GENESIS SIZE GUIDE
The Genesis sandal fits true to size.* Since the foot is three-dimensional, any two-dimensional measuring tool, such as a ruler or Brannock device®, can only approximate your true shoe size. Manufacturers model their shoes on different foot shapes, so sizing may vary accordingly. *Please note our sizing recommendations are based on customer feedback and do not ensure a proper fit.

Free exchanges within the US

We offer free US exchanges on new and unworn shoes. Read our full policy here Exchange Policy

Points to consider for sizing:

  • The Genesis sandal is a unisex style. For example a men's 7 is the same exact shoe as a women's 8.
  • The sole of the Genesis is very thin and flexible. We recommend a snug fit for this style.
  • Click here to see a comparison chart to help choose the perfect Xero sandal for you!

2 Simple Steps to the Correct Fit

  1. Find your usual shoe size on the chart below.
  2. Verify the fit by printing the appropriate size template and comparing it to your foot. This step is very important for getting a great fit the first time.

Size Chart and Templates

Note: Be sure to print the templates at Actual Size (100% Scale) and verify with a ruler after printing.

Watch the video below to see how to use the template. For the Genesis, the toe post position is very important:

Genesis (unisex sizing)
Men's Size Women's Size Print Template
5 6 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
6 7 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
7 8 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
8 9 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
9 10 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
10 11 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
11 12 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
12 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
13 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
14 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template

Note: Be sure to print the templates at Actual Size (100% Scale) and verify with a ruler after printing.

We want to make sure you get the correct size and enjoy your Xero Shoes. If you have any questions, call us at 303.447.3100 or email us.

 

Genesis - Lightweight, Packable, Travel-Friendly Sandal - Men

$39.99

Simplicity in motion. A ready-to-wear barefoot-inspired sandal for travel, walking, hiking, yoga, working out, paddling, even running ultra marathons.

Do everything. Go everywhere. Naturally.

The Genesis fits true to size.
 
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Product Description

The simplest, most versatile sandal your feet will ever love.

We’ll let Xero Shoes expert, Randy Kreill, tell you about the Genesis:


Start enjoying your Xero Shoes Genesis just moments after they arrive in your mailbox.

It’s called the Genesis because it was inspired by our first product, our DIY sandal kit, and one of mankind’s first footwear designs. Then, of course, we updated it with the experience we’ve had and feedback we’ve gotten, from making barefoot-friendly sandals since 2009.

Why you’ll love the Genesis:

  • The right combination of barefoot-friendly ground feel plus protection, thanks to our exclusive 5mm FeelTrue® rubber outsoles
  • Lightweight – men’s 9 is only 4.6 ounces each
  • Elegant contour to hold your foot, but without unnecessary support
  • Pre-laced — just slide in your foot and go
  • Patent-pending tension adjustment system — find the perfect fit in seconds, and then you can slide your Xeros on and off in a flash
  • Super soft toe loop — since the huaraches-inspired lacing goes around your entire foot, you don’t feel the toe loop the way you do in a flip-flop or other thong sandal
  • Nylon Achilles strap with Silicone grip — holds on securely and comfortably
  • Elevated ankle holes — the lace never touches the ground, and so it won’t abrade
  • Trim to fit — with just kitchen scissors, you can trim the Genesis to match your foot shape
  • Vegan-friendly
  • 5,000-mile sole warranty! (Details here).

 

Size Recommendation

The Genesis sandal fits true to size.* You can confirm your size with the printable templates below.

Since the foot is three-dimensional, any two-dimensional measuring tool, such as a ruler or Brannock device®, can only approximate your true shoe size. Manufacturers model their shoes on different foot shapes, so sizing may vary accordingly.

*Please note our sizing recommendations are based on customer feedback and do not ensure a proper fit.

Free exchanges within the US

We offer free US exchanges on new and unworn shoes. Read our full policy here Exchange Policy

Points to consider for sizing:

  • The Genesis sandal is a unisex style. For example a men’s 7 is the same exact shoe as a women’s 8.
  • The sole of the Genesis is very thin and flexible. We recommend a snug fit for this style.
  • Click here to see a comparison chart to help choose the perfect Xero sandal for you!

