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

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
15 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 - Women

$44.99

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.
  • 5,000 mile sole warrantySole warranty
  • Over 71,000 5 star reviews!71,000+ 5-star reviews!
  • Natural Fit, Feel and MotionNatural feel

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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:


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.

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

Why you’ll love the Genesis:

  • The right combination of barefoot-friendly ground feel plus protection, thanks to our exclusive 5mm FeelTrue® rubber outsoles
  • Elegant contour to hold your foot, but without unnecessary support
  • Lightweight – Women’s 7 is only 4 ounces each
  • 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 many flip-flops or other thong sandals
  • 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).

 

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
15 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.

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 toe loop, so there’s no knot under your foot.

The Cloud and Genesis have a simpler lacing system with a patented adjustment technology that lets 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.

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.

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.

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

Caring for your Genesis Sandals

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

Customer Reviews
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JV
06/08/2024
JJ V.

More delicate and uncomfortable than I would like.

These shoes are sadly not living up to my hopes, and frankly after only about a month of fairly continual use have already died. They always gave me a toe ******, which I didn't love. And the little button on the underside of the attachment between your toes is like stepping on an uncomfortable little rock every time you take a step even on flat ground, especially if it’s a hard surface. (At least for a person like me who strikes with the ball of my foot first.) The Aqua Clouds are a bit better in this regard than the genesis sandals, because they have more foamy padding, and while I generally don’t like that better in a shoe it is helpful when you have this Little Rock sensation to contend with. I eventually tried using my pocket knife to shave off the little xero shoes logo on the bottom of the button, and that helped a little. I would recommend zero shoes to consider reducing the thickness of the button, and or embossing the logo in to the surface instead of adding it in raised plastic on the surface thus making it even thicker. Both versions have clunky plastic hardware on the heal strap that lends the experience of stepping on legos when you try to toe them off handsfree (or that was my experience). My biggest complaint with these shoes though is that they died to soon. The toe of the sole would occasionally catch on unevennesses in the ground, and because the bottom button is so big that it can’t be pulled through the sole and then put back like I had happen with my Jessie sandals which were my vary favorite barefoot sandals while they lasted. after it happened a few times the little button just popped off and flew away never to be seen again, and my shoes are pretty much broken. If the sole where even more flexible it might be able to bend backwards without ripping tho toe strap out, but as it is they are prone to exploding when you snag the toe on anything.

06/11/2024

Xero Shoes

We're truly sorry to hear about your disappointing experience with our sandals. Your feedback is invaluable to us, and we appreciate you taking the time to share your detailed thoughts. We understand the importance of comfort and durability in our products, and it's disheartening to hear that the sandals didn't meet your expectations in these areas. We apologize for any discomfort caused by the toe wedgie sensation and the discomfort from the button on the underside of the attachment between your toes. We'll certainly take your suggestions into consideration for future improvements, including reducing the thickness of the button and exploring different methods for the logo placement. Additionally, we apologize for any inconvenience caused by the clunky plastic hardware on the heel strap. Your feedback about the durability of the sandals is also crucial, and we'll review the design to see if there are ways to improve the longevity of the product. We value your business and want to ensure that you're fully satisfied with your purchase. Please don't hesitate to reach out to our customer happiness team for assistance anytime. We're here to help find a solution that works for you. Thank you for sharing your experience with us, and we hope to have the opportunity to serve you better in the future.

SR
05/30/2024
Sarah R.
US US

Great Sandals!

These are very comfortable! A little difficult to adjust the straps, but they are true to size, so needed very little adjusting anyways 🙂

AH
05/25/2024
Amber H.
US US

Love them! Light, comfy, and adjustable.

These sandals are exactly as described and I adore them! They are very lightweight and stylish. It is awesome I can wear them to my office job and not have to change before going on a lunchbreak walk! The adjustability is my favorite-being able to modify the straps has these fitting perfectly! Thank you for these fabulous and comfortable sandals!!

CC
05/20/2024
Cynthia C.
US US

Almost perfect

There are so many things I love about these sandals. They realky are the next best thing to bare feet, they look good, they are easy to clean, and they seem like they will hold up well. My only issue is that the part between my toes is uncomfortable on my right foot, so I can't wear them for extended periods of time. I have adjusted them a few times and I don't think that's the problem. I'm hoping over time my foot will toughen up or adapt because I really would love to live in these all summer.

05/22/2024

Xero Shoes

It's wonderful to hear that you love many aspects of your Xero Shoes sandals, from their barefoot feel to their appearance and durability. We're sorry to hear about the discomfort you're experiencing between your toes, though. Sometimes, it can take some time for your feet to adjust to a new style of sandal, but if the discomfort persists, it might be worth trying different adjustments or considering alternative styles that may be more comfortable for you. If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to reach out to our customer happiness team. We want to ensure you have a positive experience with your Xero Shoes!

CB
05/14/2024
Colleen B.
US US

Really Wanted to Love Them

I was so excited when I found the genesis sandal online, it was exactly what I was looking for. However, upon receiving and wearing, it became apparent that while the purpose of the sole is to be minimalistic in nature, it lacked an type of stability. The length between the toe strap and the end of the sole by the tip of the toe is just enough that without this stabilization, the sole folds under when you step, causing you to trip. This happened multiple times during my first time wearing. Really disappointing because they’re adorable.

05/14/2024

Xero Shoes

We're sorry to hear about your experience with the Genesis sandals. We understand how frustrating it can be when a product doesn't meet your expectations, especially when you are excited about it. Feedback like yours is invaluable to us as we continuously strive to improve our products. We'll be sure to pass along your comments to our product development team for further review and consideration. If there's anything else we can assist you with or if you have any further feedback, please don't hesitate to let us know. We're here to help.