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"Earth Runner Huaraches came today! Very comfortable!"
- Barefoot Angie Bee (Video review)
"I really like the unique features of these sandals, and they proved to be very comfortable to run in."
- Barefoot Inclined
"Each time I take them off, I instantly wish I had them on again.
They feel that good on. I’m usually a “shoes off the moment I get in
the door” person. Not with these."
"All in all, these are really great minimalist sandals. They're durable, comfortable, and VERY nicely made."
"These straps are well placed and they do make it feel as though the
sandal is a part of your foot when you walk [...] Earthing is very
important to me and wearing this kind of footwear in a natural
environment is a way of obtaining some of the benefits of going
"I’ve tried other running sandals, with mixed results. My primary concern has revolved around the lacing system [...] Earth Runners have definitely improved on this by using webbing, which means they are waterproof and won’t stretch, and the webbing lies flat on the feet, for more comfort. Friction buckles means they can be tightened as much as is desired"
- Midwest Multisport Life
Earth Runners are the first ever conductive minimalist footwear inspired by the world renowned long distance runners, the Tarahumara Indians of Northwestern Mexico. Our original conductive design allows you to absorb ever-present subtle electrical energies of the Earth. This provides an experience similar to that of going barefoot while still enjoying a measure of safety from varied terrains or street hazards. The soles of our feet are natural access points for life force energy from the planet. Typical footwear blocks these natural incoming flows of vital ground source energy, and thus impacts our health and how we move and live upon the earth.
Our self-molding sandals give you that satisfying "ground feel", while offering both protection and comfort in an exceptionally functional sandal. Earth Runners come in two unique models - the Quantum and the Ultralight; both are designed to accommodate wearers comfortably in a wide range of urban and outdoor environments. We’ve tested our sandals across hundreds of miles of terrain over the past year and now we are excited to share them with the world!
Our project goal is to expand manufacturing and widen distribution of these affordable USA-made sandals that deliver the most natural running and walking experience possible. We’re passionate about promoting a more grounded way of living that’s available when we tap into and connect with the vast resource of abundant electrical energy of the Earth itself. We pledge that for every ten sandals sold, we will donate a pair to Seva Sandals - an organization dedicated to providing sandals at no cost to children in India.
formed a network of suppliers and potential distributors that allows us
to produce and share our sandals. 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 our first batch of sandals:
• Minimum Material Orders
• International Shipping
• US Customs
• Manufacturing Costs
• Legal Services
• Shipping to you!
To get grounded through our original conductive design we invite you to pledge today to receive 20% off retail. As a way of saying thanks, orders from our first fifty backers will be fulfilled three weeks in advance of remaining orders. Thank you for your interest and contribution to this Kickstarter project!
Earth Runners combine ancient design with modern manufacturing to create a self-molding conductive sole. Our original design features conductive copper insets curving at the toe bases in the shape of Fibonacci’s ‘Golden Mean’ spiral. A central copper inset approximates the location of Kidney 1 - a major acupuncture point of the body located centrally on the sole of the foot.
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.
Our Signature Lacing System (SLS) combines features of adjustability and comfort and can be configured in two different styles. Our Slip-on style is great for everyday casual use while our Original style creates a free and easy ride with more security perfect for trail use. For more information regarding the difference between the two styles watch this video. We use fine weave climbing grade nylon webbing attached through corrosive resistant loops. A locking buckle secures the heel strap while also providing added downhill stability. This design enables distinct control over both the thong and ankle strap tension to ensure a custom fit. Edges of the buckle have been rounded for greater ankle comfort. Lacing is also available 1/4" brown leather.
Quantum Earth Runners
Features a 4mm thick molded cork-latex footbed that cups the heel with zero drop from heel to toe. With increased wear, footbeds become more form-fitting and customize to your unique foot shape. The Quantum contoured footbed offers all day comfort, perfect for wearing around town.
Our footbeds come in two profile widths:
The slim model has minimal arch support and is available in brown leather or brown vegan microfiber. Available in Euro unisex sizes 36-48.
The medium model has zero arch support and comes in brown leather. Available in Euro unisex sizes 38-48.
For the tread, opt for 2mm mild vibram rubber -or- 4mm heavy Ultra tread.
NOTE: We recommend Quantum Earth Runners with 4mm tread for heavy trail use as they offer the most traction and a slightly thicker sole of 8mm.
Ultralight Earth Runners
Minimalist sandals with a zero drop 6mm self-molding mild neoprene tread that form to your feet with wear. Choose brown suede leather over your tread, or go naked – without bedding. Ultralight widths come in medium and wide.
Available in any size.
NOTE: Our Ultralight Earth Runners are great for use on streets and light off roading.
For an ultimate Earth Runners experience - you need a great fit. Therefore we’re building sandals for all our Kickstarter backers customized to your exact foot dimensions at no added cost! Just complete the tutorial on our website and send us your foot trace by either scanning in the image to email, postal mail, or taking a picture of your foot trace performed on a piece of grid paper, available on our website.
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