Huarache Sandals!! Likely some of the first forms of footwear worn by man, continue to be worn by people worldwide, and recently popularized by the best selling novel Born to Run by Christopher Mcdougal. The system is simple, allow the foot to move as naturally as possible, while giving it just a bit of protection from the elements of nature. Xero shoes was one of the first companies to manufacture and offer a huarache sandal made from modern materials.
The DIY Xero Shoe consist of a rubber sole (either 4mm or 6mm thick, depending on what you order) what is attached to your foot with a six foot polyester lace. With endless tying methods (most with online tutorials to guide you) they can be tied to fit any pair of feet and for pretty much any purpose.
The soles also come with a 5,000 mile warranty which proves the confidence of the company in their product.
We’ve tried out both sandals, during short jogs, fast interval workouts, ultra marathons up to 100 miles, and for all kinds of hiking and camping out in the back country. Here is what we’ve found!
Xero Shoe Pro’s
- you will hardly notice these on your feet or in your pack.
- they won’t hold the smell like some of the other minimalist shoes … vibrams!!
- While it may take a bit of time to adjust your laces, and get used to what that sweet spot is for tightness, when you get it right, it stays!
- You may have some new aches and pains when first switching over to your Xero’s (tight calves, sore arches) thats your body getting stronger. The real benefit is that your shin splints, knee/hip/back pain will all subside as your body learns to run correctly and efficiently.
- you can run through puddles and streams and won’t come out with 5 extra pounds of weight on your feet. With nothing to absorb the water these sandals are great for this.
Xero Shoe Con’s
You will end up with some rocks sneaking under your foot, though very few will hang around for long and require you to flick them out.
It will make the surface of the sandal slick until it dries up (usually within a minute or so). On the flipside they won’t hold any mud like the big treads on trail shoes, so its a give-take decision.
Switching from a regular shoe to Xero Shoes will require time as you slowly build your speed and distance back to what it was. Too much too fast will leave you will leave your calves and feet feeling sore and tired, that is until they can strengthen and keep up to your training.
Bottomline, we would suggest Xero Shoes to anyone to help strengthen their feet and feel the world they are moving along. We will continue to use mine as we enjoy running more than we ever have. And being such a quality product, under a great warranty, for a very reasonable price, how can you possibly go wrong?
We hope this helps and would encourage you all to visit their website to order up a pair. Any questions please toss them on the comments!
Jon and Mel
–> Be sure to check out our product review of the new Z-Trek Sport Sandals from Xero Shoes. And if you want to go minimalist but aren’t sure yet about running/walking in sandals, we’d strongly recommend the Prio Running Shoes.
–> And to see other gear we’ve tested out, read our Gear and Product Reviews