Wearing Xero Shoes can build foot strength

A study by a team led by Drs. Sarah Ridge and Marc Olsen showed that merely walking in minimalist shoes built foot muscle strength as much as doing a foot strengthening exercise program. That study didn’t use Xero Shoes, but Dr. Ridge says that wearing Xero Shoes should give the same benefit as the ones […]

Running Form – learning from robots, kids, and ice

Physics. It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law. Want to improve your running technique? I have three suggestions: Watch robots run Watch little kids run Learn to run on ice! Running Robots The gang at Boston Dynamics are creating robots that do AMAZING things. For one, check out this one: Oh, sure, it’s […]

Can’t Find the Size, Color, or Style You Want? Here’s why…

We know that some people are upset because we may not have the size, or color, or style of the Xero Shoe that they want. Huge apologies. Clearly, it’s not our intention to run out of inventory and be unable to replace it in a timely manner. It’s happening for a few reasons, that I […]

Leg Length Difference and Barefoot Running

Can you run barefoot if your legs are different lengths? This is a question I get at least once a week. And I think the answer may be surprising. Watch this video that I made with Joshua Gordon about barefoot running technique and leg length issues (and a LOT more). Then leave a comment below […]

Harvard’s Guide to Healthy Feet – Are you doing what they say?

Our local newspaper, the Denver Post included an insert, The Harvard Health Guide to Healthy Living. Lots of great info in there, but my favorite is the section, Keeping Your Feet Healthy. What does it recommend? Check out this video for a few highlights and my commentary. And if you want to read the transcript […]

The Important Barefoot Running Blister

Getting a blister from barefoot running was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. Let me back up and tell you the whole story so you can understand why. On my second barefoot run ever, I was so fascinated by the sensations, and so transfixed by experimenting to see the effects of […]

How to Adjust Xero Shoes Sandals for a Perfect Fit

To get a just-right fit for your sandals, follow the instructions below. And if you need more help, feel free to reach out to our Customer Happiness Team at [email protected] For all of our sandals, you want to aim for “snug but comfortable.” Z-Trek and Z-Trail sport sandals Cloud, Genesis (and Venture) huarache-style thong sandals […]

Flat Feet, High Arches, and Running Barefoot

Not infrequently, when the topic of barefoot running comes up, or someone takes a look at my Xero Shoes, whomever I’m speaking with will say: I can’t do that. I need support. Oh? I’ll respond. Why do you need support? Then something happens that I love. I get one of two seemingly contradictory answers. Either: […]

How To Run Barefoot

“How do I start barefoot running?” “What’s the best book/course/coach for learning to run barefoot?” “Can you show me what barefoot running form looks like?” I get these questions a lot. And, frankly, I don’t want to answer them. In fact, I’ve resisted writing this post for, well, months.

Do not “transition slowly” to Barefoot Running

The more time you spend around barefoot running and minimalist running – the more articles you read in magazines and newspapers, the more interviews you hear with doctors or runners, the more stories you see on the news, the more websites you see about it, the more research you hear about it – the more […]