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Still trying to get used to it.
on August 31, 2014
I first 'tested' the shoes in the house. Wearing and walking. If you are used to walking around barefoot like me, it's not difficult to 'transition' from our over padded shoe culture. Note that unlike most flipflops that have a thicker sole and mostly softer, the Xero sole is thinner and stiffer, less 'cushiony.' Also unlike slippers or sandals that have no ankle straps, you just cant slip into them. Some adjustment is required.
The design: I've been searching for a good pair of men's strapped sandals and am still searching. I tried Jerusalem leather sandals. The sole is cut too narrow hence looks more feminine...they sell them as unisex. Xero can look more like women's sandals simply because the twine straps are narrow. Also if you have nasty feet this is not for you. More than 90% of your feet esp your nails and toes are exposed.
Walking: After test driving then in the house, I test drove it walking outdoors. On flat sidewalks, they are fine. On gravel surfaces, you will feel pebbles and small stones. Also, if you dont land closer to the ground, your feet will be clapping...the sole is think, compacted and flexible it hits the ground clapping.
I got two pairs, the Sensori and the Amuri Cloud. Both are similar in construction. I tested the Sensori.
Bottom line: I'm still not totally convinced. I'm still looking for that pair of 'fashionable' men's sandals without paying too much nor having them look like gladiator clunkers! If you're a men's sandal designer, talk to me!