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grounding shoes

Discussion in 'The Cave' started by Julian, Jul 24, 2018.

  1. Julian

    Julian New Member

    I was wondering if anyone knows much about grounding foot wear. I have been looking at getting a pair of fibram 5 finger shoes but not sure if there as good for the grounding aspect as earth runners?
     
  2. johnsonmd

    johnsonmd Silver

    I look for footwear that has leather soles. Cowboy boots, penny loafers or moccasins... There are some grounding shoes on the internet. Softstar shoes from philomath Oregon is one that I looked at.
     
  3. Jenny S

    Jenny S Gold

    I have the sandals from earthrunners, also use grounding straps on my shoes that are designed for factory workers - think they were from RS spares, can't remember
     
  4. johnsonmd

    johnsonmd Silver

    I looked at grounding straps and it got me thinking... If I am wearing my normal thick cotton socks, I don't see how I could be well grounded. The strap is not touching my skin in the leather soles either.

    My hubby told me that a blanket on the ground would not provide good grounding. That's where I started using a wet sheet outside and then went to a metal tank with water on a wet ground for CT and grounding.
     
  5. drezy

    drezy Gold


    It's supposed to go inside the sock:
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  6. mbhemming

    mbhemming Gold

    Both the Earth Runners and the straps appear to have cloth material on the underside. Wont this get damaged from walking on concrete?
     
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  7. drezy

    drezy Gold

    The bottom of a strap is rubber. These are used extensively in the semiconductor business. I wore a pair almost every work day for over 7 years. In that period I never went through more than 2 pairs.
     
  8. mbhemming

    mbhemming Gold

    Thanks Dreezy. Are you referring to to the Earth Runners, or the straps depicted in your previous post, or both?
     
  9. drezy

    drezy Gold


    The heel straps. I've never tried Earth Runners.
     
  10. Dani

    Dani New Member

    The one thing about the 5 fingers is that they do allow your foot to move through its full range of motion which is great for keeping the rest of your body in alignment. You may be able to place a copper tack in the bottom for grounding.

    Minnetonka makes a nice selection of soft-soled moccasins.

    For the fashion oriented females, there is a company called pluggz that makes a specific grounding shoe in a ballet slipper and a loafer. I have not tried them out, but am thinking about doing so here in the near future.
     
  11. philip malone

    philip malone Silver

    Drezy, since you've used them so much, do you know of a reliable brand/type?
     
  12. drezy

    drezy Gold

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    Sun Disciple AKA Paul...That Call Drop'n Canadian

  14. Jenny S

    Jenny S Gold

    I'm on my second pair of earth runners - first pair did have copper plugs, these haven't but seem to be wearing well. Probably had them about 6 months wear most days
     
  15. mbhemming

    mbhemming Gold

    Did the sole wear out or did the straps wear out?
     
  16. ALEXIS TUDOR

    ALEXIS TUDOR Gold Member

    Why the 1MG resistor? For potential electrocution if stepping on an ungrounded circuit?
     
  17. drezy

    drezy Gold

    Human Saftey:
    "Where higher voltages are present, extra resistance (0.75 megohm per 250 V) is added in the path to ground to protect the wearer from excessive currents; this typically takes the form of a 4 megohm resistor in the coiled cable (or, more commonly, a 2 megohm resistor at each end)."

    With a 1 meg resistor your body will not be able to develop a relative static charge. Rubbing a balloon on your hair and then touching a friend's ear would be way less fun by not producing a zap.
     
  18. ALEXIS TUDOR

    ALEXIS TUDOR Gold Member

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  19. drezy

    drezy Gold

    $20 shipping is ridiculous. I didn't look closely enough and I'll edit my link above.

    I've never noticed much difference between any of the types that I've used so those look fine as far as I can tell.

    FWIW I'm barefoot outside a ton these days.
     
  20. ALEXIS TUDOR

    ALEXIS TUDOR Gold Member

    Cant beat barefoot. I used to walk barefoot in the forest. Eventually my feet became like hands hooking and gripping into the earth. I would almost never slip because I can feel the slipping before my center of gravity had shifted much.
     
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