Alston Men's SIZE GUIDE
It’s easy to find the right Xero Shoe size for you. The Alston fits true to size, so...
Buy the Alston in your usual US size*
FREE EXCHANGES: Most people find our size recommendation gives them a proper fit, but just in case, we have a free exchange program for all US orders.
*If you normally buy a Euro, UK or JP Size, check out the handy conversion chart below.
NOTE: The Alston has a wider toe box than conventional men's shoes.
US Sizes Euro Sizes UK Sizes JP Sizes
6.5 39-40 6 25.5
7 40 6.5 26
7.5 40-41 7 26.5
8 41 7.5 27
8.5 41-42 8 27.5
9 42 8.5 28
9.5 42-43 9 28.5
10 43 9.5 29
10.5 43-44 10 29.5
11 44 10.5 30
11.5 44-45 11 31
12 45 11.5 32
13 46 12.5
14 47 13.5
Any questions? Just call us at 303 447 3100 or send us an email. We’re here to help.
 

Alston - A Barefoot-Friendly Dress Shoe

$119.99

Natural comfort gets dressier

The Alston fits true to size.
 
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The Alston is for you whether it’s your job or your style that needs something dressier than our casual or performance shoes and sandals.An Oxford-style lace-up shoe in full-grain buffalo leather. You can wear it as-is, or oil or wax it for a different look.

Keep in mind that since this is a premium, durable leather, it’ll take a little time to “break in” the Alston. But once you do that, it’ll feel “like butta’.”

And at only 12 ounces each for a men’s 9, you may go through your long day and forget you even have the Alston on your feet.

The other reasons you’ll love the Alston are its true Xero Shoes heritage:

  • A wide toe box — lets your toes spread, splay and move naturally
  • Low-to-the-ground design for balance and agility
  • Non-elevated, “zero-drop” heel for proper posture
  • The flexible sole lets your feet bend and move the way they’re supposed to
  • Grippy FeelTrue® rubber sole with dual-chevron tread for traction, backed by our 5,000 mile sole warranty
  • Lightweight construction for “barely there” comfort
  • Removable 2mm insole lets you have more or less barefoot feel

Slip on your new favorite dress shoe and Live Life Feet First!

Check out some of these video reviews… then read the rest by clicking the Customer Reviews tab, above:

Alston Men’s SIZE GUIDE
It’s easy to find the right Xero Shoe size for you. The Alston fits true to size, so…
Buy the Alston in your usual US size*
FREE EXCHANGES: Most people find our size recommendation gives them a proper fit, but just in case, we have a free exchange program for all US orders.
*If you normally buy a Euro, UK or JP Size, check out the handy conversion chart below.
NOTE: The Alston has a wider toe box than conventional men’s shoes.
US Sizes Euro Sizes UK Sizes JP Sizes
6.5 39-40 6 25.5
7 40 6.5 26
7.5 40-41 7 26.5
8 41 7.5 27
8.5 41-42 8 27.5
9 42 8.5 28
9.5 42-43 9 28.5
10 43 9.5 29
10.5 43-44 10 29.5
11 44 10.5 30
11.5 44-45 11 31
12 45 11.5 32
13 46 12.5
14 47 13.5
Any questions? Just call us at 303 447 3100 or send us an email. We’re here to help.

Caring for your Alstons

Since the Alston has a leather upper, it’s a good idea to use a leather conditioner every few months, or as needed if the leather looks dry or dull.

To clean your Alston, use any commercially available leather cleaner and follow up with a leather conditioner. For tough spots, gently scrub with a warm, damp cloth or damp soft bristle brush and allow to air dry. Then follow up with a leather conditioner.

WARNING: It is possible to over-condition, which may result in the leather looking and feeling greasy or oily.

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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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BS
09/24/2019
Britton S.
US US

Awesome! A Complete Game Changer for Men's Dress Shoes

I am a Catholic priest and so I need to wear black dress shoes most of my waking hours. I have some back problems and so I was investigating some alternative footwear. I am so glad that Xero Shoes makes these zero drop black dress shoes. They are indistinguishable from your typical black dress shoes, and yet to the one wearing them the make a world of difference. These shoes have done wonders for my balance and stability and also helped reduce my lower back pain. I wear thin orthotics in them but am still able to “feel the ground” pretty well. When I wear these shoes I actually prefer standing to sitting! They might feel stiff at first, but after a few days the leather will become soft and conform to your feet naturally. Also, I swapped the laces for a thinner pair since the ones they came with were a little bulky, which was only a very slight inconvenience. I highly recommend them to anyone who wants comfort, stability, and mobility while wearing more formal attire.

JW
10/06/2019
John W.
US US

Second Time Around

The first pair were a little short so I returned them for a half size larger and within two weeks I had my new pair. I'm enjoying them as much as I do my pair of Coalton's

NS
10/05/2019
Nolan S.
US US

About half a size smaller than other zero drop companies.

Loved the look. A harder sole than my other zero drops. Because they ran smaller than expected, I didn’t get to see how the hard sole affected the feel of the ground. Also, wondering how they would be if there is any ice.

FO
10/05/2019
Frank O.
US US

Too wide for me

I like the overall style and construction, but the correct length (13) was much too wide for my feet. I had to return them. Plus the sole protrudes even further around the shoe, giving it an even wider look from above. I’ve been wearing a moccasin style barefoot shoe for years now, my wife saw me try these on and laughed, saying it looked like a clown shoe compared to my norm. This effect was further emphasized by the very flat and too rigid (for me) sole, which gave an audible slapping sound as I walked across a hardwood floor.

