There are many ways to tie huaraches and lately, it seems, people are getting more and more creative.

Add your ideas to the page and let’s see what we all discover.


First, a video about that knot under the toe. If you’re making shoes for a child or someone with really small feet, or if, no matter what you’ve tried, that knot under your toes bothers you… well, watch the video below, and then check out Brad’s comments in the Invisible Shoe Forum:

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Here’s what a Figure 8 knot looks like:
tie huaraches with a figure 8 knot

This next video shows the basic lacing pattern that begins most of the Tarahumara-style lacing styles (click to play):

This is the tying style I’ve been using most often lately. It’s a combination of one of the “ultra-minimalist” styles, below, and the slip-on/slip-off style (also, below). Click the picture to see the video showing how to tie this style. NOTE: Somehow, when I made this video, I did the initial lacing “backwards” — the lace coming from the toe hole to the inside ankle hole. It should actually be the standard huarache pattern, with the lace coming from the toe hole to the OUTSIDE ankle hole first.

How to tie huaraches barefoot sandals

Here are some “ultra-minimalist” tying styles. Click on the picture, below, to see the first:

How to tie Tarahumara-style huaraches - Minimal Style 1

And here’s the 2nd ultra-minimalist tying style (click the image to play):

Tying  Tarahumara-style huaraches - Ultra-Minimal Style 2

This video, below, shows both the more traditional “toga-style” as well as the “slip-on/slip-off” style of tying:

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Here’s that “slip-on” method, but shot with a 1st person view (so you don’t have to reverse everything I’m doing):

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Erika Berglund has been on FIRE creating new tying styles. Enjoy these 3 videos (Erica reports that she’s switching all her Invisible Shoes to the 3rd style she shows in these videos):


Here’s Sonja’s “No-Toe tying method”:

Kelly’s No-knot method… combining Sonja’s idea with a loop around the big toe to further secure the front of the sandal:

Kit Raymond has another no-toe style… with the knot moved out of the way:

Randy Kreill is one of the Invisible Shoe ultra-runners (he does 30+mile races), and he came up with a modified toga-style that he wears on those long, long runs:

Raymond Mack devised a “thong-style”:

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Amanda Novak has a style that’s also a no-knot version, inspired by her Chaco sandals:

Zach came up with a way to move the knot completely out from under your foot:

Zach's Huarache
Here’s Dan Mozell’s Alternate Toga Style tying method:

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Now for the decorative, fun stuff…

If you decide not to simply cut off the extra lace, there are SO many things to do with it. Here’s something I call “The Phoenix Flower” because it was created by my wife, Lena Phoenix:

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Here are 2 other images of the Phoenix Flower featuring none other than Lena herself:
how to wear tarahumara huaraches barefoot running shoes

Tracy Jones riffed on Lena’s idea to create the “Cute Shoes” style (a rosette version of the Phoenix Flower):

Now check out “Sylvie’s Petals”… this video is a bit hard to see. I made it with my camera phone after a barefoot running talk. In essence, instead of making ONE loop through the slip-knot, Sylvie makes 4 of them… and then uses the leftover lace to wrap through and under the loops. If you play with it, you’ll figure it out.

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There are (95) Comments for the Tying

  1. Hallo Steven,

    today I made my first huaraches, all things I needed, I found on your wonderfoul website. First I red the book “Born to run”, then I wanted to try to run a little bit barefoot, so I found you. Thank you so much!!!

    Have a good time, greetings from Germany


  2. Hi Steven,

    Thanks for putting all this great info up on the web. I made a pair of huaraches using an old pair of Chacos that I no longer wore. With a sharp knife I cut the soles off, then sanded them with a belt sander to smooth them out. I then resized them according to my foot templates (I used tin snips to cut them) and then used the slip on lacing style you show in your vids. I must say they are by far the best footwear I’ve ever worn and I wish I could wear them year round.