2 Simple Steps to the Correct Fit

  1. Find your usual shoe size on the chart below.
  2. Verify the fit by printing the appropriate size template and comparing it to your foot. This step is very important for getting a great fit the first time.

Size Chart and Templates

Note: Be sure to print the templates at Actual Size (100% Scale) and verify with a ruler after printing.

Watch the video below to see how to use the template. For the Genesis, the toe post position is very important:

Genesis (unisex sizing)
Men’s Size Women’s Size Print Template
5 6 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
6 7 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
7 8 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
8 9 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
9 10 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
10 11 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
11 12 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
12 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
13 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template
14 Barefoot Sandal Template Click to print Template

Note: Be sure to print the templates at Actual Size (100% Scale) and verify with a ruler after printing.

How to adjust your sandals for a perfect fit

Follow these simple video instructions to get the “just right” tension.

We want to make sure you get the correct size and enjoy your Ventures. If you have any questions, call us at 303.447.3100 or email us.

We don’t currently have a way to let you select different laces when you order, but if you’re adventurous, you can buy extra laces and swap them out with the ones that come with your Genesis (it’s pretty simple to do).

The Genesis and Cloud are ready-to-wear barefoot-inspired sandals. For our kits you, well, have to make them 😉

Both products use our exclusive FeelTrue® rubber, the only outsole product made specifically for barefoot style sandals.

The Genesis’s sole is 5mm thick, compared to either 4mm or 6mm on the DIY kits. The Cloud has 3mm of Barefoam™ in the forefoot for a bit of extra comfort and lighter weight (the Clouds float!)

The Cloud and Genesis have a soft toe post, so there’s no knot under your foot.

The Cloud and Genesis have a simpler lacing system with a patent-pending adjustment technology that let’s you get a perfect fit in just seconds.

The ankle holes on the Cloud and Genesis are raised off the ground so the lace can’t abrade.

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You can use almost anything for lacing huaraches.

In my testing, though, I found some issues with hemp and leather that I didn’t like:

  • Both leather and hemp tended to stretch, especially when moist
  • Both leather and hemp tighten and stiffen when they dry
  • Both leather and hemp wear out faster than our polyester laces
  • Leather is much more expensive
  • Most leather laces are rectangular, and the edges can dig into your skin
  • Leather, isn’t vegan (for those who care about that)
  • Leather and hemp don’t give you as many fun color choices

The 100% polyester cord we use is strong, light, and doesn’t stretch or tighten, especially when wet.

Also, I prefer the “slip-on” method of tying which works best with a round lace, rather than a flat one (like leather).

Needless to say, you can replace the lace we send you with whatever you like.

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Please go to Xero Shoes Return Policy page to learn about our 45-day return policy.

We do! We’ve sold Xero Shoes to people in more than 85 countries around the world.
We use the US Postal service to send our shipments. The cost to ship will depend on the weight of the package and the delivery speed you select; several options will be provided at checkout.

All domestic shipments come with tracking. Limited tracking is available for some first class international shipments depending on the country, and full tracking is available with all Priority Express and Express International shipments.

Though almost all of our international orders arrive without incident, we strongly advise you to select Priority Express International or Express International if you live in a country with a less reliable postal service, including (but not limited to) India, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, and Indonesia. We cannot guarantee delivery of packages shipped using First Class International.

International delivery can take anywhere from 3 days to 8 weeks depending on how long your order spends in customs at the border.

Please note that some countries do require the payment of import duties for international shipments above a certain value. We advise you to know the import regulations of your country and understand that you will be responsible for payment of any duties and fees imposed by your government at the border.

All packages will be marked as merchandise; as a commercial shipper, we are not able to mark a package as a gift (if you’re giving Xero Shoes as a gift, that’s not the same as us sending a gift).
Also, check our Stores page. There may be a Xero Shoes dealer closer to you.

After you purchase a gift certificate, you’ll be able to enter an email address for the recipient.

