’t have to ask, but in case you do…our sandals will not keep your feet warm.  Add a pair of socks, like ToeSox and you can make it through colder weather. Find some waterproof, insulated socks and you can be one of those people who wears socks all year ’round. Check out what our CEO, Steven Sashen, has done in a Colorado winter

Closed Toe Shoes
Most of our closed-toe shoes are not designed to keep your feet warm. They’ll be just as warm as a traditional closed toe shoe.

Water Resistant Boots and Shoes

The following boots are water resistant, not waterproof. They’ll repel water to a certain degree and keep your feet warm, but they aren’t “trudge through a slushy puddle in the middle of winter” level weatherproof.

If you love the style of one of our water resistant shoes, you can enhance their ability to repel water by adding a waterproof coating, like a Scotch Guard spray or beeswax.

Hana
Mika
Denver

Waterproof Boots

Currently, the Xcursion Fusion hiking boots and Alpine snow boots are our only fully-waterproof options. These shoes are fully waterproof and will keep your feet dry in wet-weather conditions. Bring it on, monsoon!

We design all of our shoes here in Colorado. Xero Shoes are responsibly, ethically, and fairly manufactured in China.

While we would love to manufacture in America, it is literally not possible at this time, in the same way it’s not possible to domestically manufacture the device you’re using to read this answer.

Performance footwear manufacturing moved to Asia in the 70s and shows no likelihood of moving back. Note that some companies that claim “made in America” are still sourcing their materials from overseas (or the US companies from which they buy their materials are doing so).

We visit and work with our factories multiple times per year.  We also have an on-the-ground manufacturing agent who oversees the factories when we’re not there to ensure that conditions are good, workers are treated fairly, and the shoes are made in compliance with all local laws and regulations. The factories we use treat and pay their workers exceptionally well.

Companies much larger than ours use these same factories and have spent millions of dollars on audits to assure themselves and their wholesale partners about the quality and conditions.

 

 

 

Every time we release a shoe for some specific purpose, like the Speed Force for running, we find that people will do just about anything in it – from hiking to slacklining to weightlifting or using as a day to day shoe.

Trust me, we don’t want to stop you. We think it’s super cool when someone sends us a photo of them at the top of a mountain and the shoe that took them there was our casual Hana 😉

That said, if you’re looking for a specific recommendation, check out our shoe finder here, or contact us directly!
Otherwise, below are some of our most commonly worn shoes for specific activities:

Road Running
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
Z-Trek
EV Z-Trail
Cloud
Genesis

Trail Running
TerraFlex
Mesa Trail
Aqua X Sport
EV Z-Trail

Warm Weather Hiking
DayLite Hiker Fusion
TerraFlex
Mesa Trail
Aqua X Sport
Xcursion Fusion
Z-Trek
EV Z-Trail
Cloud
Naboso Trail

Warm Weather/Beach
Aptos
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
360
Aqua X Sport
Z-Trek
Z-Trail
Genesis
Jessie
Cloud
Naboso Trail
Cassie

Cold Weather Hiking
Alpine
Xcursion Fusion
DayLite Hiker Fusion (with warm socks)
TerraFlex (ditto about the socks)

Weightlifting/CrossFit/Fitness
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
360
Z-Trek
Genesis

Cold weather
Mika
Denver <!–Ashland—>
Xcursion Fusion
Alpine

Office wear
Cassie
Phoenix
Tari
Denver
Prio All-Day
Hana

Travel
All of our shoes are travel friendly because they’re so lightweight and versatile. But we’ve heard many people say they used just one of these for a whole vacation (depending on where they went)
Aptos
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
Hana
Z-Trail
Z-Trek
TerraFlex
Denver
Mika

Casual wear
Aptos
Hana
Prio All-Day
Jessie
Cassie
Alston
Phoenix
Tari <!–Ashland—>
Denver

 

Email [email protected] if you have a suggestion or request for a specific shoe, color, or size. The more demand we have, the greater our ability to make more shoes (this includes making men’s versions of our women’s shoes and visa versa).

The women’s styles will fit more narrow than the men’s. If you are a man with a narrow foot, then you may be prefer the “women’s” sizes. If you are a woman with a wider foot, then you may want to try the “men’s” styles.

The difference in length between men’s and women’s closed toe shoes is 1.5 sizes.

Below is a size conversion chart:

Men’s
Size
Women’s
Size
6.5 8
7 8.5
7.5 9
8 9.5
8.5 10
9 10.5
9.5 11

 

 

Our sandals, since they come in “whole sizes” only have only a 1 size difference between styles. A men’s 8, for example, would be comparable in length to a women’s 9.

 

Currently, our kids sizes range from 11 to youth 4 (Y4) in the Prio.

From there, a women’s 6 will be a half size larger than the Y4.

That means that if your kid wears a youth 5 or up, they can fit into our women’s sizes.

We’re expanding our kids line this year (stay tuned).

And if you want to recommend a new/different size or style, email [email protected]

We would love to give you personal advice, but we are not doctors and can’t give a specific answer or medical advice.

However, we’ve written a few blog posts about plantar fasciitis that you might find helpful:

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-walking/plantar-fasciitis-and-walking-barefoot/

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running/will-barefoot-running-heal-my-injuries/,

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running-tips/can-cure-plantar-fasciitis-barefoot-running/

As you’ll see in the blog posts above, research shows that strengthening your foot can help with plantar fasciitis.

