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A Brief History of Earth Runners

A friend and I found ourselves at a trail-head with thong sandals & athletic tape, inspired by the minimalist footwear craze we taped on our sandals and fell immediately in love with the primal experience of running free.

With my new interest in ancient footwear I started researching and discovered our lost connection with earth due to our modern footwear and insulated lifestyles.

Out of necessity I proceeded to make minimalist earthing sandals that would reconnect us with the earth at both a physical & electrical capacity, to restore this age old connection.

- Mike Dally / Founder

MINIMALIST OUTDOOR SANDALS

Utilizing Minimalist Vibram® soles, Hemp Earth-Grip footbed & our grounded conductive lacing systemoffering the ultimate minimalist sandal experience. Inspired by the ancient Tarahumara huarache sandals, Earth Runners combine the barefoot benefits of earthing shoes with the functionality of minimalist running sandals.

handmade running sandals

Earth Runners grew organically out of a need for ideal footwear in an age where shoes that actually promote health are hard to come by. The Earth Runners design is in a continual evolutionary flux through crowd sourced feedback and our persistent research development & engineering team. We strive to create eco-conscious sandals that allow for excellent adhesion to the foot, while facilitating natural articulation and connection to the earth.

Warranty

We manufacture Earth Runners in Sonoma, California with adventure ready materials to create the best minimalist sandals we know how to make. Adventuring with our sandals from the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Sierras, we put them to the test allowing us to stand behind our design 100%.

Earth Runners come with a proper manufacturer warranty for the lifetime of their Vibram® sole. Our warranty covers all sandals with at least 1mm of Vibram® sole material remaining below the forefoot. If your sandal sole or straps break during this time we will either repair or replace them for free -- you are responsible for shipping them back to us for repair. As Earth Runners are a reflection of who we are, we don’t see any other way of doing business. We make our adventure sandals to the highest quality standards with the best materials available.

minimalist hiking sandals

The Way of Barefoot

We create minimalist outdoor sandals that offer the closest thing to going barefoot. Earth Runners are inspired by the huarache running sandals of the world renowned long distance runners known as the Tarahumara natives of NorthWestern Mexico. Barefoot protection such as provided by Huarache sandals increases the range one in is able to cover, while maintaining proprioceptive acuity. The minimal and timeless huarache sandal design undoubtedly had a positive effect on successful hunting and the proliferation of our ancestry. Earth Runners offer balanced protection and ground feel featuring our grounded conductive laces™ that mimic the primal experience of being barefoot. We are honored to help preserve the ancient lifeway of living afoot while offering barefoot sovereignty to others looking to maintain their primal connection.

earth runners trail running sandals

Trail Running Sandalstrail running sandals

Go the extra mile in our thickest sandal option, the Alpha. The shock absorption of this low density Vibram sole combined with its remarkable molding capacity make this sandal the top choice for long trail runs.

Hiking Sandals

hiking sandals

Get the most out of your time spent in nature by minimizing the interference between you and the earth. The Circadian stays true to the comfort and freedom of going barefoot while not limiting where you can go. 

Walking Sandals

walking

Don't be fooled by the name Earth Runners! These are your do-everything-sandals, from an ultra marathon to a stroll in the park.

Our Circadian strikes a perfect balance between comfort and ground feel, great for going on walks.

Backpacking Sandals

backpacking sandals

Escape the constraints of society and explore unaltered terrain to reset your priorities.

Our Circadian is great for those with strong feet who are well suited to go backpacking in minimalist sandals.

For those who are still transitioning and building their strength, our Alpha offers a little extra sandal to help smooth things out for the long haul.

Camping Sandals

camping sandals

Don't be caught around the campsite in anything else ever again. Allow your feet the freedom to breathe with the option of taking a refreshing dip if they choose, with the water ready Elemental.

Travel/Vacation

travel sandals

If you're looking for a great all around sandal that is super comfortable, ultra light, and pack-able the Circadian is our most popular model for a reason.

Wherever your travels take you this sandal has you covered.

Parkour/Movnat

movnat sandals

Get your monkey on and explore more extreme and demanding movements that challenge your body-mind with our most responsive sandals.

Both our Circadian and our Elemental (vegan) feature a Vibram sport utility tread that offers sure footing no matter the terrain.

Ultralight Sandals

ultralight sandals

Looking for the thinnest and lightest sandal that feels like an extension of the foot? Meet the Elemental.

Approach Shoe

approach sandals

Every epic adventure should include one good pair of sandals!

Circadian Sandals 
9mm Vibram® Sole

Black Nylon Lace/Black Trim 

Black Nylon Lace/ Brown Trim 

Red Nylon Lace/ Grey Trim 

Yellow Nylon Lace / Grey Trim 

The Circadian features our grounded conductive lacing system™ to keep you secure and in tune with the earth’s natural rhythms--at every step. This minimal aggressive sole design combined with our Hemp Earth-Grip footbed resembles the feel of a mild bare earth equivalent--with superior all weather traction. 

