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.

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

$38.99$42.99

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:


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

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.

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09/10/2022
Christopher C.
US US

Perfect durable sandel for outdoors. In the yard on the trail keeping one healthy through a proper step. content://com.android.chrome.FileProvider/offline-cache/bef1529c-1454-4f0f-80a1-97cc5ae9d92c.mhtml

KG
09/09/2022
Kristi G.
US US

My full time ride

I would say I wear my Genesis about 90% of the day, if I wear anything at all. This is my second pair. All my shoes are Xeros but the ones I grab first at the Genesis, or my perfectly worn in, close to 5000 miles Mesa. I own a large selection of Xero, but Genesis is perfection. I actually prefer trail running in them over my Mesas. I can take them off and put them in my pocket when the trails are good enough to go totally barefoot, and quickly slip back on when needed.

BL
09/05/2022
Bonnie L.
US US

Love my sandals. Second pair

I love my Genesis. It is my second pair. I were them everyday, everywhere. Right now they are exploring Thailand, from Temples to Waterfals, Beaches to National forests, and downtown Bangkok. Safe, comfy and nonslip. My feet are so much stronger after two years of wearing them. My balance has improved and I am surefooted, whatever the terrain. And I am 63 years old!

AF
08/31/2022
Alissa F.
CA CA

Meh

These sandals are ok but I was expecting more given all the hype. They flip around a lot and I have to be careful not to trip. The straps loosen easily over time and need regular tightening. Don’t pull too hard on the plastic ends of the strings or they come right off! I was not overly impressed given the price point.

KW
08/27/2022
Kathryn W.
US US

Very minimalistic and mostly comfortable

Good quality barefoot sandals. The toe strap bothered me for a few days, but mostly it’s because I had not worn any thong-style shoes for several years. If you’re planning to walk or run on pavement, I recommend getting a close-toed shoe just because the rocks and gravel can be a nuisance. These are great for lounging and every day wear.

Xero Shoes Genesis Barefoot-Inspired Sandal - Women Review
ML
08/22/2022
Megan L.
US US

I love walking in these

So far I am in love with these sandals. I feel like I am getting the benefits of 'barefoot' walking, while my feet are protected. Something about being able to move your ankles and all the parts of your foot while walking makes a healthier experience. Something about 'feeling' the ground beneath your feet, but not being injured or abraded by sharp objects or rougher surfaces makes walking that much more enjoyable.

KS
08/20/2022
Kathryn S.
US US

My favorite shoes

I felt nervous ordering these because I am newer to barefoot shoes and they are SO thin. I loved my HFS I got a few months ago though and decided it would be nice to have some casual sandals to wear occasionally. I ended up ordering my regular size and my only complaint now I don’t want to wear anything else - I LOVE THEM! I honestly read tons of reviews of this shoe before buying and rolled my eyes a bit at the “I want to throw away all my other shoes now and replace them with all barefoot shoes” comments and now I know they weren’t exaggerating! I have to mentally prepare myself to wear anything else. Of all the barefoot shoes I have now (hfs, ztrail, Xcursion, Ashland from zero), I can say I love all of them but the genesis is my favorite to wear!

KD
08/18/2022
Kari D.
US US

Mom and daughter love these

My daughter lost a sandal of a common outdoor shoe brand in the river mud and I got her these as a replacement. As soon as she put these on for a test walk, she leaped in the air with joy at their lightness! “These were my shoes before” she said, stomping like a T Rex. “And these are my shoes now!!” running down the road! We are never going back to overbuilt sandals - these got me through every summer activity. They might be a bit thin for those who are not yet used to minimalist footwear, but I brought mine on an extremely rocky hike recently (forgot my Xero running shoes) and did just fine, just took it easy.

KS
08/15/2022
Kelly S.
US US

Perfect for when you have to wear shoes

I bought these sandals for hiking! Although I would prefer to go everywhere barefoot, public spaces and thorny brush don't allow it. The Barefoot Inspired sandals are a great slip on pair of shoes for going out, and when paired with nice hiking toe socks are the best option yet for the trail! I am hooked.

Xero Shoes Genesis Barefoot-Inspired Sandal - Women Review
BB
08/14/2022
B B.
CA CA

Love love love!

I love these sandals. I have been trying to find some barefoot sandals for a while and this were on sale. I like how light weight they are.