BM
10/04/2019
Bret M.
US US

Best decision I've made in YEARS!

I only recently, within the past few months, discovered the wonderful benefits of running barefoot. As a young man in high school i enjoyed running some cross country training runs barefoot, but at the time never realized just how beneficial it was for the team to do so. As a now 54 year old man, I had been running in what I thought were great, high cushion, zero drop, foot shaped shoes that I thought felt wonderful, but discovered over time and with significant expense in both shoe purchases and medical treatment, that the instability of extreme cushion under my feet was detrimental! Not only did I continue to suffer from left hamstring / glute issues, but I had consistent, persistent foot pain. I had a foot "expert" md recommend custom orthotics due to a distal metatarsal joint injury that he said was from running in shoes that allowed too much impact to the forefoot due to their highly flexible, zero drop design. He showed me **** pictures of what my foot could end up looking like if I didn't use his orthotics and switch to a more inflexible running shoe that would "protect" my foot from this horrid injury. Additionally he warned me to NEVER walk barefoot, even in my own home! Interestingly enough, I continued to have foot issues, even though I had followed the docs recommendations to the T! Fast forward to my barefoot revelation... I've always enjoyed trail running and recognized the benefits of getting off the road and on terrain that forced me to pay attention, and utilize my stabilizer muscles. I had an old pair of trail 5 finger Vibrams laying around that I really hadn't used much and after doing a little research, I began to believe it may benefit me more to strengthen my feet rather than "protect" them. So I got my Vibrams out and ran a couple miles in them on the trails. Shockingly so, this did NOT increase my metatarsal injury pain and the common hamstring and glute issue I have suffered from for years on my left side didn't flare up at all. I gradually increased my mileage on the trails in my Vibrams, still running in my supportive, stiff running shoes on the roads. Over several weeks I began preferring my Vibrams to my shoes and began running and racing in them on the roads as well. All the while, I was wearing my doc recommended, inflexible shoes to work because I couldn't wear my Vibrams... This was a problem in my eyes! Then I discovered this Incredible line of shoes designed and made by this fantabulous company named Xeroshoes! I loved what I was reading about them and it just made sense and clicked for me, but I didn't want to just jump into it head first. That is when I saw these beautifully designed Alston's that had all the characteristics I was looking for to wear to work! They were gorgeous, natural foot shape, zero drop and advertised as providing the barefoot experience. Well let me tell you, they have NOT disappointed in ANY way! I am and was so in love with this shoe from the moment I slipped them on my feet! They fit like a wonderful expensive glove on my foot. They gently hug my ankles and feel amazing under my feet and are completely unobstructive to my toes, allowing them to wiggle and splay like they should completely naturally! These shoes are what solidified my confidence in Xeroshoes so much that I have since purchased my beloved new Prio Running shoes and the super cool, incredible Xcursion waterproof hikers!!!

Bret M. verified customer review of Alston
JS
10/03/2019
Joseph S.
US US

Sizing issue

I liked my Xero Alston's. The web site said true to size. Not for me. I had to return for a half size up. I look forward to getting my exchange so that I can make a proper review.

HT
10/03/2019
Howard T.
US US

Comfortable, but a little funny looking....

I like the concept of the shoe, I just wish it looked better. The wide toe box makes the shoes look like a hospital special shoe. Other than the aesthetics, it’s a great casual shoe. To advertise them as a shoe to where for business...not for me. To wear with a suit...no way!

Howard T. verified customer review of Alston
EM
10/03/2019
Eugene M.
US US

Zero shoes review

So far all shoes are great still getting use to the new type of shoe have to give it some time I will keep in touch.

RL
10/03/2019
Ryan L.
US US

Great Work Shoes

I recently switched from a very active job to an office job. I loved my Xero shoes for outdoor work, but I was dreading having to wear cramped, "office" shoes. When I saw the Alston, I knew I had found my solution! They are super comfortable, just like every other Xero shoe, but they look great. I wear them around the office without feeling the slightest bit awkward. There is a break-in period. When I first put them on, I thought I was going to have a chaffing problem because of the stiff leather, but that never happened. These things are fantastic. They look great, feel great, and seem durable. The only thing I don't like is the leather shoelaces which, while they look nice, sometimes come undone on their own. Otherwise, a great product!

JB
10/01/2019
Jeff B.
US US

Really like these shoes

I wasn't sure how these would look with the wider toe box (which is great from a functional standpoint). From the pictures of the shoes alone on the website (not on a person), my wife and I were both 90% confident they would look cool and 10% goofy. Fortunately they look really nice with jean and a casual to bus-casual shirt. Very cool looking shoes - cooler than me! As others have said, they are pretty stiff when you first wear them, but now that I have been wearing them for a few weeks, they have loosened up and are more comfortable. I am sure they will continue to get more flexible and comfortable as I wear them more. Only negative, and it is a minor one, is that they are kind of loud as they "slap" the floor when walking. I think it is trade off with a harder sole material that will give the very long life these shoes are supposed to have. I had the same experience with my Terraflex trail running shoes. Overall, I am very happy with the shoes and glad I bought them - nice looking comfortable shoes that are good for me feet!

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