Xero’s Z-Trail Barefoot Shoes Are on Sale Right Now


Our favorite barefoot shoes, Xero’s Z-Trail sandals, are roughly half-off right now, at around $40 ($40 off)—the exact deal varies slightly by color and size. Xero’s big sale also extends to some of our other top 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 yet in our guide. The Mesa Trail, which is already sold out in men’s sizing, is also on sale and still available in women’s sizing for $36 ($84 off). The sale runs through October 3 while supplies last.

What exactly are barefoot shoes? The technology and padding of the modern shoe protect your feet, but protection isn’t always what you want. Feet were made to stretch, flex, roll, and bend, and letting them do what they evolved to do can reduce impact injuries and provide a host of other benefits. This is what barefoot shoes offer, but you need to ease into it. Read our Best Barefoot Shoes guide for more details and recommendations.

If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission. This helps support our journalism. Learn more.

Why We Like the Xero Z-Trail Shoes

Xero Z-Trail sandals

Photograph: Xero Shoes

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

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 strike the best balance between cushion and freedom of movement. The Z-Trails have 10 millimeters of cushion, which makes them a good option for newcomers (though you should still take it slow if you’re new and wear them for short periods of time, increasing the duration a little bit until your feet have adjusted).


Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-Year Subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off). This includes unlimited access to WIRED.com and our print magazine (if you’d like). Subscriptions help fund the work we do every day.

Related Posts

vargascollection-com

13 Best Target Deal Days Sales (2022): Dyson, Apple, and More

Target is my happy place. It’s good for checking items off your shopping list or for curing boredom. While online shopping isn’t as fun as spending hours…

vargascollection-com

Google Pixel Watch (2022): Features, Price, Release Date

Google really wants you to just use Fitbit, but Google Fit is there for anyone who prefers it. If you opt for Fitbit, you’ll be able to…

vargascollection-com

Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro (2022): Features, Price, Release Date

If last year’s Pixel 6 was a leap, Google’s new Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro smartphones are a small hop. At its Made by Google event…

vargascollection-com

Google Catches Up to Apple and Samsung in the Hardware Race

Even though it’s already October, we are somehow still seeing new products announced by the tech giants. This week, it was Google’s turn to show off its…

vargascollection-com

https://www.wired.com/gallery/best-electric-toothbrushes/

https://www.wired.com/gallery/best-electric-toothbrushes/

vargascollection-com

10 Great Outdoor Deals on Tents, Jackets, and Snow Gear

Just because the weather is getting chillier doesn’t mean you have to put your outdoors gear away! We think this is the best hiking and camping season…