You could email it to yourself and forward it at a later time if you like.

You can also take the Gift Certificate code and send it to the recipient.

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Caring for your Genesis Sandals

To clean your Genesis sandals, hand wash with warm water, mild soap and allow them to air dry.

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JV
06/07/2019
jesse v.
US

Great so far!

These sandals have been great so far. They're easy to pack on a trip, light, great quality, minimal, and overall look awesome on my feet. My wife is thinking about buying a pair herself. I didn't give it a 5 star because there a few cons. For one, it takes awhile to get used to. The nylon strap rubbed a bit too much between my toes, but now it's comfy after many wears. I also don't like the floppy noise it makes when you're walking on pavement (front sole) - I tried tightening it up but still makes a flop sound. It does take time to get use to and your feet will probably hurt after a few minutes, but trust me it gets better. If you're thinking about purchasing a pair, I highly recommend them!

MB
06/02/2019
Michelle B.
US

Amazing

I bought the Genesis for my husband and he is very picky about his sandals. He has very high arches so many times we can’t find sandals that don’t hurt his feet. He absolutely loves the Genesis sandal it feels like he is wearing nothing and he loves that they adjust he has very slender feet so many sandals don’t fit him that well but be able to adjust they fit him well! He gives Genesis 2 enthusiastic thumbs up

DF
06/01/2019
Daniel F.
US

Ditched my heavy running shoes

Love these sandals!

JL
06/01/2019
Joshua L.
US

Great

The sandals are as advertised. Made well, look good, and already others who have seen them are asking where I got them.

JC
05/26/2019
juan c.
US

Loving them!

Besides the cool looking, so comfortable and great to be walking /running around. I've been using raramuri type of sandals and , even though I love them, I find the Xero even more happy to be around .

J
05/24/2019
Jerid

Strong sandals

I've been using these as "shower shoes" and stream crossing footwear while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. They haver held together great, and I haven't had any issues with them (and I've crossed some very fast-flowing streams!). I don't think you could find a better sandal in it's class. I liked them so much I decided to order the trek and trail sandals as well for the more robust/comfortable strap system they have. I couldn't decide whether I'd like the trail's or trek's better, so I decided to just buy and love both :). The genesis for me are fantastic as secondary footwear on long hikes because of their weight, simplistic design, and durability, whereas the trail's and trek's seem like they would be fantastic as primary footwear for shorter hikes and excursions (not to mention comfortable blister-recovery footwear in between long hikes in normal shoes).

C
05/21/2019
chris

fantastic

I have been walking and trying to run in VFF for about a year now and slowly building up the running in them. I then stumbled across the Running For Real Podcast with Tini Muir and l listened to the episode with none other than Mr Steven Sashen about his transition into barefoot running and the start of his business. It inspired me to buy a pair of his genesis sandals.... I paid a little more for postage for next day delivery (I'm a see it want it now person). when they arrived I put them on and adjusted the straps and went out for a quick run/walk of 5k. What can I say, it felt fantastic, well until the next day when I calf's were killing me. I waited a few days and then went out and ran again, this time I went further than I have ever run in minimalist shoes and I don't no why but it feels so much more natural than in heavy trainers... I have a long way to go but one other thank to note is that the pain in my knees and back whilst running in trainers I do not experience whilst running in the xero shoes. I don't want to get my hopes up but maybe my pain free running will carry on. xxxxx

ZR
05/19/2019
Zeke R.
US

Genesis

Love them! Wife and kids want a pair as well.

CC
05/17/2019
Clayton C.
US

Genesis sandal

Overall I really like these sandals. Super light. Only issue was on getting left foot sandal adjusted to get good fit, took about 3 attempts to get it right. Initial adjustment for right foot went well on first try.

BP
05/16/2019
Brice P.
US

I’m not sure how you would improve this sandal

I’m not sure how you would improve this sandal. I love the original DIY version of these sandals. But I had some complaints. Upgrading to these basically solved all the things that I didn’t care for with the DIY version. You guys really hit a home run with this version. Please don’t change it.

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