Xero Shoes Men’s Prio Cross Training Shoe – Lightweight Zero Drop, Barefoot – Review

Xero Shoes Men’s Prio Cross Training Shoe – Lightweight Zero Drop, Barefoot – Product characteristics

  • Made in the USA or Imported
  • Rubber sole
  • COMFORTABLE, FOR-EVERYTHING SHOE – Whether you’re out on a run, trying out a new trail, hitting the gym, or toeing a slackline, you’ll love the Prio’s combination of freedom and protection
  • XERO DROP SOLE FOR PERFECT POSTURE – The Xero Drop sole offers a non-elevated heel and is low-to-the-ground – this allows proper posture, balance, and agility for all-round performance
  • ULTRA-THIN BAREFOOT DESIGN – Wear with or without socks. The optional 2mm insole lets you have more or less of a “barefoot feel” depending on your mood
  • VEGAN FRIENDLY – Xero Shoes believes in promoting healthy and sustainable lifestyles which is why the Prio is made with zero animal products
  • GET THE RIGHT FIT with FREE Domestic Exchanges – This shoe runs ‘true to size.” If for any reason that’s not the case for you, contact us for a free domestic exchange of your ‘like-new’ shoe
Xero Shoes Men's Prio Cross Training Shoe - Lightweight Zero Drop, Barefoot, Lunar, 10.5
1,847 Reviews
Xero Shoes Men's Prio Cross Training Shoe - Lightweight Zero Drop, Barefoot, Lunar, 10.5*
  • COMFORTABLE, FOR-EVERYTHING SHOE - Whether you’re out on a run, trying out a new trail, hitting the gym, or toeing a slackline, you’ll love the Prio’s combination of freedom and protection
  • XERO DROP SOLE FOR PERFECT POSTURE - The Xero Drop sole offers a non-elevated heel and is low-to-the-ground - this allows proper posture, balance, and agility for all-round performance
  • ULTRA-THIN BAREFOOT DESIGN - Wear with or without socks. The optional 2mm insole lets you have more or less of a “barefoot feel” depending on your mood

Xero Shoes Men’s Prio Cross Training Shoe – Lightweight Zero Drop, Barefoot – Reviews

Love the fit And feel but the durability is unacceptable

I’m a personal trainer and I spend all day on my feet, I wanted a minimalist barefoot shoe that I could wear at work that didn’t look like pool shoes. Xeros has fulfilled this need. I love the look and the feel, but I’m very unsatisfied with their durability. I have only worn them while at work which is on a rubber padded floor and workout in them, I have done some short walks to help buildup my feet because there is little protection which is what I have wanted. My workouts have not been aggressive and I have done absolutely no running. I purchased them on October 14th today is Oct 30th and the sole has already started to pull away from the shoe. Personally I would expect a lot more durability from a shoe that is intended for active people, the site list people running and hiking in these shoes and I see absolutely no way that would be possible, I fear that if I did even a small hike these shoes would simply fall apart. I expect more then two weeks from a pair of shoe before I see wear and tear this is simply unacceptable. I will be reaching out to the manufacturer directly. I hope they can resolve this issue.

Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2019

Disappointment

Best shoe I have ever worn. I am 6’8” guy, doing Crossfit.Update: The shoe fell apart after 2 months of walking in it. I used it for Crossfit like 3 times.

Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2019

Poor Quality

The sole separated from the upper after only 7 miles. I expected more from a barefoot shoes that cost $100+. I have other barefoot shoes that lasted much longer. I will be returning to my previous brand.

Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2019

Sole separation

This is the second pair of Xeros that I have had. They are perfectly comfortable and have taken my running to the next level. I am evangelical about Xeros and share my enthusiasm for them whenever I have the chance.Unfortunately, after only about 50 days (and less than 100 miles of running) the sole has begun to significantly separate from the upper on both shoes.Still no response from Xero more than a week after emailing customer service.

Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2020

I’ve eschewed all of my conventional padded footwear since discovering Xero shoes.

So far I own a pair of the Z-Trek, the Hana, and the Prio. These shoes have allowed me to throw out basically every other pair of other shoes that I own, besides my Merrell gloves, which I use exclusively for running. The Xero shoes fill in all my other shoe/sandal needs, but I can certainly run in them. After fully adapting to barefoot footwear I really hate to wear any “normal” shoe with pointed toe box, foam, heel to toe drop, and stiff uppers. My posture, balance, core strength and running technique are all drastically improved. I no longer suffer from hip, knee, or shin pain. I am now basically a zealous opponent of conventional padded shoes with raised heels and the biomechanical deficiencies they facilitate.I love that they now make the Hana and Prio in all black and it’s what compelled me to finally buy the Prio. The patent-pending design of the sole is simple and great. The rubber does conform to the foot a bit and has proved to be quite durable. It is however, not anti-slip. The only uncomfortable shoe I am still forced to wear on a regular basis are my work shoes with anti-slip soles. The front of the toe box on the full shoes and general design is very nice, and the strap system allows the shoe to move and stay with your foot. The Hanas are more comfortable than any slippers I have worn but even with the slip-on sort of style, I can run with them because of the straps.As far as sizing I’d recommend erring on the larger size. All my Xeros are 11. As comparison my Merrell vapor and trail gloves are 10.5.I started trying to run “barefoot” years ago when Vibrams were first a thing and I will say it took quite a long time for my feet and biomechanics to fully adapt, especially while still mostly wearing other conventional shoes. It wasn’t until I found closed toe, zero-drop/padding shoes that I could really convert so I’m glad it’s becoming more widely available and Xero seems to be really leading the way on how to build them nicely.