 

Xero Shoes is about promoting the benefits (and comfort and FUN) of natural movement, first and foremost. Whenever we can, though, we make vegan-friendly products.

Sometimes we aren’t able to due to the materials needed to construct a shoe that meets the requirements  of jobs that require, say, a leather shoe.

At this time, the only shoes not vegan-friendly are the Alston, Melbourne, leather Hana, leather Phoenix, which are made of leather, as well as the original Mika, which contains a small amount of wool on the collar. We previously had the Coalton (leather) and Pacifica (wool), though we no longer carry those.

 

Yes, all of our shoes and sandals are zero-drop.

That means the heel isn’t higher than the ball of the foot, for proper posture.

Since our soles are flat, with no built-in arch support, they’re probably the best shoe to use if you decide to add an insole.

So you know, though, our shoes are intentionally designed to let your feet bend, flex, and move naturally. Research shows that “supporting” your arch or immobilizing your foot with an orthotic can make your foot weaker in as little as a few weeks, while even just walking in a minimalist shoe can improve foot muscle strength.

 

We’ve heard from a number of customers who wear CorrectToes with their Xero Shoes.

Most of them are wearing the product with our sandals, but we know of some who wear CorrectToes with our closed-toe shoes also. It will depend, in part, about your foot’s width.

While our shoes are low to the ground for balance and agility, and flexible enough to let your feet bend and move naturally, our shoes are not electrically conductive.

We have heard from some customers who made their Xero Shoes conductive by putting a rivet or grommet through the soles but we do not have any personal experience with this.

Please keep in mind that any alterations to the shoes would not be covered under warranty.

 

Xero Shoes are designed to let your feet do what’s natural — bend, flex, move and feel the world.

Research shows that “supporting” your arch can make your foot weaker in as little as a few weeks, while even just walking in a minimalist shoe can improve foot muscle strength.

We want to let your feet be feet… and support you for life.

The more demand we have for particular shoes or colors, the more we’re able to offer.

Email [email protected] with your suggestions if you’d like to see a certain color or style.

 

Every product’s page gives a recommendation for selecting the correct size.

Also, see our size guidelines at xeroshoes.com/xerofit/.

We understand that ordering shoes online can be hard, especially when the sizing between shoes vary (trust us–we’re working on it!). If you’re still unsure, please email our Customer Happiness team at [email protected].

Also, keep in mind that we offer free domestic exchanges in case you get a size that doesn’t feel right.

 

We find that temperature ratings aren’t very accurate. They vary greatly depending on environmental factors, like humidity and typical weather (a Tennessee snowstorm is quite different from one in Colorado!)

Below is an overview that might help:

Sandals
We hope you don’t have to ask, but in case you do…our sandals will not keep your feet warm.  Add a pair of socks, like ToeSox and you can make it through colder weather. Find some waterproof, insulated socks and you can be one of those people who wears socks all year ’round. Check out what our CEO, Steven Sashen, has done in a Colorado winter

Closed Toe Shoes
Most of our closed-toe shoes are not designed to keep your feet warm. They’ll be just as warm as a traditional closed toe shoe.

Water Resistant Boots and Shoes

The following boots are water resistant, not waterproof. They’ll repel water to a certain degree and keep your feet warm, but they aren’t “trudge through a slushy puddle in the middle of winter” level weatherproof.

If you love the style of one of our water resistant shoes, you can enhance their ability to repel water by adding a waterproof coating, like a Scotch Guard spray or beeswax.

Hana
Mika
Denver

Waterproof Boots

Currently, the Xcursion Fusion hiking boots and Alpine snow boots are our only fully-waterproof options. These shoes are fully waterproof and will keep your feet dry in wet-weather conditions. Bring it on, monsoon!

We design all of our shoes here in Colorado. Xero Shoes are responsibly, ethically, and fairly manufactured in China.

While we would love to manufacture in America, it is literally not possible at this time, in the same way it’s not possible to domestically manufacture the device you’re using to read this answer.

Performance footwear manufacturing moved to Asia in the 70s and shows no likelihood of moving back. Note that some companies that claim “made in America” are still sourcing their materials from overseas (or the US companies from which they buy their materials are doing so).

We visit and work with our factories multiple times per year.  We also have an on-the-ground manufacturing agent who oversees the factories when we’re not there to ensure that conditions are good, workers are treated fairly, and the shoes are made in compliance with all local laws and regulations. The factories we use treat and pay their workers exceptionally well.

Companies much larger than ours use these same factories and have spent millions of dollars on audits to assure themselves and their wholesale partners about the quality and conditions.

 

 

 

Every time we release a shoe for some specific purpose, like the Speed Force for running, we find that people will do just about anything in it – from hiking to slacklining to weightlifting or using as a day to day shoe.

