Stimulate Your Feet with Naboso Technology


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Product Description

Looking for a stronger stimulation and more powerful impact on the proprioceptive system while you’re wearing shoes? Put a “Naboso 1.5” 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 1.5. 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 Naboso 1.5, 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.

The Naboso 1.5 includes:

  • 1.5mm patent-pending texture technology
  • 3.5mm total thickness
  • evidence-based hardness to maximize stimulation
  • freedom of rotation and triplanar movement
  • cut to your own size options

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.

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A Xero Shoes Customer
John P.
They're comfortable

They're comfortable. Hard to know if they are working, I assume so. I have two pairs - one each for each of my Pacific's - which sadly are being discontinued!

Hans P.
Naboso insoles for old age too

Looking for how to get a better balance in walking (86 years, but still active) and Skiking, a kind of cross-country skiing on wheels, I read about the Naboso insoles from a newsletter of Xero Shoes. I bought them immediately. Because I have bad hearing I know the sensation of a greater world of sound when I put my hearing device in my ears. When I put the Naboso insoles in place of the standard insoles of my Xero Terraflex shoes I had a comparable sensation of my feeling of the ground. Even with socks! With the better sensation I felt more control of the movements of my feet while walking. Also consequently to this sensation with Skiking, somewhat comparable to inline skating, with the Naboso soles in my shoes I experienced that I could better sense and maintain the right -vertical- position of the skates when skating, even when tired. So I experienced that the soles really enhance the interaction between me, my feet, and the ground And I think that this is not only useful for sportive activities but also for people (older, like me) with impaired balance and/or neurological problems in their feet. Or, perhaps better, for everybody. I wear them all day.

Daniel P.
Naboso Insoles— depends on how you use them

I have relatively tender feet so as a general matter I found the use of the Naboso insoles required wearing some socks to reduce the stimulation. Then the feeling from the insoles was very nice for limited periods, and left my feet feeling relaxed. However there was a big difference in their suitability for different shoes in my opinion. They worked really well in the Prios where the footbed is flat from side to side in the shoe. This allowed the Naboso to lay flat. However in my Terraflex and Xcursion the footbed curves up at the sides where the shoe uppers meet the sole. This requires the Naboso to curve at the edges. Given its thickness this put pressure on the sides of my feet and hand them much less comfortable than in the Prio.

Andrew S.
No more foot pain!

I was working 8 hr days on concrete floors and experienced heel pain and foot aches...I was skeptical of these, but had heard some things about the importance of textured terrain for foot health, so I gave these a try. Totally exceeded expectations! From day one, NO MORE FOOT PAIN, I am comfortable all day long at work! totally worth it! I even wear them for running and feel that my form is noticeably better with them. I do wear them barefoot, and feel that is necessary for them to work. That is the only downside...I clean them with a brush in my bathtub once a week...totally worth it!

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John P.
First time

So far so good,

Donald B.
Great Help

The Naboso Proprioceptive Insoles have been essential to my improved posture. Using the insoles in my Prio shoes has alleviated the pain I was experiencing in my heel.

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Stanley B.
Love these insoles

I was curious about them, but bought them to help with a pair of shoes that were a bit too large, and they did work perfectly for that purpose, but they are so much more. I wear them in all of my shoes now and will buy the sandals next summer. I love how they make my feet tingle, and provide more of that sense of my toes literally gripping the ground. I highly recommend these insoles.

Dena G.
Surprisingly Comfy!

Today is my first day of wearing the Naboso insoles and let me say that they are SO worth the investment! I am at work, and my feet aren’t hurting yet (which they usually do by now). Happy happy happy!!

Chris M.

They are a nice upgrade to my Hanas. I wear these everyday at work - maybe excessive - but I like how they feel on my feet. True to description, they seem to enhance that ground feel that I already got with my Hanas. Also the sensation they described after taking off my shoes is pretty remarkable - just like my feet are gripping the ground. I have a pair of Z-Trails but now I wish I had the Z-Trails with the naboso top!

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laura s.
Naboso insoles trained my feet to feel!

After wearing these insoles for about 30 days, I could not tolerate my “golf shoes” any longer…and actually played 18 holes barefoot last week (with spectacular results). I let my feet “read the greens”!

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