    Best to you,

  3. I don’t use a knot as a stopper under the toes. My solution is to double my cord, putting one end through each hole from a tab off of an aluminum soda/beer can. I then run the doubled cord through the hole toes. The can tab is already flat, and there is no knot to add bulk. I also use flip flops that have been de-thonged as the footbeds. I’m too cheap to send away for rubber soles, flip flops are everywhere and are most of the way to being complete.

  4. cory using a flipflop as the footbed defeats the purpose of these shoes while they are fashionable the point is to have a thin sole to be a barefoot alternative

  5. After weeks of frustrating trial and error I found a way of tying that works for me. Tie an individual loop through each of the holes you have made under the ankles, just long enough so that the top of the loop comes just below the ankle. You can use smaller diameter cord, as these loops don’t bear much stress. Lace the main cord through the front hole as normal and through the ankle loops, around your foot and back to the front. Tie the cord off on top of your foot (although I think any of the other methods of tying would work here). The magic is you don’t have the complicated lacing through the ankle holes, just one simple main cord that goes around your foot and is easy to adjust and, if necessary, to readjust on a run. Three feet of cord per foot left me with enough of a loop at the final knot to allow for repairs in the field if necessary.

  6. Sounds cool, David… care to send us some pictures to post?

  7. I have some pictures showing this tying method on invisible shoes. Unfortunately, I can’t figure out how to attache the pics here. If you’ll give me a hint, I’ll try.

  8. Here’s another way to thread the cord through the holes. Take a 2 inch length of scotch tape and wrap a 1/2 inch of it lengthwise around the end of the cord. Don’t worry about the 1 1/2 inches of tape not on the lace; when you’re done wrapping just flatten that part, but wrap that first 1/2 inch snugly. Then cut the flattened part to a point or just roll it into a point. It is then easy to push and pull through the holes.
    I just made my first pair and one cord melted enough to roll into a point but the other I used this method and it worked well.

  9. If you want to run during the winter and it’s cold outside, the Injinji toe socks are very warm and comfortable. I’m sure other toe socks would work, but I just have Injinji ones.

  10. I’ve enjoyed my Invisible Shoes as I’ve searched for a way to get through the winter before going back to totally barefoot running when it warms up. However, the between the toe tying method was causing some issues cutting into my foot (even after experimenting with lace tightness. I just wanted to recommend Sonjabean’s tying method. They’ve stayed on well, eliminated my toe issues, and, more importantly, they’ve allowed me to experiment with other ways to keep my feet warm on really cold days while wearing my huaraches (socks, etc.). I’m a fan of these huaraches, and this alternative tying method made them all the better. Thanks for helping create a community of people here rather than just being a company that gives its customers a one-size-fits-all solution.

  11. I wear the huaraches to go running, but I face a couple of problems, — Going downhill too much blisters my tees and ball of my foot, and the rope between the toes, eventually hurts. And in order to avoid the constant ‘slapping’
    of the front half of the shoe I modified the tie to go over the five toes as well, and now they blister on the sides.

    Help me improve my huaraches. Or tell me what I was doing wrong.

  12. Hi Eric,

    I’m sure this won’t be news to you: Blisters are always a sign of friction.

    What may be news is that when it comes to barefoot running: Friction is always a sign of a form issue.

    Or, a better way to say it is: friction, blisters and pain are SIGNS… if you read the signs (which means “adjust for your form until those issues go away”) you’ll be simultaneously improving your running form and will run lighter, easier and, usually, faster. Problems are our teachers. We can work around them, or we learn from them.

    In short, if you lift/place your feet, rather than reach/pull/push, you don’t create friction and don’t get the issues you’re describing.

    See for a longer post about “slapping.”

  13. when I run in my huaraches my left foot feels great the whole time but my right foot slides to the right. This sliding causes my foot to blister. Do you know how i can change my form so my foot doesn’t slide?

  14. A bit hard to give specific advice from a 3 sentence post without seeing you run. If you’re sliding on the BACK (heel) side, then tighten up the heel strap. If you’re sliding on the front… I know this’ll sound like a joke, but it’s not: Make your right foot do what your left is doing. Or, another way to say it is: go for a short run and see if you can feel what’s different (once you can feel it, you can change it).

