Barefoot Freedom with Protection

Barefoot Freedom with Protection


Over 45,000 people in 92 countries have made their own sandals in minutes with a DIY Kit made with our exclusive FeelTrue® rubber soles.

Click here for help choosing between 4mm Connect and 6mm Contact.
Click here to see how to measure your feet to get the right fit.

Note: Currently, only Black and Mocha soles are available.

FeelTrue Outsoles

Our exclusive FeelTrue™ outsoles are the only outsole developed specifically for barefoot sandals. Co-developed with the former lead designers from Nike and Reebok, FeelTrue™ soles give you total freedom, a barefoot feel, and the protection you want. That's why we call them "Barefoot... PLUS!®

Xero Laces

New and improved Xero Laces. Stronger. More comfortable. Bolder colors.

Hole Punch Included

Our hollow punches come FREE with every DIY Kit and Custom-Made pair of Xero Shoes (you don't need it for the Custom-made shoes, but we include it just in case).

But if you want to order one for any reason... here you go.


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Product Description

Custom-made for you… by you!

Enjoy the fun of being “Barefoot… PLUS!” with our Xero Shoes FeelTrue® DIY (do-it-yourself) sandal making kits.

You can make your own barefoot sandals in just minutes. See how easy it is in the video, above.

Get your choice 22 lace colors, and either our 4mm Connect or 6mm Contact outsoles.

All of the soles are made with our exclusive FeelTrue® rubber and are the only outsoles designed specifically for barefoot sandals. Co-developed with the former lead designers from Nike and Reebok, our FeelTrue® soles give you great traction, a comfortable grip, wonderful barefoot feel, and the protection you want. They’re strong, yet flexible, lightweight — a men’s US 9, Eur 42, 4mm Connect weighs about 3.7 ounces, or 110g… the 6mm Contact weighs about 5.4 ounces or 153g. Plus, our FeelTrue® shoes come with our 5,000 mile sole Warranty!

Check out this video to learn more about the FeelTrue® soles and how to make your own Xero Sandals

How to Make Your Own Xero Sandals

To make your own sandals, you’ll measure your foot to get the perfect size outsole, you’ll punch the toe hole with our included hollow punch. If you need to, you can trim the sole with a pair of kitchen scissors. Then use one of our simple lacing styles that we’ll show you.

Deciding between 4mm Connect and 6mm Contact? The 4mm Connect outsoles give you the closest-to-barefoot feeling. The 6mm Contact still has great ground-feel, but with a bit more protection and, since it’s a bit stiffer, a slightly “smoother” ride. Check out this video for more about Connect vs. Contact.

Choose between 4mm Connect & 6mm Contact

The important question is really just:
How much barefoot feel do you want?
The 4mm Connect is the closest thing you’ll get to barefoot, but with a layer of protection. The 6mm Contact still has great ground-feel, but “smooths out the ride” a bit more. Some people prefer the 4mm on trails, because it lets them really grip the rocks and roots… others like the 6mm in that situation because it provides more protection. Similarly, some people like the 4mm on roads because it’s really like being barefoot… and others like the 6mm because it’s a bit stiffer and, therefore, makes even a smooth surface feel a bit smoother.

Get the right fit: Xero Shoes are not sold by shoe size, since shoe size is notoriously inaccurate (you probably have shoes in your closet that are different sizes, but all fit you!). Instead we ask you to measure your foot to get the correct size. Watch this video to see how.

Get the correct size
This video shows you how to measure your foot:

Since many of us wear shoes that are the wrong size, you select your Xero Shoes kit based on the actual length of your foot.
The best way measure your foot length is this: Place a piece of paper (newspaper if you have big feet) against a wall, stand on the paper with your heel lightly touching the wall, make a mark in line with the front of your foot (your first or second toe), and then measure the distance from the edge of the paper to that mark. Do not simply step on a ruler to measure since the angle that you’ll be looking at rarely gives an accurate measurement. NOTE: The actual sole you’ll get is 1/2″ (13mm) bigger than the measurement. If you order, say, the “Up to 10 inch”, the sole you’ll receive is 10.5″ long. But, DO NOT order a size smaller than your foot measurement! If your foot is, say, 10 1/4″ order the size for “feet up to 10 1/2 inches”, otherwise you’ll end up with the wrong size.

