I’ve written before about the benefits of earthing or grounding and how I’ve been able to get these benefits in my own life by using an earthing mat at night. In fact, the health benefits that come from direct contact with the earth’s surface might be one of the reasons that gardeners live longer on average.
As this website explains:
“Grounding 101: the surface of the earth is teeming with a continuous supply of electrons. Recent research tells us that these electrons act as antioxidants, fighting the build-up of free radicals in our body.”
In order to get these benefits, however, a person’s skin must come in direct contact with the earth (as with walking barefoot) or come into direct contact with a surface that has been grounded directly to the earth. This is the theory behind the earthing mat, which allows a person to be grounded to the earth’s surface while sleeping.
According to the book Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? regular contact with the grounding effect of the earth can help reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, reduce snoring, and speed healing. It has even been tested with bed-ridden patients to prevent bed sores.
Barefoot with Shoes?
I’ve noticed a difference from earthing in my own life, and try to get some barefoot time outside each day as well as sleeping on the Earthing Mat. Of course, most places frown on people walking around barefoot, and there are people, like my mother-in-law, who don’t like to be barefoot for fear of picking up parasites through the feet.
When Peter of the new company, Juil.com, reached out to me about their new grounded earthing shoes, I was intrigued.
Juil makes “Earthing Shoes” which they explain:
“Each pair is made with our exclusive Energy Flow Technology™, containing copper conductors (or dots) going directly through the outsoles. Juil footwear creates a free-flowing connection between you and the earth, rejuvenating your energies with each and every step. As we like to say – simplify your life and make every step significant.”
I also really liked that Juil donates to Soles for Souls to provide to those in need of shoes around the world so each purchase also helps someone in need.
On a vain note, their shoes are also really cute, and I was glad to find a pair of nice sandals that could be worn with jeans or a dress.
But Are They Comfortable?
When my shoes came in (with free shipping and within a week…) I immediately liked the way they looked. Getting the box was like getting a christmas gift. The shoe-box itself was durable enough that I actually leave it in the closet to store the shoes in. They also came with a silk carrying bag and information about the company. I always love opening something I’ve ordered when I can tell that it was packaged with care and not just thrown in a box in a mass shipping facility.
What impressed me the most was how comfortable the Juils are. They have a great strong sole without too much arch or support so it can really fit any foot type. The copper conductors are built in to the shoe so well that you don’t feel them and they don’t make any kind of clicking noise when walking on a hard surface. (Though if you’re new to earthing and never go barefoot, you might feel a slight tingling sensation in your feet as you adjust).
Juils are somewhat pricey, but I’ve spent just as much on other types of sandals like Birkenstocks, which aren’t grounded and which are very similar in quality. Based on the quality, I expect these shoes to last for years. Since I can easily go through a pair of cheaper flip-flops in a summer, these will definitely pay for themselves in the long run.
I didn’t really know what to expect when I first bought these shoes, but I was very impressed with the quality and style of their sandals. They have several different styles for men and a wide range of styles for women.
I love that I can be grounded while still wearing shoes and am considering buying their Holland clogs for the winter. They don’t make kids shoes yet, but my husband may be getting a pair of Apollo sandals for Christmas.
Have you ever tried grounding technology? Intrigued by the idea or think it is crazy? Would you try these shoes? Weigh in below!