Do you take the opportunity, every chance you get, to walk barefoot?
Do your naked feet ever feel the warmth of the sun from above, experience the dewy grass from below, or tingle with the cold of the first frost or snow?
For millennia, us humans had experienced the world in part through our soles, and we can still do much the same, if and when we allow ourselves to. And oh, what different and strange sensations we will discover when we embrace the reality of going shoeless.
You might be saying, “It’s all good and fine on a sandy beach, but what about sharp rocks, or poky grass?” Those are all conditions and terrain features to get used to, however, the bigger concerns in this day and age with walking barefoot are all the man-made harmful elements that are dropped, lost or deliberately tossed onto the ground with wild abandon: broken glass, nails, scraps of metal, piercing plastic that will be around for thousands more years. All of those are far scarier than stepping on a thistle, the random and unfortunate bumble bee or stumbling over a road apple.
Unless you can trust where you are walking in an unlittered environment, and you can join us for guided barefoot walks in Romania just to be sure your tootsies are safe, you can always reap the benefits of natural healing with your earthing shoes on.
What materials are earthing shoes made from?
Let’s start with materials that are not conductive and that will not allow you to remain grounded to the earth, even if you are spending plenty of time outside:
- Rubber – waterproof boots are great to keep your feet dry, just make sure to spend ample time out of them as well, just as soon as the rain lets up.
- Plastic – most shoes have plastic soles, not only can they not be recycled, they may be bad for your health as well as the environment. The flip-flops must go!
- Wood – while it is good to hug a living tree, a dry piece of wood prevents grounding – even if you have a breathtaking wood floor, a stone floor placed directly on the soil will provide much more opportunity for grounding.
- Synthetic surfaces – paints, foams, poly-this or poly-that will not be conductive at all.
- Glass – don’t follow in Cinderella’s steps
What materials are suitable for earthing then?
- Leather – choose a sustainable leather and make your own shoes or sandals to capture the Earth’s healing energies!
- Cloth – natural fibers such as cotton, hemp, nettle and wool can bring you one step closer to health, provided they are not hindered by plastic footwear parts.
- Water – it always feels great to bathe your feet in an ocean or a creek, make it a regular routine and find a suitable place in nature for grounding in water.
- Copper – some store-bought earthing shoes have conductive copper coils or plates which allow you to “earth” as you walk.
- Hemp rope – by far the simplest sustainable option, hemp rope shoes and sandals are easy enough to make at home, and they only require basic sewing skills and minimal equipment to create a great-fitting pair.
While there are commercially available options in the earthing shoe department, we believe that barefoot is best – and when you cannot safely achieve that, then hemp sandals (for any age!) come into play.
We’ve been selling our tried and tested hemp rope sandal patterns for 4 years now, see what others have had to say about the earthing sandal tutorials:
The instructions are clear and photos make it easy. I’ll be making them this weekend!
Easy to read tutorial! Can’t wait to make a pair!
A great inspiration to get you going creating your own designs.
The tutorial was very helpful and clear. Can’t wait to start making a pair once my materials arrive!
Just reading through the tutorial now :) So in love with it already! LOVE LOVE LOVE that there are pictures that really show you, almost like you are there watching someone. Really down to Earth common sense way of explaining this also. SOOOOO thrilled I decided to get the pattern, I am literally gathering up some of my hemp as so eager to get this started. I realize I may need to get a couple supplies but WOW do not hesitate to buy this as I am very impressed with the simplicity of the tutorial. Takes away those … “arghhh, how do I do this” vibe into “wow this is going to be awesome!” Seller answered my message quickly and is super kind. Highly recommend. Great idea and love that you have offered this!
Here is a mini picture-post where you can catch the sewing basics if you are a genius do-it-yourselfer: From plastic soles to conscious steps – Rope Into Shoes
If you would like some more in-depth knowledge about creating your own awesome pair of hemp earthing sandals (benefiting your health and preventing plastic from entering landfills and the oceans) you can purchase from us below. Choose a pattern for children or women, or both of them for a discount.
You can purchase an Earthing Sandals pattern for Children directly from us for just £7! Buy through PayPal, and we will send the pattern straight to your email, with a personal note, in less than 48 hours – usually in less than a day.
If it is a women’s earthing sandal pattern you are after, you can support us by purchasing it below:
It’s simple: add the item to your cart, purchase it for £7 through PayPal, we receive a note that you paid and we will send the detailed pdf straight to your email as soon as we can, in less than 48 hours.
It’s not instant, but it is personal, and that’s the way we like to keep business.
If you would like both patterns, then please use the button below and pay just a total of £10 for the two earthing sandal patterns.
Note: they use different sewing techniques, yet the women’s pattern can be made in kid-size and vice-versa.