Xero’s Z-Trail barefoot shoes are on sale now


Our favorite bare feet shoes, Xero’s Z-Trail Sandals, are about half off right now, at around $40 ($40 off) — exact offer varies slightly by color and size. Xero’s big sale also extends to some of our other high-end shoes from the brand, including our favorite road running shoe, the HFS, for $60+ (up to $45 off) and the Prio for $54+ ($26 off), which I’ve tested but isn’t in our guide yet. The Mesa Trail, which is already sold out in men’s sizes, is also on sale and still available in women’s sizes for $36 ($84 off). The sale runs until October 3 while supplies last.

What exactly are barefoot shoes? Modern shoe technology and cushioning protect your feet, but protection isn’t always what you want. Feet were designed to stretch, flex, roll and bend, and letting them do what they were evolved to do can reduce impact injuries and provide a host of other benefits. This is what barefoot shoes offer, but you have to get used to it. Read our guide to the best barefoot shoes for more details and recommendations.

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Why We Love Xero Z-Trail Shoes

Xero Z-Trail sandals

Photography: Xero Shoes

Barefoot shoes are just shoes without much padding. They are also flat, with no heel lift, which is why they are sometimes called “zero-drop” shoes. The flat, minimal sole means you can feel the ground under your feet, improving your balance and strengthening your leg and foot muscles.

The Xero Z-Trail sandals changed my life for the better when I first tried them years ago, and I remain a fan today. They find the best balance between cushion and freedom of movement. The Z-Trails have 10 millimeters of cushion, making them a good option for newcomers (although you should always go slow if you’re new and wear them for short periods of time, increasing the duration a little bit). until your feet have adjusted).

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