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.
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DayLite Hiker – Men

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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

Perfect for day hikes and casual wear, the DayLite Hiker 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

More reasons you’ll love the DayLite Hiker

  • Great protection with a ballistic mesh upper and Tough Tech toe bumper
  • LIGHT — Only 10.2 ounces (each) for a Men’s Size 9
  • Huarache-inspired heel strap to hold your foot securely
  • Adjustable instep straps for perfect tension
  • Dual-chevron tread for great grip
  • Thin and flexible 6mm 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.

Customer Reviews

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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!

AE
02/06/2019
Andrew E.
AU

Great shoes

I’ve looked for something like the seven year old Merrill gloves or vibrams for a long time. I followed the recommendation of Original Strength founder Tim Anderson in buying this brand. They are really perfect. Wide enough toe box. Seem very durable.

TH
02/05/2019
Tyler H.
US

A great 3 season hiker

I've waited a couple months to review the DayLite hikers so that I could put them through the ringer and here is what I've found. The positives: - Light and comfortable, what I expected from Xero - Flexible sole, which is great for the type of mixed trail running I like to do - For as light as they are they have been durable so far - Attractive styling that mixes well on the street and the trail The neutral aspects: - Outer sole is harder rubber, good for durability, bad for traction on wet rock and ice - Breathability is adequate - Wide toe box is great for comfort but makes technical footwork a little sloppy - Price point is fair The negatives: - They're water resistant but not waterproof, but since the midsole and upper join so close to the ground that has meant wet socks on most hikes when conditions are wet - The tread is not aggressive or particularly sticky - They're not particularly warm and your feet will chill if hiking in snow or on standing on cold ground - Rock hopping can be painful since sharp edges are easily felt through the sole and there is no padding to absorb impact (obviously) Overall I would give about 3.5 to 4 stars. These handily (or should I say footily?) replace my trail running shoes but I think there are some design shortcomings. Primarily, with how thin the soles are. Any puddle of water or amount of snow finds its way into the shoe eventually. It would make sense to make these more waterproof towards the bottom. The chilliness of the shoe can be mitigated with socks (unless they're wet) and the outer sole rubber/traction is really a matter of personal preference. These won't be replacing my approach shoes or winter footwear but will be a regular wear spring to fall.

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01/22/2019
Nathan

Great in the snow!

These have been working great for me as snow boots. I always used to hate switching back to regular boots in winter, but now I can feel the ground and still have warm feet even in a few inches of snow!

MS
01/21/2019
Mahlon S.
US

Great Boots

Great boots, very comfortable. It took two tries to get the size right, customer service was great. I haven't had them long enough to speak to durability. The tread isn't aggressive enough for good traction in slick mud or wet snow, otherwise I'd give them five stars. Oh, and the top eyelet should be a hook, but that's really nit picking.

JF
01/18/2019
John F.
US

DayLite Hiker — Highly Recommended.

I’ve owned my DayLite’s for a few months now, and have grown to love these boots. Important things to consider: Heel-toe drop is zero and the sole is very lite and flexible, though is thick enough to mute some of the feel to the foot (something to consider for your needs). The sole along with the insert has very little cushion, and very small arch contours. Toe box is nice and large allowing the feet lots of freedom. Sizing was a bit of a challenge for me as it is recommended to go 1/2-1 full size larger and I chose 1 full size over. My Prio’s, at 1/2 larger, seemed a bit snug though the full size in the DayLite is too much for my liking and I recommend only 1/2 size larger. The upper is bit bulky compared to most of the minimalist gear I’ve seen, and I don’t mind it because it helps give the shoe a more typical size compared to the non-minimal shoes. I have been wearing these in the fall and through the winter nearly daily, and they have been performing well. Temps have been down as low as -17F. Generally I’m not out all day in the low temps, but the boots have good breathability so the feet get a bit too chilly. Walking through some snowy and slushy spots is too much for the water resistance as well. In my opinion, would perform better for warmer and drier weather. All in all it is a great shoe and I highly recommend it for minimalist and near barefoot applications.

TT
01/14/2019
Tuudur T.
EE

3rd xero product

I love all of them 🙂

HR
01/11/2019
Hannah R.

Great Shoe

I have a very oddly shaped foot, with my heel being significantly less wide than my toes. My mom calls them "pizza feet" because they are shaped like a slice of pizza. I have never felt so comfortable in a pair of shoes. These shoes feel like they are custom made, and I can finally have freedom in my toes and still feel secure in the heel!

BJ
01/11/2019
Ben J.
JP

Fabulous!!

Many thanks for helping me feel human and in touch with nature. BJ

JY
01/11/2019
Jennifer Y.
US

Nice Boots!

These are very comfortable! I have very wide feet so chose to buy the men's. I ordered up a half size as recommended and got a great fit. I still think it is a little tighter across the widest part of my foot than preferred, but just barely and when wearing heavy wool winter socks. I have enjoyed them so far!

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