Trust me, we don’t want to stop you. We think it’s super cool when someone sends us a photo of them at the top of a mountain and the shoe that took them there was our casual Hana 😉

That said, if you’re looking for a specific recommendation, check out our shoe finder here, or contact us directly!
Otherwise, below are some of our most commonly worn shoes for specific activities:

Road Running
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
Z-Trek
EV Z-Trail
Cloud
Genesis

Trail Running
TerraFlex
Mesa Trail
Aqua X Sport
EV Z-Trail

Warm Weather Hiking
DayLite Hiker Fusion
TerraFlex
Mesa Trail
Aqua X Sport
Xcursion Fusion
Z-Trek
EV Z-Trail
Cloud
Naboso Trail

Warm Weather/Beach
Aptos
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
360
Aqua X Sport
Z-Trek
Z-Trail
Genesis
Jessie
Cloud
Naboso Trail
Cassie

Cold Weather Hiking
Alpine
Xcursion Fusion
DayLite Hiker Fusion (with warm socks)
TerraFlex (ditto about the socks)

Weightlifting/CrossFit/Fitness
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
360
Z-Trek
Genesis

Cold weather
Mika
Denver <!–Ashland—>
Xcursion Fusion
Alpine

Office wear
Cassie
Phoenix
Tari
Denver
Prio All-Day
Hana

Travel
All of our shoes are travel friendly because they’re so lightweight and versatile. But we’ve heard many people say they used just one of these for a whole vacation (depending on where they went)
Aptos
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
Hana
Z-Trail
Z-Trek
TerraFlex
Denver
Mika

Casual wear
Aptos
Hana
Prio All-Day
Jessie
Cassie
Alston
Phoenix
Tari <!–Ashland—>
Denver

 

Email [email protected] if you have a suggestion or request for a specific shoe, color, or size. The more demand we have, the greater our ability to make more shoes (this includes making men’s versions of our women’s shoes and visa versa).

The women’s styles will fit more narrow than the men’s. If you are a man with a narrow foot, then you may be prefer the “women’s” sizes. If you are a woman with a wider foot, then you may want to try the “men’s” styles.

The difference in length between men’s and women’s closed toe shoes is 1.5 sizes.

Below is a size conversion chart:

Men’s
Size
Women’s
Size
6.5 8
7 8.5
7.5 9
8 9.5
8.5 10
9 10.5
9.5 11

 

 

Our sandals, since they come in “whole sizes” only have only a 1 size difference between styles. A men’s 8, for example, would be comparable in length to a women’s 9.

 

Currently, our kids sizes range from 11 to youth 4 (Y4) in the Prio.

From there, a women’s 6 will be a half size larger than the Y4.

That means that if your kid wears a youth 5 or up, they can fit into our women’s sizes.

We’re expanding our kids line this year (stay tuned).

And if you want to recommend a new/different size or style, email [email protected]

We would love to give you personal advice, but we are not doctors and can’t give a specific answer or medical advice.

However, we’ve written a few blog posts about plantar fasciitis that you might find helpful:

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-walking/plantar-fasciitis-and-walking-barefoot/

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running/will-barefoot-running-heal-my-injuries/,

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running-tips/can-cure-plantar-fasciitis-barefoot-running/

As you’ll see in the blog posts above, research shows that strengthening your foot can help with plantar fasciitis.

 

Xero Shoes is about promoting the benefits (and comfort and FUN) of natural movement, first and foremost. Whenever we can, though, we make vegan-friendly products.

Sometimes we aren’t able to due to the materials needed to construct a shoe that meets the requirements  of jobs that require, say, a leather shoe.

At this time, the only shoes not vegan-friendly are the Alston, Melbourne, leather Hana, leather Phoenix, which are made of leather, as well as the original Mika, which contains a small amount of wool on the collar. We previously had the Coalton (leather) and Pacifica (wool), though we no longer carry those.

 

Yes, all of our shoes and sandals are zero-drop.

That means the heel isn’t higher than the ball of the foot, for proper posture.

Since our soles are flat, with no built-in arch support, they’re probably the best shoe to use if you decide to add an insole.

So you know, though, our shoes are intentionally designed to let your feet bend, flex, and move naturally. Research shows that “supporting” your arch or immobilizing your foot with an orthotic can make your foot weaker in as little as a few weeks, while even just walking in a minimalist shoe can improve foot muscle strength.

 

We’ve heard from a number of customers who wear CorrectToes with their Xero Shoes.

Most of them are wearing the product with our sandals, but we know of some who wear CorrectToes with our closed-toe shoes also. It will depend, in part, about your foot’s width.

While our shoes are low to the ground for balance and agility, and flexible enough to let your feet bend and move naturally, our shoes are not electrically conductive.

We have heard from some customers who made their Xero Shoes conductive by putting a rivet or grommet through the soles but we do not have any personal experience with this.

Please keep in mind that any alterations to the shoes would not be covered under warranty.

 

Xero Shoes are designed to let your feet do what’s natural — bend, flex, move and feel the world.

Research shows that “supporting” your arch can make your foot weaker in as little as a few weeks, while even just walking in a minimalist shoe can improve foot muscle strength.

We want to let your feet be feet… and support you for life.

The more demand we have for particular shoes or colors, the more we’re able to offer.

Email [email protected] with your suggestions if you’d like to see a certain color or style.

 

Every product’s page gives a recommendation for selecting the correct size.

Also, see our size guidelines at xeroshoes.com/xerofit/.

We understand that ordering shoes online can be hard, especially when the sizing between shoes vary (trust us–we’re working on it!). If you’re still unsure, please email our Customer Happiness team at [email protected].

Also, keep in mind that we offer free domestic exchanges in case you get a size that doesn’t feel right.

