This project's funding goal was not reached on December 31, 2013.
About this project
Available now at www.EarthRunners.com
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.
Our Bio Earth Runners are not only able to survive during the winter, they thrive!
We now offer the perfect complement to our sandals to keep your feet warm during the colder months, performance wool socks.
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 consisting of Tactile Mitosis tread, moldable EVA (6mm) and our all new BioTac bedding made of recycled car tires. All our 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. After testing our Bio extensively we realized they offer superior traction to any of our existing models and are perfect for the wet winter months.
Our project goal is to launch our 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 (+ $8). 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 on December 23rd we will send out a request for your size and order details.
Performance Wool Socks ($15)
The unique Merino wool blend offers superior thermo-regulating properties without sacrificing performance. Combining our BioTac sole with either of our wool sock options commands excellent traction in most winter conditions.
Earth Runner Tabi Socks:50 Wool, 30 Acrylic, 17 Nylon, 2 Polyester, 1 Lycra.
Injinji Toe Sock Fiber content: 65 Wool, 30 Nylon, 5 Lycra. Do the wool socks affect the grounding effect of the sandals? (See our FAQ below).
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.
Part of the allure of going barefoot during the winter is the liveliness of the wet ground, surging with free electrons.
Risks and challenges
We understand that it's the holiday season for most people around the world 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 March.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We will be sharing a video update that shows a slight reduced earthing effect when first wearing the wool socks versus barefoot. Then we will demonstrate how the wick effect of the wool quickly increases their conductivity over time as your feet begin to perspire under the straps. As a result, it increases their earthing potential to be equal to if not great than that of wearing the sandals barefoot.
Our sandals are most effective on the bare earth, with reduced effects on cement and not effect on wood. Here is a general guide for conductivity of different surfaces: Dirt>Grass>Gravel>Cement>Asphalt>Wood *Moisture increases the conductance of any surface.
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