Earth Runners are a minimalist sandal manufacturer based in Watsonville, Santa Cruz, CA. The sandals feature a Vibram or Birkenstock sole and a strap. The Earth Runners are popular in the ‘earthing’ or ‘grounding’ communities as well as the barefoot running communities. The marketing of sandals are heavily dependent on the barefoot running concepts as well as the debunked ‘earthing‘ or ‘grounding‘. The footwear rely heavily on the philosophy of earthing. They are available from the companies website with a base cost of USD$55.
Two models of the Earth Runners are available: the Circadian and the Alpha. The sole of both do have some custom molding and are zero drop. The ‘earthing’ or ‘grounding’ occurs via the copper impregnated laces that are conductive and are attached to the copper plugs on the bottom of the sandal.
They were previously funded via a Kickstarter campaign.
- Widely promotes the pseudoscientific woo of the debunked concept of earthing/grounding.
- The company advises “Due to the conductive effects of our soles, we advise you do not wear Earth Runner sandals in thunderstorms.”
- Comments by some reviewers of this footwear often mention the ‘tinkering’ they need to do in order to get the straps in the correct position.