    I had a similar issue, but the blister was on my left foot. I went out for a run, when the blister wasn’t totally healed, and thought “if I can’t find a way to run, pain-free, in 10 minutes, I’ll just stop.” As I ran, I kept experimenting with my gait until, just as I was about to give up, *something* changed and suddenly I was running pain-free and lighter and faster. What changed? I stopped overstriding. I started PLACING/LIFTING my foot, instead of… whatever I was doing instead.

  15. I have high and long feet. I find this method really comfortable and keeps the sole close to my foot without any strings having to be too tight:

  16. In Sonya’s video, she mentions she added ultra suede to her Huaraches. Do you know where she got the material and how she attached it? I’ve seen a glue product called Shoe-Goo, but it looks kinda toxic for something that could be absorbed into the skin through the suede, esp. when it gets hot/moist.

  17. I don’t know where *she* got it, but I know you can get ultrasuede at any fabric store. Regarding the glue… not a clue.

  18. I just got mine yesterday. I tied them in the “Cute Shoes” style. I’ve already gotten one “cute shoes!” compliment.

    And they’re so comfortable! I haven’t ran in them yet because I have bronchitis, but I’m enjoying walking around in them.

  19. I used the slip on tying method…worked so well that I decided to try running in them….ten miles later my only complaint was about the little stones getting trapped between my foot and the sole. Not that bad. I’ll avoid the cinder stuff on the trails next time and stick to a regular trail. Just bought a pair for my son. Thanks so much for the great product.

  20. I was having knot issues and wasn’t satisfied even after removing the chords from the center of the laces. What I ended up doing was melting the end of the lace and smashing it flat so that was like a little mushroom head at the end of the lace. I also originally made the holes a little smaller in the sandals to help keep the lace from pulling out and it seems pretty secure. For pictures and detailed info go to

  21. I used Kelly’s No-Knot style on my new Invisible Shoes and they look and feel awesome! Thank you, Kelly, for such clear, easy to follow instructions and extra tips. And thank you, Invisible Shoes, for helping me get my Grok on.

  22. I have medical problems which mean the fewer part of the laces touching my feet, the better. I thought they’d be great to use at school (I’m an elementary school classroom teacher and I have a very understanding prinicipal — and a doctor’s note ), but I’m really uncoordinated with things like this. Any easy suggestions?

  23. The minimalist styles at the top of the page are going to have the fewest parts touching your feet. And if those look too complicated, ask someone for help (I haven’t found a simpler style than those).

  24. As both a former Boy Scout and sailor I can tell you the most common English name for the knot used in the minimalist huarache tying style #1 video is “cow hitch”. As is the case for most knots, depending on the culture and occupation of the knot tyer, what the knot is tied around or to, and the knot’s intended use or purpose, this knot has many names. Some other common English names are “lark’s head”, “lanyard hitch”, “deadeye hitch”, “stake hitch”, “strap hitch” and “bale sling hitch”. Probably a lot more.


    While I used the common but technically incorrect term “knot”, this is actually a “hitch”. What are commonly called “knots” can in general be broken down into three main ways to tie rope:

    1) “knot” – a true “knot” is usually a lump formed in a rope by tying it to itself, typically to prevent the end of the rope from going through a block, bull’s-eye, deadeye, or other hole (e.g. “overhand knot”, “figure-eight knot”).

    2) “hitch” – a hitch is usually used to fasten a rope to an object such as a spar, ring, pole, stake, etc. (e.g. “cow hitch”, “clove hitch”).

    3) “bend” – a “bend” is usually used to fasten a rope to itself or to another rope or sometimes to a sail (e.g. “reef bend”, “carrick bend”, “sheet bend”).

    There are thousands of ways to tie rope, and, many exceptions to these “rules”. Your mileage may vary.

    While somewhat off topic, I hope that a least a few readers find this interesting and/or informative.

