Who should buy the Xero Shoes Z-Trail 

The Z-Trail from Xero Shoes is a vegan-friendly sandal built for trail adventurers who wish to move with speed and flexibility in their travels. It is ideal for:

  • hikers who want to get a feel of the ground with as much terrain protection as possible.
  • outdoor lovers who want comfort and security on the trail.
  • adventurers who prefer highly adjustable straps for precise and secure lockdown.

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Xero Shoes Z-Trail’s sticky FeelTrue outsole 

Xero Shoes Z-Trail FeelTrue outsole

This sandal uses a company-owned rubber outsole, called FeelTrue. It provides adequate surface traction on different types of terrain thanks to its low-profile lugs and grip pods. 

Xero Shoes Z-Trail forefoot

Its forefoot and heel lugs are patterned in such a way that improves movement control on ascents and descents.

Z-Trail from Xero Shoes offers underfoot comfort and stability

Offering enough comfort, force absorption, and stability over unpredictable ground is the footgear’s TrailFoam midsole.

Xero Shoes Z-Trail midsole

Resting on top of it is an integrated footbed, called BareFoam. This non-removable top layer offers extra cushioning. It also provides a level of rearfoot security with its cupped heel.

Z-Trail’s adjustable strappy upper

Xero Shoes Z-Trail strappy upper

The Xero Shoes Z-Trail’s strappy upper is made of a lightweight synthetic material. It uses Velcro fasteners to adjust the fit around the heel. The remainder of the strap may be secured using the upper’s rubber loop. The hardware used in this gear (a.k.a the strap buckle) is made of nylon.

Xero Shoes Z-Trail heel straps

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 153g / Women 122g
Use: Multi-sport, Water hiking, Light Hiking
Features: Minimalist, Strappy, Vegan / Zero drop / Lightweight
Width: Normal / Normal, Wide
BRAND Brand: Xero Shoes
Construction: Minimalist, Strappy, Vegan / Barefoot
Material: Rubber sole

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.