Earth. Ground. Sew. Turn rope into shoes. Tread lightly on the soil. Step. Advance to a sustainable future.
Trace your two feet. Are they exactly the same? Are your shoes? Should they be? Could they be different? Maybe, if you made them on your own.
Conscious clothing and ecological footwear is slowly making its way onto the technological radar, little bleeps of images and sound are beginning to echo and reverberate through the cyberspace, though we are in much need of walking barefoot to get closer to nature, our reality – the place where we live and grow and garden.
There is no better feeling than stepping into an all natural pair of rope soled shoes after wearing plastic soled ones for much of my/your life. The receptors on the bottom of your feet instantly become full of soul and respond to the energies of the land. Natural materials remind us to respect our environment, to walk with care.
Large tractors (thick, plastic soled boots) plow the soil with their strength, failing to take care of worms and nesting birds and small rodents, they run over the land because they can, anywhere they want. Comfort is measured by cushy-ness and the ability to shed water and protect from the elements.
A horse pulls a smaller implement (earthing shoes) and stops to rest, to drink, to observe. More cautious of his steps he feels the earth. Sometimes it is moist with dew or wet from the rain. It is cold from the snow and the sand is warm under the summer sun. We can experience all these things barefoot but in modern society where litter is abound we can opt to feel – yet remain protected.
Natural earthing shoes, made from rope or properly tanned leather (vegetable or brain tanned), make a great, unique alternative to conventional footwear, that of which we are offered nearly the same options at any store worldwide.
How to turn rope into shoes?
Stand and trace your feet. If you can’t reach, have someone do it for you.
Then get started, sew row after row until you end up with a shell that fits your foot. And, make sure it fits snugly with the socks you are going to wear, or with nothing at all.
Build up the sides, design the toe, the heel, the upper and ten thousand stitches later it is done. Don’t count the time, just make room to expand your growing consciousness.
Ask questions, seek answers, then get out there and create.
Natural fibers are beautiful, breathable, comfortable, compostable and good for the earth.
What reason do you have not to get grounded?
(The hemp rope soled shoes are sewn with flax string, designed, sewn and worn by Cheryl Magyar. Want a pair? Make time to stitch your own.)
We take connecting with the Earth seriously here at Handcraftedtravellers, so nearly all of our writings are at least indirectly related to a nature-bound life philosophy. For a resource of those posts that are more explicitly about earthing (grounding), barefoot walking and earthing footwear, we recommend you to check out our informative core page of the topic: Earthing in Earthing Shoes.