Alston - A Barefoot-Friendly Dress Shoe

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.

Men's Sizing Chart:

US Sizes EU Sizes UK Sizes JP Sizes
6.5 39.5 5.5 24.5
7 40 6 25
7.5 40.5 6.5 25.5
8 41 7 26
8.5 41.5 7.5 26.5
9 42 8 27
9.5 42.5 8.5 27.5
10 43 9 28
10.5 43.5 9.5 28.5
11 44 10 29
11.5 44.5 10.5 29.5
12 45 11 30
13 46 12 31
14 47 13 32
15 48 14 33
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

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.

Men’s Sizing Chart:

US Sizes EU Sizes UK Sizes JP Sizes
6.5 39.5 5.5 24.5
7 40 6 25
7.5 40.5 6.5 25.5
8 41 7 26
8.5 41.5 7.5 26.5
9 42 8 27
9.5 42.5 8.5 27.5
10 43 9 28
10.5 43.5 9.5 28.5
11 44 10 29
11.5 44.5 10.5 29.5
12 45 11 30
13 46 12 31
14 47 13 32
15 48 14 33
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.

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.

Customer Reviews
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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.

LD
11/19/2022
Levi D.
US US

Love the shoe, don't love the lip

I could rave on about how much I love the shoe, but my only real problem is the lip of the rubber sole on the front. Sometimes it catches the ground when I'm walking and it's beginning to slowly separate the sole from the shoe. It could be the first thing to fail on my pair.

Xero Shoes Alston (Clearance) Review
JL
11/10/2022
Jessica L.
US US

Love them

This shoes are the best I love the space that they give my toes I also bought some black ones that I wear all day at work I did have to buy some pads for my heel and pair with this shoes they are dream pair. The laces that they come with are not that good but they were a nice touch.

BF
09/09/2022
Bob F.
US US

Love this shoe!

I bought these when they were on special just to give Xero shoes a try. Now I want to buy a second and third pair. I would certainly pay full price if they were available. But Arg! They're not available.

JK
05/29/2022
John K.
US US

Business Shoes

Great natural foot to ground feel. Plenty of toes box room. Just needs laces that secure better.

ML
04/20/2022
Matthew L.
United States United States

Feels so good!

I bought the Alston because I was looking for a minimal shoe I could wear on a daily basis to work. My feet and knees had been having problems for a long time (and I'm only 26!) and I noticed that when I made an effort to spend more time barefoot I felt better. I finally decided to look for a shoe that could get me as close to bare feet as possible while at work, and the Alston was it. Now I've been wearing them for around 6 months, and my legs and feet feel great all the time. I am so happy that I found this shoe! I'm sad to see that they're currently unavailable, since I will need to buy a new pair some time. I hope they're not discontinued.

D
04/12/2022
DavidP
US US

comfortable and good looking

These are excellent shoes. Overwhelmingly comfortable, while close enough to regular shoes in appearance to wear at work. I first ordered a black pair, then liked them so much I ordered a brown pair as well. But the second pair I had to order on Amazon, since they were sold out here. Have they been discontinued? If so, please bring them back. They are the one pair you sell that work well as normal-looking office shoes. I hate to think what I will do once mine wear out.

DA
04/03/2022
David A.
US US

Great for business casual.

These shoes work well for wearing around the house or office. I've worn them a bit walking around the neighborhood as well and they seem quite durable.

TG
04/01/2022
trevor g.
US US

Bad Stitching/Adhesive

The stitching/adhesive near the toe is coming undone from the sole of shoe.

Xero Shoes Alston (Clearance) Review
05/10/2022

Xero Shoes

Hi Trevor, Thank you for your review! It's really great to get your feedback and thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience with the Alston. We're really sorry to hear about the trouble with your shoes. We have very high standards when creating our products, but unfortunately, no manufacturing process is flawless. We stand behind our products and are dedicated to making this right for you. Please reach out to our customer service team directly at [email protected] and we will be happy to help! If you have any questions, please let us know! Regards, The Xero Shoes Review Team

RB
03/31/2022
Ryan B.
US US

Good Work shoes!

I am very pleased with the fit and appearance of the Alston shoes. I have struggled to find a good pair of minimal business casual shoes, but these fit the sweet spot for what I was looking. The only criticism I have is the heel strap is a long and when tying it does not allow for tightening down. I plan on folding over the loop and re-sowing it to allow for proper tightening. This is an easy fix.