Daylite Hiker Men's SIZE GUIDE
It’s easy to find the right Xero Shoe size for you. The Daylite Hiker fits a little small, so...
Buy the Daylite Hiker a full size larger than 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 Daylite Hiker has a wider toe box than conventional men's shoes. If your feet are particularly narrow, consider the Women's Daylite Hiker. Just make sure to adjust the size by 1.5 (for example, a men's 8 is the same length as a women's 9.5).
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.
 

DayLite Hiker EV – Men

$109.99

The favorite boot for your favorite adventures

The Daylite Hiker runs small. We recommend choosing 1 full size larger than your usual size.
 
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Product Description

Most hikes don’t need a big, heavy, technical hiking boot.

And most hiking boots don’t let your foot bend, move, flex and feel the world… until the DayLite Hiker EV

“EV” is short for “EVolution” because this version of the DayLite Hiker is a new and improved version of the original. Plus it’s designed to let your foot move and function the way it’s supposed to.

Perfect for day hikes and casual wear, the DayLite Hiker EV is built with our foot-first design and natural movement philosophy.

  1. Natural FIT – Wide, anatomically correct toe boxes let your toes spread and relax, plus a non-elevated, “zero-drop” heel for proper posture.
  2. Natural MOTION – Your feet are supposed to bend and flex and move. The DayLite Hiker is super flexible to let them do that. The low-to-the-ground design is perfect for balance and agility.
  3. Natural FEEL – Your feet are supposed to FEEL the world. Our patented FeelTrue® soles give you just-right protection while also giving you the ground feedback that your brain and body want.
  4. Lightweight – You don’t want your footwear to weigh you down
  5. 5,000-mile sole warranty

What’s changed compared to the original DayLite Hiker?

  • More grip with a lugged chevron tread
  • More durable, abrasion resistant upper mesh
  • More durable Tough Tech toe bumper
  • Wet/Dry friendly side “foxing”
  • Easy on/off lacing hooks

More reasons you’ll love the DayLite Hiker

  • LIGHT — Only 11.2 ounces (each) for a Men’s Size 9
  • Huarache-inspired heel strap to hold your foot securely
  • Adjustable instep straps for perfect tension
  • Thin and flexible FeelTrue® sole
  • Removable sockliner (insole) if you want a more barefoot feeling
  • Vegan-friendly materials

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Daylite Hiker Men’s SIZE GUIDE
It’s easy to find the right Xero Shoe size for you. The Daylite Hiker fits a little small, so…
Buy the Daylite Hiker a full size larger than 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 Daylite Hiker has a wider toe box than conventional men’s shoes. If your feet are particularly narrow, consider the Women’s Daylite Hiker. Just make sure to adjust the size by 1.5 (for example, a men’s 8 is the same length as a women’s 9.5).
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.

We know from experience that whatever we say here, people will ignore and they’ll do whatever they want in their DayLite Hiker.

After all, we know of people who run marathons in their Hana and Lena, and those are described as “casual” shoes. 😉

We designed the DayLite Hiker for the kind of journeys that most people take, most of the time — day hikes, non-technical trails, and even just walking around. While it’s not a “technical” hiker, the flexible FeelTrue® sole will let it tackle more than just a stroll. Check out the reviews to see what others are doing in their DayLite Hikers.

Like all our shoes, the DayLite Hiker has a “huarache-inspired” heel strap. You can tighten or loosen that to give a bit more (or less) support around your heel, which can hold your foot in place better.

And like the Prio, the DayLite Hiker has independently adjustable instep straps. You can tighten the laces going through those “inverted V” straps to cinch the boot around your instep. This can also help keep your foot secure. Securing your instep (but not TOO much) can actually let your toes relax even more… experiment with the tension of these straps and see what you experience.

We use “men’s” and “women’s” as a matter of convention. We know there are some men who will fit better in the “women’s” shoe, and vice versa.

The “men’s” style is a bit wider across the toes and in the heel. The women’s, conversely, has a narrower heel and slightly less-wide toe box.

If you’re a man with a very thin foot, or a women with a wide foot, you may want to try the “other” style.

Sizing, as you’ve probably experienced, is different between brands. You may wear a 9 from one company and then anything between an 8 and 10 from another company.

Luckily, if the size you get is incorrect, we do have a free exchange policy.

The Daylite Hiker runs small. We recommend choosing 1 full size larger than your usual size.

If you already have a pair of Prio, the DayLite Hiker fits similarly. If you have the Hana or Lena, you’ll probably want to go up 1/2 a size because of the difference in performance vs. casual shoes.

If you plan to wear thick socks with the DayLite Hiker, you may want to add 1/2 a size to accommodate that.
We have sizing guidelines on this page and our main sizing page but keep in mind that these are “guidelines.” People like their shoes to fit differently — some like their toes right up at the edge, others like to have 1/4″-1/2″ of extra space in front of their toes.

Using the guidelines we give, again, if you’re really close to the next 1/2 size up, we’d recommend starting with that.

Did I mention our exchange policy? 😉

It’s not fully waterproof — the tongue is independent of the rest of the upper — but the ballistic mesh upper is HIGHLY water resistant. Janice (here in our office) had to pour a bottle of water over her DayLite Hiker to remove… uh… something unpleasant… and her socks stayed nice and dry.

