Prio Running and Fitness Shoe - Kids


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

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Product Description

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.

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Zita v.
My girls love them!!

My girls put on the shoes and immediately started running around. They love the feeling of the shoe and always ask for Xero shoes when going to school or outside. As a parent, I feel much better about these shoes than 'normal' very sneakers, as I know it is supporting the natural development of the little feet. I think they look nice too! The only downside is the laces, as both of my girls are not able to do that by themselves yet. Would suggest creating a similar shoe with velcro closure!

September J.
Holy Grail of Shoes

My sensory kiddo is very particular about shoes. We've tried so many brands and spent so much money. Now that we've grown into youth sizes, it's been more of a challenge to find an acceptable shoe. I'm so happy we tried Xeroshoes. They are lightweight, flexible, and zero percent "clompy." They look sleek and seem to be holding up well to the playground and hiking. We will definitely be ordering Xeroshoes in the future.

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Amy A.
Great shoes!

We love these shoes for our first grade boy! This is his second pair and his first pair lasted for the entirety of kindergarten- and they were his only shoes so he wore them EVERY DAY. I was impressed with the durability, because that was the one thing I was skeptical about when we purchased them. Last year we replaced the laces with elastic lock laces ($8 on Amazon), which worked great for kiddos who can’t tie yet, but this year we kept the laces and made him learn to tie his shoe prior to the first day of first grade. These are great! We will continue to buy them as his primary school shoe every year.

Britney A.
School Shoes

Bought these for my daughter as her school shoes, particularly for PE days. I love the look, and how well they are holding up to the wear and tear a 6 year old can cause. She lives the color (purple), style, and says they are super comfortable for all day wear. Will 100% buy another pair!

Xero Shoes Prio - Kids Review
Amazing for kids

The perfect shoe for growing feet. Our son has been wearing this shoe style for several years now. It's the only shoe we buy him. We also bought the z sandal when they came out and he has a pair of those too. I just introduced these to a fellow mom whose kids will only go barefoot. They tried on my son's new pair and instantly loved them! The mom said she was going to go home a order several pairs for both her kids and the womens sizing for her oldest child because he is a size between the kids and mens adult sizing. With the neutral color pallets offered it totally works until he can transition into mens sizing. Now all we need to complete the year in shoes is a winter boot for kids! Any chance it is in the works yet??? Lol!

Son loves them

My son loves his Prios. Says they are light and helps him run faster.

Caleigh V.
She loves them!

Our daughter is 7 this month and she is high energy! These shoes are really working out for her active lifestyle. She tells us they are comfy and she can climb trees with them, so that’s good marks from a kid. The only thing we didn’t Love about the shoe is the laces. We replaced them and all is good. Would highly recommend these to other parents for their kids.

Gregory T.
Purchased for my mother-in-law

She loves how comfortable these are, the support, the zero drop, and especially the open toe box.

Nicole D.
Only Barefoot for My Kids

I bought these for my daughter as her feet are now big enough. Hint hint Xero! Us parents need xero shoes for our little littles! The Prio instantly became her favorite. Hint Hint Xero! Kids need boots too! When our puppy chewed and destroyed her first pair we bought a 2nd because she refused to wear anything else. Sadly the 2nd pair also got chewed but not beyond repair. A new pair of laces and they are now her leave at school gym shoes. Thank you Xero for making such a great product!

April K.
PT approved

Great little barefoot shoes. Fit my son’s wide feet well. Only complaint is the laces. My 7 year old can’t tie his shoes yet. I double knotted them before school but somehow he ended up asking the teachers more than once to retie. So then I got him lock laces with the drawstring. But this makes it hard for him to get them on. He can do it but it takes some effort to work them open enough to get his foot in. Because of this he keeps reaching for his old shoes. Will probably wait to repurchase for the kids until they can tie their own laces or xero comes out with Velcro strap for kids. Just ordered a pair for my husband though and I can’t wait for him to try them.

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