Thursday, October 5, 2017

My new Xero hiking boots

By now you're probably sick of me talking about Xero shoes, but they just released some nicer more business-appropriate shoes and some hiking boots. The minimalist in me is against a boot, but since they were new I figured I'd give them a try - especially since a bunch of you couldn't believe that I hike in sandals over rocky terrain with a kid on my back.

The new boot is a lot like the regular sporty shoe that you see me wear every day. It's basically a high version of that shoe. I love my hiking sandals, and I love my gym shoes, so I figured the boot would be just as awesome since the only difference is the ankle support. But, that added support on the ankle really changed my gait back to my old thick-shoe gait. I was much less confident over rocky terrain, had trouble navigating up and down large steps, and noticed that my feet turned out a bunch like they used to.

I've always been a believer that it was simply the minimal sole and wide toe box that made minimal shoes awesome, but I think off-loading the ankle stability to the boot changed my proprioception enough that everything went back to the bad way - I even had the same familiar post-hike soreness.

Wow that's a wonderful review from an investor of the company.

Don't get me wrong, I love the boot - it's still minimal and much better than any of my old hiking boots. I'll waterproof them and use them for walking around in snow (I'm not quite tough enough to do winter in sandals), but for any long-distance hiking I'll be back to the sandal. I've also historically had a really bad stride in boots (that I didn't know about, but it was always there), so I'm probably just over sensitive to things like my feet turning out. If you need a boot, this is going to be the best choice for you in the world of boots.

Oh, and did you see the video of Justin getting a 60lb PR on deadlift wearing Xero shoes!


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