We are coming up on the spring equinox here in the northern hemisphere, which will be this Sunday, March 20th.
Spring weather usually means folks are more likely to get outside, get active, go on walks, resume hiking and biking and jogging, plant springtime gardens, catch up on yard work, take food outside to eat on picnics… you name it. Getting outside in that fresh air is so very good for you.
And you know what is even better for you than that? If you can be grounded while doing all of your favorite springtime activities.
And you can be, even without going barefoot.
Today I am sharing a round up of all of my favorite ways that you can wear shoes, sandals and flip flops this spring and summer and still be powerfully grounded to the earth outside, enhancing your health. I’ve thoroughly tested them all for you — confirming with my grounding test meter that the footware I share with you in this article truly works.
Let’s get started!
Harmony 783 has grounding flip flops that were actually the first pair of grounding shoes I ever owned, and I still wear them!
Available for both men and women, HARMONY783 flip flops are contoured for style and comfort and features a proprietary carbon and rubber plug embedded into the outer sole connecting to the insole. These plugs sit under the weight-bearing part of the foot to firmly connect you to the earth, with arch support embedded into the interior sole for additional support and comfort.
Beyond flip flops, they have sneakers, loafers, walkers, hiking boots, trail shoes and even high tops… all available in both Mens and Womens styles. The lace up walkers and trail hiking shoes are are my go-to recommendation for hikers, dog walkers, and really anyone who needs or prefers a stable and cushioned foot bed on their foot while being grounded.
Check out all of their footwear options right here.
Ethically made, individually hand crafted leather shoes that are minimalist in design and come in closed toe slip on designs in tons of colors, for both men and women.
Raum shoes have a zero-drop sole made from a porous water buffalo leather. The sole is made extra conductive by absorbing the earth’s moisture and your perspiration. In addition, a copper metal grommet located behind the ball of your foot at the KD 1 pressure point provides maximum conductivity to ground your body.
I particularly appreciate that these shoes are hand sewn, because most shoes on the market are simply glued or cemented together, not hand stitched. So your feet mold into the leather over time to create an amazing level of comfort that brings you back into alignment with how your foot feels and functions best.
If you are looking for a slip on shoe that is minimalist in design (read: a non-cushioned footbed that allows feet to stay in their natural alignment) in a large selection of colors, then you want Raum shoes.
I’m so impressed with Groundz and wanted to showcase their gorgeous sandal style shoes. These sandals are my warm weather staple — so soft and comfortable that these are my go to every day shoes.
And as you will see in the video I made for you at the end of this article, wearing open toed shoes whenever possible is extremely important for your foot alignment (and subesquently, for the health of your knees, hips and back over a lifetime!) so I typically reach for sandals or flip flops instead of a closed toe shoe whenever weather permits.
Groundz uses sustainably sourced and eco-friendly leather and goatskin throughout the sandals, chrome-free, water based and nontoxic vegetable dyes (very impressive) and a copper plug that is so comfortable I literally can not feel it. It’s so comfortable I had to check and double check that I was actually grounded in them — and yep, I am, every time!
They are also so beautiful I would want to wear them every single day even if they were not grounding me! And because I am a physician nerd, the cute little Copper Element tag on the top of my sandals make me smile every single time I slip them on. Here I am wearing them for you:
Inner Meddle offers a grounded sneaker with a flexible sole for those who enjoy jogging and running and want to do it grounded. Although other grounding shoes may be eco friendly, all natural, use only non-toxic materials, or even be handmade… Inner Meddle crafts grounding shoe that are made out of recycled everything: recycled lycra, recycled mesh, recycled vegan suede, and a shoe sole made of naturally biodegradable rubber.
I tested a pair out for myself and was strongly grounded on all natural surfaces, including rock, slate, dirt, sidewalk and grass. The shoe was designed in Europe, and features a flexible ultra-cushioned insole (with memory foam and cork) plus a fully conductive insole, midsole and outer sole — these all connect the healing earth energy directly to your feet. Check them out right here.
