It depends on how sweaty your feet get and what the lining of your boot is made of. If you have a fully seam-sealed waterproof boot, and you wear it barefoot, be prepared to deal with moisture. A boot with less waterproofing will breathe more and be better for bare feet.
Well, no shoe or boot is going to fit EVERYONE and all foot shapes. But we make Xero Shoes with a wider toe box to let feet spread and splay naturally.
What’s good for flat feet is making them strong by USING them. If your boot doesn’t let your foot flex naturally, then, no. If it does, then yes. We make Xero Shoes boots so that your feet can do what’s natural and support you for life.
Simple. Your feet are meant to bend and move and flex and FEEL the world. If you don’t let them do their job, the function of balance and agility tries (unsuccessfully) to move “upstream” into your ankle, your knee, your hip, and your back. A lightweight, minimalist boot that lets your foot do what’s natural […]
That depends on the boot. Contact the manufacturer for details. Typically, to resole a boot, you need to be able to remove the outsole (the rubber part that hits the ground) without damaging the padding. Or you need to be able to remove the midsole padding as well, while still having a way to reattach […]
Typically, there are 3 differences between a boot for hikes vs. one for snow: Snow boots are often taller, coming up higher on the calf or even to the knee Snow boots have different treads to handle ice and snow rather than dirt, gravel, skree, etc. Snow boots will have more insulation and, often, heat […]
It depends on your needs and the requirements of your job. If you need the protection of a steel toe, then most hiking boots will not suffice. If your job requires your boots to have protective certification, then no.
Since many hiking boots are synthetic, many are vegan-friendly, using no animal products. Xero Shoes hiking boots are 100% vegan friendly.
In fact, if you’re not comfortable walking in hiking boots, you won’t be comfortable hiking in them. The problem is that most boots are too stiff for walking. So, ideally, you want a boot that’s flexible enough to let your feet move naturally, and wide enough for your toes to spread and splay.
Not all hiking boots are waterproof… even the ones that say “waterproof” on the label! There are 3 types of construction that have different levels of water resistance. Some boot uppers use a material that’s naturally water resistant, or treated with water resistant materials Some walking boots and hiking boots have a water resistant membrane […]