Xero Shoes Glenn Review
Looking for flat, flexible shoes you can wear at home and to the office? Xero Glenn might be the answer.
I have an arsenal of running shoes but I also wanted shoes I could wear to the office. The problem with many traditional shoes is that they feel like a jail for feet. They have a narrow toe-box that squishes my toes, and an elevated heel. I can wear them from time to time, but I am happy when I finally remove them from my feet. That had been my experience before I started wearing minimalist shoes – once you go flat, you never go back.
When I received an email from Xeroshoes with an opportunity to review some of their new shoes – I was excited!
I’d like to thank Xeroshoes for sending me these shoes for review for free. I am, however, free to give my honest opinion on the shoes and I do. I also provide affiliate links to the Xeroshoes products and I may be compensated for sales that I refer.
When I opened the box, my first impression was “they are ugly AF!”. But once I removed all the stuffing paper, and slipped my feet into them, I changed my mind.
The great thing about Xero Shoes is that they come in half-size increments, and In my experience, the fit is true to size. They are truly comfortable and have a sock-like feel. A few years ago, you would get this feeling only with premium, hand-made leather office shoes. What I noticed immediately was fine stitching, without any glue along the edges of the shoes or any minor production defects. That impressed me! Maybe it was because I was sent a review model, but I’ve had a similar experience with the models I purchased myself as well.
They come with a removable 3mm thick insole, which helps to keep your feet warmer, and adds a bit more cushioning. (Maybe it’s thermal? I don’t know, but it worked for me.) In summer, it might be suitable to remove the insole, depending on the temperatures, but I could not test that.
I tried them inside and outside in wet, dry, and cold conditions. The temperatures outside were ranging from -3 to +5 degrees Celsius during my testing period.
To my surprise wind, rain showers, snow, and even stepping in puddles were not a problem. The full-grain leather upper kept the moisture out and my feet warm. I did not even feel cold from the ground (And I am quite sensitive to that. Ask my bladder.).
The tread on this shoe is sufficient for what it is supposed to do. The triangular chevron pattern works when you decide to go off-road a bit. But I felt like I was slipping quite a bit on a wet, frozen pavement. Maybe that could be something they could improve on in the future. Besides that, Xero provides a 5000 miles warranty on their soles.
To conclude, I am excited about this shoe. It is super comfortable, and keeps my feet happy by providing enough space for my toes to splay, they look smart, are water resistant, and I can comfortably wear them all day long. I only wish they were vegan.