Prio Running and Fitness Shoe - Kids


Durable, versatile, natural. Let your kids Live Life Feet First!

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Product Description

Due to increased costs of materials, manufacturing, and shipping, the price of this product will be raised on September 1st.
Limited quantities are available before that date.

Now Xero Shoes are ready for you for KIDS!

You probably know how important it is to let your kids’ feet develop and function naturally — letting their toes spread, and their feet bend, flex, move, and Feel the World!®

That’s why we’re thrilled to release the Kid’s version of our best-selling Prio barefoot/minimalist shoe for everything they love to do.

The Kids’ Prio has everything you love about the adult version, plus we’ve made a few changes, just for them:

  • More grip! We spaced out the lugs and made them bigger on the FeelTrue® soles to give them better traction.
  • Ergonomic fit We didn’t just shrink the adult Prio, we changed the shape for a better fit.
  • Just-right feedback We also thinned out the sole a little bit to make it extra flexible, give kids the right amount of ground-feel and protection.
  • Unisex fit Don’t worry about boys vs. girls, the Kids Prio is made for both.

Of course, we’ve kept all the best things about the Prio:

  • Natural FIT — A wide toe box lets your toes spread and relax. Plus the “XERO-drop” sole (non-elevated heel and low-to-the-ground) allows for proper posture, balance, and agility
  • Natural MOTION — The Prio is flexible enough to let little feet bend, move, and flex the way, well, that feet are supposed
  • Lightweight — Your kids might even forget they’re wearing them
  • Natural FEEL — Remove the 2mm insole for a more “barefoot feel,” or keep it in for a bit more protection
  • 100% Vegan-friendly materials — No animal products are used in the Prio
  • Huarache-inspired design — The huarache-sandal inspired strap helps secure the heel
  • Adjustable instep strap — Use the “inverted V” straps aren’t sewn down to lock in the instep while keeping toes free to move
  • Reflective straps — The middle strip in the heel and instep straps are highly reflective for evenings and night
  • Barefoot-friendly — Wear the Prio with or without socks
  • 5,000-mile sole warranty — like all our FeelTrue® soles, the Prio is backed by our 5,000-mile sole warranty*

A note about sizing

The numbers for kids sizes change. The “Kids 12” is the smallest size, followed by Kids 13, then Youth 1-4.

Worried about your kids outgrowing the Prio?

We know that kids grow, and we’re not fans of buying shoes “that they’ll grow into.”

To help out if your kids get too big for their Prio, we’ve created a Facebook Group where you can trade/swap/buy/sell your shoes and pass your still-wearable pair to someone who still fits your size, and find a pair for the next perfect fit.

(Note: The FB group is for use at your own discretion. The deals you make are up to you.)

*5,000 mile sole warranty is non-transferable and only valid for the original purchaser of the shoes.

Check out these reviews from kids and their parents (and then click the Customer Reviews tab, above, to read more)



The Kids Z-Trails and Kids Prios fit true to size.
We recommend ordering your regular shoe size.

A note about sizing:
The numbers for kids sizes change. The “Kids 12” is the smallest size, followed by Kids 13, then Youth 1-4.

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 charts below.

Kid’s Sizing Chart:

US Sizes Euro Sizes UK Sizes JP Sizes
12 30 11 18.1
13 31 12 19.1
1 32 13 19.4
2 33 1 20.5
3 34 2 21.6
4 36 3 22.2
Any questions? Just call us at 303 447 3100 or send us an email. We’re here to help.

The Prio is an “all-around” shoe. It’s good for walking, running, hiking, playing, climbing… you name it.

That’s totally up to you (or them).

The Prio is made so they can be worn with or without socks.

The Kids Prio is “true to size,” so select the typical size for your child.

Now, that said, sizing is not a science, there’s a lot of personal preference involved… Three people with identical feet will have three opinions about how the same shoe fits 😉

If the size you get doesn’t fit, take advantage of our free domestic exchange policy. See for details.

All the straps — the heel and instep — are adjustable for a secure, comfy fit.