Our FeelTrue® DIY Xero Shoes kits come with

  • 1 Pair of FeelTrue® rubber outsoles in your choice of thickness, color and size
  • 2 6′ polyester laces in your choice of fun colors
  • NEW – 4mm hollow punch for the lacing holes — FREE!
  • Complete instructions for making your bare foot shoes

SPECIAL: Get your DIY kit for as little as $19.95  (kids size, 4mm Connect)

Note: Currently, only Black and Mocha soles are available.

Your purchase helps support the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico

The huarache tire sandals made by the Tarahumara, the indigenous people of the Copper Canyon in Mexico, inspired our DIY kit. The Tarahumara have been suffering under drought, food shortages, lack of access to health care, and other challenges. When you order a FeelTrue® DIY Kit, we donate 5% of the purchase price to the Tarahumara Children’s Hospital Fund to provide support.

Want to make kits for 10 or more people? Contact us for bulk pricing (use the same contact info, above)

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Dan L.


Very comfy. Bought six pair for wife, myself, three daughters a d one grand daughter. Every one likes em.

Laura M.

Love them!!!

Already so comfortable and I normally HATE having anything between my toes. Had to trim a fair bit off but I do have really narrow feet. Easy to do and sand off to neaten up. Got the toe loop for them, really like the look of them with it 🙂 Thank you!! 😀

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Zachary R.

A fun little project!

Saw a post on Reddit about ultralight sandals that mentioned these. Decided to get a pair for me and my partner to craft. Was a lot of fun, and they make the perfect camp shoes on our backpacking trips. I wish I would have made a style more conducive to wearing with socks, and I might pick up another kit to make like that!

Benjamin H.

So good - I bought two pairs!!

I actually purchased three pairs, but my son commandeered the first pair I ordered. In fear of Xero discontinuing the DIYs, I doubled my recent order and downsized to F from G. Perfect fit. Custom lace pattern. Run every day and they are holding up well. Light - hyper ventilated - easy to clean and clear out pebbles under foot without removing. In a word: dreamy!

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Tiago N.

Love them

I love them, I had the "premade" version, but the DIY version gives even more freedom.

William J.

DIY Ideas

Well these sandals are fun to make and now have given me many ideas to use old flip flops and worn out soles to make my own. So many ideas on the internet of course..this sandal making is a great survival skill to know. The instructional videos were helpful and I like the lacing ideas out that are shared (I may go back and look at ones where the strings are doubled up) My kids are now interested, I'll see if I can get them out of those "crocks".. The soles seem to protect my feet and very light (4mm) but sure am picking up a lot of dirt or sweart/combination or it dirty floors or dirty feet? hahah ----but I was trying to wear something in the house to keep my feet clean but not wear out my socks.... will monitor. Well glad I finally gave these a try!

Shaanti O.

Super cool idea

I love the idea of my sole being protected while wandering around barefoot, but they do take some trial and error and adjusting, which I'm still trying to figure out. If I have minimal straps, my heel slides around, but when I get more straps (I really like the way they look), it's a little too snug and digs in to the top of my foot. I think I'll need to trim the length just a bit too, because it 'flaps' when I walk. I'm just a little nervous about cutting it :).

Juniper C.

Custom Shoes for a discount

I have been enjoying my DIY FeelTrue Sandals! I made my own strap design. I love that I could cut the soles to be the right shape and width for my feet. My 5th metatarsal tends to hang over the side of shoes and my feet are widest at the toes. Even barefoot shoes don't really accommodate my feet that well. I am also overly picky about sensations and how shoes feel. So custom shoes are the best for my feet and personality...but not always the best for my budget. That is why these shoes are great. They can fit all my needs! Obviously, paracord straps aren't as comfortable as leather and they do slide a bit, but I can handle those aspects since I get all the other benefits I mentioned before.

Xero Shoes DIY FeelTrue Sandal Kit Review

They feel like walking on ait

I took a chance with the Klarna payment to test out Xero's diy kit! I am so glad I did. The shoes are perfect and feel like I'm barefoot and yet walking on air. They hold up well I have been wearing them everyday since I got then on the 8th. I even felt into a hole in the yard where my whole foot went into it. The shoes still hold up fine. My next plan will be to get a set of pre-made as well. Very pleased. Easy to make and wear, I'm sure this will hold-up for a long time

Andrew C.

As close to barefoot as you can get

I got the 4mm "Connect" sole because I was trying to get as close to going barefoot as I could. These nail that feeling. They are very thin (in the best way) but do not feel cheap or flimsy.

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