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We offer an experience similar to going barefoot where you'll forget you even have shoes on but don't feel limited to where you can go.

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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 molded 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 foundational 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 new 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 Earth Runners come in two thicknesses offering different levels of protection and ground feel. All are sandals are custom molded to ensure a snug fit right out of the box. Over time our sandals continue to mold to the shape of your foot and ensure a great fit. 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 launch our new custom molded Vibram and Birkenstock tread options along with our conductive laces to raise the money we need to streamline our manufacturing process of Earth Runner USA-made sandals. 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 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 the first batch of our new sandals:

To get grounded through our barefoot technology we invite you to pledge today to receiveover 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!

Functionality

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. 

Alpha Earth Runners

Features a custom molded 10mm lightweight Birkenstock tread sole that provides the extra protection to go longer distances.

Circadian Earth Runners 

Features a custom molded 6mm high performance Vibram tread that offers the closest thing to going barefoot.

Starting at $45
Bedding

  • Without Leather Bedding $45     *Our best option for wet conditions
  • With leather bedding $55

Laces

  • Nylon Laces
  • Conductive Nylon Laces (+ $7)

Laces

Our Signature Lacing System (SLS) combines features of adjustability and comfort into a free and easy ride.  We use fine weave climbing grade nylon webbing attached through corrosive resistant loops. A locking buckle secures the heel strap in place while also providing added downhill stability. This design enables distinct control over both the thong and ankle strap tension to ensure a custom fit. Our nylon laces are available in conductive or non-conductive. Leather lacing is also available in 1/4" brown or black leather (Leather laces are only available on our Alpha model).

Sizing

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 (+ $8). We will not be able to custom mold sandals that are custom cut. To complete a foot trace check out our tutorial here. When the project is over on June 3rd we will send out a request for your size and order details.


Reviews

Alpha Model:

Ultra Marathon Runner Luke Ashton

Barefoot Inclined- Comparison Review

Cardiosaurus- Run, Read, Rediscover, Repeat

Circadian Model:

Beginning Barefoot- Feel Better Running

Raw Vegan Minimalist Runner- Forty Below Fruity (video)

Ultra Marathon Runner Luke Ashton

Barefoot Monologues: A Journey of the Sole

Warrior Women

Free Fit Guy (Video review) MovNat Certified Trainer

Birthday Shoes - Vibram Five Fingers and Minimalist Footwear

..with more to come!

Tank Tops

Add $14 to any pledge amount to receive an Earth Runners jersey you can wear with your new sandals!               Sizes include S, M & L              90%cotton / 10%polyester    

Ordering

Please submit a pledge amount that corresponds to what you would like to order, 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.

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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 have all the orders filled by the end of July <> The first fifty backers will get their sandals 3 weeks before remaining orders.

FAQ

  • When the projects is over on June 3nd we will send out a questionnaire requesting your size, order details and mailing address.

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  • Please visit or sizing page on our website here: http://www.earthrunners.com/how-to-determine-your-size Measure your foot and compare it against the "Your foot" column of the sizing chart to find your size. Once you've determined your size, you can double check it by clicking the corresponding Printer Icon and printing out a template.

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  • We recommend our conductive nylon laces to everybody as they are super comfortable, easy to put on and help to maintain your natural electric state! <>Though our leather lacing does make a great fashion statement, they do take longer to put on and have a longer break in period. If you dont pledge the additional +$7 for conductive laces or +$10 for leather laces your sandals will come with our stock nylon laces. Nylon laces offer the same comfort and easy lacing as our conductive laces with the convenience of a locking buckle.

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  • We recommend leather bedding on all our sandals unless you will be using them in super wet conditions. If this is the case, we recommend our bedding free Circadian model for the best foot traction in wet sandals.

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  • The Circadian model is perfect for the more experienced barefooter, as they offer a more intimate experience with the ground. We recommend the Circadian model to those with some minimalist footwear experience. The Alpha Earth Runners are great for those who are new to minimalist footwear. The additional cushion of these sandals is perfect for longer distances or rocky terrain.

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    SECOND RUN, Delivered September 2013. 1 Bedding-Free pair of Earth Runners with nylon laces and your choice of either our Circadian or Alpha model. ------------------------------------------------------ ----------Add Conductive Laces +$7 ----------Add Leather Laces +$10 ------------------------------------------------------ (Leather laces are only available on our Alpha model)

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    1 Bedding-Free pair of Earth Runners with nylon laces and your choice of either our Circadian or Alpha model. ------------------------------------------------------ ----------Add Conductive Laces +$7 ----------Add Leather Laces +$10 ------------------------------------------------------ (Leather laces are only available on our Alpha model)

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    SECOND RUN, Delivered September 2013. 1 Leather Bedded pair of Earth Runners w/ nylon laces & your choice of either our Circadian / Alpha model. ------------------------------------------------------ ----------Add Conductive Laces +$7 ----------Add Leather Laces +$10 ------------------------------------------------------ (Leather laces are only available on our Alpha model)

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    SECOND RUN, Delivered September 2013. 2 pairs of Bedding-Free Earth Runners w/ nylon laces & your choice of either our Circadian / Alpha model. ------------------------------------------------------ --Add Conductive Laces +$7 per pair --Add Leather Laces +$10 per pair ------------------------------------------------------ (Leather laces are only available on our Alpha model)

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    SECOND RUN, Delivered September 2013. 1 pair of Bedding-Free & 1 pair of Leather Bedded Earth Runners. Your choice of either our Circadian or Alpha model, or even one of each. ------------------------------------------------------ --Add Conductive Laces +$7 per pair --Add Leather Laces +$10 per pair ------------------------------------------------------ (Leather laces are only available on our Alpha model)

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    2 pairs of Leather Bedded Earth Runners w/ nylon laces & your choice of either our Circadian / Alpha model. ------------------------------------------------------ --Add Conductive Laces +$7 per pair --Add Leather Laces +$10 per pair ------------------------------------------------------ (Leather laces are only available on our Alpha model)

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