  25. I LOVE all this info/trivia! ;-)

  26. Steven, I would like to recommend having some sort of rating maybe based on a poll by people that have used the different tying methods, to get a general idea of what the general voice of the customer is regarding tying. With this, newcomers like me and others, will have a faster browsing through the tying methods :)

  27. Great idea, Santiago… I don’t have the technology to do that yet, but I’ll look into it!

  28. I take that first “ultra-minimalist” method and then double back through the ankle hole, around the ankle, through the other ankle hole and back to the top for one one half-hitch. Feels nice and secure and never needs to be untied. I am up to 4 miles on pretty rough trails – love em.

  29. Steve, will you be making a video on how to rap the excess cord down the side of the sandal soon?

  30. In fact, I will be, Ward. (I have it shot… just need to edit it)


    Tying thus way prevents the front of the foot from sliding sideways under wet condition.

    Works pretty well for me…

  32. It’s been a while since I visited the site, but I’m glad I came back. I just ordered a pair of the Connect style (really like the improvements – I can’t cut straight to save my life and my existing pair looks a bit ragged).

    Also, the 1st minimalist style of tying is perfect. Honestly, I had quit wearing mine because the original tying style wasn’t working for me. However, the minimalist style seems like a much better fit for my needs. I may actually take them for a run tonight if the rain stops for a bit.

    I’ve been working up to longer distances completely barefoot, but this will give me something to carry along and use to lengthen my runs for just a bit longer after my feet have thrown in the towel.

    Can’t wait to get my new pair!


  33. It might be a good idea to offer the suggestion to people at the top of the page in bold letters, that they experiment on a piece of cardboard first. With all the tying configurations and hole placements, they might prefer producing a template that works for them before they punch holes all willy-nilly in their Vibram. If not and the holes turn out to be a 1/4 of an inch in the wrong place, moving them could really ruin the integrity or the holding power. Just an idea.

  34. Fine idea (we’re redesigning this page to make it easier to work with).

  35. I have just finished lacing my invisible shoes to my feet– Perfect! They feel exactly like I hoped they would but didn’t really expect them to. I have never liked flip-flops things between my toes so I measured and re-measured using masking tape on the sole blanks to get that toe hole right. After days of rechecking I finally punched a hole. It was about 1/4 inch from where I had marked the blank for the other foot. But it felt right so lined up the other one and punched the hole to match.

    I watched Steven’s vid on starting lacing, then after taking a hitch over the toe cord I wrapped again behind the heel before returning to the instep then the ankle points. There is enough lacing supplied for at least two circuits of the lacing points.
    I see that the lacing I have done on each foot is different although similar but both feet feel the same. I’ll have to take pictures before I untie them. Maybe the lacing technique would matter for running or other performance activities but the basic feel of these un-shoes is something I wish that I had first experienced years ago. There may be many paths to enlightenment but these should be serious contenders for the shoes to get you there…


    I just bought a pair of DIY shoes, and i was wondering how i can tie them like this picture.

  37. I’m going to post a video that shows this… but it’s pretty simple: Start with the basic “slip-on/slip-off” style (or the ultra-minimalist) and then take the leftover lace and loop it around the outside ankle cord (tie it off in any way you can think of).

  38. sounds great ill give it a try

  39. I just finished my huaraches, using the ultra minimal method. I have had them on for 10 minutes now and I already love them. I had new surgery in Sept. and my therapist recommended Born to run. After reading it I went to the park and ran in the grass, barefoot. I bought VFFs and I like them, but they wore a couple of toes. I then found these and cannot wait to get out on the road tomorrow.

  40. That post should say knee surgery. Thanks Mark

  41. anyone have an easy way to get the laces through the holes? This is my second pair and I am finding it impossible – about to give up!!!

  42. Take a look at the video on under Step 7 — preparing the lace ends (I’ll move that video over here at some point!)

  43. Just got my first pair, and they’re great! I love them. I’m going to go for a run in them tomorrow morning.


  44. A hemostat works well for lacing. It is the type of clamp used for getting fish hooks out. Can buy them a local sporting goods store.

