The objective of minimalist sandals is to offer an experience that closely resembles moving barefoot. Thus, the end goal is thinner zero-drop soles (the amount of sole material is the same thickness from the toes to the heel) that maximize proprioception while offering a wide toe box that allows the toes to splay out naturally. As runners around the world have liberated their feet of conventional “foot-coffins,” they have developed superior lower body strength with an increased resilience to fatigue and injury.
When considering minimalist sandals it’s important to understand the remarkable physiology of the human foot and its role as the link between our body and the Earth. The sophisticated mechanics of our foot can be best understood by looking to the keystone of its design, the arch. In architecture, the arch is considered a marvel of engineering that has yet to be improved upon. The arch is the greatest weight bearing structure ever created. The beauty of the arch is that it becomes stronger under stress. The harder you push down, the tighter its parts mesh. However, whether an architectural arch or the arch on our foot, an arch supported from below always loses its strength, causing it to collapse. The ubiquity of flat feet has been caused by modern-day footwear, arch support, and orthotics.  
To build one’s inherent foundational strength the best thing to do is go barefoot, but the next best option is minimalist sandals. Through rigorous testing we have found that a thin, zero-drop, self-molding sole offers the best alternative to going barefoot. This provides enough protection to expand one’s barefoot horizons while still allowing the feet and legs to move in a graceful, natural gait. Minimalist sandals render many subsequent benefits by providing less shock absorption. A stable platform underfoot allows for predictable and precise bio-mechanics. When wearing cushioned shoes, your feet are pushing through the soles in search of a hard, stable platform to react to promoting efficient and effective bio-mechanics. These new locomotive patterns improve core strength, bone density, balance, and even posture. 
The main difference between minimalist sandals and minimalist shoes is the upper enclosure (or lack thereof!). The main benefits of an open-toed shoe (sandal) are the effects that it has on the mechanics of the foot and breathability. Open-toed sandals that feature a thong lacing style allow for full range of motion of the toes and splaying of the forefoot, which is ideal for natural footwear that mimics being barefoot. Putting your feet into shoes is like planting a tree in a box. The roots don’t have the space they need to grow, and the health issues of the roots affect the entire tree. Wearing minimalist sandals is like planting a tree in the ground so that it has the space it needs to grow big and strong. Minimalist sandals allow your feet the freedom they need to splay out, engage your arches, and allow for full range of movement. This all travels upstream, resulting in better balance, posture, hip and joint movement, and more. 
1. Footbed: The Right Footbed For You
2. Outsole: Traction and Thickness
3. Lace: Anchors and Comfort
4. Sturdy Hardware: Prevent Laces from Loosening
Our minimalist design is inspired by ancient huarache running sandals with a long proven track record. Simplicity in the design makes for the ultimate minimalist footwear experience. The lacing system allows for maximum freedom while offering adequate security for nearly any application.