Earthing, also known as grounding, refers to connecting with the Earth electrically as humans have done for thousands of years—until recently.
Our ancestors lived much more closely to the Earth. Living in homes with earthen floors, working barefoot or with minimalist foot coverings made of natural materials. These days, we live and work in houses and tall buildings separate from the Earth. Our feet are covered by stiff shoes with insulated rubber soles. We have lost this ancient connection with the Earth, and all of the health benefits associated with this vital foot-Earth connection.
When we are grounded, either by being outside barefoot or by wearing earthing shoes, we soak up the negative electrons from the earth which helps neutralize free radicals and balance our body. This leads to many health benefits, including: regulating circadian rhythm, reducing inflammation, pain management, better sleep, reduced stress, more energy, and blood pressure regulation. (*)
It’s not always practical to go barefoot, which is when we turn to earthing shoes. Get the most out of every step, even while wearing footwear!
What to Look for in Earthing Shoes
Adventure-Ready: Look for earthing footwear that is comfortable, responsive, and secure.
Open Toe Box: Toe freedom assists with proper distribution of body weight and optimal ankle and knee stability, and allows them to more aptly sense and react to the environment.
Minimalist Design: For optimal connection between the body and the earth, footwear that allows for both physical and electrical connection is best. Learn more about the benefits of wearing minimalist footwear here.
Mechanically-Sound: Choosing a well-designed, mechanically-sound pair of earthing shoes allows for maximum mobility and proprioception to help circulate and potentiate the energy from the earth and up through the body.
- Sufficiently Grounded: Ensure there is generous surface area connecting your foot and the grounded conductive element to allow for ample electron transfer.
The Best Earthing Shoes
The best earthing shoes incorporate all of the points discussed to present the user with adventure-ready earthing footwear that maintain an electrical body-earth connection, resulting in biorhythm normalizing benefits. Earth Runners sandals are flexible and light-weight for a barefoot feel, while still providing enough protection and security to get you wherever you want to go. The stainless steel lined conductive lace circuit is grounded with a strategically placed copper rivet in the outsole of the sandal. This copper rivet functions as the electron interface, allowing electrons to flow freely between the body and Earth. The grounded conductive lace circuit harnesses the foot with an ergonomically routed lace to optimize your connection, comfort, and freedom.
Earth Runners Adventure Sandals Breakdown:
Adventure-Ready: The best place to ground is in nature, and your earthing shoes need to be comfortable, responsive, secure, and adventure-ready for all of your nature exploration journeys! Tried and true, the huarache style of these earthing sandals’ lacing system, and hugging anchor points, keep your feet in place to ensure adventure-ready foot security.
No™ Toe Box: Toe freedom assists with proper distribution of body weight and optimal ankle and knee stability, and allows them to more aptly sense and react to the environment. Earth Runners earthing sandals feature a single thong strap over the least dynamic portion of the forefoot and No™ Toe Box for full toe mobility.
- Minimalist Design: From responsive and light-weight soles, to the minimal lacing system, Earth Runners earthing sandals are minimal in every sense. True barefoot sandals, allowing barefoot biomechanics while soaking up the barefoot earthing benefits.
Mechanically-Sound: Choosing a well-designed, mechanically-sound pair of earthing shoes allows for maximum mobility and proprioception to help circulate and potentiate the energy from the earth and up through the body. Earth Runners' ergonomically routed lacing system and zero-drop Vibram soles optimize your biomechanics, comfort and mobility for optimal connection between the body and the earth.
- Sufficiently Grounded: Our earthing sandals have stainless steel lined laces, which are grounded via the copper ground plug exposed on the outsole, allowing electrons to flow freely between the body and Earth. Generous surface area connecting your foot and the grounded conductive element allows for ample electron transfer: anywhere the laces touch your feet they are grounded to the Earth’s healing energy.
Earth Runners earthing sandals allow true barefoot freedom: run, walk, hike, play, and adventure while remaining connected to the Earth for the ultimate earthing experience.