 

We find that temperature ratings aren’t very accurate. They vary greatly depending on environmental factors, like humidity and typical weather (a Tennessee snowstorm is quite different from one in Colorado!)

Below is an overview that might help:

Sandals
We hope you don’t have to ask, but in case you do…our sandals will not keep your feet warm.  Add a pair of socks, like ToeSox and you can make it through colder weather. Find some waterproof, insulated socks and you can be one of those people who wears socks all year ’round. Check out what our CEO, Steven Sashen, has done in a Colorado winter

Closed Toe Shoes
Most of our closed-toe shoes are not designed to keep your feet warm. They’ll be just as warm as a traditional closed toe shoe.

Water Resistant Boots and Shoes

The following boots are water resistant, not waterproof. They’ll repel water to a certain degree and keep your feet warm, but they aren’t “trudge through a slushy puddle in the middle of winter” level weatherproof.

If you love the style of one of our water resistant shoes, you can enhance their ability to repel water by adding a waterproof coating, like a Scotch Guard spray or beeswax.

Hana
Mika
Denver

Waterproof Boots

Currently, the Xcursion Fusion hiking boots and Alpine snow boots are our only fully-waterproof options. These shoes are fully waterproof and will keep your feet dry in wet-weather conditions. Bring it on, monsoon!

We design all of our shoes here in Colorado. Xero Shoes are responsibly, ethically, and fairly manufactured in China.

While we would love to manufacture in America, it is literally not possible at this time, in the same way it’s not possible to domestically manufacture the device you’re using to read this answer.

Performance footwear manufacturing moved to Asia in the 70s and shows no likelihood of moving back. Note that some companies that claim “made in America” are still sourcing their materials from overseas (or the US companies from which they buy their materials are doing so).

We visit and work with our factories multiple times per year.  We also have an on-the-ground manufacturing agent who oversees the factories when we’re not there to ensure that conditions are good, workers are treated fairly, and the shoes are made in compliance with all local laws and regulations. The factories we use treat and pay their workers exceptionally well.

Companies much larger than ours use these same factories and have spent millions of dollars on audits to assure themselves and their wholesale partners about the quality and conditions.

 

 

 

Every time we release a shoe for some specific purpose, like the Speed Force for running, we find that people will do just about anything in it – from hiking to slacklining to weightlifting or using as a day to day shoe.

Trust me, we don’t want to stop you. We think it’s super cool when someone sends us a photo of them at the top of a mountain and the shoe that took them there was our casual Hana 😉

That said, if you’re looking for a specific recommendation, check out our shoe finder here, or contact us directly!
Otherwise, below are some of our most commonly worn shoes for specific activities:

Road Running
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
Z-Trek
EV Z-Trail
Cloud
Genesis

Trail Running
TerraFlex
Mesa Trail
Aqua X Sport
EV Z-Trail

Warm Weather Hiking
DayLite Hiker Fusion
TerraFlex
Mesa Trail
Aqua X Sport
Xcursion Fusion
Z-Trek
EV Z-Trail
Cloud
Naboso Trail

Warm Weather/Beach
Aptos
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
360
Aqua X Sport
Z-Trek
Z-Trail
Genesis
Jessie
Cloud
Naboso Trail
Cassie

Cold Weather Hiking
Alpine
Xcursion Fusion
DayLite Hiker Fusion (with warm socks)
TerraFlex (ditto about the socks)

Weightlifting/CrossFit/Fitness
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
360
Z-Trek
Genesis

Cold weather
Mika
Denver <!–Ashland—>
Xcursion Fusion
Alpine

Office wear
Cassie
Phoenix
Tari
Denver
Prio All-Day
Hana

Travel
All of our shoes are travel friendly because they’re so lightweight and versatile. But we’ve heard many people say they used just one of these for a whole vacation (depending on where they went)
Aptos
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
Hana
Z-Trail
Z-Trek
TerraFlex
Denver
Mika

Casual wear
Aptos
Hana
Prio All-Day
Jessie
Cassie
Alston
Phoenix
Tari <!–Ashland—>
Denver

 

Email [email protected] if you have a suggestion or request for a specific shoe, color, or size. The more demand we have, the greater our ability to make more shoes (this includes making men’s versions of our women’s shoes and visa versa).

The women’s styles will fit more narrow than the men’s. If you are a man with a narrow foot, then you may be prefer the “women’s” sizes. If you are a woman with a wider foot, then you may want to try the “men’s” styles.

The difference in length between men’s and women’s closed toe shoes is 1.5 sizes.

Below is a size conversion chart:

Men’s
Size
Women’s
Size
6.5 8
7 8.5
7.5 9
8 9.5
8.5 10
9 10.5
9.5 11

 

 

Our sandals, since they come in “whole sizes” only have only a 1 size difference between styles. A men’s 8, for example, would be comparable in length to a women’s 9.

 

Currently, our kids sizes range from 11 to youth 4 (Y4) in the Prio.

From there, a women’s 6 will be a half size larger than the Y4.

That means that if your kid wears a youth 5 or up, they can fit into our women’s sizes.

We’re expanding our kids line this year (stay tuned).

And if you want to recommend a new/different size or style, email [email protected]

We would love to give you personal advice, but we are not doctors and can’t give a specific answer or medical advice.

