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Xero Shoes’ Amuri Venture: Hands-on Review

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(They’re not actually purplish.)

I bought the Amuri Venture sandals from Xero Shoes more than a year ago. My main use of them has been walking, and I’m fairly happy with them. (I’ve also bought and reviewed Xero’s original and Contact DIY sandals and their Ipari Hana shoes.)

The main reason to buy Xero footwear is if you want the closest experience to going barefoot while protecting the bottoms of your feet. I’m not an ideologue on going barefoot(-ish): I simply found that I can avoid or recover from plantar fasciitis and Achilles pain by doing so. Continue reading

Xero Shoes’ Ipari Hana: Hands-on Review

xero-ipari-hanasXero has made my favorite footwear for more than six years. (I’ve bought – and reviewed – Xero’s original do-it-yourself sandals and their DIY Contact sandals, and soon I’ll add the prefab Amuri Ventures.) Sadly, though, sometimes I need to wear actual shoes – due to social expectations or the weather. So I’ve worn through a succession of “barefoot”/zero-drop/minimalist shoes from Nike, Merrell, Vivobarefoot, and Skora. But I always lamented that none quite had the salutary feel of the Xeros – if only they made closed-toed shoes!

Now they do – the Ipari Hana. So I bought a pair, and I’ve worn them for almost three months. Continue reading

New ‘Contact’ sandals from Xero Shoes: Review

Last summer, I bought the latest edition of Xero Shoes (formerly Invisible Shoes), which are minimal sandals marketed for barefoot running. (The company calls them ‘huaraches,’ but I’m more of a traditionalist on that score.) I got them because I really liked my original-edition Xero Shoes (as seen in my review of them), but the new model appeared to address my few complaints about them. I use my new sandals almost daily for walking, and I’ve taken them for many hikes and trail runs on different terrains. In short: they’re even better  than the originals, and they are my footwear of choice for most activities.

The originals had three drawbacks from my perspective. Continue reading

Minimal sandals from Xero (aka Invisible) Shoes: Review

This is a review of the original Invisible Shoes, now renamed Xero Shoes. This model is still available. I’ve reviewed the next version here.

For quite a while, I’ve been trying to go barefoot or to come as close as possible. Unfortunately, rocks, thorns, rules, and dog poo have made walking and running barefoot less appealing to me. So I have relied on Mexican-made huaraches in warm weather and on Nike Frees for all-weather shoes. Both have given me something close to the barefoot experience that I am seeking.

Recently, though, I ordered a “Classic DIY Kit with Vibram Cherry soles” from what’s now called XeroShoes.com to make my own sandals for nearly-barefoot running and walking. I cannot imagine footwear that comes significantly closer to going barefoot. Continue reading

How I fixed my plantar fasciitis

For several years, I suffered from plantar fasciitis in my left foot. A series of medical treatments and advice did nothing to ease my pain and sometimes even increased it. Nonetheless, I solved this problem, and my experience directly controverts much of the medical advice that I received. Then I developed plantar fasciitis in my right foot, and I successfully used the same approach. So I offer this testimonial in case others find it instructive.

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