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Earth Runners are grounded minimalist sandals inspired by the world renowned long distance runners, the Tarahumara Native American Indians of Northwestern Mexico. Our custom molded sandals recreate that one-of-a-kind primal experience of running or hiking barefoot, while minimizing risk of injury to your feet. Earth Runners give you that satisfying "ground feel," while offering both protection and comfort in a great fitting sandal. What distinguishes Earth Runners from other minimalist sandals is our original design that allows you to absorb the ever-present subtle electrical energies of the earth: this provides an experience similar to going barefoot, while still enjoying a measure of safety from varied terrains or street hazards.
Our feet are our body's natural connection to the Earth. Typical footwear blocks the incoming flow of vital bio input present on the earth, and thus impacts our health and how accurately our body is able to tell time. Earth Runner's barefoot technology offers energy flow between the foot and earth. Our conductive laces ground you electrically by allowing electron transfer from the planet - direct to your body.
One day founder Mike Dally found himself on a far out adventure with miles of rugged trails between him and his car. On his feet were flip-flops, a sorely inadequate footwear for traversing the rough terrain! Being an engineer and creative tinkerer, he emptied his pack and surveyed the tools at his disposal with dismay. Nothing seemed of use until he happened on an old roll of athletic tape that had been banging around in his bag for years. Could he use the tape to secure his sandals better? After some experimentation he settled on a design he liked and took off at top speed. Not only did his improvised footgear do the trick, it excelled! Mike became passionate about trail running in sandals and soon came across the super running Tarahumara Natives of the Copper Canyons who employed a simple, time-tested sandal design. The vitality of these barefoot runners set mike on the path of making barefoot adventure sandals that maintain our connection while allowing us to explore.
We offer a 30 day money back guarantee. If you need to return your Earth Runners for exchange or refund, be sure you are returning clean, only-worn-indoors-for-testing, like-new sandals. At our discretion, if the sandals show signs of wear preventing us from re-selling as new, we may charge a 20% restocking fee. Heavily used sandals will not be accepted. Call or email us anytime for help determining fit or sizing issues, we want you to have the ultimate sandal experience . When you send your sandals back to us, be sure to include a note stating your name, order number, and reason for return and we'll take care of your refund.
Phone: (831) 288-3045
Michael has thoroughly enjoyed projects from a young age. From Lincoln Logs, to Legos, to draining excessive amounts of electricity through his parent’s converted garage workshop. He has always enjoyed the flow state achieved in creating some functional gadgetry to assist in his quest for growth and betterment. This disposition has lead him down the paths of health, fitness, and engineering.
Growing up in sports he regularly traveled the west coast playing outside midfielder for his soccer team. Nicknamed the kamikazi by his soccer coach, he ditched the pitch for a helmet to try his luck in the ritualized tribal combat known as football. Thriving from physical training in a team environment, Mike fulfilled his Libra disposition for balance and community in this high energy setting.
His love for sports transformed into a passion for the outdoors which has become the arena for his next phase of development. Attracted to the perspective and insight gained from living a more natural existence, Michael has embarked on a journey to rewild his lifestyle modeled after our ancient ancestors.
After wrapping up his sedentary responsibilities as a student Michael committed to a career, free of degenerative work environments. After graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from San Diego State University he took a year off in pursuit of a vision. It was during this time that he received the inspiration to develop Earth Runners. Since its launch in 2012 Earth Runners has been leaving its footprint in the minimalist footwear marketplace. Now, Mike’s focus is to continue developing the sandal while building a team to propagate the #RewildBeFree lifestyle with fellow #EarthRunners worldwide.
Colin really, really, really likes being outside, and thrives in the wildest environments he can find. Practicing Natural Movement modalities such as Parkour and Movnat in wild environments has been known to suffuse his being with glee and cause unmanly-like giggles to issue from his grinning visage. Colin is an unabashed gear head, lover of Obstacle Course Racing and father of 3 incredible Humans. He is passionate about ReWilding himself and sharing with others his discoveries and learnings along the way. Colin has found that Earth Runners are the best all around footwear, be the environment Civilized or Wild and believes that freeing one’s feet is a good first step in freeing one’s mind.
Colin edits and creates online content for Earth Runners, provides design feedback and gives fantastic advice whether it’s asked for or not.
Lauren has been passionate about the outdoors since a very young age. Growing up a single child, she found solace in the presence of nature and all living organisms. As she grew older, she spent all of her free time competing in sports, including soccer, cross-country, track, swim, and water polo. These activities kept her restless soul busy and outdoors as much as possible. Influenced by societal pressure to have a steady job, she took an internship with the Senate in Washington DC and returned home to earn her degree in Political Science and Pre-Med from Long Beach State University.
After earning her degree, she began a sedentary unfulfilled life managing an office full time. Attracted to the unforgiving elements and the rawness of nature, she quit her 9-5 after two long years to spend more time backpacking in the mountains and free diving in the ocean. Leaving the office was a major turning point. It caused her to realize that her purpose in life involved more freedom, movement and creativity. She dabbled in the fitness industry, working as a personal trainer and nutritionist, but still found herself confined to being indoors.
With an open mind, Lauren was introduced to the documentary “Grounded.” Soon after learning the science behind earthing, she discovered Earth Runners and bought her first pair. Having only trained in Asics on her sponsored track and cross-country teams, she had always been taught that the more cushion and support the better. After experimenting with minimalist shoes while training and running, she now exclusively sports “barefoot” footwear, and her feet have remained happy and injury-free.