However, we’ve written a few blog posts about plantar fasciitis that you might find helpful:

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-walking/plantar-fasciitis-and-walking-barefoot/

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running/will-barefoot-running-heal-my-injuries/,

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running-tips/can-cure-plantar-fasciitis-barefoot-running/

As you’ll see in the blog posts above, research shows that strengthening your foot can help with plantar fasciitis.

 

Xero Shoes is about promoting the benefits (and comfort and FUN) of natural movement, first and foremost. Whenever we can, though, we make vegan-friendly products.

Sometimes we aren’t able to due to the materials needed to construct a shoe that meets the requirements  of jobs that require, say, a leather shoe.

At this time, the only shoes not vegan-friendly are the Alston, Melbourne, leather Hana, leather Phoenix, which are made of leather, as well as the original Mika, which contains a small amount of wool on the collar. We previously had the Coalton (leather) and Pacifica (wool), though we no longer carry those.

 

Yes, all of our shoes and sandals are zero-drop.

That means the heel isn’t higher than the ball of the foot, for proper posture.

Since our soles are flat, with no built-in arch support, they’re probably the best shoe to use if you decide to add an insole.

So you know, though, our shoes are intentionally designed to let your feet bend, flex, and move naturally. Research shows that “supporting” your arch or immobilizing your foot with an orthotic can make your foot weaker in as little as a few weeks, while even just walking in a minimalist shoe can improve foot muscle strength.

 

We’ve heard from a number of customers who wear CorrectToes with their Xero Shoes.

Most of them are wearing the product with our sandals, but we know of some who wear CorrectToes with our closed-toe shoes also. It will depend, in part, about your foot’s width.

While our shoes are low to the ground for balance and agility, and flexible enough to let your feet bend and move naturally, our shoes are not electrically conductive.

We have heard from some customers who made their Xero Shoes conductive by putting a rivet or grommet through the soles but we do not have any personal experience with this.

Please keep in mind that any alterations to the shoes would not be covered under warranty.

 

Xero Shoes are designed to let your feet do what’s natural — bend, flex, move and feel the world.

Research shows that “supporting” your arch can make your foot weaker in as little as a few weeks, while even just walking in a minimalist shoe can improve foot muscle strength.

We want to let your feet be feet… and support you for life.

The more demand we have for particular shoes or colors, the more we’re able to offer.

Email [email protected] with your suggestions if you’d like to see a certain color or style.

 

Every product’s page gives a recommendation for selecting the correct size.

Also, see our size guidelines at xeroshoes.com/xerofit/.

We understand that ordering shoes online can be hard, especially when the sizing between shoes vary (trust us–we’re working on it!). If you’re still unsure, please email our Customer Happiness team at [email protected].

Also, keep in mind that we offer free domestic exchanges in case you get a size that doesn’t feel right.

 

We find that temperature ratings aren’t very accurate. They vary greatly depending on environmental factors, like humidity and typical weather (a Tennessee snowstorm is quite different from one in Colorado!)

Below is an overview that might help:

Sandals
We hope you don’t have to ask, but in case you do…our sandals will not keep your feet warm.  Add a pair of socks, like ToeSox and you can make it through colder weather. Find some waterproof, insulated socks and you can be one of those people who wears socks all year ’round. Check out what our CEO, Steven Sashen, has done in a Colorado winter

Closed Toe Shoes
Most of our closed-toe shoes are not designed to keep your feet warm. They’ll be just as warm as a traditional closed toe shoe.

Water Resistant Boots and Shoes

The following boots are water resistant, not waterproof. They’ll repel water to a certain degree and keep your feet warm, but they aren’t “trudge through a slushy puddle in the middle of winter” level weatherproof.

If you love the style of one of our water resistant shoes, you can enhance their ability to repel water by adding a waterproof coating, like a Scotch Guard spray or beeswax.

Hana
Mika
Denver

Waterproof Boots

Currently, the Xcursion Fusion hiking boots and Alpine snow boots are our only fully-waterproof options. These shoes are fully waterproof and will keep your feet dry in wet-weather conditions. Bring it on, monsoon!

We design all of our shoes here in Colorado. Xero Shoes are responsibly, ethically, and fairly manufactured in China.

While we would love to manufacture in America, it is literally not possible at this time, in the same way it’s not possible to domestically manufacture the device you’re using to read this answer.

Performance footwear manufacturing moved to Asia in the 70s and shows no likelihood of moving back. Note that some companies that claim “made in America” are still sourcing their materials from overseas (or the US companies from which they buy their materials are doing so).

We visit and work with our factories multiple times per year.  We also have an on-the-ground manufacturing agent who oversees the factories when we’re not there to ensure that conditions are good, workers are treated fairly, and the shoes are made in compliance with all local laws and regulations. The factories we use treat and pay their workers exceptionally well.

Companies much larger than ours use these same factories and have spent millions of dollars on audits to assure themselves and their wholesale partners about the quality and conditions.

 

 

 

Every time we release a shoe for some specific purpose, like the Speed Force for running, we find that people will do just about anything in it – from hiking to slacklining to weightlifting or using as a day to day shoe.

