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Xero Shoes Winter 2022: all new models reviewed here!

A collage of the 5 new models from Xero Shoes winter 2022 collection - the Denver, Forza Runner, Forza Trainer, Prio Suede, and Mesa II

Xero Shoeshas launched 5 new models for the autumn/winter season, and they will be 20% off for two weeks! They include new and improved shoes for the gym, running and trail, plus a stylish new boot for men. To help you in your barefoot endeavors, I’ve tried and reviewed all 5 new Xero shoes, with a little help from my friends.


  1. Xero Winter 2022 Shoes Review
  2. Xero shoe sizes and sizes; Adjustment Type
    • Forza Trainer
    • Forza Runner
    • Denver Leather
    • Mesa Trail II
    • Prio Chamois
  3. Conclusion

Xero Winter 2022 Shoes Review

A close up of a hand holding a rolled up Xero Shoes barefoot Boot to show its flexibility, the model name is Denver Leather

The Xero Shoes Winter 2022The collection includes a variety of shoe types, but one thing they all have in common is flexibility and softness. I love seeing this from Xero, because they also have durable soles with5000 Mile Warranty. So getting comfortable shoes that do not break over time and also do not wear out in a season is wonderful.

But even though this is a winter release, only one of Xero Shoes’ new styles is a boot.😛However, they already sell a variety of practical barefoot winter shoes. So head here if you’re looking for thebarefoot shoe options for cold weatherfrom Xero.

Do you live in the EU? Click here to shop the new collection at Xero Shoes EU!

Before we delve into each of the new models, let’s get to know how the Xero shoes fit.

Xero shoe sizes and sizes; Adjustment Type

an image of a pair of Xero Shoes barefoot sneakers with the text "Xero Shoes Fit Type" and an annotation of the wide toe box, wide instep, high volume above the toes, high volume above the arch, and thin flat sole

Xero shoes come in both men’s and women’s size ranges, with the men’s being a bit wider than the women’s (and usually having different color options). Functionally, they are the same, so if you have a wide foot, I recommend choosing the men’s ones. ;s options when possible.

In general, Xero shoes fit as follows:

  • True to size mostly, but sometimes a little small – If the Xero is a good match for your foot shape, you are less likely to need a larger size. I measure at least a half size in most of my Xero shoes because I have wide toes.
  • Wide straight line– this means they are good for people who are wide through the entire length of the foot and may not be the best for fan-shaped (very wide toe) feet.
  • High Volume– Xero’s generally have a lot of vertical space in their shoes, which means you have clearance over your toes and arch. But some of the new styles this season are moremedium volume.
  • Mountain/Plateau Shaped Toe Cap– the rounded tip means you’ll have room for long fingers 2 and 3.

My feet are fan-shaped and low in volume. That means Xero is not a perfect match for me, but if I evaluate and useLow Volume Tuning TricksI can get most Xero models to work just fine.

Paying attention to a brand’s fit type can really help you make more informed buying decisions, but these are more guidelines than real rules.🏴‍☠️Sodon’t be afraid to try something that appeals to you – You never really know if they’ll work until they’re upright.

To learn more about foot type and the barefoot shoe brands that work well for them, head here.

a top down view of two pairs of feet and legs facing each other wearing xero shoes Forza Trainer and Forza Runner barefoot athletic shoes

Now let’s delve into the 5 new models of Xero Shoes!

Forza Trainer

$130 | Sizes US Women’s 5 – 15 masculine | Vegan

Forza Trainer (women)
Forza Trainer (Men)

Previously theXero360was my recommendation for gym rats, but the Xero Forza Trainer could win. They’re built on a new grippy, extra-flexible sole and have a sock-like upper that’s lightweight and breathable. The safety strap combined with the laces makes them very stable, and they are really comfortable even if you don’t wear them for exercise.

My friend Megan and I tried out the Forza Trainer (she has the same shoe size as me). I wore them working in the warehouse and she wore them at the gym for kickboxing, weight lifting, and CrossFit. Her comments are as follows:

They were comfortable for barbell snatches, providing a good base for lifting without being restrictive. They also have some toe protection for burpees and a little heel cage so they don’t slip out of the rowing machine straps. I’ve been using Xero Prio for my workouts since May, but these are an even better option for gym workouts!

We did notice some squeaks on the interior surfaces (think indoor basketball floor squeaks), but it seemed to go away after a few uses.

A person in a gym wearing barefoot shoes Xero Forza trainer about to lift a barbell smiling at the camera

Size & Setting:The Forza Trainer runs true to size for the length, but a bit narrow for a barefoot shoe. I opted for a size larger and that gave me the width I needed – because the shoe is so secure that the extra length is not a problem.

Another thing to look out for is the sock like opening – Because there is no tongue, people with thick, bulky feet may have some trouble getting their foot into the shoe. If you have wide feet and/or high volume feet, I would choose the men’s version or consider sizing up.

Forza Runner

$130 | Sizes US Women’s 5 – 15 masculine | Woven mesh

Forza Runner (women)
Forza Runner (men)

The Forza Runner is similar to the Trainer with a light and airy upper and a grippy sole. They felt comfortable right away and worked great as a good gym shoe. I wore them on a trail run and Megan wore them for pavement running, biking, and CrossFit.