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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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Caring for your Daylite Hikers

To clean your Daylite Hikers, hand wash with warm water, mild soap and allow them to air dry. We do not recommend putting the Daylite Hiker in the washing machine or dryer.

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MB
02/10/2018
Mathieu B.
CA

Best barefoot boots!!

I am VERY HAPPY with those boots! I tried 2 other minimalist boots before buying this pair and ohhh boy they are on a whole other level! I took them 1 size larger than my shoe size and they fit perfectly. They really have the barefoot feel it's incredible! I use them as winter boots and they are warm enough : I just tested them with normal socks at -15°C (5°F) and I could feel the cold a little bit but honestly I enjoy that! I assume that with warm socks, they will do the job for the colder days up here in Canada!

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AM
09/03/2019
Alex M.
GB GB

Instantly in love

I am so pleased with these boots, I bought a pair for myself and a pair for my partner; his & hers!... First time I put them on I was instantly in love with them, they're comfy like slippers and as rugged as you need for walking on uneven terrain. I love the feedback I get from the ground, and my feet have never been more comfortable walking long distances through the rough countryside. I can actually feel the ground, but it's not uncomfortable, sharp rocks are definitely noticeable but they don't hurt at all, if anything it's like a massage, and my girlfriend feels the same. We couldn't wait to go for a long walk in them and when we were done, even though the wind was picking up and the light was fading, we were sad to get back to our car. Really impressed, couldn't be happier. I'm wearing them in my office and everything, can't get away from them. 5/5, definitely recommended, and I don't even care that it cost me an extra £50 to get them imported to the UK. Totally worth it!!! Alex.

Alex M. verified customer review of DayLite Hiker - Men
PF
09/01/2019
PAUL F.
US US

daylite hiker

they remind me of my wrestling shoes from college lite weight and protective

FA
09/01/2019
Francis A.
US US

Beautiful, comfortable

Very light, well fit, comfortable.

LH
09/01/2019
Lee H.
SG SG

Daylite hiker ev

The.shoe.is.very light weight and sole is crippy. Comfy in.sole and the boots is extremely flexible. As its very flexible when you try on for the firat time you need to adjust the shoe strap to fit your feet contour. After a few tries nd adjustment i am ready for my outdoor adventure. Grest stuff!

VB
08/31/2019
VICTORIA B.
US US

Sweet relief: Market gardeners love these shoes

I have worn Earth Kalso and Birkenstock brand shoes exclusively for 20 years, including my work boots. Over the last couple of years, I developed what appears to be metatarsalgia in the joints of the big toe on both feet (the chiropractor says it's not arthritis). I felt intuitively that even though I was wearing healthy shoes, the stiffness of the soles was the problem, and that feeling just wouldn't go away. Enter XeroShoes. I wear my pair in the field for all my work and walking over uneven terrain, and my feet don't hurt or feel heavy anymore-- even when I'm worn out, my feet aren't. The metatarsalgia is going away, it's so much better! My husb was born with a problem in his big toe joints, and I bought him a pair of these same boots. He absolutely loves them, says it's like wearing clouds on his feet, and is getting ready to try them out in the field (so far he wears them for standing for hours at the farmers markets, etc.). Sweet relief from real foot problems and the end of shoes being an issue. I'm working on getting more pairs, I have the Hana and those are my "town shoes" now. Love the new winter styles.

KH
08/30/2019
Ken Horstman

Hiking in Wrestling shoes

I have been looking for a shoe that was similar to wrestling shoes. I have wrestled most of my life and wrestling shoes were always the most comfortable pair of shoes i wore. I have tried hiking in wrestling shoes. I am a avid backpacker and really enjoy the feeling of the ground under my feet. My first purchase with xero was a pair of sandals as my camp shoes when hiking. I instantly fell in love with the feel. I then bought a pair of xcursions, I have wore them on many different hikes. When wearing them i thought it would be great to have a waterproof boot version of these. I looked and noticed there was, so i just purchased those. I will be wearing them on my section hike of the AT as well as many other hikes. I love the feel of the ground under my feet. my feet do not hurt at all after a day of hiking, even 15 plus miles, wearing these shoes. I have also purchased a pair of Denver shoes from xero. I can't say enough good things about these shoes. If you want to remember how it was to run around bare foot but think you don't want to hurt your feet because they became soft, these are the shoes for you. Great quality, great product.

RM
08/24/2019
Richard M.
US US

Barefoot with protection

I always go barefoot in my house all year around. Now I can have close to that experience outdoors as well with my DayLite Hiker EV. I have severe bunions on both feet and footwear has been a problem for me. This shoe is as good as it gets. I am currently experimenting with modified lacing systems in order to make the experience even better.

MB
08/23/2019
Matthew B.
US US

Amazing

I work as a landscaper and walk 5-15 miles a day. I love wearing these because it feels like I am walking barefoot all day!

KG
08/23/2019
Kathleen G.
US US

Didn't work for me

I loved the shoe, but the toe area didn't work for my hard to fit feet. I need a wide toe box and also have high arches and the shoes rubbed on the top of my foot. Loved the idea, just wish it worked for me.

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