Trust me, we don’t want to stop you. We think it’s super cool when someone sends us a photo of them at the top of a mountain and the shoe that took them there was our casual Hana 😉

That said, if you’re looking for a specific recommendation, check out our shoe finder here, or contact us directly!
Otherwise, below are some of our most commonly worn shoes for specific activities:

Road Running
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
Z-Trek
EV Z-Trail
Cloud
Genesis

Trail Running
TerraFlex
Mesa Trail
Aqua X Sport
EV Z-Trail

Warm Weather Hiking
DayLite Hiker Fusion
TerraFlex
Mesa Trail
Aqua X Sport
Xcursion Fusion
Z-Trek
EV Z-Trail
Cloud
Naboso Trail

Warm Weather/Beach
Aptos
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
360
Aqua X Sport
Z-Trek
Z-Trail
Genesis
Jessie
Cloud
Naboso Trail
Cassie

Cold Weather Hiking
Alpine
Xcursion Fusion
DayLite Hiker Fusion (with warm socks)
TerraFlex (ditto about the socks)

Weightlifting/CrossFit/Fitness
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
360
Z-Trek
Genesis

Cold weather
Mika
Denver <!–Ashland—>
Xcursion Fusion
Alpine

Office wear
Cassie
Phoenix
Tari
Denver
Prio All-Day
Hana

Travel
All of our shoes are travel friendly because they’re so lightweight and versatile. But we’ve heard many people say they used just one of these for a whole vacation (depending on where they went)
Aptos
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
Hana
Z-Trail
Z-Trek
TerraFlex
Denver
Mika

Casual wear
Aptos
Hana
Prio All-Day
Jessie
Cassie
Alston
Phoenix
Tari <!–Ashland—>
Denver

 

Email [email protected] if you have a suggestion or request for a specific shoe, color, or size. The more demand we have, the greater our ability to make more shoes (this includes making men’s versions of our women’s shoes and visa versa).

The women’s styles will fit more narrow than the men’s. If you are a man with a narrow foot, then you may be prefer the “women’s” sizes. If you are a woman with a wider foot, then you may want to try the “men’s” styles.

The difference in length between men’s and women’s closed toe shoes is 1.5 sizes.

Below is a size conversion chart:

Men’s
Size
Women’s
Size
6.5 8
7 8.5
7.5 9
8 9.5
8.5 10
9 10.5
9.5 11

 

 

Our sandals, since they come in “whole sizes” only have only a 1 size difference between styles. A men’s 8, for example, would be comparable in length to a women’s 9.

 

Currently, our kids sizes range from 11 to youth 4 (Y4) in the Prio.

From there, a women’s 6 will be a half size larger than the Y4.

That means that if your kid wears a youth 5 or up, they can fit into our women’s sizes.

We’re expanding our kids line this year (stay tuned).

And if you want to recommend a new/different size or style, email [email protected]

We would love to give you personal advice, but we are not doctors and can’t give a specific answer or medical advice.

However, we’ve written a few blog posts about plantar fasciitis that you might find helpful:

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-walking/plantar-fasciitis-and-walking-barefoot/

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running/will-barefoot-running-heal-my-injuries/,

https://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running-tips/can-cure-plantar-fasciitis-barefoot-running/

As you’ll see in the blog posts above, research shows that strengthening your foot can help with plantar fasciitis.

 

Xero Shoes is about promoting the benefits (and comfort and FUN) of natural movement, first and foremost. Whenever we can, though, we make vegan-friendly products.

Sometimes we aren’t able to due to the materials needed to construct a shoe that meets the requirements  of jobs that require, say, a leather shoe.

At this time, the only shoes not vegan-friendly are the Alston, Melbourne, leather Hana, leather Phoenix, which are made of leather, as well as the original Mika, which contains a small amount of wool on the collar. We previously had the Coalton (leather) and Pacifica (wool), though we no longer carry those.

 

Yes, all of our shoes and sandals are zero-drop.

That means the heel isn’t higher than the ball of the foot, for proper posture.

Since our soles are flat, with no built-in arch support, they’re probably the best shoe to use if you decide to add an insole.

So you know, though, our shoes are intentionally designed to let your feet bend, flex, and move naturally. Research shows that “supporting” your arch or immobilizing your foot with an orthotic can make your foot weaker in as little as a few weeks, while even just walking in a minimalist shoe can improve foot muscle strength.

 

We’ve heard from a number of customers who wear CorrectToes with their Xero Shoes.

Most of them are wearing the product with our sandals, but we know of some who wear CorrectToes with our closed-toe shoes also. It will depend, in part, about your foot’s width.

While our shoes are low to the ground for balance and agility, and flexible enough to let your feet bend and move naturally, our shoes are not electrically conductive.

We have heard from some customers who made their Xero Shoes conductive by putting a rivet or grommet through the soles but we do not have any personal experience with this.

Please keep in mind that any alterations to the shoes would not be covered under warranty.

 

Xero Shoes are designed to let your feet do what’s natural — bend, flex, move and feel the world.

Research shows that “supporting” your arch can make your foot weaker in as little as a few weeks, while even just walking in a minimalist shoe can improve foot muscle strength.

We want to let your feet be feet… and support you for life.

The more demand we have for particular shoes or colors, the more we’re able to offer.

Email [email protected] with your suggestions if you’d like to see a certain color or style.

 

Every product’s page gives a recommendation for selecting the correct size.

Also, see our size guidelines at xeroshoes.com/xerofit/.