The main difference between the two Forza’s is the stability strap – both make great barefoot gym shoes, but the Trainer is better for dynamic workouts and weight lifting.

The Forza Runner, just like the Forza Trainer, has a bootie construction, which means it has no tongue. This makes it feel like a sock, but it can be more difficult to put your feet on – especially if you have high volume feet. It wasn’t a problem for me,that she had skinny feet, but Megan has high arches and she noticed it took a bit of effort for her to put it on. She could remove the template to help with this.

Size & Setting:The fit of the Forza Runner is medium volume and narrow to average width. As with the Forza Trainer, those with wide, bulky feet may want to go up a half size higher than usual.

Denver Leather

A close up side view of a man putting on a pair of brown leather Denver barefoot boots from Xero Shoes

$140 | US Men’s Size 6.5 – 15 | Flannel-lined leather | Removable thermal insole

View Denver Leather (men)

This is Justin’s first pair of Xero’s and they were a total home run. He has a rectangular shaped foot that stays wide in the midfoot, so it’s no surprise to him that the Xero shoes fit him well. Flexibility is good too… there was no rest in time for Justin, he just put them on and got on with his day!

We were both very pleased with their stylish design, and the cozy flannel lining adds just enough warmth to keep them comfortable in the cold months, but they’re not too warm to wear indoors.

Full grain leather is naturally waterproof, but you can also treat it yourself – learn thebest ways to waterproof your shoes here. Leather has a rustic, unfinished look that scratches, but develops a patina and improves with time. We love them.

a top down view of a man wearing jeans and brown Denver Leather barefoot boots from Xero shoes

Size & Setting Type:True to size with a wide straight cut. They adjust to medium volume – Justin has low arches and you can see that he still doesn’t pull the laces too tight. But he should be able to loosen or tighten them as needed for his foot type.

Mesa Trail II

$120 | 5– 15 masculine | vegan | Removable insole

Mesa Trail II (women)
Mesa Trail II (Men)

The Mesa Trail II has a similar lightweight feel to the Forza Runner, but on a treaded trail outsole. That makes it perfect for running in nature without any unnecessary bulk. Oh, and it has a pull tab, so it’s a little easier to open to get your foot inside.

The material is breathable with lots of ventilation holes, making them good for warm weather, but they can be a bit chilly in winter. They gripped rocks and slippery dirt well, while still having a lightweight running shoe feel. Overall, great shoe!

The only thing I would keep in mind is that these probably aren’t the best for a lot of pavement walking. That can wear out the tread faster and feel less comfortable (you feel the hard lugs under your foot).

Size & Setting:I think all of Xero’s trail shoes run a bit small, but I would also like to go a size larger anyway because feet swell when you hike or walk for long periods of time. Going up the size of the half gave me enough width in the forefoot without making them sag. They fit a medium width for women and wide for men, and work for all foot sizes.

Prio Chamois

$110 | US Men’s Size 6.5 – 15 | Mesh & Chamois

Prío Chamois (man)

I recruited the fanábarefoot shoe ethicist Allison (and author of this article onbarefoot shoes for teens and tweens), to help me with this one. Her 16 year old son has been trying out the Xero Prio Suede as her gym/weight training shoe for the past 3 months. This is what she had to say about them:

“The Xero Prio in suede is a nice update to one of Xero’s best-selling shoes. Suede and mesh styling takes the Prio from a sneaker to a more casual, almost skate-like look.

My 16-year-old son is at the age where we allow him to make a lot of decisions for himself, including his shoes. Parents of teens, I know you are struggling with this! But he knows that lifting heavy weights with as much stability as possible is ideal, so he agreed to try them out in his weightlifting class.

The suede Prios appear to be using the same 6mm Feel True sole that also features on theirKelso model. The gray colorway has a brown sole while the black colorway features a black sole. My son found the soles to have a lot of grip and felt they helped with his stability while doing deadlifts and back squats. The flexibility of the sole was also an advantage, since he used to run in them to warm up.

After testing them for almost 3 months they still look pretty new even though they are used 5 days a week! The quality of Xero shoes always impresses us. Overall, I would recommend them for functionality rather than style. As a parent, I can also see these as a great all-purpose shoe for those looking for a good value when just one pair of sneakers is in a growing teen’s budget. 

Size & Setting Type:

The Prio fits wide and bulky, but the laces make them work for smaller-volume feet, too. The fit was perfect right out of the box. My son’s feet measure 11.5″ long and 4″ wide in the front of the foot. It has a medium volume, it measures 6” at the fullest part of your foot from one side to the other. We selected the men’s size 11.5 based on the size chart and with sports socks on the foot it feels secure but not tight. “


Xero Shoes will continue to innovate its product line to provide us with healthier alternatives to the types of shoes we need. This season they have brought us functional indoor and outdoor athletic shoes, plus a stylish leather boot for men. Do you want to know more about Xero shoes?Read all my Xero reviews here.

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