While some early versions of the shoe were made of papyrus, most shoes were crafted from cowhide, bearskin, deerskin, and wood.
The first rubber-soled shoes date back to 1876 in England. By World War II, synthetic-soled shoes were commonplace.
And we, as a people, haven’t recovered since.
Why Grounding is Important
Our feet are designed to make direct contact with the earth.
You know that calming feeling of walking on a sandy beach?
Well, that’s supposed to happen often. It’s how our bodies expel inflammation.
In Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis, biophysicist James Oschman explains:
“The moment your foot touches the Earth, or you connect to the Earth through a wire, your physiology changes. An immediate normalization begins. And an anti-inflammatory switch is turned on.
“People stay inflamed because they never connect with the Earth, the source of free electrons which can neutralize the free radicals in the body that cause disease and cellular destruction. Earthing is the easiest and most profound lifestyle change anyone can make.
Rubber-soled shoes insulate us from the earth’s electromagnetic field. That’s a problem because it means all those free radicals in our bodies are getting stuck in us, leading to various chronic diseases.
We at Revived are big advocates of barefoot walking. It’s one of the best (and free) activities you can do for your overall health and wellbeing.
Introducing Earthing Shoes
But hey, we live in the modern world. And we can’t be barefoot all the time. We need an earthing shoe—something that protects our feet while keeping us grounded to the earth.
Thankfully, the good folks at Earth Runners have engineered earthing shoes that get the job done.
To turn regular shoes into earthing shoes, you need to introduce a conductive material like copper into the footbed. And that’s exactly what Earth Runners did.
This California-based company makes an innovative line of minimalist earthing sandals using a super-thin Vibram sole, a hemp or leather insole, and a copper plug (below the big toe) with a conductive strap that connects your feet to the Earth.
Adjusting the sandal can be a little tricky, but once you do, they’re easy to take on and off.
I appreciate that Earth Runners they offer a hemp footbed so your feet aren’t making contact with rubber or some other synthetic material.
If the synthetic material isn’t a concern for you, go with their nylon straps option. It will last much longer.
Does this Earthing Shoe Really Work?
I was skeptical when I first heard about earthing shoes. I had experienced the positive effects of walking barefoot. Ten minutes of walking on my gravel driveway and I feel more calm, alert, and present.
But could you get similar benefits from earthing shoes?
This video shows this shoe’s grounding effects using a voltmeter.
Where Else Can You Get Earthing Shoes?
There aren’t too many other options on the market for authentic earthing shoes. Earth Runners is our current top pick. However, here are two other companies offering an earthing shoe:
Pluggz offers a full line of men’s and women’s shoes, sandals, and flip flops using their “Pluggz proprietary grounding technology” made of a carbon-based compound that provides a grounding connection in the center of their footwear.
But the footbed of these earthing shoes use toxic materials, so we at Revived can’t wholeheartedly endorse them.
There’s also Groundology, a UK-based company that offers a line of men’s and women’s earthing flip flops made in the US.
What’s cool about these flip flops is that their TerraMater Footwear© technology claims to offer full-surface grounding material in the footbed. But once again, the footbed uses synthetic materials.
Keep your feet connected to the earth as much as you can. Ground yourself using earthing shoes the rest of the time.
You’ll feel the difference: a more relaxed body and a calmer mind. It’s part of getting Revived.
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