Xero Hero – Marissa Ruxin

We’re thrilled to welcome Marissa Ruxin as a Xero Hero.

Here’s her story:

marissa-hiking in xero shoes barefoot sandalsI ran track and cross country in high school and had to take a whole season off because I got stress fractures in both shins due to my running and the shoes that I wore.

People were telling me to get special insoles and to buy huge trail running shoes with over an inch of padding.  I kept getting hurt and having shin splints and other issues so I decided to go minimalist and to start cross training.  These were the best decisions I could make and now I am better at listening to my body and running more naturally.

I took up barefoot running on sidewalks and pavement but the Xeros are my favorite for trails and for the little bit of extra protection that my bare feet don’t provide.

I love my Xeros for running, walking, hiking and for the water.  I have already convinced three people to get these shoes and I will continue to spread the word and my love of barefoot running.
marissa doing yoga in xero shoes barefoot sandals

THANKS for sharing your story, Melissa!

Want to be our next Xero Hero? Tell us your story — email hero@xeroshoes.com.