Made in Windsor, California  

Weight:
 5.9 oz (single sandal, men's size 9)

Thickness:
 7.5mm base + 1.5mm tread = 9mm

Sole:
 Vibram® Gumlite Outsole

Footbed:
 Hemp Earth-Grip (Undyed)

Laces:
 Grounded Conductive Laces™
            = ½” Nylon Webbing
            + Mil-Spec Nylon Trim
            + Conductive Nylon Thread
            + Grounded Copper Plug

Can the Circadian model be worn in water?

Yes, all of our sandals can be worn in water. The Hemp Earth-Grip footbed resembles the feel of a mild bare earth equivalent--with superior all weather traction. The 100% undyed hemp will hold some water weight until it has a chance to dry. In comparison, our Elemental model dries much quicker by featuring no Hemp Earth-Grip footbed but the trade-off is less effective grip/performance in water.

Why is the Circadian the most popular Earth Runners model?

The Hemp Earth-Grip footbed provides a comfortable secure experience along with ideal light weight, proprioceptive feel and aggressive traction. These factors work in concert to make the Circadian at home in the backcountry or around town.

Is the Hemp Earth-Grip footbed Organic?

The 100% undyed hemp we use for our Hemp Earth-Grip footbed is not certified organic. The farmers who grow our hemp use traditional practices that have been in place for over 100 years--before non-organic fertilizers were introduced.

We laminate the Hemp Earth-Grip footbed to the Vibram® outsole using water based non-toxic glue.

Elemental Sandals
 8mm Vibram® Sole

Black Nylon Lace/Black Trim 

 

Black Nylon Lace/ Brown Trim 

Yellow Nylon Lace / Grey Trim 

Red Nylon Lace/ Grey Trim 

The Elemental features our conductive lacing system keeping you secure while remaining plugged into the natural world around you. The ultra comfortable lightweight aggressive sole will have you wondering if you remembered to put your shoes on or not. 

Made in Windsor, California 

Weight: 5.5 oz (single sandal, men's size 9)

Thickness: 6.5mm base + 1.5mm tread = 8mm 

Sole:  Vibram® Gumlite Outsole

Footbed:  None

Laces:  Grounded Conductive Laces
            = ½” Nylon Webbing
            + Mil-Spec Nylon Trim
            + Conductive Nylon Thread
            + Grounded Copper Plug

What type of rubber is used on the Elemental? Is it natural?

The sole is an 8mm Vibram Sport Utility Moreflex which is a proprietary blend of EVA and rubber material. It is not made of 100% natural rubber but it is RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) compliant.

What aspect of the Elemental distinguishes its performance from the other sandal models?

The Elemental features no bedding allowing it to shed water and keep its lightweight properties in wet conditions.

Who is the ideal candidate for a pair of Elementals?

Somebody with strong feet who is looking for the minimal amount of protection. They are most likely a frequent barefooter and just looking for some something to expand their barefoot range.

*This sole thickness reads 8mm but it feels more like 6mm due to its rather low density composition.

Alpha Sandals
12mm Vibram® Sole 

Black Nylon Lace/Black Trim 

Black Nylon Lace/ Brown Trim 

Yellow Nylon Lace / Grey Trim 

Red Nylon Lace/ Grey Trim 

The Alpha features our conductive lacing system™ to keep you secure while leaving you free to flow through your environment effortlessly. Being our thickest sandal model, this a great option for those who are new to minimalist footwear or looking to go the extra mile.

Made in Windsor, California  

Weight: 5.2 oz (single sandal, men's size 9)

Thickness: 10mm base + 2mm tread = 12mm

Sole:  Vibram® Morflex Outsole

Footbed:  Hemp Earth-Grip (Undyed)

Laces:  Grounded Conductive Laces
            = ½” Nylon Webbing
            + Mil-Spec Nylon Trim
            + Conductive Nylon Thread
            + Grounded Copper Plug 

Who is the ideal candidate for the Alpha Earth Runners?

The thicker cushion sole of the Alpha is great for those new to minimal footwear or for those looking to rack up a lot of miles or carry a heavier load.

Can these be used for trail running?

Yes, the Alpha is great for most trails.

Is the Hemp Earth-Grip footbed Organic?

The 100% undyed hemp we use for our Hemp Earth-Grip footbed is not certified organic. The farmers who grow our hemp use traditional practices that have been in place for over 100 years--before non-organic fertilizers were introduced.

We laminate the Hemp Earth-Grip footbed to the Vibram® outsole using water based non-toxic glue.

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