To use the instep straps, simply tighten or loosen them with the tension of the lace that goes through them.

For the heel strap, it’s best to adjust it by gently sliding it through the “wing” in the sole rather than yanking on it.

The Kids Prio isn’t waterproof. But the breathable mesh should dry quickly.

We know that children have a habit of growing.

We’ve created a Facebook group where you can find other “Prio parents” with who you can trade/swap/sell/buy. Click Here to see it (opens a new tab in your browser)

Note: We don’t manage the FB group. The participants in the group are responsible for managing all transactions.

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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 Prios

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

Customer Reviews
4.8 Based on 272 reviews
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Kyle H.
On point.

Great shoes for my daughter. She backpacks, hikes, and runs in them. The color is great. Our matching prios get us a lot of attention lol

Patricia D.

This is my daughter’s second pair of Kids’ Prio shoes. She loved the first pair, wore them out, and now the second pair is just as loved and comfortable. For now, she’s in her Xero sandals ’til the weather gets cold in November. (^_^)

wendy m.
great for fencing--and everything!

My 10 yo daughter just started fencing and I was watching her struggle with her narrow elevated heel "running" shoes. I've been exclusively wearing xero shoes for the last 8 months and decided to get her a pair of her own. They fit wonderfully, she loves them and they are super comfortable. They are perfect for fencing--all that lunging and footwork require balance and contact with the floor, all of which xero shoes provides. This is my fourth pair for myself and daughter.

Morgan S.
Great for Active Kids / Ankle Health

My wife bought some active shoes from another brand that were pretty standard- well made with cushioned/running soles. The problem is with most of these shoes is that the raised cushioned soles can facilitate ankle rolls which I saw happen to my son a few times. So, having had some Xero running sandals awhile back I found these and my son loves them. Active starts and stops with no danger of rolling ankles and comfortable wide toe box are perfect for active growing kids.

Nike J.
My 5 year old loves them.

My 5 year old loves his prios. I love the look of them, they’re so cute. He doesn’t reach for them as often because he is still learning to tie his shoes so I may look for a lace alternative. Would love if the smaller sizes came with a non-tying lace option.

Catriona D.
Good athletic shoes

The children really like their new gym shoes and the barefoot type shape is great. I was looking for 0-4 mm drop athletic shoes for the kids to use for gym class and running at home (7 and 9 years). I wanted ethically made and environmentally friendly shoes but it is hard to meet all the ideals for all shoes. They have an statement about their efforts on their page - they are made responsibly in China and they do what they can to be environmentally friendly. If the shoes last and can be handed down then that would be great so I will see. I also wanted ones that didn't let the rain in. We live in Japan and it rains a lot. My children are 7 and 9. My son age 9 had a size 4 and has room. His length of foot was 22.2 cm and width 8 cm. My daughter age 7 has a size 2 shoes, her foot was 19.8 cm by 8 cm. I will definitely consider them for myself when I need my next running shoes.

Sarah S.
My kid hates shoes— except these ones.

After buying my shoe hating 9 year old son 3 pairs of nice sneakers this year to try to get him to wear ANYTHING for more than a few minutes, I finally decided to buy him the kids prio. I wear almost exclusively xero shoes, and I totally get where he’s coming from. He totally rocks these little sneakers. He loves the way that the tension can be adjusted differently on different parts of the feet for super personalized comfort, and they look great on him. It was so worth the money for him to not hate another pair of sneakers. Highly recommend for any picky kid!

Derek M.
So far so good

So far my daughter loves these shoes. My only complaint is the shoe laces. They come untied often and I do understand this could just be her poor tying skills. And I do think there’s a creative solution for kids who like to quickly throw on their shoes and head out the door that is not Velcro and stays tight.

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Edward P.
Best shoes for kids!

My daughter loves these shoes and I love how they allow her feet to do what feet are supposed to do — they are not stuck in a cast like her old shoes.

Melody D.

With our kids’ growing feet it is important to us to have a shoe they can move well in, yet still holds up to hours of play. These shoes excel in flexibility and durability. Thank you, Xero!