  45. Feet and legs killing me for months. All shoes hurt. Orthotics did not help. Running barefoot on the beach felt fantastic, however I overdid this to the extent that even walking barefoot was sore. With the arrival of my Hurraches yesterday I can already walk pain free as well as run on both the beach and road. My kids are convinced I have lost the plot. I however am thrilled. Thank you

  46. well my poor tender feet could not take the one string between the toes so I needed two! when I scrolled down I saw a comment by Cory suggesting using a pop tab to make the string double between the toes and I must say this is brilliant! so much more gentle on my feet ^.^

  47. Got my 4mm Connect kit yesterday, had to do some extra trimming because it was one size larger than I had ordered, but that was no problem. Tried the minimalist slip on style, but just couldn’t get it right and the toe knot was bugging me, so today I punched an extra toe hole and tied it in the thong style. This is perfect, and more easily adjustable than the previous style.

    I really love these shoes! Being a hardcore barefooter, I thought I’d never say such a thing. But these really are the next best thing to barefoot.

  48. My 4mm Connect Kit literally arrived three days after I ordered them (and I selected the standard shipping), and after watching the instructional videos I had them trimmed, laced, and ready to go in about 20 minutes. I am so happy with my huaraches because of the ease and convenience I got with the kit. The “new” ultra-minimalist tying style is amazing! Thanks :)

  49. Are there any tricks to getting tightness just right? I love my huaraches, but I’m super OCD when it comes to how tight each shoe is. Any pointers will be very much appreciated.

  50. It’s a personal preference comfort-thing, so the only trick to tying is trying.

    That is, some people like them tighter than others, some people like the toe strap to go straighter than others, etc. So, given that, the only thing you can do is be a bit OCD until you find what works for you.

  51. Here’s what works for me… it took a few months of experimenting to get the right feel, fit, tension, and maintenance free, problem free marathon and beyond distance in the 4MM huaraches:

    I started from the technique here on Steve and Lena’s site taht most resembled the Tarahumara style and tweaked it until all weaknesses were gone. I suspect some of the weakenesses are/were imperfections in my run technique and biomechanical issues that may take years to “fix”. After decades of poor posture, weak diet, etc etc…it might take more than a couple years to repair that!


  52. Threading is so much easier with a method I learned way back on nylon. First: cut off the factory melt. Then melt about 1.5 inch and then use a pliers or other device to flatten the total melt. There is plenty of lace so don’t be afraid to learn as you will do it twice. Once you have a flattenened length, cut a long diagonal, to the end, the end being the narrowest part of the diagonal. When done, reheat using a light flame. This creates a simple threading tool. You don’t need to overly work or use your teeth. Then do the other end.

    The laces could come out of the factory ptapered vs. blunt cut just as easily?./??

  53. Thanks for the suggestion, Bill.
    FWIW, having the factory do what you suggested isn’t as simple as it seems. The straight “hot-cut” end is easy, but to make a tapered, heat-treated end requires some expensive special tooling.

  54. Hello,
    My method of tying is to install three permanent loops (#2 pencil used to set loop size) that are square knotted and then rotated so that knots are flush with top-sole surface.
    Then, run lace through front loop, twist a couple of time to get legs of lace sitting comfortably between the toes. Run the laces back to and through side loops, twist once or twice to secure tension between front and each side.
    Then circle ankles and back under front of ankle standing lace.
    Knot to functional or aesthetic satisfaction.
    The permanent loops in the sole can be made out of most durable material and glued or gooed to increase longevity.
    A flat metal or nylon button or even a post button can be used instead.