Bahe is the newest grounded sneaker system to hit the market, and you can pre-order them right here. Bahe crafts vegan shoes that use recycled and plant-based materials for high performance and low environmental impact. They prioritize plant-based solutions that deliver optimum performance.
The outsole is made from 65% natural rubber from the hevea brasiliensis tree to reduce micro-plastic shedding, combined with a EVA midsole infused with 5% sugarcane. The footbed is 72% corn-based foam. To further reduce plastic use, the laces are made from organic cotton. The upper and lining both feature 30% recycled polyester, providing light weight, breathable performance:
- high compression set midsole for long lasting performance
- full rubber outsole tread designed for increased durability
- lightweight, high abrasion resistant fabrics
- industry leading corn-polymer footbed for long term comfort
Multiple conductive features ensure a highly conductive grounding shoe:
- graphene infused footbed with conductive stitch
- performance insoles with conductive stitch
- silver fibre webbing through midsole
- carbon infused natural rubber outsole
You can find out more about Bahe running shoes right here.
I can’t think of much more eco-friendly option than to simply continue to use shoes you already own.
And if you love them, and they support your foot function best, why not convert your favorite pair of sneakers, running shoes, hiking shoes, or even sports cleats into grounding shoes? A grounding sticker is the way to go.
The sticker is fully conductive and runs the grounding energy from the earth beneath you up and around your shoe and into the sole of your shoe where your feet are. By touching the sticker, you bypass the rubber sole entirely and are basically standing barefoot on the ground, conductively speaking.
I can’t even feel these stickers on my shoes. Find them here.
If you wear a grounding shoe sticker or any of the grounding shoes above, you’ll be grounded the moment you slip your bare foot into the shoe and stand outside on the earth.
But what if you like to wear socks?
Almost every sock manufactured on this planet will block the grounding flow from the grounded shoe because almost all socks have synthetic, non-conductive fibers or are too thick to allow grounding contact.
But it’s truly no problem to wear a sock with a grounding shoe or grounding shoe sticker, you just have to make sure it is a conductive sock. Luckily there are tons of beautiful socks made with conductive materials that will ground you instantly. I’ve got three styles for you to consider:
- an athletic crew sock: thick, plush, absorbent, ankle length
- a thinner dress sock: thinner, sleek, comfortable, crew length… great for work or dress!
- and a compressive knee high sock: stretchy, warm, with the added bonus that they carry grounding all the way up your calves! My personal favorite.
I have thoroughly personally tested the conductivity of each sock style with a grounding test meter. Each sock utilizes silver fibers throughout every inch of the sock, so the entire sock is conductive from top to bottom. By wearing a conductive sock with your grounding footwear, your entire sock will instantly encase your entire foot and ankle immediately in grounding energy, which will then powerfully ground your entire body from head to toe.
8. Prefer to ground through your hands?
To easily ground right through your hands as you are outside exploring Mother Earth, you can simply hold onto a conductive walking stick!
I can personally hand make one for you, like the one I show above… or you can grab a DIY kit to transform any cane, stick, even a broom handle into a conductive walking stick that will ground you from head to toe without you ever needing to touch the earth directly.
Keep your feet well protected in their hiking shoes and think hands instead!
9. Improve your foot alignment with toe alignment socks:
My feet instantly relax with these socks on, and as a bonus not only will the improve the health and alignment of your feet but they will also allow you to ground at the same time, thanks to the fact that your toes are still bare and ready to connect with the earth outside or a grounding mat while grounding indoors.
At the end of a long day, these are almost as good as a nice foot massage from a loved one. Almost. But infinitely more practical, because I can wear them while I’m standing in the kitchen making dinner and doing the dishes, and my feet feel stretched out and free by the time I’m done.
I always smile when I pack up an order that someone has placed for these toe alignment socks and some magnesium lotion to go along with them — it’s just the sweetest little duo and I always imagine how good the recipient is going to feel after working some magnesium lotion onto their feet and slipping into these socks.