We understand that ordering shoes online can be hard, especially when the sizing between shoes vary (trust us–we’re working on it!). If you’re still unsure, please email our Customer Happiness team at [email protected].

Also, keep in mind that we offer free domestic exchanges in case you get a size that doesn’t feel right.

 

We find that temperature ratings aren’t very accurate. They vary greatly depending on environmental factors, like humidity and typical weather (a Tennessee snowstorm is quite different from one in Colorado!)

Below is an overview that might help:

Sandals
We hope you don’t have to ask, but in case you do…our sandals will not keep your feet warm.  Add a pair of socks, like ToeSox and you can make it through colder weather. Find some waterproof, insulated socks and you can be one of those people who wears socks all year ’round. Check out what our CEO, Steven Sashen, has done in a Colorado winter

Closed Toe Shoes
Most of our closed-toe shoes are not designed to keep your feet warm. They’ll be just as warm as a traditional closed toe shoe.

Water Resistant Boots and Shoes

The following boots are water resistant, not waterproof. They’ll repel water to a certain degree and keep your feet warm, but they aren’t “trudge through a slushy puddle in the middle of winter” level weatherproof.

If you love the style of one of our water resistant shoes, you can enhance their ability to repel water by adding a waterproof coating, like a Scotch Guard spray or beeswax.

Hana
Mika
Denver

Waterproof Boots

Currently, the Xcursion Fusion hiking boots and Alpine snow boots are our only fully-waterproof options. These shoes are fully waterproof and will keep your feet dry in wet-weather conditions. Bring it on, monsoon!

We design all of our shoes here in Colorado. Xero Shoes are responsibly, ethically, and fairly manufactured in China.

While we would love to manufacture in America, it is literally not possible at this time, in the same way it’s not possible to domestically manufacture the device you’re using to read this answer.

Performance footwear manufacturing moved to Asia in the 70s and shows no likelihood of moving back. Note that some companies that claim “made in America” are still sourcing their materials from overseas (or the US companies from which they buy their materials are doing so).

We visit and work with our factories multiple times per year.  We also have an on-the-ground manufacturing agent who oversees the factories when we’re not there to ensure that conditions are good, workers are treated fairly, and the shoes are made in compliance with all local laws and regulations. The factories we use treat and pay their workers exceptionally well.

Companies much larger than ours use these same factories and have spent millions of dollars on audits to assure themselves and their wholesale partners about the quality and conditions.

 

 

 

Every time we release a shoe for some specific purpose, like the Speed Force for running, we find that people will do just about anything in it – from hiking to slacklining to weightlifting or using as a day to day shoe.

Trust me, we don’t want to stop you. We think it’s super cool when someone sends us a photo of them at the top of a mountain and the shoe that took them there was our casual Hana 😉

That said, if you’re looking for a specific recommendation, check out our shoe finder here, or contact us directly!
Otherwise, below are some of our most commonly worn shoes for specific activities:

Road Running
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
Z-Trek
EV Z-Trail
Cloud
Genesis

Trail Running
TerraFlex
Mesa Trail
Aqua X Sport
EV Z-Trail

Warm Weather Hiking
DayLite Hiker Fusion
TerraFlex
Mesa Trail
Aqua X Sport
Xcursion Fusion
Z-Trek
EV Z-Trail
Cloud
Naboso Trail

Warm Weather/Beach
Aptos
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
360
Aqua X Sport
Z-Trek
Z-Trail
Genesis
Jessie
Cloud
Naboso Trail
Cassie

Cold Weather Hiking
Alpine
Xcursion Fusion
DayLite Hiker Fusion (with warm socks)
TerraFlex (ditto about the socks)

Weightlifting/CrossFit/Fitness
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
360
Z-Trek
Genesis

Cold weather
Mika
Denver <!–Ashland—>
Xcursion Fusion
Alpine

Office wear
Cassie
Phoenix
Tari
Denver
Prio All-Day
Hana

Travel
All of our shoes are travel friendly because they’re so lightweight and versatile. But we’ve heard many people say they used just one of these for a whole vacation (depending on where they went)
Aptos
Speed Force
HFS
Prio
Hana
Z-Trail
Z-Trek
TerraFlex
Denver
Mika

Casual wear
Aptos
Hana
Prio All-Day
Jessie
Cassie
Alston
Phoenix
Tari <!–Ashland—>
Denver

 

Email [email protected] if you have a suggestion or request for a specific shoe, color, or size. The more demand we have, the greater our ability to make more shoes (this includes making men’s versions of our women’s shoes and visa versa).

The women’s styles will fit more narrow than the men’s. If you are a man with a narrow foot, then you may be prefer the “women’s” sizes. If you are a woman with a wider foot, then you may want to try the “men’s” styles.

The difference in length between men’s and women’s closed toe shoes is 1.5 sizes.

Below is a size conversion chart:

Men’s
Size
Women’s
Size
6.5 8
7 8.5
7.5 9
8 9.5
8.5 10
9 10.5
9.5 11

 

 

Our sandals, since they come in “whole sizes” only have only a 1 size difference between styles. A men’s 8, for example, would be comparable in length to a women’s 9.

 

Currently, our kids sizes range from 11 to youth 4 (Y4) in the Prio.

From there, a women’s 6 will be a half size larger than the Y4.

That means that if your kid wears a youth 5 or up, they can fit into our women’s sizes.

