Prio Running and Fitness Shoe - Kids


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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 NEW 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)

We recommend buying the Kids Prio in your regular 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.

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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Alicia H.

Freeing Dancer Feet

My 7-year-old is a dancer, and his feet have already endured enough abuse that his doctor commented on them... even though he wore what I thought were good quality sneakers most of the time. It occurred to me that getting him in Xero shoes might help counteract the damage done in dance. He loves them! He says they are comfortable, and he loves that he can bend his feet and feel the ground - great for impromptu dancing, climbing and exploring. They seem to be very well made, and as a bonus the laces are pretty easy for him to tie. He has a lot more room for his toes to spread out than he did in conventional sneakers.

Sarah P.

Kids love them

Bought each of my kids these shoes. They fit great and are wide enough. They start out a bit stiff, but get easier to put on after a few weeks.

Amanda T.

Great sneakers for busy kids

My eight year old loves her new Prio sneakers. She complained of tripping a lot in gym class but her new Prios keep her steady and balanced on her feet. I love the very potent reflective stripes which so helpful as the amount of daylight lessens this fall and she's often playing outside at dusk. These shoes are a great find and we'll probably order another pair once she grows out of these!


Great shoes!

I bought 2 pairs for my boys (6 and 8 year olds) and they both declared they were the most comfortable shoes they have ever worn. These shoes have a wider toe box than my kids other minimalist shoes, which is great since they both are wider in the forefoot, and narrow in the heel. Both of my kids wear them without socks and have not developed any blisters or hot spots.

Patricia D.

Ideal Footwear for a Wild Child

My 7 year old daughter loves these, her first pair of 'tie' shoes. Prior to this, when shoes were necessary, she wore moccasin style or rain boots. Although she's always preferred bare feet, the moment she put these on she claimed she could run faster. They've been perfect all day at school and on hikes. It's super cool to hear her educating others about 'wide toe boxes' and 'flat shoes'. And it's cool that we now have matching shoes. Thanks, XERO!

Jessica G.

I have always hated wearing

I have always hated wearing shoes, but these have quickly become my favorite shoes to wear.

Aaron G.

Finally! Xeros for kids!

My son loves them already. He was excited that he could move his toes around in the wide toebox. We've already gone for one run, no complaints!

Denitsa N.


They are absolutely amazing! My children love them! They are stable, comfortable, looks great! I have more patients Xero to increase kids collection with other models (boots, sandals ect.)

Amy H.


Upon first sight the true blue struck my eyes with a pop of color. The reflective stripes are nice and bright. Soles: squishable, bendy, full of traction. We couldn't be any happier with our purchase. I wince at price tags over about $45 for my kids, but my positive experiences with Xero Shoes' customer service and general kinship, and as a solid shoe design and production company gave me confidence once their kids shoes came out they would rock and they DO! I exchanged for a size 13 (waiting that 1 week for the new ones was painful as I saw my son running in his high heels - i mean his hand me down running shoes with their swoosh) but all that pain is nearly gone as I watch with a satisfied mind my little rock climber, perpetual runner, generally loopy 5 year old ball of energy do his stuff knowing he's growing from the ground up with feet free as they are designed to be.

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Wendy Y.

Great shoe for kids

I bought multiple Prios for my older kids and am so happy with this shoe. I want them to have strong, healthy feet and great balance and I believe this is exactly what they need. On top of that, the shoe is very well made and stylish. I do wish it was a little less heavy around the back of the ankle, with less bulky material. There may be a structural reason for that, but it did cause us to have to size up some so they could get the shoe on.

Wendy Y. verified customer review of Prio - Kids - Black/White, Youth 2
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