Genesis - Lightweight, Packable, Travel-Friendly Sandal

Genesis - Lightweight, Packable, Travel-Friendly Sandal


  • Simple, ready-to-wear sandal
  • Holds on securely and comfortably
  • Barefoot-friendly ground feel plus protection
Genesis - Men £45.00
We recommend ordering your usual size.

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Why you’ll love Genesis.

Do Everything. Go Everywhere. Naturally.

The Genesis is a ready-to-wear, barefoot-inspired sandal for travel, walking, hiking, yoga, working out, paddling, and even running ultra marathons.

Genesis sandals provide the right combination of barefoot-friendly ground feel plus protection, thanks to our exclusive 5mm FeelTrue® rubber outsoles.

Favorite Footwear Forever
I have never known a more comfortable form of footwear, and I doubt I ever will. So glad that Xero made these available - they are comfortable, durable, wonderful.

Jason S. USA, Verified Genesis Mens Customer

Simplicity in Motion

The Genesis features an elegant contour to hold your foot, but without unnecessary support to weigh you down. In fact, Genesis is so lightweight, a Men’s size 8 is only 136 grams.

Genesis sandals come pre-laced but you can find the perfect fit in seconds using our patent-pending tension adjustment system. The huaraches-inspired lacing goes around your entire foot, so you don’t feel the toe loop. The Genesis also features a nylon Achilles strap with Silicone grip to hold on securely and comfortably.

Genesis for everything you do.

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Men’s Sizing Tips

We recommend ordering your usual size

Based on statistics from the thousands of pairs of sandals sold across the world, we recommend ordering your usual size.

Free Exchanges!

Figuring out sizing is never easy. That’s why we also have FREE EXCHANGES. Most people find our size recommendation gives them a proper fit, but just in case, we have a free exchange program for all UK orders.

Size Conversion

For Men looking to buy the Women’s version because it is narrower – the conversion rate is 1 times, e.g. a Men’s 7 is a Women’s 8.

UK Sizes EU Sizes US Sizes
4 38 5
5 39 6
6 40 7
7 41 8
8 42 9
9 43 10
10 44 11
11 45 12
12 46 13
13 47 14
14 48 15

Caring for your Xero Shoes

To clean your Xero Shoes, hand wash with warm water, mild soap and allow them to air dry.
We do not recommend putting your Xeros in the washing machine or dryer.


You can use almost anything for lacing huaraches.

In my testing, though, I found some issues with hemp and leather that I didn’t like:

  • Both leather and hemp tended to stretch, especially when moist
  • Both leather and hemp tighten and stiffen when they dry
  • Both leather and hemp wear out faster than our polyester laces
  • Leather is much more expensive
  • Most leather laces are rectangular, and the edges can dig into your skin
  • Leather isn’t vegan (for those who care about that)
  • Leather and hemp don’t give you as many fun colour choices

The 100% polyester cord we use is strong, light, and doesn’t stretch or tighten, especially when wet.

Also, I prefer the “slip-on” method of tying which works best with a round lace, rather than a flat one (like leather).

Needless to say, you can replace the lace we send you with whatever you like.


After you purchase a gift certificate, you’ll be able to enter an email address for the recipient.

You could email it to yourself and forward it at a later time if you like.

You can also take the Gift Certificate code and send it to the recipient.

Please go to Xero Shoes Return Policy page to learn about our 45-day return policy.

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David G.

Great ‘barefoot’ sandal

Bought these as a replacement for a similar pair by another company that got chewed up by dogs while I was on holiday, which I’d absolutely loved. As always with new thongs/sandals it took a couple of walks to get used to the new points of contact where the feet meet the straps, but now I’m absolutely loving them. Been wearing barefoot style shoes exclusively for well over a decade now, and my feet are in so much better health than before I transitioned. Thanks for the great products, Xero!

Michael B.

I wear these every day above 50* F

I love these so much. There was an issue with the toe loops and we we able to get it sorted out very quickly and I honestly love these shoes. I also have their Denver boots and if its cold I wear the boots and if its warm I wear the sandals. That's literally the only 2 pairs of shoes I own

Cameron T.

Adjust, try em out, and snip!

This was a great buy for the money! Going forward I'd love to see Xero make the sole of these a bit wider but I am still not disappointed in the least. For so cheap compared to other options, they became my favorite shoe quickly. The Xero Genesis is such a nice affordable way to get into barefoot sandals. Saw some people online saying they were disappointed with heel strap adjuster slipping. But once you find a comfortable spot you can snip the strings, re-burn the end of the Paracord, qnd put the plastic cap back on and they won't slip anymore. Just be careful and don't do too much too fast!

Adam S.

Great shoe

These are perfect for walking, hiking, and jogging! Great added protection while still keeping the barefoot feel.

Dane D.

Thrilled to set my toes free

Liking them a lot so far. Already ordered another pair

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Enjoy Natural Comfort.

Natural Fit

Natural Fit

Wide toe boxes let your toes spread and relax. "Zero-drop" non-elevated heel for proper posture.

Natural Feel

Natural Feel

Our patented FeelTrue sole protects your foot while giving your brain the feedback and stimulation required.

Natural Motion

Natural Motion

Flexible soles let your foot bend and flex naturally. Low-to-the-ground design for balance and agility.