Updates to Xero Shoes Z-Trek

  • The packable Z-Trek from Xero Shoes is a lightweight multi-sport sandal ready for different outdoor adventures. Its adjustable webbing strap, Velcro closure and sturdy hardware work together to provide a secure lockdown.
  • The sole unit features a zero heel-to-toe drop which helps create a good posture. It delivers a natural feel of the ground while maintaining surface traction.

Size and fit

The Xero Shoes Z-Trek caters to male and female hikers. Both versions come in standard width and are offered in whole sizes only. Its Z-pattern webbing strap allows customization of fit across the foot and the heel area.

According to the brand, the sandal runs a half size larger and has a wide forefoot. There are printable templates on Xero Shoes’ website which reflects the actual size of the product. These will help determine the best size to purchase. To check if it is printed correctly, a scale marker is included which should be compared with a ruler.

For men with a narrow foot, they recommend checking out the women’s version and get a size up than what they usually wear. For wide-footed women who wear a size over 10, it is recommended to try the men’s sandal.

Outsole

The Z-Trek from Xero Shoes employs a flexible 5.5 mm FeelTrue sole. It keeps the foot protected from rocky grounds while rendering optimal ground feel. The chevron lugs are facing opposite directions (forefoot and rearfoot) to provide multidirectional traction.

Midsole

Cradling the foot is a textured material which prevents the foot from slipping. At the back of the sandal is a heel cup which helps keep trail debris away.

Upper

This multi-sport sandal from Xero Shoes wears an adjustable Z-shaped water repellent webbing strap. The women’s version has a narrower strap than the men’s.

To manage fit, it has a Velcro closure at the back of the foot and rust-proof nylon hardware. An elastic band prevents the excess strap from dangling.

Additional Info

  • This hiking sandal is 100% vegan-friendly.
  • Depending on the user’s preference, the toe area of the Z-Trek can be trimmed with a pair of kitchen scissors to match the shape of the foot. Use sandpaper to smoothen the edges.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 6.6oz / Women 5oz
Use: Multi-sport, Light Hiking, Water hiking, Urban hiking
Features: Minimalist, Strappy, Vegan / Zero drop / Lightweight
Waterproofing: Water repellent
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Xero Shoes
Construction: Minimalist, Strappy, Vegan / Barefoot

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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.