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. The Alpha's thicker sole provides more shock absorption, and is ideal for running on hard pavement.
How do I decide between the Alpha Sandals with Lifestyle laces or with Performance (Adventure) laces?
The only difference between these two Alpha models are the lace, with the performance laced (adventure) sandals costing $5 more than the lifestyle laced edition. The lifestyle laces offer slightly more comfort while the performance (adventure) lace is more burly & secure. They come in different color schemes which may be a deciding factor.
Can these be used for trail running?
Yes, the Alpha is great for most trails.
Is the Earth-Grip footbed Organic?
The footbed is dyed in small batches using GOTS certified organic dye in Los Angeles California. The fabric itself is not certified organic. The farmers in India who grow our cotton use traditional practices that have been in place for over 100 years--before non-organic fertilizers were introduced.
We laminate the Earth-Grip footbed to the Vibram® outsole using solvent free thermal adhesive.