Stimulate Your Feet with Naboso Technology

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Looking for a stronger stimulation and more powerful impact on the proprioceptive system while you’re wearing shoes? Put a Naboso textured insole in your Xero Shoes!

“Naboso” means “barefoot” in Czech, and the Naboso technology and Naboso insoles were developed by Dr. Emily Splichal, a podiatrist committed to natural movement and the benefits barefoot.

My (Steven Sashen) personal experience with Naboso was, frankly, surprising. For years, I’ve tried various “stimulating” insoles and never noticed anything other than how uncomfortable they were.

So it was with great trepidation that I tried the Naboso proprioceptive insoles. After all, didn’t want to call Emily and tell her that they, like all the insoles before them, had no effect!

I didn’t have to make that call because I was shocked by the effect… 

I trimmed them to fit my Prio shoes, replaced the insoles in my Prio with the Nabosos, and wore the insoles for a few hours — I could FEEL them, but they weren’t too uncomfortable. When I took them off is when the surprise hit me.

As I walked around barefoot, I could feel my feet engaging more, gripping more. They felt stronger and more active. My calves, too, felt like they were spring-loaded. I had more bounce in my step.

I keep the Naboso insoles in my Prio for every activity — for walking, running, hiking, working out. Every now and then, though, I give my feet and my nervous system a “rest” — either by wearing a different shoe, or taking out the Naboso insoles.

Some people wear thin socks when they want a bit less stimulation.

Naboso® “Activation” Insole Features:

  • 1.5mm patent-pending pyramidal two-point discrimination texture
  • 3mm total thickness
  • Higher level stimulation to increase energy and offset fatigue
  • Freedom of rotation to support movement efficiency
  • Cut to your own size options

Recommended for:

  • Use at work, in the gym and throughout the day
  • Enhancing foot awareness to improve balance & increase movement efficiency
  • Maximum foot stimulation to energize your step and reduce foot ache
  • Improving postural awareness and balance when standing and walking

Naboso® “Performance” Insole Features:

  • 1.5mm patent-pending two point discrimination texture
  • 3mm total thickness
  • Moderate level stimulus to enhance performance
  • Freedom of rotation and movement to increase agility
  • Thin enough to fit into any cleat or athletic shoe
  • Cut to your own size options

Recommended for:

  • Use on the field, court or track
  • Enhancing foot awareness to improve speed and reaction time
  • Enhancing skin perfusion and peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Improving postural awareness and balance when in motion

Naboso® “Duo” Insole Features:

  • Reversible, dual-stimulating silicone
  • Combines the “Activation” and “Performance” insole products into one, with 1.5mm patent-pending pyramidal two-point discrimination texture on one side and 1.5mm patent-pending two point discrimination texture on the other side.
  • 3mm total thickness
  • Higher level stimulation to increase energy and offset fatigue
  • Freedom of rotation to support movement efficiency
  • Cut to your own size options

Recommended for:

  • Use at work, in the gym and throughout the day
  • Enhancing foot awareness to improve balance & increase movement efficiency
  • Maximum foot stimulation to energize your step and reduce foot ache
  • Improving postural awareness and balance when standing and walking

You can add Naboso insoles in ANY of our shoes and boots, but since the Naboso insole colors match some of our HFS colors, we’re showing them off together in the pics at the top of the page.

Use the size guide, below for your Naboso insoles. Remember, you can trim them to fit, so if you’re unsure, go up a size.

Naboso® insoles in a Sandal?

If you are interested in using Naboso foot stimulating technology with sandals, you are in luck! Xero Shoes has partnered with Naboso to bring you the “Naboso Trail”, a special version of our classic Z-Trail Sandal, and the world’s first sandal with proprioceptive technology built-in!

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AM
10/22/2021
Adam M.
US US

Intense, but in a good way!

I usually just wear my Prios with no insoles, barefoot or with thin socks on. I picked these up to see how it might help my workouts, and was pleasantly surprised! It started by wearing them while barefoot during my warmups, but removed them for my actual exercise as I found them a little intense at first. I did notice improved stimulation and responsiveness in my motions. When I do choose to utilize the 'Duo' feature and wear them during my workout I'll wear some thin socks to help take the edge off as they are a little less soft than I am used to. I wear them around daily when I can, but take breaks to mix it up and prevent building up a familiarity or tolerance to them which can reduce their effects. So far they are great and I can feel the benefits in my feet and stride. I will definitely buy these again when they start to wear down. Looking forward to getting a pair of Xero sandals with this feature built in when the warm weather comes back around!

DR
09/03/2021
Dennis R.
US US

Don’t stay in place

Sorry to say that the inserts are not even close to being worth the investment. I wear the Xero shoe slip on Hana model with no socks. The inserts feel fine and do stimulate my feet, whenever I first start wearing them. However, as the day goes on they start to creep back towards my heal and eventually over the heal which becomes very irritated. I have to wear them upside down to keep them in place which defeats the purpose for purchasing them. Also, when I remove my shoes the insert comes out due to the moisture on my sockless feet. Wish there was a way to keep them in place.

SF
08/29/2021
Susanna F.

Perfecto Duo

Having read the reviews I expected the need to break my feet into using these slowly and maybe wearing socks. For me, no need. Using activation gave an instant foot buzz which was felt in the nerves up my back and into my shoulders and neck. Not at all painful but definitely makes you hyper aware of your entire sole, toes, posture and weight placement. First time, wore them for a couple of hours before turning over to performance mode for a zumba class. Initial reaction was how alive my feet felt and that my balance had immediately improved. The foot stimulation was a little distracting but in a good way as though I had a secret advantage and did the class with a big smile. The foot buzz lasts too and think I may be addicted.

MD
08/23/2021
Michelle D.
US US

They are pretty good but they made my shoe tighter.

NS
07/12/2021
Nicholas S.
US US

Very Stimulating

I really like this product. They make you focus even more attention on your feet. If you're like me, you may still want to wear socks. For me, they are too stimulating without. This is something to which you may have to build up some tolerance. If you want to focus more on your feet in your workout I definitely recommend them.

SW
05/24/2021
Stephen W.
US US

I love them

The only issue I have with them is they run up the back of my heel. But they do help with my feet feeling more. Neuropathy sucks, and these help my feet feel more!

JH
05/22/2021
Jason H.
US US

Easy to install and comfortable

They were extremely easy to cut to size and fit into the shoe. I used my existing insoles as a "jig" to trace around these using a sharpie then cut them with a decent pair of scissors. Fits like an insole! I do enjoy using them while walking around town, but probably won't take them on a trail yet as I'm still getting used to them. They feel amazing on my feet though.

WW
05/18/2021
William W.
US US

Great Insoles

I think these are a great option in the Xero lineup for their shoes!

JR
05/15/2021
jeffrey r.
US US

Naboso Insoles

I love the Insoles. They keep my feet energized all day long.

CH
05/09/2021
Clint H.
US US

Loved these inserts

This is my second pair of these inserts. They are quite sharp feeling at first, but after a couple weeks wearing thin socks with them, they are worn down just enough to start wearing bare footed. They are pretty nice after that.