Xero Kelso Black/White


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  • **Note: We recommend that women purchase the men's version of this shoe (for its wider toe box). You can find sizing details under the “Sizing” tab on this page.**

    A Foot-Friendly Minimalist Shoe for Everyday Use

    The Xero Kelso is an attractive minimalist casual shoe that you can use as your go-to footwear for just about any outing. The comfortable Kelso, a fresh take on the classic court shoe, possesses a sleek, full-grain leather upper with soft suede accent panels and pinhole vents, as well as a moisture-wicking lining that helps keep your foot cool and dry. The Kelso’s durable FeelTrue rubber outsole incorporates a herringbone tread pattern that offers you excellent grip on a variety of surfaces. Use this foot-friendly shoe for around-town activities, or for tennis or other court sports.

    Wide, Anatomical Toe Box & Flexible, Zero-Drop Sole

    The Xero Kelso has a number of built-in beneficial design features, including its wide and anatomical toe box that provides plenty of room for your toes to splay. The completely flat sole from heel to toe and the low overall stack height of the Kelso help ensure that your foot can function in a natural way, sensing and feeling the ground as you walk and move about your day. Also, the Kelso's flexible 6.0 mm sole helps you build a stronger foot and a more stable ankle with each and every footfall, and its midfoot tension straps provide you with a secure and personalized fit.

    Works Well With a Variety of Other Helpful Footgear

    The versatile Xero Kelso works great in combination with a variety of helpful natural footgear, including Correct Toes toe spacers, to help restore optimal toe alignment and rehabilitate your foot. Other footgear that pairs nicely with the Kelso includes Injinji toe socks, Pedag metatarsal pads, and Naboso insoles. In order to best accommodate this helpful footgear, and in order to realize the maximum benefits of this foot-health-positive shoe, we recommend removing the Kelso’s included (optional) insole. Each lightweight Xero Kelso shoe weighs about 8.5 oz.

    Note: If you are new to using Xero footwear, we recommend that you start in slowly, gradually building up your wear-time and giving your body the chance to adapt to the thinner soles and the increased workload on your feet.

    • Zero-drop sole
    • NF Certified Product
    • Adjustable midfoot strap
    • Huarache-inspired design
    • Weight (per shoe): ~8.5 oz.
    • Herringbone tread pattern
    • Moisture-wicking mesh lining
    • Full-grain leather/suede upper
    • 6.0 mm FeelTrue rubber outsole
    • Incorporates (optional) 3.0 mm insole
    • Travel-Friendly: Foldable and packable
    • Enhances ground feel and proprioception
    • Wide toe box allows for optimal toe splay
    • Helps improve posture, balance, and agility
    • Helps stabilize foot and ankle during activity
    • Great for casual use, walking, and court sports
    • Allows your foot to naturally bend and articulate
    • Works great with Correct Toes and Injinji toe socks
    • Works great with Pedag met pads and Naboso insoles
  • To get the most out of your Xero Kelso shoes, the manufacturer recommends that you order your normal US shoe size. HOWEVER, because we recommend that women order the men's version of this shoe (to achieve the greatest possible toe box width), simply adjust the sizing down by 1.5 to determine the comparable size in the men's version. For example, if you normally wear a women's US size 8 shoe, consider ordering a 6.5 in the men's Xero Kelso instead.

    If you're on the fence about what size to order, consider ordering both sizes and then simply return the size that doesn't fit as well for a refund. If you have concerns about sizing, feel free to contact us or Xero customer service.

    Sizing Tip #1: To create additional roominess within the shoe, we suggest removing the included (optional) shoe liner/insole; this action does not, in any way, affect the performance of the shoe. Optionally, and to enhance balance, posture, agility, and general foot/body awareness, you might consider adding thin, flexible Naboso insoles instead.

    Sizing Tip #2: Correct Toes toe spacers will often add width and length to the foot. If you’re planning to wear Correct Toes with your footwear, we recommend sizing up, especially if you are on the border between sizes.

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