  55. You’ll have to take some pics or make a video to show this!

  56. Re threading. The guy in the video magics them through, and I’m wondering what the hell’s wrong with me. I tried the hairpin (US ‘bobby pin’?) method and it’s fine, but you’ll also need pliers. Poke the two legs (?) of the pin into the hole and out the other side an inch; feed a couple of inches of the cord through the pin, and try to pull the pin through the hole; the cord is now stopping it; grab the pliers and pull them through with that.
    I have my cord tied off at the knee at the moment — beats faffing about trying to wrap 50yds of cord out of the way; will now study how to do it properly. My cats made a short video of me trying them, which they’re going to put on their ‘Facebook’? I don’t understand it.

  57. John, we do exactly what I demonstrate hundreds of times a day. If you melt the end of the lace into a point, you can get it through without tools. If you put just a SMALL amount of the lace in the curve of the hair pin and then push the legs through, you can pull the rest through with a pliers, which is exactly what I say in the video.

  58. Steven,
    You have a superb product. I had been running barefoot only on asphalt, but now I can comfortably go on technical trails as well. Thank you.
    Originally, I could not get the laces to feel comfortable. Then, I came up with this:

    1. I replaced the nylon cord with regular athletic shoe laces. They are soft and flat against the skin. They have lasted much longer then I thought they would.
    2. I Tied them using the most minimalist single pass slip on method.
    3. I finished Attaching them at the end with two large rubber bands.

    This method may sound “flimsy,” but it has lasted a large number of miles without issues. I am able to get them tight enough to stay on my feet for fast downhill runs. They’ve never slipped off, but at the same time there is no irritation or rubbing. The tension of the rubber bands allows the sandal to move with the foot even better then before.

    Thanks again,


    Ps: if you tell me how to do it, I’d be happy to send a picture.

  59. Marcelo,

    Just send the pics to Can’t wait to see what you’ve done!

  60. i’m new to running in sandals. is one tying method preferable to another?


  61. Hi Jim,

    It’s just a personal preference based on style, whether you want to slip them on/off or retie them each time, whether you like (or, at least, don’t mind) the toe strap or if you MUST have something that doesn’t have a toe-strap, etc.

  62. Thanks Steven – so the slip on method isn’t a problem for longer runs like +10 miles?

  63. Nope. Works fine.

    You *may* want to try Randy’s “ultra” tying method, but most long-distance guys are fine with any of slip-on methods.

  64. great, thanks again!

  65. Hey, thanks for the guides. I wanted to test the lacing before I decided if I needed you to custom make them for me. I grabbed a piece of cardboard and some scrap paracord I’ve hung on to and went to town. Turns out it’s pretty easy and remarkably comfortable (even if I’m using cardboard as the sole). Now hopefully my order will get here soon so I can finally have some good summer shoes.

  66. Just want to comment on some great service! I had a small problem with one of my shoes so I sent in a description and explained my situation and within a half hour I had a response. I’m very impressed by the prompt service and the way they went out of their way to solve my problem entirely. Thanks again!

  67. Just got my 4mm contacts last night (thanks to Lena for getting them shipped before the weekend!) and they are AWESOME!

    -getting the tightness right isn’t nearly as hard as I expected
    -the slip on/slip off method is secure and very convenient
    -the video instructions are spot on re placement of the one hole up front
    -you get barefoot feel with just enough protection from dirt, goose poop, metal bicycle pedals

    The kit came with a hole punch (as expected) AND a hairpin! Now that’s attention to detail!

    Thank you so much for a great product! My feet are forever grateful.

  68. Service and support has been amazing for these huaraches. A person could spend a lot more money and not get half the service and expertise.

  69. Is there a book that shows the steps to do all of the basic ties for huaraches? If not, there should be =)

  70. At the moment, there are just the videos. But I’m working on something similar to what you’re describing!

  71. Dear Steven, I am a fan of your teachings of meditation as well as a happy customer to your Huarache running sandals. You are truley an inspiration to people who want to live a happy and rich- fulfilling life. I wear my Huarache sandals almost every day all day. They form to my feet so comfortably that I even sleep in them some time. These sandals have made my running experice more enriching and have cured my many injuries I’ve had in “running shoes.” I just want ou to know that I appreciate your work with the world and my blessing are to you and your family. Sincerely Huarache Kyle.