We’re expanding our kids line this year (stay tuned).

And if you want to recommend a new/different size or style, email [email protected]

When you sign up, you’ll get a special link (“affiliate link”) to use to promote Xero Shoes. You can share this link on your social media, in emails, any website you have, or even in person. 

You’ll also get access to ready-made banners, images, and other creative assets you can use in your promotions. 

You’ll earn commissions on sales made by people who are first referred to Xero Shoes by you, through your affiliate link or the promotional assets we give you. 

In addition to the commission you’ll earn from your referral’s first purchase, Xero Shoes offers “Lifetime Commissions.” This means that you’ll earn commissions on all the future purchases your referred customer makes, regardless of how or when they come back to XeroShoes.com or XeroShoes.eu.

Still have questions? Email [email protected]

Log in at http://xeroshoes.com/affiliates and you will find your affiliate link near the top of the page. 

You will find banners, images, and other promotional assets when you click on Promotions (in the left-hand navigation menu), then Banners and Links.

More about these in a moment.

There are 2 ways to do that, one if you don’t have your own website (or are promoting somewhere other than your site, like Facebook), and the other if you do have your own website. Here are the instructions for each of those options:
  • If you don’t have a website or are promoting somewhere other than your site:
 To link to a specific page, either with a ready-made banner or a regular text link, go to your affiliate dashboard, then click on “Promotions” then “Banners and Links.” From there, you can search for a particular asset, like “Prio” to find direct links to the Prio page or “Shoe Finder” to get a link to our Shoe Finder Quiz. If the page you want to promote isn’t listed here, you can create a “Dynamic Link” to that page. Watch this video to learn how.
  1. If you have your own website and want to promote a specific product/page:
If you have your own site, you can use “Direct Linking” to promote any page/product on our website… and you don’t need to use your affiliate link. Also, you can use either the banners/images we provide, or your own images.  To set up Direct Linking, go to your affiliate dashboard, then click on Promotions, then click on Direct Link URLs. Fill in your domain’s name in the “Pattern” section using the syntax *sitename.com*.  If you want to see if you’ve entered the Pattern correctly, enter the URL for some page on your site in the Real URL section and then click Check. When the testing passes, then click Add URL. We will then review your Direct Link to make sure it’s valid. If it is, we will approve it for use. Once your Direct Link is approved, you can then link to any page on XeroShoes.com or XeroShoes.eu with a “normal” link (e.g. <a href=”https://xeroshoes.com/somepage/”>Click Here</a>), and our software will recognize that you sent that visitor and will link them to your affiliate account (if they first came to our site through your referral).

Yes. Even though you’re setting up your account at XeroShoes.com, you can use your affiliate link to promote either or both sites.

If you want to promote XeroShoes.com, use xeroshoes.com/go/username. To direct people to XeroShoes.eu, just substitute “.eu” for “.com” like this: xeroshoes.eu/go/username.

Under Banners and Links you’ll find ready-made banners, links, and other creative assets specifically made for .com and .eu.

We don’t offer discount codes to incentivise new customers. Instead keep our prices as low as possible (and lower than our competitors).

Log in at http://xeroshoes.com/affiliates and click on to Reports to see a traffic overview, including clicks, commissions, and more.

The program is powered by Post Affiliate Pro, the leading affiliate tracking software. Post Affiliate Pro is used by thousands of Internet merchants and affiliates world-wide and it uses a combination of methods to track referrals for highest possible reliability. 

Xero Shoes has been using Post Affiliate Pro for over a decade and has paid commissions every month during that time.

First, it takes about 15-30 minutes until the affiliate software updates and shows the clicks and/or commissions from people you referred.

Secondly, a prospect or customer is assigned to the first affiliate who referred that person to Xero Shoes. So, if your referral came to XeroShoes.com or XeroShoes.eu before clicking on your affiliate link, they’re not linked to you.

Next, sometimes people *think* they clicked on your affiliate link, but may not have.

If you aren’t seeing a referral or commission that you believe you should, contact [email protected] and we’ll investigate. If there is an actual problem, we can correct it, however, Post Affiliate Pro’s tracking system is very rarely wrong.

Transactions are most often declined when someone’s credit card is declined, usually from a typo. More often than not, you’ll see a second transaction immediately after that did go through, marked “pending”.

We pay commissions monthly based on the following formula:

When a referred customer makes a purchase, any commission is marked as “Pending.” To allow a grace period for returns or other adjustments, we wait for 30 days before the commission status is changed to “Approved.” Commissions are then paid on the 5th of the following month, with a minimum payout of $20.

For example, if someone you refer to our site makes a purchase on January 20th, the commission is marked as “Approved” on February 20th, and paid on March 5th, assuming your total commissions due is over $20. 

If you haven’t reached the $20 threshold, the commissions will “roll over” to subsequent months until you have, and then you will receive your commission payment.

The affiliate program is designed to reward people for spreading the word about Xero Shoes. It’s not a discount program. Affiliates do not earn commissions on their own orders.

Yes, the basics of affiliate marketing and most useful tips are described in your affiliate panel. You can also find some tips and techniques in our affiliate newsletter, which you’ll get when you become an affiliate.

If you are serious with earning your income as an affiliate, we recommend Rosalind Gardner’s excellent SuperAffiliate Handbook.