I’m asked all the time: Is there anything I can do to enhance grounding?
And the answer is YES! There are several things you can do to make your body even more conductive and ready to ground:
- stay well hydrated
- correct any mineral deficiencies
- remove dead skin from your body
- and have well moisturized skin.
In the human body, conductivity requires two things: water and electrolytes. This creates an electrolytic solution that can pass the flow of an electric potential from cell to cell to cell, spreading instantly throughout your entire body.
If you are dehydrated or mineral depleted, you decrease your body’s conductivity.
So, to help you enhance your body’s natural conductivity and get you as connected as possible to the earth outside, I’ve pulled together 6 of my favorite products that will have your grounding sessions more powerfully healing than ever before.
- Solid wood, natural bristle dry brush
- Solid wood, double sided foot file
- Mineral rich moisturizing and re-mineralizing lotion
- Toe alignment socks
- All natural, non-nano mineral sun protection powder SPF 30
- Cedar oil spray bug repellant
There you have it, everything you need to make grounding outdoors the most wonderfully powerful, connected, conductive, safe and healing experience possible. Even if you have been grounding faithfully for a lifetime, this collection of items I have personally curated for you will give anyone’s grounding practice a wonderful boost.
This lovely, hardcover book is the perfect way to not only get inspired to start a grounding journey, but to create a three month plan of sticking to it.
With three months (90 pages) of daily grounding & wellness tracking prompts, along with areas for journalling thoughts, goals, and recording favorite memories, this journal is the perfect companion journal for starting a new chapter in your health.
I designed this journal because as a health care practitioner I know that three months is the perfect amount of time to begin to see both dramatic and subtle improvements in the way grounding can impact your long term health.
12. Need more motivation? Grab a pen and paper to test your foot health:
- Want to know if you are getting enough barefoot time?
- If your feet properly aligned?
- If the alignment of your foot is giving you knee, hip and back pain?
- If the shoes you are wearing causing foot issues?
- And how can you reverse damage shoes have caused your feet?
With the two very simple tests that I demonstrate for you in the video above, you can test your own feet right now and you’ll know the answer to all of these questions! This exercise is extremely eye opening, and you can do it in less than 2 minutes, so I highly encourage you to give it a try right now.
This meditation is so simple, and it’s perfect to do while you are grounding because it relaxes you into the healing state of connecting to the earth. Especially during times when you feel uncentered, anxious, stressed or in a health struggle with your body… drop the resistance and find your grounded center in just a few breaths.
Follow along with me here to reset your body, mind and spirit through this grounded meditation. It’s super simple, it’s just placing a hand on your heart, a hand on your abdomen, dropping your awareness down into your body by closing your eyes, and repeating: “I am at home in my body.”
Three breaths is enough to make a difference in your heart rate, muscle tension, blood pressure, mood and more. If you want to do this meditation inside, grounded on the organic grounding mat I show you in the video, you can find that here: Organic Grounding Mat
In this video I take you into my favorite labyrinth and walk you through how powerful it is to ground during this special type of walking meditation.
I’ll also give you different ways to use a labyrinth as well as different ways to create your own — they can be incredibly simple and can be made anywhere just using a piece of chalk! Literally drawing a spiral with a piece of chalk on a sidewalk square, or simply walking up and down a line on your driveway, or using tape to create a line or spiral in your garage, all of these ideas can create a grounded walking meditation path that will literally transform your day.
- Any cement, sidewalk, concrete surface outside is grounded, so anywhere you can kick your shoes off and walk a line or a spiral on a sidewalk or concrete will get you grounded without ever getting your feet dirty! For example. Walk up and down a sidewalk slowly. Walk back and forth across your driveway slowly. Draw a chalk spiral on your cement basement garage or basement floor to walk on. Or get fancy and use tape to create a labyrinth in your garage or basement on the concrete floor that you can use forevermore! This video shows how you can create a labyrinth out of masking tape, in just minutes.
- Of course, any dirt path outside would make a fabulous grounded meditation path, just slowly walk it up and back.
