Xero Shoes DIY Sandal Kit

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Regular Price: £21.95

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Xero Shoes available with 4mm Connect or 6mm Contact outsole for great "barefoot feel".
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Very happy Review by Lee
Ordered a pair of 4mm soles about 3 weeks ago. Already finished a half marathon in them and looking to go even further. I was a bit pessimistic to begin with but about 5 minutes into my first run I knew I was going to get along with them! I am now a barefoot convert and going back to my clumpy trainers is going to be impossible!
My first thoughts were 'I am going to stub my toes' - this hasn't happened and I have run on all sorts of terrain. I also thought the lace that runs between your toe will rub - it hasn't after about 40 miles in them.
I was so happy that I have bought a pair of 6mm soles as well plus a few other extras!
If anybody was not going to get on with these it would be me but I am very surprised how well I have taken to them.
I use them along side my Sockwa G3 when I am running on overgrown trails with stingers etc and what's best is that I wear my Xero Shoes to the trails then whip them off and stick them in my pack as their is nothing to them. I also wear them out and about so they are extremely versatile too.
Also for the price you cannot grumble, I am going to try to put the 5000 mile warranty to the test :-)
(Posted on 03/08/2013)
Wife thought I was mad... Little did she know! Review by Wilco
Received my Xeroshoes today and couldn't wait to put them together. I marked them out whilst my wife looked on me as if I was mad. Next I rigged the laces up and voila, I was ready to go. It is amazing how a 4mm bit of rubber  and some string can make such comfortable footwear! I absolutely love them, even though I've only worn them for 1/2 hr. My wife now loves them as well and wants a pair of her own. And no doubt when my kids wake up in the morning they'll want a pair as well! Thanks for such a wonderful revelation! (Posted on 03/07/2013)
Excellent Product and Service Review by JohnD
Hi, got my 'shoes' over a week ago, have them tied up using a method based on Sonja's as I like more points of contact and so there is no flip flopping about. Just getting used to them really and trying to walk quietly/softly now without banging my heels in. Taking some getting used to, I have even started walking differently in my 'normal' shoes! The service and quality of the shoes was really great, I would wholeheartedly recommend them and your company to anyone interested.

John (Posted on 24/05/2013)
Nearly a year later... Review by Orbitfish
Although these are not the only shoes I own, they are practically the only shoes I wear now. I've been living in my Contacts since last June, I wear Vivo Breatho Trails for mountain running; Vivo Breezy Lites when it gets really wet on the roads and Vivo Ra's for management meetings in the city; for everything else I'm in my Xeros. As you can tell I'm a fan of Vivo shoes and I find my Xeros to be as good as the Vivos with their 3mm sole but with an added sense of freedom somewhat akin to streaking through the park :) My longest run in Xeros has been about 10 miles so far but I'm working on building that up; I just don't like road running as much as mountain running. Careful though, if you get a pair of these you may give up all other shoes completely! (Posted on 12/05/2013)
Great feel, great protection, great footwear! Review by Brian
Got a pair of 4mm Connects at the start of January. (I live in Dublin, Ireland.)

Can't say I recall my feet ever being cold, and I do most of my runs early in the morning before work. It's been a cold winter and I've done lots of running in sub-zero temperatures with zero issues in these Xero shoes.

Have been running on concrete, tarmac, sand, and a little bit of grass since getting them. You feel every contour and pebble underfoot, but are completely protected against glass and other crud that's out there. They really are the closest thing to barefoot without being barefoot. You come in from some runs and your feet are just tingling with sensation, your soles feel so alive. It's weird, but fantastic at the same time.

Took my time to build up the miles on the concrete and tarmac, but am happily doing 10-16km across a variety of surfaces on my longer runs and about +40km per week in total. 6-10km on tarmac and concrete are my bog-standard runs at this stage. All going well, I plan to continue to build to marathon distances, and after 3-plus months using them so far, can't see any reason why that shouldn't happen.

Admittedly I was doing 35-40 kms barefoot on my local beach before buying these, but I used to have to drive there and back. Now with the Xero's I just head out the door and can choose between a run on concrete (which is usually more sheltered that running on the beach), or run to the beach and slip them into a pocket if I feel like going barefoot.

