Have you heard of Earth Runners? I first found out about them through Hilary Bromberg, co-founder of the company Barefoot Provisions. These minimalist sandals are made with conductive laces and inserts that allow the energy of the earth to flow through to the body. Now, before I lose you for being too "woo woo" (which is what I used to think too), hear me out.
There's actually quite a bit of support behind the benefits of being outside and being in contact with nature. Those who regularly do so tend to be in better health overall, not to mention have stronger immune systems and a more positive outlook. While this could all be attributed to taking a break from our modern lifestyle and relaxing a bit, research suggests that it could also have to do with the magnetic frequencies that we're exposed to. If you're interested in learning more about this, check out Earth Runners' write-ups on it here.
Even if you're not so interested in the earthing aspect of these sandals, there's no denying their comfort! I love how light they are on my feet, and their simple style goes with anything. I got my first pair over a year ago now (leather laces, suede top, conductive inserts) and after a couple of weeks of breaking them in, I quickly found myself slipping them on more often than any of my other sandals. I also love their durability.
Earth Runners recently upgraded their laces to improve their conductivity, and I opted in to test them out! I went with the black rubber top this time and the black nylon laces. I wasn't specifically going for a vegan option, but if that's important to you, then these would fit the bill! What I immediately noticed is that they were 100% comfortable straight out of the package. This could have been due to the difference between needing to break in the leather straps a bit and not the nylon ones, but regardless, I've been totally loving them.
As to the conductivity, I can't say that I've noticed a tremendous difference, probably because I haven't been comparing them side by side. However, I I trust the folks at Earth Runners and the research that they do! I know that I feel best when I'm outside and exploring, and whether it's placebo effect or not, having on a pair of Earth Runners makes the experience that much better. And if these ever wear out (doubtful, with their durability), I'll definitely be back for more.
If you're interested in trying out a pair for yourself, head over to the Earth Runners website. They have all different combinations of laces and colors to suit your needs, and I'm sure that you'll love them as much as I do!
Note: I was provided with a free pair of sandals for this review, but all opinions expressed are my own. I do not promote companies that I don't believe in.