- And if you are lucky enough to have your own yard, you can even spray paint a little spiral on your grass to use it for several days in a row. If you love it you may be inspired to create your very own labyrinth path by laying stones or brick to create a personal labyrinth in your yard or garden. I know this is on my bucket list to do one day!
If you can take ten minutes to do this walking meditation daily — grounded — I believe with my whole heart it can change your perspective on your entire life, fill you with a sense of hope and fresh positivity, and help you feel physically better too.
15. Get started on a garden:
Many folks who embrace grounding are passionate gardeners, and understandably so… because being grounded while working a garden bed outside boosts your health instantly and you can literally feel it.
And even beyond the healing boost of being grounded, it’s actually healing just to be around plants of any kind, even while ungrounded… for example, just seeing a plant through a window or adding a potted plant to a workspace gives documented health benefits!
Read through this article I wrote for you, listing the top 9 perks of gardening and see if it doesn’t inspire even those of us who are non-gardeners to dive into this wonderful activity. From a windowsill garden to a flower bed to a large plot of farmland, gardening is more than a way to grow flowers and food… it’s a lifestyle that can help ensure longevity and health. Click here to read this free article: Gardening Health Benefits
16. Go bird watching:
More evidence that Mother Nature can boost your happiness like nothing else can… a new study suggests that bird diversity is as important to life satisfaction as an income is. This study found that not only is happiness correlated with local bird diversity, but a 10% boost in bird diversity actually increases happiness to a similar magnitude as a 10% boost in income does!
We’ve known for a while that animals improve our mood, health, and even boost longevity (I’ve blogged about how pets can do all of this and more for you right here) and that plants do much the same (see idea #15, above…) decreasing depression rates, anxiety rates, and dramatically reducing stress.
But even knowing all of that, I still think if you ask most people if they would rather see a couple extra birds today or earn a slightly higher paycheck, most would assume that money would provide more satisfaction.
But this actually isn’t true — click the link below to hop over to a free article I wrote for you telling you the details of this study and how to increase the amount of birds you see and hear: Hearing Birds Sing Is As Important As Your Next Paycheck
17. Keep more ideas right at your fingertips:
For more awesome year round grounding tips, you’ll want to grab the ultimate guide to grounding outside, no matter where you live or what the temperature is.
I’ve filled this book with my very best ideas to get you inspired to head outside in the hottest and coldest seasons, no matter if you live in a city or have any green spaces around you or not… you can get grounded naturally to the earth and I’ll be right there with you, showing you how:
18. Want even more support directly from me?
I’ve developed this class to give you tons and tons of ways to incorporate grounding into daily life, so that no matter where you live, yard or no yard, urban or rural, no matter what the weather is… you can find ways to stay connected to the earth.
Our planet offers you so many different ways to stay healthy and strong, from the air you breathe to the water you drink to the food that we eat to the land that supports our homes, cars, communities and life as we know it to thrive… but the most direct way to get support from the earth is to touch it directly through grounding.
Every single day you will get a new, uplifting, inspiring way to ground your body and support your innate health through grounding, perfect as we head into warmer spring and summer months. Class culminates in a private class Q&A, where I’ll answer every single question you’ve ever had about grounding.
Join me in this two week course and get materials, tips, and ideas for grounding that you can use again and again and again, for the rest of your life.
Our health reflects our planet’s health, and vice versa.
There is no getting around it.
And there is no better time to connect to our planet to support our collective healing than right now. The earth has been gently asking for us to slow down and connect with her for a long, long time now. Let’s give the earth the reset she desperately needs… because we need it too.
Are you ready to take healing the earth seriously?
Are you ready to take your own health seriously?
They are more intimately connected than you could ever have dreamed possible. Begin a grounding habit and within days, maybe even within minutes, you will feel that connection for yourself.
To a healthy spring full of outdoor grounding!
PS — is it turning colder instead of warmer where you live?
Read my winter grounding guide, filled with winter shoes and other cold weather grounding tips, right here: Grounding Outside In The Cold