Gift Guide for Runners: Xero Shoes for Comfort and Performance

Are you looking for the perfect gift for the runner in your life? Whether they’re just starting out or are a seasoned pro, we’ve got some great gift ideas that any runner is sure to love. Whether runners want to train in the shoes or just wear them for off-days and active recovery, reviewers say Xero Shoes are super comfortable with the wide toe box and foot-shaped design.

Plus, research shows that just walking in minimalist shoes strengthens foot muscles as much as doing a foot-strengthening exercise program. And for runners logging long miles, Xero Shoes’ has a 5,000 mile sole warranty, whereas most traditional running shoes must be replaced between 300-500 miles.


Your feet will love the natural comfort of the wider toe box and zero-drop design in Xero Shoes’ best-selling HFS Road Running Shoe. Runners love this shoe because it’s super lightweight, helping you run your way to your next PR.  The moisture-wicking lining and breathable mesh help keep you cool in warmer months.


Thousands of Xero Shoes’ customers loved the bestselling Mesa Trail’s combination of lightweight comfort and trail-gripping security. The NEW Mesa Trail II improves on that with more rugged, durable, and protective welded components, like a durable toe cap and sidewall welding to prevent dirt from getting in your shoes. Plus, this lightweight trail runner is only 8.2oz (M9)/6.4oz (W7).

To recover from your long runs, another gift to give your runner is the Naboso Neuro Ball. The Neuro Ball is a great massager that can be used as a release ball to roll under your feet, in the palms of your hands or over your calves to relieve muscle tightness post-run.


Road running is now even lighter with the NEW Forza Runner. We took our best-selling road runner, the HFS, reduced the weight, and added a sock-like, breathable, knit mesh upper that feels one with your foot. Even when you’re not running you’ll love showing off the sleek style.


The Zelen Sustainable Running Shoe is made with more than 60% biodegradable and recycled materials including a breathable knit upper is made with rPET recycled material and a biodegradable sock liner. Rounding out a solid green story, recycled materials make up the webbing, laces, and mesh lining. Plus, the Zelen happens to be Born to Run author Chris McDougall’s favorite shoe. 



The Prio Running and Fitness Shoe is touted as the most comfortable shoe for anything you do, and working out is no exception. The Prio is made of ultra-light and durable materials, perfect for athletes. Plus, they won’t break the bank, as one of the few performance shoes out there that are under $90.

Add in the Naboso insoles, which stimulate your feet to energize your foot step, improve balance and increase movement.



For those living in warm, humid environments, you need a shoe that’s super breathable and water-friendly. The Aqua X Sport sheds water like there’s no tomorrow, with a water-friendly mesh upper, quick-dry lining, nonabsorbent tongue, and toe guard drain holes. Perfect for beach running or wet trails, the Aqua X Sport has all-terrain traction and the just-right amount of protection and ground feedback.