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Overall, a great low-budget minimalist footwear option with a few quirks...,
This review is from: Xero Shoes Barefoot Sandals - Men's Sensori Venture (Apparel)
I've owned a pair of these Sensori Venture's for about a month now, and have used prior models of Xero Shoes for about two years before that. The short version of my product review is that these are a great and AFFORDABLE minimalist footwear option, especially for walking, hiking, and casual use. I've found them to be quite comfortable, versatile, and durable. The fact that they can be personalized and customized to fit your feet is a nice touch, too. Not to mention being able to walk around with a natural gait, as if (almost) barefoot. They also make a superb replacement for flip flops, and in all seriousness, I think this is reason enough for investing in them.
The newer Sensori Venture model has incorporated some design improvements - some good, and some unnecessary in my opinion. But overall, this is a superior model to former versions. The most important design improvement is the rear strap system that avoids holes in the sole (of which, two of mine had torn with the earlier Xero Shoe models). So, the laces will presumably last longer and the soles won't be as likely to tear where the ankle holes used to be.
A couple of things you should know before you buy Xero Shoes are that they don't do well in wet conditions - traction goes downhill fast when you introduce moisture (be it from sweat, rain, morning dew, flash flood, etc.). Also, some hiking trail conditions aren't the best for Xero Shoes either. Sandy terrain and loose soil/gravel pose a bit of difficulty, and this is made much worse when conditions are wet and/or steep, as the sandals have a tendency to slip and slide either on the ground or off of your foot. Those are the only major issues I've had, though - apart from not favoring Xero Shoes for running.
But the bottom line is that if you're looking for an affordable minimalist footwear sandal for recreational or casual use, then Xero Shoes are definitely worth your consideration. And between you and me, the low price point makes them well-worth an initial test drive - even if you're skeptical like I was. These days, most minimalist footwear - even sandals - are easily double or triple the cost of a pair of Xeros. And if I may say so, you'd be crazy NOT to buy a set of these to compare to your favorite flip flops. You'll never go back!
So, overall, these are a fairly high-quality, and especially high value product for your dollar, and I'll be wearing mine until I find something better.
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P.S. Also, I will try to remember to update this review after some more time has passed to tell you how this newer model holds up.
P.P.S. If you'd like more information, I wrote up a much more detailed product review where I discuss a few more of the Xero Shoe quirks in more detail. It's on my website here: [...]
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Initial post: Nov 21, 2013 9:11:52 PM PST
Xero Shoes says:
FWIW, I just did a run through a rainy Las Vegas, some parts were damp, some were 8" of water... no slipping at all. Also, Jonathan Sinclair and Melissa Gosse just completed the La Ruta 100k trail ultramarathon in Xero Shoes, without any slipping problems... and this was going up and down MASSIVE inclines and through rain forests. In my experience, while nothing can prevent ALL slippage, slipping is often a function of form (that is, if you land with your feet under your center of mass, there's less likelihood of slipping).
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