If you’ve been on the hunt for earthing or grounding shoes that are more cold-weather-friendly, check out these adorable new slip-on shoes from Groundz! Read on for all the details about what are likely to become your new favorite shoes. I’m reviewing the Cinnamon Casual Clays here, but there are two different styles and many colors to choose from.
Earthing Shoes in More Ways Than One
First, let’s me tell you what makes them earthing shoes. In the middle of the sole there’s a copper rivet going through the shoe (shown above) that touches your foot and connects you to the ground.
And if that weren’t enough, these shoes are also made with a water buffalo insole and outsole, so they don’t prevent you from connecting to the earth the way rubber-soled shoes do.
Earthing Shoes Designed for Happy Feet
Now let’s talk about the design of the shoe. Zero drop. Wide toe box to give plenty of wiggle room for healthy, unsquished toes. These shoes have all the features I have been wishing for, AND you can wear them when the weather gets chilly. Unlike my previous earthing-shoe options, these would be adequate foot shelter in the wintertime along with a cozy pair of socks (and they’re roomy enough for socks, too).
I definitely wouldn’t want to wear them on a wet day if I had to spend much time outdoors – I just go for Muck boots when it’s super soggy outside. But I think they’d probably be fine just running from the house to the car even if it were raining a bit.
Right at Home in Nature with Natural Materials
Here’s another area where these Groundz shoes really shine: the way they’re made. The soft nubuck leather is vegetable tanned and uses a clay barrier. That means no harsh chemicals! They even use a new kind of clay paste rather than synthetic glue, plus cute contrast stitching to keep them sturdy.
With more room in the toe box and a leather insole, these handmade shoes are more breathable than many, and kinder to sensitive feet. I also really love the way the backs of the heels are straight rather than curved in, so they don’t dig into my ankles.
As soon as my husband saw them, he said he wanted a pair. Great news – there are men’s shoes too!
And so many great colors to choose from.
Practically Perfect Earthing Shoes
Slipping these shoes on is easy enough, but I do wonder if over time they might stretch out a bit since they’re so soft. Perhaps future styles will include some elastic to help with that. I think one of the men’s styles does have elastic at the sides.
One thing to watch out for: When you first wear these shoes, the soles will need to be scuffed up a bit for traction. As I was walking around on our hill in the leaves to take these pictures, I was slipping a bit because the soles were completely brand new. So definitely take them for a spin on concrete before you try to climb a grassy hill.
Treat Yo’ Self to Earthing Shoes
For handmade shoes that are extremely comfortable, connect you to the earth, give plenty of room for your toes, and have zero drop to support a natural stride, Groundz are a worthy splurge. I was gifted this pair of shoes since a lot of people have found earthing shoes through my blog. I was so impressed with them I had to give them their own post.
Groundz recommends sizing up and includes a printable sizing template on their site. They also offer great customer support to help you find your right size.
Full disclosure: If you do purchase some Groundz shoes through one of my links, I’ll receive a small commission and your price will remain the same. This mama really appreciates your support!
I hope you love them as much as I do! Please leave a comment if you give them a try. I’d love to hear what you think.