  72. Just wanted to say I tried a variant of the “marathon” tying method & it really helped.

    I had trouble with the sandals moving around on my feet as I walked/ran. I kept trying to counter that both with tighter laces and weird foot movements, which I think contributed to a minor case of tendonitis. Of course I’m new to the huarache notion, and have never liked flip-flops, so probably I just needed to relax & let the sandals move if they wanted to.

    But hey. It worked great. I didn’t bother with the extra knot on the side of the sandal, but otherwise followed the instructions, and now I can get around without thinking about the sandal every few steps. Nice!

  73. Just read Born to run, which i love. I´m just about to order invisibleshoes.

  74. These shoes are so cool! My husband just received a pair and I just finished tying them for him and he loves them. I love them so much that i am getting ready to place my order right now. I sure wish I would have found these back when I was pregnant. They would have been perfect for fat, swollen feet :)
    Thanks for a great product!!!


  76. What a summer! Read Born to Run, I’m currently reading Scott Jurek’s Eat and Run, and just returned from my first run with my brand new Xero Invisible Shoes! All I can say is the shoes DELIVER as promised. Easy to tie and go. They stay on. It was so hot out but my feet were cool with no socks and sneakers I have hope that I can finally correct my hip flexor and IT band issues.

  77. Bri, I noticed your comment above and wanted to tell you (rather cliche, but true), “If I can do it, anyone can!”

    Seriously, I purchased a DIY classic kit 3 MONTHS ago and have been procrastinating making these until I absolutely had too, which was today. My old Nike flip-flops have been giving me such terrible recurring knee pain after only a few minutes of wear, that this afternoon I decided even if I screwed them up, I was going to make the leap and do it myself. TODAY.

    And I LOVE them. :D Now I want huaraches of every kind in every color, in every tying style. This is coming from someone who spent 15 minutes frustrated because I couldn’t figure out how to use the hole punch.

    Anyway, I just wanted to leave a note for you and anyone else who is scared of messing it up, or who is procrastinating their purchase or assembly due to fear. EVERYBODY can do it! It is so empowering.

    Thanks, Steven, for making hundreds of people feel empowered. My neighbor already wants a pair from this website!

  78. Welcome to the club, Kesha! Now you have the super-power of knowing how to make your own shoes ;-)

  79. Just got my H’s 4mm connect kit, they were easy to put together with Stephens video (the green laced one where hes attempting to walk up the wall) unfortunatley i’m still trying to fix my left arch after a little abuse in surf socks and then a naked barefoot run without letting things heal, (lesson learnt) anyway can’t wait to try these while i’m attempting the naked barefoot on concrete and tarmac sorry U.K. version of ashpalt, then I can use my Sandals to adjust to trails and pretty much everything else, but i’ll also use them to get my feet back to the way they are meant to be without covering them up or restricting toe gait, best product created for feet since the tyre for the car, tastes a bit like it too (not recommended). thanks Steve… top chap.

  80. I love the xero shoes! I purchased the 4mm. I tried a couple different tying styles the first day and I really like the first “ultra-minimalist” tying style. I had no break in period as I have been running barefoot and wear other “minimalist sneakers”. After three days of having them I took them for a six mile run in the woods. They felt so great I didn’t even know they were there. They handled steep mountain climbs and descents with ease. I never felt like they were going to slip off. I actually look forward to putting them on in the morning. I am not looking forward to the Maine winter but I am going to try to tolerate wearing them as long as possible during the winter. Shoes just feel too restricting! I plan on buying more for my family and myself and maybe even friends. Thanks Steve for a great product.

  81. Hi Steven, for the new tying style, what kind of chord do you use? Is it one of yours? Looks kind of like accessory chord. Just liked the color and pattern. Do you find this style easy to adjust by chance? Thanks.

  82. Mark,

    You can tie that style with any cord. We use the ones we sell. In that video, I’m using a lace that we had made that we’re still testing.

