Why Earth Runners?
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.
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.
A Brief History of Earth Runners
Excerpt from the founder:
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