Earth Runners: Minimalist Earthing Sandals
Earth Runners: Minimalist Earthing Sandals
Patent pending technology replicates the barefoot experience physically & electrically via our minimal design & conductive laces
Patent pending technology replicates the barefoot experience physically & electrically via our minimal design & conductive laces Read more
About this project
Earth Runners are original minimalist earthing footwear inspired by the world renowned long distance runners, the Tarahumara Indians of Northwestern Mexico. Our barefoot technology recreate that one-of-a-kind primal experience of living grounded to the earth, similar to how all life has evolved here on earth throughout time. We feature a custom molding sole with zero drop from heal to toe, providing an experience similar to going barefoot while still enjoying a measure of safety from varied terrains or street hazards. The minimal design of our sandals help build the inherent strength of the feet and establish a solid foundation.
The idea of living connected to the earth is an ancient practice that has received a lot of attention in recent years. The book Earthing addresses our lost connection with the earth over the past century, including many studies supporting the benefits of living a more grounded lifestyle. Our copper impregnated conductive laces attach to a copper plug on the bottom of the sandal allowing you to stay grounded to the earth throughout the day while still enjoying the luxury of high performance rubber tread.
Our new Bio Earth Runners feature a composite sole (10mm) consisting of Tactile Mitosis tread, moldable EVA (6mm) and our all new BioTac bedding made of recycled car tires. Over time our sandals mold to the shape of your foot and ensure a great fit. After testing our Bio extensively we realized they offer superior traction to any of our existing models and are suitable for nearly all applications.
Our project goal is to launch our 3rd generation Bio Earth Runners with our new race lacing style to raise the money we need to relocate to a larger facility and start filling wholesale orders. We’re passionate about promoting a more grounded way of living that’s possible when we connect with the Earth on a regular basis.
We’ve developed a network of suppliers, plans for expansion and potential distributors that will allow us to produce and share our sandals on a larger scale. Now all we need is a kickstart to bring these sandals to you! Your support will not be used for general business expenses, but to specifically cover the following costs associated with the first batch of our new sandals:
Earth Runners combine ancient design with modern manufacturing to create the ultimate sandal experience. Lightweight and durable in design our sandals are built to hold up in all outdoor applications for years to come. Our earthing shoes keep you grounded to the earth's zero potential with every step.
Voltmeter tests confirm the charge of the human body is negligible while wearing grounded footwear on the Earth’s naturally conductive surface. When we are grounded our bodies are maintained at zero volts – the same electrical potential as the Earth.
Race Lacing Style
The 3rd generation lacing system features strong nylon webbing routed through the sandal bed in our new race lacing style. This new lacing style offers more comfort and security while allowing hassle free on and off. A locking buckle secures the heel strap in place while also providing added downhill stability. This design enables distinct control over the thong, ankle and heel strap tension to ensure a custom fit. Our nylon laces are available in conductive or non-conductive.
Please review the sizing page on our website to determine your size. If your feet are unique or don't otherwise fit into one of our standard sizes, we can custom cut your sandals no problem (+ $10). We may not be able to custom mold sandals that are custom cut. To complete a foot trace check out our tutorial here. Following the conclusion of our project we will send out a request for your size and order details.
"Essentially, my experience was walking as if I was barefoot without the fuss of being concerned about stepping on something undesirable or the sandal slipping out from under me." -Light & Ultralight Backpacking
"The sole of the Bio Earth Runners sandal is quite comfortable, molding to the foot with just enough give to soften the footstrike." -Examiner.com
As a testament to how secure the laces of the Bio Earth Runners hold the foot, the connection between the foot and footbed was so great that even small, loose gravel from the service road portion of my hike did not get between my foot and the footbed. Industry Outsider
Please submit a pledge amount that corresponds to what you would like to order and be sure to include any add-on prices that are listed. When the project is over we will send out a questionnaire requesting your order details, size and mailing address.
Risks and challenges
We understand that it's sandal season for most people around the wolrd and we are doing everything we can to deliver your sandals as soon as possible. We have been prepping everything we can and reserved all the tools and materials we will need. Once we purchase all the goods we will be working around the clock to fill your orders. We plan to honor the timeline posted above: batch #1 by July, batch #2 by August, etc.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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