Reviewed in the United States on March 14, 2018

Great Shoe – over hyped durability

Let me start by saying I would buy these shoes again. However I have some gripes, so I’m writing this review.I bought these for work. I work in an Emergency Room and do 12.5 hour shifts. These shoes did great.What gets me is that Xero shoes claims a 5,000 mile warranty on the sole, and that “We don’t expect you’ll ever need this warranty…”.The caveat is that you have to wear down the sole to less than 1mm. The problem with that is once you get so far down the tread your on pure rubber and they become very slippery, meaning this milestone is very unlikely to occur cause you will throw them out after falling.More a durability example, I wore my shoes to work 3 days a week for the past 2.5 years. I would average 3-5 miles per day so assuming 5 x3 is 15 miles per week, 780 miles per year for 2.5 years, is 1950 miles. If we add on a casual 1,000 miles for days off or whatever, you can see I barely hit the 3,000 mile mark and the shoes are falling apart.Again, after 3,000 miles, most shoes would likely be falling apart, which is why I will buy from them again, but I feel like the warranty marketing is blowing smoke.I was almost through tread in the first 12 months on the right shoe.I kept wearing them because they are comfortable.

Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2021
Xero Shoes Men's Prio Cross Training Shoe - Lightweight Zero Drop, Barefoot, Lunar, 10.5
1,847 Reviews
Xero Shoes Men's Prio Cross Training Shoe - Lightweight Zero Drop, Barefoot, Lunar, 10.5*
  • COMFORTABLE, FOR-EVERYTHING SHOE - Whether you’re out on a run, trying out a new trail, hitting the gym, or toeing a slackline, you’ll love the Prio’s combination of freedom and protection
  • XERO DROP SOLE FOR PERFECT POSTURE - The Xero Drop sole offers a non-elevated heel and is low-to-the-ground - this allows proper posture, balance, and agility for all-round performance
  • ULTRA-THIN BAREFOOT DESIGN - Wear with or without socks. The optional 2mm insole lets you have more or less of a “barefoot feel” depending on your mood

Xero Shoes Men’s Prio Cross Training Shoe – Lightweight Zero Drop, Barefoot – FAQ

how are these for hiking rocky terrain ?

I wear them for hiking on rough wooded and rocky terrain. It took a few hikes for my feet to get used to them, but now I much prefer them to my hiking boots. At first its easy to think that feeling every rock and root is uncomfortable, but after a wearing them for half a dozen hikes, I just didn’t enjoy hiking in my hiking boots anymore. I feel much more surefooted and the sensory feedback actually enhances my enjoyment. The only reason I don’t wear them for hiking now is when its cold and wet. These shoes are not waterproof.

I need a shoelace replacement. Anybody know the size/length?

Take out the one in your shoe and measure it. Not being a wise ass, but if you have a shoe and an old lace then you got the info you need.

Does it have a non marking sole?

Yes.

Has anyone worn these for a long time without durability issues? I see a lot of reports about the upper becoming unglued/falling apart quick.

I wore them all n a full time warehouse environment, put about 9-13 miles a day, 4-5 days a week. They started wearing out at the widest part of the foot, where the toe bones meet the foot bones. And the heels. Did the shoe goo thing, kept them going, but couldn’t get the shoe goo smooth enough on the inside of the holes. Had to give them up. Otherwise they were fine. If you get them and they don’t need to be beautiful, reinforce the sides with the shoe goo before they wear out, and they will last much longer. Or add shoe goo and a piece of fabric to keep the goo smooth. Wish the shoe was as durable as the sole!

What is the difference between the Prio and the Hana?

The Prio is more of an athletic minimalist running/training shoe. It’s served me well as an everyday shoe and as my minimalist runner in the month I’ve had my pair. The Hana is Xero’s more casual shoe for everyday use and wear in contrast to it’s athletic counterpart the Prio. The Hana also has more muted color schemes than the Prio in addition to being made of different, canvas, top material. Hope this helps!

How do these feel for people with plantars?

If you’re referring to plantar fasciitis, we don’t claim to improve any particular condition. Although, many of our customers have reported reduced symptoms from incorporating more natural movement (using natural movement footwear, aka Xero Shoes) into their daily routines. Our shoes and sandals are designed to allow the feet to move naturally. Many have said the body has a tremendous capacity to heal itself when it’s allowed to function naturally, but there are many causes for plantar fasciitis and no magic formula works for every person. The best thing would be to consult your primary healthcare provider.

How is the grip on indoor courts? (For sports like basketball & volleyball)

Really good actually. It gets slippery when wet.

Hi, i recently bought this shoe and have been surprised how slippery they are for our canadian winters. any suggestions? i love it otherwise, fit nice

I am glad you like your shoes I have also bought several pairs and love them. I live in California but grew up in Minnesota and can relate. I would maybe recommend the trail runner they have and see if that helps. Safety first if not better only use on dry surfaces. regards Mike

Xero Shoes Men's Prio Cross Training Shoe - Lightweight Zero Drop, Barefoot, Lunar, 10.5
1,847 Reviews
Xero Shoes Men's Prio Cross Training Shoe - Lightweight Zero Drop, Barefoot, Lunar, 10.5*
  • COMFORTABLE, FOR-EVERYTHING SHOE - Whether you’re out on a run, trying out a new trail, hitting the gym, or toeing a slackline, you’ll love the Prio’s combination of freedom and protection
  • XERO DROP SOLE FOR PERFECT POSTURE - The Xero Drop sole offers a non-elevated heel and is low-to-the-ground - this allows proper posture, balance, and agility for all-round performance
  • ULTRA-THIN BAREFOOT DESIGN - Wear with or without socks. The optional 2mm insole lets you have more or less of a “barefoot feel” depending on your mood

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