Earth Runners: The Best Shoes on Earth Just Got EVEN Better
It was a progression. I used to wear high heels a lot, and my feet would ache. I moved to lower heels, clunky clogs, thick-soled trail runners. My feel felt better and better, and I felt lighter and lighter, but there was still something missing. I sought out the bendiest thinnest shoes I could, and then Born To Run hit in 2009, and everything changed.
All of a sudden there were actual companies out there making minimalist shoes — Luna, VivoBarefoot, Vibram. I tried them all, but once I tried Earth Runners, my search was complete. I've been wearing them for a few years now, delighting in every new model that they come out with, in their quest to optimize the total shoe experience. And then the new hemp ones came out, and I was stunned. These take an already next-level shoe and take them to the next level yet. What's so awesome about these? Where to start? Undyed hemp is one of the most eco-friendly materials out there. It looks great, and feels great underfoot. But the performance benefits? Simply incredible. The hemp footbed absorbs sweat and provides traction, so trail-running and hiking become blissful as my feet become one with the shoes. Even better, these shoes perform wonderfully in wet environments. The hemp laces swell and shrink slightly when wet, to keep the shoes snug and secure even underwater. I didn't think Earth Runners could be improved upon until I tried these — but at this point I'll never part with my rad hemp runners.
I run in these, I walk in these.
I run in these, I walk in these. I leap and jump. I hike in rough steep rocky places. I get them wet and filthy. I wear them in front of "normal" people, and have been told spontaneously on multiple occasions that they "look cute." I even wore these on the stage when I spoke at Paleo f(x) a week ago, and got so many questions afterwards about where to get them!
Yeah, these are really the only shoes you're gonna need, unless it's super-cold — but their season can actually be extended well into wintertime with these stylin' toe socks.
There's a ton of evidence for the biomechanical superiority of minimalist footwear, but these shoes go even further — they're grounded! Yep, Earth Runners are not only the most comfortable minimalist shoes ever, but the soles have small metal inserts that connect you with the ground (yeah, avoid stepping on electric fences). The science on earthing is still young, but preliminary studies show potential health benefits, so I'll happily give a ride to some tiny copper discs, while the science matures. Pro tip: run upon wet earth, and the little discs will shiver your feet with a cool thrill.
Yeah, you need these shoes.
So head over to the Earth Runner headquarters, and nab a pair. Tell 'em Barefoot Provisions sent you by using the coupon code BP10 for a sweet 10% discount. Your feet (and your entire mind/body) will thank you.