  83. Hi there steve!! im still waiting for my order to arrive and im excited to make my first pair again hahaha since i made both right feet huaraches on my previous order =( anyways can all this tying methods be applied to your classic DIY kit? next time ill order the 4mm kit =)

  84. Hi Edwin… yes, you can use these tying methods with the Classic Kits as well. When you get a FeelTrue kit you’ll see why we spent a LOT of money developing that product (it’s WAY better than the Vibram we used in the Classic). -S

  85. my next purchase will be the feel true kit so until next time =) 4mm perhaps or the 6mm? i hope i can still purchase those colored ones =)

  86. hi steven its me again well im going to order the 4mm connect outsoles and i measured my feet using the method that you’ve shown in the video. im confused it show 10″ but when i buy “shoes” in our department store i would usually get a size 8’5″ or 9′ so should i get size 10 or 10’5″ or the usually size i get in the department store? would like to hear from you soon thanks =)

  87. Hi Edwin… you’re confusing shoe size and foot length. We do things based on the actual length of your foot, which is 10″… that has nothing to do with shoe sizes. It’s just a coincidence that your foot length is near your shoe size. That make sense?

  88. yeah makes sense. so do i order size that says up to 10″?

  89. If your foot is 10″, then order the size for “feet up to 10 inches”

  90. thanks steven will be ordering now =)

  91. Steven, I LOVE these shoes. I’ve had mine over a year now. I wear them when I am not at work and when it is more than 50 degrees outside (which in DFW, TX is often). I am still trying to figure out what tying method works for me since the knot under my foot thing is just not working out. It is fine for everyday walking around use, but as I get in better shape and run, it is driving me bananas. I second another commenter’s request for some sort of poll. I just bought a pair for my 5 y/o son, so I will take a video and sent it to you guys when I get his laced up. Anyway, I am going to go punch more holes into my huaraches (EEK!) and experiment. Which reminds me, thank you thank you thank you for including the hole punch!

  92. Ok so I just saw these shoes on shark tank. And I HATE wearing shoes. Only shoes I own are flip flops and boots (I train kids how to ride horses) and although when kids r not around I’m down by the barn in my bare feet or flip flops I can’t be down there in those when kids are around. So that is the only reason I wear boots. So what I’m trying to say is I live in flip flops or bare foot unless I’m working. And what is interesting is that my son is the same way. Hate shoes on his feet. Now I am interested in getting a pair for myself and possibly one for my son but I’m worried if I get the do it my self shoes I will not put it together right or something wouldn’t work out etc (I’m not great w tying things or following through w stuff like that in general). So would u recommend me getting the custom made one? And how do I get the link to the video on how to trace my feet or whatever else is needed for the custom made ones. I also wanted to ask which thickness u think wouod be best for me. I have relatively sentitive feet even though I go bare foot a lot. Like pebbles and stones bother me quite a bit if I walk far on them. So would you suggest the 6mm then?? And the same goes for my son do u think that would b best for him too?? As far as the tying I like the slip on skip off and I would like less rope around my toes. Just the one between the big toe and second toe would b best. Sorry about the length of this I just had lots of questions. But I love the idea of your product and I can’t wait to get a pair on my feet. I just want to make sure which to get etc. thanks so much and looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks again and what a great idea. I love it!!

  93. Hi Shannon,

    Check out and you’ll see what’s involved in making a kit. It’s simple. 85% of our customers do it that way.

    But if that still worries you, then take advantage of our sale and spend an extra few bucks on custom-made.

    If you’re that sensitive, then, yes, I’d go for the 6mm Contact.

    You can experiment with tying styles, for sure. But the Xero Basic ( is really secure and pretty minimalist.

  94. Have you tried making a TINY knot? (pull out the core)

    Some people think the knot is a problem when what’s really going on is a form problem (e.g. either landing hard on a place on the foot where there IS NO knot and thinking they’re landing on the knot… OR overstriding and shifting on top of the knot, which isn’t necessary.

    Also, email me ( and I’ll let you try something super secret.

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