The Alpha will keep you secure while leaving you free to flow through your environment effortlessly. Being our thickest sandal model, this a great option for those who are new to minimalist footwear or looking to go the extra mile.
The Performance laces featured on the Alpha Adventure sandals provide ultimate security and longevity on all of your adventures, while the thinner & more flexible Lifestyle laces on Alpha Lifestyle Sandals are ideal for maximum comfort in casual everyday life. *The only difference between Adventure and Lifestyle sandals are the laces.
The wrapped construction of the performance lace is designed to stretch very little under load or when wet.
Weight: 5.2 oz (single sandal, men's size 9)
Thickness: 12mm = 10mm base + 2mm tread
Sole: Vibram® Morflex Outsole
Footbed: Earth Grip
- Heavy Duty Cotton Canvas
- Small Batch, Low Impact Dye
- Los Angeles Dye House
- GOTS Certified Dye
Laces: Grounded Conductive Performance Laces™
- 9/16” Wide
- 1/2" Hydrophobic Polyester Webbing Core
- 1" Mil-Spec Nylon Reinforcement (Wrapped)
- Conductive Stainless Steel Thread
- Copper Ground Plug
We proudly donate 1% of all sales to True Messages, a non-profit focused on honoring the running heritage of the Tarahumara culture and supporting the youth of the community.
Your order will ship out via USPS within 3-7 business days of receiving it. All orders placed by Monday 8am Pacific will be shipped Thursday. Orders placed by Thursday at 8am Pacific will ship Monday. Any changes to your order must be requested within 48 hours of placing your order.
All sandals are made to order in our Sonoma County workshop. *Please note we cannot guarantee changes made to your order 24 hours after it has been placed*
- First Class Mail cost $3-5 and takes 3-5 days for delivery from ship date.
- Priority Mail (flat rate) cost ~$7 and takes 2-3 days for delivery from ship date.
- Priority Mail Express (flat rate) cost $22.38 and takes 1-2 days for delivery from ship date.
- First Class International Mail cost $5-20 and takes 7-20 days for delivery from ship date. *No tracking available.
- Priority Mail Express (flat rate) cost $60.94 and takes 3-5 days for delivery from ship date.
International orders (orders outside the U.S.) may be subject to import fees, taxes, customs duties, advancement fee charged by the receiving country. We make sure that we give accurate information about the content of the package which usually helps customs to process the order in a quick and efficient way. As we have no control over customs charges and can't predict the amount charged or which countries will impose these fees, the recipient is responsible for all customs clearance requirements.
*shipping costs are estimated based on the weight of 1-3 items
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.
How do I decide between the Alpha Lifestyle Sandals or Alpha Adventure Sandals?
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 Hemp 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.
Earth Runners are inspired by ancient huarache running sandals. We are grateful to the Tarahumara for originating this design and feel fortunate to have the ability to give back and honor the creators of the huarache running sandal.
We donate 1% of all sales to True Messages, a non-profit focused on honoring the running heritage that remains so important to the Rarámuri culture. True Messages listens to the input of the local National community to determine where to allocate resources which includes sponsoring races, trail projects, and initiatives to support the youth of the community.
Thank you for helping us support the Tarahumara!