I can't imagine running in anything else from now on. Plus they double up as a nifty set of sandals/slippers. I wear them round the house all the time.

We bought the thicker 6 mm Contacts for the kids and they had a blast tracing out their feet, punching holes, and making their own invisible shoes. It really was very simple to do and once this never ending winter ends and Spring arrives, they can't wait to get them on their feet outdoors.

If you're thinking of moving to barefoot style running, Xero shoes are the way to go.

In my opinion, two things in particular have helped me since I got the Xero shoes. Firstly, I tried to hit a cadence of at least 170 steps per minute, and preferably closer to 180. And secondly, I started to train according to Phil Maffatone's 180 heart rate formula. The combination of the right cadence when I was running, and having to spend a lot of time walking / running to stay under my target heart rate was a big help in making an injury free adjustment from running on the beach to running on tarmac and concrete. If you're an endurance runner, and thinking of making the switch then I'd really recommend Maffatone's method during your transition phase. If you're going to take the time to transition properly, you might as well take the opportunity to build your aerobic engine properly at the same time. It might not be for everyone, but it has worked a treat for me.

And to cap it all, 10% of the cost gets donated to the Tarahumara Children's Hospital Fund. If Carlsberg did minimalist shoes... (Posted on 12/04/2013)
As someone who's started running barefoot about two months ago, I have to say these sandals are brilliant. Review by Peter
I live in a big city (Paris, France), and so running barefoot in the city is not a very appealing option to me. For real barefoot running, my only option is the track. For anywhere else, it's Xero Shoes. They do indeed allow you to run as if you were barefoot, not in the least altering your natural biomechanics, also because they are so light you hardly feel them. And because the skin on your feet is not in contact with the ground, the ride feels very smooth. I also run in zero drop minimalist shoes and more cushioned low drop shoes, but my xeroshoes feel better and lighter. Because of the way they force you to run, running in them actually feels softer than with minimalist shoes. I hope to be able to build up my mileage more and more.
The only tricky thing about them is getting the lacing right. After experimenting with a few styles, I've come up with a small variation of my own. I've posted a link on youtube; might be of use to other people (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBM9fOtbkbY)
(Posted on 03/12/2012)
Minimalist shoes - 'Maximalist' sensation Review by Martijn
I have been adapting to my Xero Shoes (6mm) for a couple of weeks and can now run for about 4 km in them without negative side effects the next day (= crippling muscle pain in the calves and big bloody blisters on the bottom of your soles and toes). Patience has never been my strongest characteristic, but believe me, take it easy on your huaraches (5 km on a first run is TOO MUCH!) Being a long distance runner (marathon +) I can hardly wait to increase my distances in these minimalist shoes (and run a full training on them). I have been playing with the tightness of the cord over the past weeks and found that I need to have them as tight as possible to prevent flopping of the soles, I might have punched the hole between my toes a little bit farther to the edges than I did). Other than that, it is great fun to run in them and feel the world. I'm still a little bit anxious to step into puddles or walk through high grass but I guess that's all part of a learning process. So far, I really enjoy them and have absolutely no regrets 'stepping' into this adventure!
The Xero Shoes UK site is very user friendly, you can easily find all information you need and they answer their emails at lightning speed to help you out with tips and tricks.
It took a little under a week to have my Xero DIY Shoes arrive in the Netherlands. If you want to experience minimalist footgear you should really try Xero Shoes.

Martijn, Netherlands (Posted on 02/11/2012)
Incredible Review by Alex
I've had my Connects for about 2 months now and I love them! I use them for walking & running. I'm a size 11 (UK) and the are a touch flappy when walking however they disappear when running and don't flap at all. The ground feel is superb. I'm going to order a pair of the Contacts next as I heard they are slightly more rigid which sound perfect to me so I'll post a review on them soon. Still going to give these five stars as I enjoy using them so much!

My friend is a UK size 9 and doesnt have the flappy thing so if you're a larger size then it may be worth going for the Contacts.

Still wearing my Connects and its end of October!

Great product (Posted on 31/10/2012)

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