Who should buy the Xero Shoes Z-Trek

The Xero Shoes Z-Trek might benefit you if:

  • You are looking for a hiking sandal that bites various surfaces well to prevent slippage. 
  • A sandal that would not weigh your foot down and offers a barefoot-like experience is what you are after.
  • A budget-friendly hiking companion that offers outstanding performance is what you prefer.

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Who should not buy the Xero Shoes Z-Trek

Folks looking for a sandal that stays snug throughout their hiking activities might not get what they need from Z-Trek. An expert reviewer was a tad disappointed with the straps as he has to tighten them frequently. Also, hikers in search of a well-built sandal might have to look past the Xero Shoes Z-Trek. Most wearers declared that the anchor that connects to the sole snapped off after a few uses. That said, they might want to have a look at other hiking sandals.

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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.

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His and her

The Xero Shoes Z-Trek caters to male and female hikers. For men with narrow feet, they recommend checking out the women’s version and getting a size up to what they usually wear. For wide-footed women who wear a size over 10, it is recommended to try the men’s sandals. Its Z-pattern webbing strap allows customization of fit across the foot and the heel area.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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 run 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 analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.