Xero Shoes has come out with what I believe are the MOST COMFORTABLE SHOES EVER, called Ipari Hana. I love everything about these shoes except for the name! I’m really into being barefoot for a variety of reasons. If you think I’m crazy or want to know why I like being barefoot, please check out this site for more information. Check out our unbox & review video at the bottom of this post!
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Xero Shoes Review
The problem is that I have a job and nothing makes you look weirder in our society than showing up to work barefoot. This is exactly why I am always looking for great minimalist footwear. I have some sandals I love that are very minimal, but it is very hard to find minimalist shoes that are good for going to work. Luckily, since I’m a technology teacher, I don’t have the strictest dress code, but I still have to be somewhat presentable! It’s rare that I find a good pair of minimalist shoes that also look presentable. It’s usually perfect minimalist comfort or a good-looking shoe, but rarely both at once. Even if the geek in your life does not want to wear these to work, they would make really cool, minimalist, everyday shoes.
Why I love the Ipari Hana
- Natural FIT — a wide toe box lets my toes spread and relax. Plus the “XERO-drop” sole (non-elevated heel and low-to-the ground) allows for proper posture, balance and agility. These fit true to size. I’m a 12 and the 12 worked perfectly for me.
- Natural FUNCTION — the Ipari Hana is flexible enough to let my feet bend, move, and flex the way that feet are supposed to. Plus, they’re so light weight, I barely know I have them on. A men’s 9 is only weigh 8 ounces each!
- Natural FEEL — the Ipari Hana uses a 5.5mm thickness FeelTrue® rubber sole, so they offer great protection while still getting the ground feedback that my feet like. With an optional 2mm insole, the Hana truly lets me feel the Earth!
- Easy to clean — Ipari Hana’s upper is canvas, the lining and external accents are microfiber. It washes easily with soap and water.
- Huarache inspired design — the heel/instep strap is not only eye-catching but functional. To be honest, the orange strap might be a little bright for some people, but I think it looks subtle. It’s a small price to pay for comfort!
- Flexible heel — step on the heel and wear the Hana as a “slide”. I’m not a fan of this, but thought it might interest you.
What’s up with the name?
I have to say; I’m not a fan of the name of these shoes. How am I supposed to tell all my bros about these shoes if I can’t even say/remember the name? This excerpt taken from Xero Shoes’ website offers some explanation, but not enough to win me over:
“Ipari” is the category name Xero Shoes is using for all closed-toe shoes. It was inspired by “rarajipari,” the running, ball-kicking game the Tarahumara play… even though it’s an endurance game, the emphasis is on FUN. Then, “Hana” was inspired by the name of the town in Maui, Hawaii that exemplifies the feeling of casual adventure. Plus, “hana” means “craft” in Hawaiian.