Xero Shoes has just launched their first Ipari, the Hana, a closed-toe casual slip-on shoe, based on the FeelTrue (as used in Amuri Z-Trek) outsole and comes with the same 5,000 mile warranty. Yes, a ‘shoe’ versus an open-toe ‘huarache sandal’.

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Ipari is a new category for Xero Shoes closed-toe products and comes from the Tarahumara “raraipari,” which is an amazing running and ball kicking game that can last for a day and cover 40+ miles. Think of the Amuri Z-Trek with a canvas upper integrated to its straps and laces added for adjustment – you now have the Ipari Hana. Excellent ground feel (same FeelTrue outsole plus insole) and super lightweight – 9.2 ounces (size 10.5) versus Z-Trek 7.2 ounces (size 10). The uppers are a little stiff but after wearing it for a few days, it softens and stretches a bit.

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The Ipari Hana is all about Natural.

  • Natural Fit: the wide (and tall) toe box lets your toes spread, and the non-elevated heel promotes proper posture
  • Natural Function: the Hana lets your foot bend, flex, and move the way feet are supposed to
  • Natural Feel: the FeelTrue sole is thin enough to give your foot and brain the stimulation it’s supposed to receive, yet still offers great protection

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My favorite Ipari Hana feature is the hurache-inspired lacing – relatively unique as I haven’t seen it any of the shoes I have tested, period. If you have worn the Z-Trek or Z-Trail before, this is a natural extension to your collection of Xero Shoes, especially in colder weather or in a more business casual or semi-formal occasion. You can get away with wearing huaraches here in Silicon Valley but in other locations, it is a lot harder and the Ipari Hana will pass with flying colors.

Note that the Ipari Hana is in the shoe category of footwear so half (1/2) sizes are available traditionally. But they do run wide and tall so you might want to size down if you do not have wide feet or want a snug fit. I could have sized down to a 10.0 and get a better fit.

The Ipari Hana is currently available from Xero Shoes in three colorways for men: Black/Rust, Brown/Black, Sand/Chocolate. The Ipari Hana (model name is Lena) for women will be coming out in early 2017. MSRP is $79.99

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Stayed tuned for what’s coming next year – be on the lookout for their next Ipari model, the Prio, a zero drop running shoe with all the same natural features of the Hana.

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