Juil Earthing Shoes Review

grounding shoes Juil Earthing Shoes Review

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 Juil earthing 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 Juil’s 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.

The Verdict

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!

Reader Comments

  1. Jeff Gallup says

    I should be receiving a pair of huaraches from EarthRunners to review on my blog. I love huaraches, but these will be the first with the “grounding” ability. I’m a bit of a skeptic about the whole grounding thing, but then again, I’ve not done a lot of research… I’m open minded and looking forward to running in the Earth Runners!

  2. Mave says

    I’m very interested in these! Quick question. Do you have to be walking on soil or sand or other conductive surfaces outside for them to work? Or can they benefit you even if you are walking around inside all day (eg in a building with tile or carpeted floors)?

  3. says

    I’m intrigued by the whole concept of grounding, but I hate how pricey all the products surrounding grounding are! I know it’ll probably benefit me in the long run, but the mats and shoes are far too expensive for me right now. I will say that I’ve been trying to get more in touch with the earth, and it’s incredibly difficult, especially since I live on the 4th floor of an apartment in NYC. There’s no earth to be found!

    On a camping trip I took last month, I did test going from the cabin to the lake (a mini-hike actually) and I found when I went barefoot, I had no problem making the walk, but when I had my shoes on, I couldn’t keep my balance as well and I was incredibly winded and tired when I arrived. Very strange and intriguing!

  4. Jennifer says

    Hi there! Thank you for this article. I am now so intrigued by this movement. I was wondering if you know if these are safe to wear during pregnancy.
    Thanks again!

  5. '''annette says

    Just wondering! I am suffering with a calcanous spur under my heel<and is supposed to use some insoles in my shoes,but it is so ugly,so I just buy shoes with a very soft sole like Clarks and Froggies. But because I have chronic inflimation these shoes sounds just something for me to wear.

  6. '''annette says

    Sorry for my latest post looks silly!! Having a calconiousspur and suppose to use ugly insoles<instead buying Clarks or Froggies Wondering is these shoes will be best for me,because I am also have chronic inflimation in jouints and mussels I AM READING A LOT ABOUT COCONUTOIL AND ORGANIC GRASSFED MEAT

  7. Annette says

    sORRY AGAIN.Having a calconious spur under my heel,buying just soft shoes like Clarks and Froggies do you think I can consider these shoes from Juil.com? also having inflimation in my joints and muccles,learning about coconutoil and grassfed beef and is in the prossess switching to all these wonderful natural food

  8. Christie says

    Hello! Are you still sleeping on your earthing mat while pregnant? Do you know of any benefits and/or contraindications to doing so while pregnant? My husband and I have been talking about getting one for our bed sometime soon!

    • says

      I love it while pregnant! I put it under my hip to keep it from getting sore while sleeping on my side (Im a back sleeper normally) and it has also kept me from getting any insomnia so far and I’m already in third trimester. Everything I’ve seen suggests that they are perfectly safe and even helpful in pregnancy…

  9. Carole says

    Since all earthing/grounded shoes seem to have a copper “plug” in the sole, why can’t someone come up with a way to convert the ungrounded shoes we already have…. seems it would be less costly. Shoes I already have and love, Like my Birkenstocks, one would think it would be an easy conversion. Something our local shoe cobbler could do. Does anyone know of such “conversions” taking place?

  10. Kristen Suzanne says

    I was just looking at these so I’m glad for your review. I’m still undecided though. I prefer vibrams for the flexibility And I am concerned that the soles would be too stiff and not offer flexibility. Thoughts?

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