Earth Runners aim to “rewild” our lives to combat and reverse our modern, “domesticated” lifestyles, which is causing numerous health, psychological and social issues in the society today. Through “rewilding” we aim to bring stronger, healthier, and more resilient individuals and communities back to our society. According to the ancestral wisdom and lifestyle, we know that we need to spend more time in the wild and use less of modern technology to reduce our movement. With our ever-evolving footwear, we strive to restore our connection to nature and to our ancestral roots.
To help us reconnect to nature and reestablish the healthy foundation of foot and physical mobilities and functions.
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, pretty weak footwear to run with on the rough terrain! As an engineer and creative tinkerer, he emptied his pack to search for the tools to strengthen his sandals. Nothing seemed to work until he found an old roll of athletic tape that had been banging around in his bag for years. After some experimentation, he came up with a design he liked and took off at top speed. Not only did his footgear allowed him to run with great stability, but it also took his performance to another level! Mike became passionate about trail running in sandals and soon came across the legendary Tarahumara Natives of the Copper Canyons who used the sandals with a simple, time-tested design for trail running. Inspired by this tribe of barefoot running superstars, Mike decided to make barefoot adventure sandals that maintain our connection to the earth, while allowing us to operate and explore even on the wildest landscape this planet has to offer.
Earth Runners promote foot and physical health by putting the feet back in contact with the earth. Our sandals offer ground feel featuring our grounded conductive laces™ that mimic the primal experience of being barefoot. This technology enables the feet to engage in “earthing” or “grounding,” which is considered to offer great health benefits such as lowering inflammation in the body, while most modern footwears inhibit us from doing so. With its minimal design, our sandals also allow natural articulation of the feet, while also providing a great fit to the feet and freedom to our movements.
Our sandals allow you to traverse for great distances over all of Earth's geologic and hydrologic conditions to keep us strong and stable. Our sandals offer balanced barefoot protection from various kinds of terrain, while preserving our body awareness. The minimal yet robust huarache sandal design, which Earth Runners take after, made the skillful and dynamic hunting by our ancestors possible. We hope to help preserve the ancient lifeway while offering the benefits of being barefoot.
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” that arises often when creating functional gadgetry for his quest to growth and betterment. This project-driven disposition has also led him to the paths of health, fitness, and engineering.
Growing up loving sports Michael regularly traveled the west coast playing outside midfielder for his soccer team. Nicknamed “the kamikaze” by his soccer coach, he ditched the pitch for a helmet to try his luck in the ritualized tribal combat in the U.S. 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 where his next phase of development began. Attracted to the perspective and insight gained from living a more natural lifestyle, he has embarked on a journey to rewild his life modeled after ancient hunter-gatherers who are our ancestors.
After wrapping up his sedentary responsibilities as a student Michael committed to a career, free of stationary work style. After graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from San Diego State University he took a year off in pursuit of a vision and received the inspiration to develop Earth Runners. Since its launch in 2012 Earth Runners has made a notable mark in the minimalist footwear marketplace. Now, Mike focuses on continuing to develop the sandals while building a team to propagate the #RewildBeFree lifestyle with fellow #EarthRunners worldwide.
Colin is involved in a lifelong love affair with the mountains and other wild environments. Practicing fitness and physical education systems for natural movements such as Parkour and MovNat, he is known for his blissful way of life and his adorable giggling face. Colin is a true gearhead, an ancestral skill enthusiast, and a father of 4 incredible human children. He is passionate about “rewilding” himself and sharing with others his discoveries and learnings along the way. Colin believes that Earth Runners are the best all-around footwear both in the city and wild environments and that freeing the feet is a great first step to free the 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 nature and all living organisms. As she grew older, she spent all of her free time competing in sports, including soccer, cross-country, track, and swimming and water polo. These activities kept her high-energy soul busy and put her outside most of the time. However, feeling the societal pressure to have a steady job, she took an internship with the Senate in Washington D.C. and returned home to earn her degree in Political Science & Pre-Med from Long Beach State University. After earning her degree, she began a sedentary and unfulfilling career as a full-time office manager. During this time, she felt her strong longing for the unforgiving and raw nature of the wilderness, wanting to spend more time backpacking in the mountains and free diving in the ocean. She finally quit her office job two long year later.
Leaving the office was a major turning point. It made her realize that her life required more freedom, movement and creativity. She then immersed in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and nutritionist but still felt confined to the indoor environment.
With an open mind, Lauren was introduced to the documentary film The 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 for training and running, she now exclusively uses “barefoot” footwear. Her feet have remained happy and injury-free since.
Aimée loves art, working with words, and the outdoors. She attended the Waldorf school in the SF Bay Area and studied linguistics at La Sorbonne in Paris. With the knack for drawing and creative imagination, she produces captivating visuals and illustration (logo too?) for brands such as Earth Runners. Always a student, Aimée adores learning and loves to share what she learns through writing! She applies both of those creative passions to her work.
Growing up between the beach and the mountains fostered a sense of adventure and an admiration of nature from an early age. A hippy at heart, Aimée has never liked fancy footwear or wearing footwear in general. After getting a detention for being barefoot at school, she used henna to "tattoo" shoes on her feet. As you can imagine, she has found her home in the Earth Runners tribe!