The Best Original Running Shoe Reviewed - Running Sandals
Running sandals are an ancient and proven solution for runners of all applications. The freedom of running in sandals with the wind between one's toes is a very primal and freeing experience. It’s difficult for modern runners to realize that sandals (at least in warmer climates) were quite possibly the original running shoe. The ancient Romans utilized sandals almost exclusively and there are records going back even farther to the ancient Greeks and beyond. In North America sandals suited for running have been worn for hundreds if not thousands of years.
Running Sandals Aren't Just Safe, They are Healthy
Running in minimalist sandals increases proprioceptive awareness which helps to create sure footing. Exercising in running sandals uses less assistive technology and creates more stimulation of the body as a whole, which can lead to a more efficient and holistic workout. Modern athletic shoes for the most part cause the lower body to atrophy by preventing the natural movement of the foot and deadening proprioception.
Running Sandal Nirvana
✔Comfort:No hot spots or blisters.
Ergonomically designed laces to harnesses the least dynamic areas of the foot to avoid friction and maximize freedom.
Increased proprioceptive sensing ensures sure footing and reduces the likelihood of foot collisions.
✔ Rocks in Sandal: Debris has little opportunity to enter the sandal.
Proper snug-fitting sandals molded to the shape of the foot, along with a graceful forefoot strike, diminish chance of catching debris.
Ancient Running Sandals -vs- Earth Runners -vs- Running Shoes
A natural outcome of regularly utilizing running sandals are strengthened lower extremities—including the feet, ankles, and calves—which translates to a more holistic awareness of one's own body and environment. The ancient Huarache running sandal design allows for full range of motion of the toes and splaying of the forefoot. The zero drop on minimalist running sandals compared to conventional running shoes allows for the development of normal achilles tendon length and function. The thong anchor point on this type of running sandal not only offers the efficient means of harnessing the foot but stimulates the liver meridian located between the big toe and second toe. According to Chinese Medicine the liver is responsible for the smooth flow of Qi energy throughout the body.
Are Earth Runners just running sandals?
While Earth Runners sandals have been used to traverse long distances, from 5k's to ultra-marathon, we like to think of them as sandals that allow you to truly be free -- footwear in which you can run, walk, hike, play and adventure while remaining connected to the earth.